USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

The USS Roosevelt (CVN 71) Arrives in Bremerton

Today the USS Theodore Roosevelt, or CVN 71, arrived in Bremerton for a dry dock overhaul (Read more here). I tried my hand at getting Seattle in the background, but I am favoring the shots of this massive ship just as it was arriving at the ship yard. The deck was full of sailors, shipyard workers, contractors, and the cars of the sailors moving to the Bremerton area. The Lady Washington tall ship has been in Port Orchard recently, and stuck around for a brilliant demonstration of old and new technology. It was a beautiful evening to experience the ship pulling into port.

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Wings and Wheels 2021

Wings and Wheels 2021

A Gig Harbor Air Show

This year’s Wings and Wheels was minus the wheels. This year only featured a drive-in air show due to COVID, but it was quite the experience! It was way cool to hear and feel the rumble of the engines, especially the F-35 closing out the show!

Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels 2021 P-51 Mustang “VAL-HALLA”
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Homecoming 2021

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Homecoming 2021

Welcome home USS Nimitz

Today the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) returned home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton following an 11-month deployment. The weather forecast called for rain all weekend, but just in time the rain paused and the sun shone bright as the ship turned into the Rich Passage. The anticipation of such a homecoming is palpable and I’m so happy to see these sailors finally getting home to their loved ones.

Prints are available at my pixieset shop: Kriste Adams Photography
And as the USS Nimitz makes for a unique image, I have arranged some specialty-sized prints through my store here.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help or design. My email is [email protected] It is important to me that moments like this are remembered.

Click on an image to view the gallery:

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Fourth of July 2020

Fourth of July 2020

Catching up with fireworks photos

Since the fourth of July looks a little different this year, I decided to go all out with sharing my work from previous firework shows. It has been a lot of fun going through my older photos to see the mistakes and lessons I’ve learned along the way.

2016

I was not sure if I would actually ever share these. But, these are my first attempts, and I am taking the opportunity to reflect and see where I was and where I am now. That helps when I’m being too critical of myself.

First row settings:

  • ISO 200
  • 49mm
  • f/11
  • 6s

Second row settings:

  • ISO 100
  • 16mm
  • f/16
  • 1.6s
2017

I already wrote a comprehensive post about this year –> 2017 4th of July

Learning little by little to get the photos I want. Here are some of my favorites:

2018

At the second ever Bremerton Bridge Blast I felt like I was finally fully prepared to master these fireworks shots. I had my trusty Sony A6000, 18-105mm f/4 lens, and a solid tripod. 

  • ISO 100
  • 37mm
  • f/18
  • 4s
2019

Now, 2019 meant I had a few years of 4th of July photos under my belt, so I should know what I’m doing right? Right?!? Well, this was also my first year with the Sony A7Riii. Anyone who has changed their camera setup will tell you there is a break in period. I was not comfortable using the kit lens, so I grabbed my reliable 18-105, fully charged battery, tripod, and gave it a go with these settings:

  • ISO 100
  • 18mm
  • f/16
  • 4s

2020

What a ride 2020 has been. I graduated with my masters degree in June and I was ready to get back into taking photos. Our friends live on the water and invited us over for a physically distanced viewing of their neighbors annual fireworks show.
Something I really missed last year when I moved from the A6000 to the a7RIII was an intervalometer. Sony released an update a bit ago that added this internally to my camera so I was able to program exactly what I needed the camera to do. The best part of firework shows is that they usually last at least 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time to make any changes. I ended up using two different sets of settings to explore what I could get.

The first, blue background settings:

  • ISO 100
  • 20mm
  • f/2.8
  • 5s

Black background settings:

  • ISO 100
  • 20mm
  • f/16-f/20
  • 5s

Probably the coolest part of the night was when the full moon appeared through the clouds about halfway through the fireworks show! I still see aspects I want to improve, but I am pretty excited with how many photos turned out well this year! Firework photos are so much fun because you have to adapt to any unforeseen challenges. I’m looking forward to the next show! 

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