This year on the 4th of July I wanted to finally record some fireworks. Believe it or not, that's one subject I've failed to record. I went out to Battery Park last year but my choice of location and attempted use of a monopod instead of a tripod ruined all my shot attempts that night. I planned to makeup for both those errors this year. But I had a hurdle to climb over first, because I left my tripod home to start the day, as my presence and photographic skills were requested by friends to take pictures of them playing softball all the way up in the Bronx in Van Cortlandt Park. I left my tripod home because it would have been too cumbersome to carry around in the park, and of no use to capture spontaneous shots of the guys at play, anyway.
So after spending the afternoon shooting in the park I left the Bronx to go home and pick up my tripod. Unfortunately I didn't plan for the coast guard to shut down the ferry service after the 7 o'clock boat and not starting it up again until after the fireworks. I vainly raced home and tried to get back in time to catch that last boat back into the city, but missed it by about 20 minutes. I as stood there looking into the inky black night at the island's shore, it looked like it would be another 12 long months before I could capture some fireworks.
Fortunately the Yankees minor league team rescued me by having a fireworks night every Thursday in July here in St. George. So lucky me, I only had to wait 4 days.
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