Glenn Charles


Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

A Distant Glow

Canada Day Fireworks

It had been a very long day yesterday, and by 8:00 I still had not gotten a shot that I felt was worthy of posting.  Sometimes the creative juices are not flowing and I was prepared to just give up.  For some odd reason I decided to take a walk out onto the jetty wall, and even though it was getting fairly dark I still grabbed the camera.  With my old trusty Nikon's I would have been excited to shoot the dusk landscape shots that I love so much, but with the Sony NEX-5 I had no such thoughts.  Still, I grabbed the camera and willed my weary body into movement. 

As I walked out onto the jetty, the after glow illuminating the water and deep black clouds blanketing the sky, I noticed off into the distance fireworks.  Wow, could it be, could this be my photo of the day?  I had brought my little table top tripod with me, one that is almost permanently attached to the Sony and set up way out on the jetty wall.  It was cold, the wind was blowing and the huge tide was rushing in.  Sitting down, I took up a Zen like pose, and proceeded to shoot off into the distance.  Once again, with my Nikons, this was something easy to do, but with the Sony, and it's badly cracked screen, well, not so easy. 

So I sat patiently, putting the camera on 'Self Timer' mode in order to minimize any vibrations from pushing the shutter button and fired off a series of 25-30 second exposures.  Each exposure took 10 seconds for the timer to go off; 25-30 seconds of exposure time; and then what seemed like an eternity for the camera to process the image into a visible jpeg.  Even though I was shooting raw, the camera still needs to create a jpeg for display/review purposes.  To say this was a slow process is an understatement.  I had no idea if I was shooting anything in focus, and had never shot long time exposures with the NEX, so it was all a big gamble. 

Sometimes gambles and luck are all you need, and in the end, to my surprise, I was quite pleased with a few of the images. If I had not had the table top tripod I would have been SOL, and if I had not grabbed the camera, I would have missed an incredible opportunity to shoot something inspiring.