Fireworks on the Fourth

By July 5, 2015Fine Art, Fun

Holidays, I feel, are a good time to do something fun that breaks from your normal, every day routine. On the Fourth, there’s nothing better than celebrating our country with friends, frankfurters, fireworks (and mosquitoes). I enjoy taking photos at a good fireworks show, but I have hundreds of them in the archives. This year I thought, “Do I really need more fireworks photos?” I hemmed and hawed a bit, then finally decided that I would see if I could come up with something different.

The nice thing about living in downtown Concord is that it makes it easy to walk everywhere. Trying to park at Memorial Field where they hold the show can be a tad rough. My idea was to see if I could get a different angle for the fireworks, maybe looking back towards town. I had scouted areas in the past and never found any that were quite what I was looking for, but I figured I would see what I could do.

Walking up Pleasant Street, I realized I probably wasn’t going to find good places quickly – and blast off time was ticking towards me. There was a side street that headed toward what I thought would be the back end of the field, so I took it to see what the possibilities there might be. It did end up at the back of the field and I noticed that if I walked around the edge I could get close to where they would be firing from. That would give me a different angle for the show (as long as I didn’t get kicked out for being too close).

It turned out that I was able to get close enough to get some different shots. It had rained earlier in the day, so the smoke hung close to the ground. I liked that effect of the fireworks going through and around the smoke. At the end, during the Grand Finale, I zoomed on the guys lighting the fireworks with flares and a fireman watching from the side. To me, it seemed to give it an apocalyptic feel.

On the way home, wisps of fog floating over the pond in White Park caught my eye. I stopped for a few photos. The humidity started fogging up my lens, but I got some shots that had an air of eeriness. I might have to find a use for them on the next fun photo holiday: Halloween.

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