Fireworks and Light Painting – Rappahannock County July 4th Celebration

This is anticipated… WE will update this information as we get closer and more details are released.

Come join the Rappahannock County July 4th Celebration 2017.

Joyce has offered an opportunity to light paint old tractors and vehicles with the fireworks on Monday July 4th. Do something different with fireworks. There is a lineup of old tractors and sometimes other vehicles. We can light them while the fireworks are going on. After the fireworks are over, we can play with a few sparklers or other types of lights. Examples are below, including this year’s Color Print of the Year, with the old car.

Food and drink and entertainment starts at 1:00. the firehouse website is down right now, but you can check it out when it gets going. $20 per carload, usually. (

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Sunset – 8:41PM 
Moon Details – Waxing gibbous – 82% Illuminated – 11 Days Old

Joyce Harman’s 2016 Fireworks images:

All fireworks images on this page are from there.

Independence Day Celebration – Manassas Virginia

Manassas Virginia Fourth of July Fireworks 2017
Celebrate Independence Day in the City of Manassas

The City of Manassas celebrates the Fourth of July with one of the largest fireworks displays and Independence Day parties in Northern Virginia. The annual event includes live music, an Apple Pie Baking contest, a watermelon eating contest, carnival rides, food, and more. The afternoon events begin with a bicycle rodeo. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes in patriotic colors of red, white and blue.

Time: Afternoon events begin at 3 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5.

Getting to Historic Manassas
Location: Old Town Manassas, Train Depot & the Manassas Museum Lawn, 9431 West Street Manassas,VA
The city of Manassas is located near Prince William County, Virginia about 30 miles southwest of Washington, DC and a short drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Directions: From Washington DC, take I-95 South towards Richmond. Take Exit 152 North, Route 234 towards Manassas. Continue for 16 miles and turn right at traffic signal onto Dumfries Rd (Business 234).
Continue 3 miles north and turn right at traffic signal onto Prince William Street and go 4 blocks to West Street. The Train Depot and Museum is located at 9431 West Street.
Parking: The Manassas Museum parking lot as well as commuter Lot F at the corner of Main and Prince William Streets are reserved for handicapped parking. Plenty of free parking is available in the other commuter lots on Prince William Street, at Balwin Elementary School on Main Street, and at Metz Middle School on Wellington Road.

Manassas has the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia. Believe it.

Celebrate America this Independence Day in historic downtown Manassas.
Family-fun surrounds the train depot, Manassas Museum, and Harris Pavilion with great views of the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia! Bring out blankets and lawn chairs to claim your spot and enjoy all of the entertainment and fun going on. The fireworks show will start at 9:15 pm but there will be plenty of activities and contests before.

Unique bikes parade
The fun starts at 3 p.m. with kid’s rides in the water tower parking lot – Lot B – as well as a bicycle decorating contest in the Harris Pavilion. Children will ride in a parade around the pavilion showing off their unique bikes and prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most patriotic, and best overall bikes.

Apple pie contest
Next up is the apple pie baking contest at 4 p.m. Residents, visitors, and more are encouraged to show off their baking skill with delicious homemade apple pies. The pies will be judged by a group of city staff and residents looking for the City’s best apple pie.

Watermelon eating contest
Last in line for contests is the watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion. What better way to cool down in the summer than a fresh piece of watermelon? The contest will be broken up into two age groups – 17 & under and 18 & older – as contestants show off how fast they can eat their watermelon. The children’s age group will have to finish a quarter of a watermelon while the adult group will have to eat an entire half.
Applications for all three contests can be found on and are due back no later than Friday, July 1.

The Truck Graveyard in Columbia, VA

Road Runner is having a Meetup and I am signed up and driving is anyone wants to attend I can take one or two passangers to share the gas. I am hoping to find a sunset to photograph on the way back. I can leave from Manassas at 10:30AM for the 2.5 hour drive. Gene

Ducan Trucking has a nice collection of about 60 old trucks. Most of the trucks are in a field on an active farm. So wear boots and watch where you step. Tick protection is also recommended.

A quick Google search of “truck graveyard virginia” pulls up many images. Check it out.

HDR Workshop

This is for physical Members of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club (MWCC) … not just the MWCC Meetup Group! Please become a member of the club by visiting the membership page today

We are working on the details for a High Dynamic Range (HDR) Workshop using Nik Efex Pro by Gene Garner (, Photomatix Pro by Roger A. Cox (, and Aurora HDR 2017 by Joyce Harman ( – for Mac).

Cherry Blossoms in Peak Bloom on the Tidal Basin

The National Park Service predicts that the cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom between March 19 and 22, 2017. You can find more details on the peak bloom updates page.

You can find more details on the peak bloom updates page.

SUNRISE DATA: 7:04 AM @ 91.0 degrees

Photograph the Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise on the west side of the TIDAL BASIN. 

Park along Ohio Drive SW or West Basin Drive SW and walk to the Tidal Basin near the Ohio Drive bridge, see map.

There are also 3 parking lots on Ohio Drive (Lots A, B and C), just behind the George Mason Memorial. (about a 2 minute walk from the Ohio Drive Bridge). 

You should be in the area at least one hour before sunrise to get a parking spot on Ohio St.  We plan to arrive at 5:45am.

Here is The Photographer’s Ephemeris with the appropriate location and details:,-77.040791&center=38.8837,-77.0411&dt=20170401070000-0400&z=16&spn=0.01,0.03

Special Photography Access – Washington National Cathedral

This is a special event that REQUIRES you to buy a ticket from the National National Cathedral!  This event is DIFFERENT than the other WNC trips listed on this Meetup!

Go to This website:  
Seeing Deeper 2016

Along the right hand column are dates for Special Photography Access Tickets, select the 16th and pay for your ticket ASAP.

DETAILS: With thousands of chairs cleared during Seeing Deeper week, capture the grandeur and splendor of the world’s sixth-largest cathedral, or discover intimate, dimly lit corners that showcase spectacular gothic architecture. This session starts 75 minutes before the building opens to the public, so you won’t have the crowds to interrupt your views … just watch out for your fellow photographers!

The Cathedral opens to the public at 10 am, and ticket holders are welcome to remain for the rest of the day!

Experience a different Cathedral perspective: we clear the space, you fill your mind. Find new paths for creative expression and spiritual freedom.

OuterBanks Astrophotography

Details for the Nags Head Astro-Photography trip on April 28-30, 2017.

We expect to stay:
Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront 
1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-2151

It is listed as $119.00 per night.

————– DRAFT – ITINERARY ————–

Friday April 28th:
Check-in to the hotel (begins @ 2:00-3:00pm)
Dinner (4PM or 5PM)
Photograph the Sunset (7:30pm-8:30pm)
Astro Photography with the Milky Way @ Bodie Island Lighthouse 

Saturday April 29th: 
Sunrise (6:37am) @ Nags Head Fishing Pier(s)
Morning photos in the sand dunes & beach scenes
Relax/sleep in the afternoon
Dinner (4PM or 5PM)
Photograph the Sunset (7:30pm-8:30pm)
Astro Photography with the Milky Way around the Oregon Inlet Lifeguard Station

Sunday April 30th:
Photograph the Sunrise (6:36am) @ Currituck Lighthouse
Morning photography around Corolla
Depart for home!
Lunch (11AM)

We expect to photograph the Milky Way with the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the sunset/sunrise with the local fishing piers, and other targets of opportunity.

This is a HEAVY night time concentrated photo field trip, therefore plan accordingly and sleep during the day!

We probably won’t have a formal itinerary.
Generally, we will be shooting late in the evening (11pm) to early morning times (4am) (& generally not straight through!) depending on what the weather and the Milky Way is doing at the time we are down there.

There are several lighthouses (Bodie Island, Currituck Beach Light, Roanoke Marshes, & Cape Hatteras) piers (Jennette’s Pier, Avalon Fishing Pier, Nags Head Fishing Pier) and Lifesaving station (Oregon Inlet ) to photograph, as well as the beach scenes.

The sunrise, sunset, and Milky Way should be in full bloom to photograph during different parts of the day and night.

Avalon Fishing Pier
Nags Head Fishing Pier –
Jennette’s Pier –
Oregon Inlet Lifesaving station –
Cape Hatteras National Seashore –
Bodie Island Lighthouse –
Cape Hatteras Light –
Currituck Beach Light –
Roanoke Marshes Light –

You need a wide angle F/1.8 or F/2.4 lens, tripod, cable release, & head lamp.

I have the Rokinon Wide‑Angle Lens for Canon EF, 14mm, F/2.8 ( and it works extremely well, certainly better than my Canon L Series 24-105mm  (

I purchased Royce Blair’s e-book (Milky Way NightScapes) late last year and absolutely LOVE it!

If you are interested in astrophotography, this or similar e-books are a must!

Here are two articles that may assist you also.

Here are some examples images that have been taken down there:

2016 Manassas Regional Airport Airshow & Open House

Manassas Regional Airport, 10600 Harry J Parrish Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110, United States

2016 Manassas Regional AirportAirshow & Open HouseSaturday: May 7, 2016 10am to 4pmRain date: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Important Airshow Information

PARKINGThe location of the Airshow is at Manassas Regional Airport, 10600 Harry Parrish Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110. Buses start loading at 9:45am and will run until everyone is back after the ramp closes at 4pm. Come to the airport and follow the directions of the police and parking personnel. 20 Manassas School buses provide transportation all day to and from ALL parking areas. Please do not park alongside a street or road at the airport as you will be ticketed and/or towed. There are plenty of parking lots and shuttle buses to get you quickly to and from the main terminal. Handicap equipped buses are available. Limited Handicap spaces are available on a first come first serve basis at the terminal.

COSTSThe airshow parking and admittance is absolutely 100% free to all. It’s a great family event. We are accepting cash donations at all gates for three local charities: The Freedom Museum, The Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue Squad and the Civil Air Patrol, Prince William/Manassas composite Squadron. Please consider a recommended donation of $5.00 per adult as a contribution only if able. No tickets are required, just come on down.

FOODWe have many great food vendors on site right at the airshow to provide a wide variety of food and non-alcoholic drinks/water all day. So bring some cash for food! No alcohol/No coolers please.

SOUVENIR PROGRAMThis year the airshow will offer a 48-page, full color, souvenir program. The program features information and photographs on our performers, aircraft, and sponsors, as well as two pages of aircraft trading cards for the kids. Supplies are limited. Get your program for only $10.

SEATINGThe airshow is mostly a walking/standing event. You are welcome to bring strollers and folding chairs/blanket to sit on with you for your comfort.

SAFETYLaw Enforcement and Event Staff personnel will be onsite and will have the right to check, search and inspect anything brought onto airport property at any time. Please avoid backpacks, cases that will delay your entry. Do not leave any item you bring unattended.There will be at times music, loud aircraft and announcements. Please plan accordingly and bring with you ear plugs/protection if you are noise sensitive. Most have no problem.Sunscreen: please prepare for a day in the sun and bring sunscreen, head protection and stay hydrated. Please place all trash in approved trash cans or take it with you.

RESTROOMSPorta Johns will be provided throughout the public area for your use. Some will be handicapped equipped/marked for your convenience.

PETSPets of any type are prohibited. The ramp gets hot and can burn the paws of our little friends. If you have a service dog prescribed to you and it is, certified, licensed and vaccinated, advance permission can be attained by emailing: at least 5 days prior to the event.

AlCOHOL/DRUGSAlcohol is prohibited on airport grounds. Being on the airport ramp intoxicated is prohibited. Illegal drugs are prohibited.

WEAPONSCarry of firearms/weapons of any type must be in full compliance with all state, federal and local laws and FAA regulations. No RC flying aircraft, kites, rockets, projectiles, fireworks or laser pointers are allowed by visitors. No throwing of balls or any objects please.

CHILDRENChildren of all ages are always welcome as this is a fun family event. There will be many aircraft displays and we ask that all parents keep a watchful eye on your children at all times as there are aircraft in operation. Looking up at planes is a prime time for them to wander away!

FIRST AIDA first aid station will be in front of the main terminal on the ramp. If you need help, seek any uniformed person or event staff person wearing a yellow vest.Wheel chairs and electric slow moving carts are acceptable for those needing them.

ATMS will be onsite!