- 2:59 PM,
Wednesday, July 5th, 2023:
I believe this will be the last entry from
Columbus I can write and feel somewhat confident I
nailed filming these fireworks. We were so close that
I could actually see the fireworks extending past
the white viewing box on the screen of the camera.
That box basically represents what you see ahead of
you without moving your head... and you will indeed
need to move your head if you want to see everything.
All that's really left is exposure and, well, I'm not
going higher than 3200 no matter what because of noise
and the ISO was pegged at 2.8 the entire time. Focus
wise, I messed up the beginning trying to figure it
out but within a few minutes I got it so at LEAST the
green focus assist flickers. Obviously it can't always
be right because they're not always in the sky... but
yeah without being able to view this IN a headset
WHILE filming? It's a LOT of
- All that being
said... this SHOULD be the best fireworks show
shot in VR. I mean, other than drones flying through
them which isn't even on the radar of a possibility
for me (nor is it what we remember fireworks feeling
like as kids). So, gulp, here it is you lucky
- The day in general
was just awesome. A friend from high school (Jen
Pettigrew) let us hang at their house and then walk to
the fireworks which she assured me were the most "over
your head" she had everr experienced. No joke there.
Once in my life do I ever remember being this close
and I still kinda think it was a little too close. I
don't remember THAT much ash before. We certainly
couldn't have gotten this close for Red White &
Boom (which I was attempting to set-up) so this is a
win all around.
- The other way I
will remember last night is of course, Taco Bell.
Nothing was open on the fourth of July pushing
midnight... EXCEPT TACO BELL. Which elicited
one of the bigger laughs our family has ever
- Talya: "Can
I get a burrito?"
- Cam: "Can I get a
- Vienna: "Can
I get a... what WHAT!?" (does that even make sense
- The timing, my
goodness the timing. In rhythm with everyone else.
Classic. As is doing a midnight taco bell run with
yout kids. Felt like being a teenager again and
sitting on my dad's back porch eating it felt like we
were just doing something wrong... which is also a
feeling I've missed for so many years. Last night sure
felt like being a kid again...
- ...and my dad is
making CONEYS tonight? His special secret recipe
coneys? Whew. I'll probably make a video out of that
(but leave out the secrets).
- This has been a
spectacular trip. Please, please, please let all of
this footage turn out. It will be a crossroads for
this format if it does.