Normally, I avoid the big fireworks displays in favor of the smaller ones. Less people usually provide better photo opps. This year I decided to go to the big one – the Macy’s NYC Fireworks on the Hudson River!
I was at 42nd St and 10th by 8PM and I thought I had plenty of time. But, the police had already closed off the street. Not good. I kept walking further uptown. Street by street filled to capacity. I eventually found a lull in the crowd around 57th St. The police had already closed the West Side Highway, so no water shot. At least there was a good view of the sky from a few different angles. I spotted one person with a tripod standing in a bush. Good idea! He had a Canon, so I knew he was a decent person 😛 I set-up right next to him. It was his first time photographing fireworks and I helped him with his settings. (See my article on how-to photography fireworks.) We both captured some great shots!
One interesting note – I walked by many people looking for my spot. Of the people that had SLRs, only a handful had Nikons. Almost everyone had Canons SLRs. Quite a few Canon 7Ds and 5DIIs and a good smattering of Rebels. That really surprised me. I did see quite a few Coolpix, but really do those count? They probably were using their flash too 😛