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Every 4th of July, the McCartys and their friends gather to watch the local fireworks shows across America. We are attracted to the spectacular display—with its vivid colors, various patterns, and loud explosions. This year, make it a point to bring your digital point-andshoot or SLR camera along. With the following tips, you’re sure to capture some impressive images of the show: 

1) First of all, make sure that you are not downwind of the show. If you are, you will be taking pictures of smoke and not fireworks! You want to stay upwind of the show to get the clearest pictures. 

2) If you have a tripod, you will want to pack that along with your chairs, drinks and snacks. Shooting on a tripod allows you capture longer exposures without moving the camera. Not everybody is willing to bring a tripod with them to the show, but the end results will be well worth the trouble. 

3) Another good trick is to use the self-timer on your camera to take the picture. You want the movement of the light from the fireworks, but not the camera. Even the slightest movement from your hand depressing the shutter release on the camera can cause a picture to be blurry. 


4) Get your camera set up properly. First, make sure that your flash is turned off. Then, if your camera has a setting that allows you to set your shutter speed, try experimenting with long exposures. Try a 3, 5, and 10 second exposure to see what you get. Typically, you will be better off using a long exposure for the individual fireworks and a shorter exposure for the grand finale (since there is so much light in the sky with all the bursts). Remember that the longer the exposure, the more of a “trail” you will see for each burst and the more likely you are to catch multiple bursts in one image. 

If you want to get really fancy, once you’re home you can try combining different fireworks bursts into one image using your favorite photo editor, like Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Corel Paint Shop Pro. 

And finally, since you don’t know what firework is going off when, shoot a lot and see what you get. Memory cards can store lots of photos, which gives you lots of room to experiment. Like most good photographers, you need to shoot a lot to get one or two amazing pictures. Follow these tips and you’ll enjoy the show long after it’s over with great photos that will wow your friends and family.

Things that a McCarty might say on at the July 4 fireworks

Here are some summertime funnies

Why does Eddy sit in the shade? Answer

What do you get when a row of rabbits takes one step backwards or a McCarty scalp? Answer

What do you call a cow lying on Kelly's porch? Answer

Why did Evan throw butter out the window? Answer

What does Dana call a fish with 2 knees? Answer

What does Jenna call a snail on a ship ? Answer

Why did Tigger stick his head in the toilet? Answer

What does Megan call cheese that isn't yours? Answer

If Margaret has a bee in her left hand and a bee in her right hand, what does she have in her eye? Answer

Why didn't the skeleton go to Steve's Bar BQ? Answer

How does Kristen talk to a shark? Answer


The Seven Errors

Pick out the seven differences between the two pictures


1. My husband and  I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't.
2. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
4. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
5. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
6. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me
7. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
8. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
9. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are just missing.
10. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
11. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
12. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
13. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps. 
15. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
16. Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!
17. Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.
18. Procrastinate Now!

19. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That? 
20. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
21. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
22. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
23. They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
24. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.
25. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
26. Ham and eggs...A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
27. The trouble with life is there's no background music.
28. The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.
29. I smile because I don't know what the hell is going on.

Aunt Margaret's Craft Corner 

Firecracker Hats

With this quick and inexpensive design, you can easily outfit a crowd of paraders with hats that will flutter as they march.

Here's What You'll Need

2 full sheets of newspaper
Blue, red, and white acrylic paints
A wide paintbrush 
White construction paper
Scissors, tape, and glue

First, unfold the two newspaper sheets one atop the other as if you were reading them. Then, treat them as a single two-ply sheet thereafter — this will strengthen the hat and provide a double layer of fringe. To make the brow band, mark a line that measures 31/2" from the bottom edge of the sheet and fold up along that line. Roll the band up once more and flatten the fold. Paint the brow band blue. When dry, paint broad red and white stripes on the flip side of the newspaper (this will be the inside of the hat). While waiting for the paint to dry, cut star shapes from the construction paper. Fit the hat by wrapping the brow band (painted side out) around a child's head and taping the overlap securely. At this point, the hat should resemble a tall cylinder. Decorate the brow band by gluing on the stars. Finally, use the scissors to fringe the top of the hat, making cuts (spaced an inch or so apart) that extend about halfway down the cylinder.

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