Street Performer Nailed it in Huntington Beach

Street performer Huntington Beach

Street performer pulls a nail from his nostril as spectators react.

Whether you go for a walk at the Huntington Beach Pier or lay out at the beach, as you approach the pier, you’ll likely run into a street performer that literally nails it. I’ve been going to the HB Pier often for many years now and have always seen the crowd gather around this man that performs this act of hammering a nail into his nostrils. Normally I walk right past it and find something else to photograph, but today I watched.

I don’t know what was more interesting, a man nailing and then pulling the nail out of his nose with a pair of pliers or the reaction of the people as he did it. Not sure if it’s all a trick or he’s really doing it, but the crowd gasped and were overall very entertained.

These type of street performers are a very special breed. I couldn’t do it. But in some ways, they fill a need that the people want even though they may not know they want it.

Bulls on the Beach in HB

PBR at Huntington Beach

Bulls on the Beach event in Huntington Beach

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) came to Huntington Beach this weekend. They setup on the parking lot right on the beach and had a capacity crowd show up. It was standing room only on the beach side. Who would have thought bull riding would bring in a crowd this big?

I’m in Huntington Beach often, so I headed over just in time for the start of the event. I met up with my friend JC who had arrived earlier in the day. With a much better position he captured the photo above. I thought he captured the moment perfectly. The beach was on the left of the image, along with the sun which provided perfect lighting for this photo.

JC captured a few other photos from that day, you can follow him on Instagram here: @crna6pk

4th of July Fireworks Show in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Pier

4th of July Fireworks in Huntington Beach

Every year the 4th of July fireworks show in Huntington Beach is a major event in southern California. Attended by hundreds of thousands of spectators, it’s an interesting experience.

This year my wife and I decided to capture the fireworks over the HB Pier using long exposures.

But first we had to find somewhere to park! With very little public parking available near the pier, we found one about a mile away. We were well prepared with two beach chairs, my Case Logic camera bag and tripod. Yup, we had to carry them all for at least 9 long blocks!

After finding the spot we liked, I setup my gear and waited for the fireworks start time of 9 pm. We were surprised to see that people were still in the water up to and after the fireworks began. Must have been the adrenaline of the day because the water wasn’t exactly that warm.

The beach was at full capacity. I tried setup near the water so that I wouldn’t get people on the pictures. However, with so many people, that was not possible. That’s why you see some “ghosts” in the images. With long exposures, the people sort of fade. That’s why the surfer on the lower left looks that way.

Photographing the 4th of July fireworks in Huntington Beach can be a little challenging with the people and the unpredictable Pacific Ocean mist that can cause a haze to occur in the images.

The show lasted about 20 minutes and fired off near the end of the pier, so I knew that Ruby’s Diner would show up on the photos. Making sure it was visible was very important. The lights on the pier are turned off, so the only thing lighting up the pier and beach would be the fireworks.

Camera Settings

I set my Nikon D7000 and lens to 29mm. Manual AF, manual exposure and shutter. My ISO was set to 100. Most of my settings varied, but they ranged from f/8 – f/22 and shutter release from 10 to 25 seconds.

Using the Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote, so that I wouldn’t touch and move the camera while the shutter was open, I triggered the shutter. It was really easy, every once in a while I would adjust the settings a little to capture more or less series of fireworks.

Overall, I was happy with my results but like always I learned something. The best photos were generally those captured at the beginning of the show. After that, the smoke which was blowing toward us, started to block half of the fireworks. You can see this a little on the photo above.

Also, at the end of this firework show, like most others, there’s a burst of several of them going off at the same time. Well, next time I’ll need to lower my exposure time, because with so many lights it really overexposed those photos.

But again, overall I was happy with my photos of the 4th of July fireworks in Huntington Beach. I encourage anyone to give it a try, the experience is fun especially with so many thousands of people in attendance.

You can purchase a download of this image at OCPix.com

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