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I shot alot of fireworks this summer. Along with July 4th in Orleans, I shot this set of the York Beach Fireworks over Short Sands Beach. Every year there has been a fireworks display scheduled for the first night of my trip. Every year it’s been postponed. Despite a massive, scary storm moving in hours before dusk, the fireworks display went off as scheduled. I scrambled down to the rocky shoreline and found a tall pillar of rock to shoot from. It gave me a vantage point looking out over the water and the coast but without any of the roads and other spectators in the shot. You can see the lights of the boardwalk area near Short Sands including the Funorama. If you’re interested in more shots from the York area, I spent a good deal of time at Nubble Lighthouse this summer.
We had an extremely busy and hectic July 4th week here on Cape Cod. The holiday fell smack dab in the middle of the week this year. Usually we have one hugely busy, crowded weekend, but this year we’ve had a hugely busy weekend, followed by a hugely busy, crowded week. Good for businesses, I suppose.
At any rate, Monday, July 2 I drove out to Orleans to shoot the fireworks display over Rock Harbor. Lucked out big time on parking and managed to avoid the mile plus walk that most people endured. We watched a beautiful sunset over Cape Cod Bay and the fireworks started about 15 minutes after the sky got dark. I struggled a little bit with exposing these shots. I didn’t have a cable release so I was triggering (with a 2 second delay) various exposures ranging from 2″ to 10″. It seemed like whenever I went with a longer exposure, a huge burst of bright explosions would blow out the entire image. Whenever I went with a shorter explosion, everything would be too dim. Fireworks are tricky. If you’re interested in a print of any of these images, you can use the buttons at the bottom of this post to check out the various options.