The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

thing therein

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

On the 4th of July, I planned to get shots of the Macy’s Fireworks show on the East River, but didn’t want to go anywhere near the water. I had two spots in mind, and was debating which one to gravitate towards. Luckily, both spots had a common corner where my paths diverged, so I chewed on the decision while walking towards it.

The shot above and the one directly below are actually from July 3rd, when I took a short walk around the neighborhood just to stretch my legs.

Along my way, nearby Sunnyside Yards, I spotted this van. A Holy Roller, indeed.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

When walking past Sunnyside Yards, it’s impossible for me not to crack out a few shots of the trains they have on display.

Amtrak does a whole lot of maintenance work here. Cleaning, stocking, mechanical stuff.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On the 4th of July, I finally had to make a decision about where I was going to shoot the fireworks from. I initially considered the area around Dutch Kills.

As mentioned previously, the trick with fireworks is to create a “sense of place” in the shot. Given that the 4th of July fireworks will always have the Empire State Building in the center of the display…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I set out from HQ a couple of hours in advance of the scheduled show, and actually changed my mind while en route.

Greenpoint Avenue at the Long Island Expressway would be my spot!

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Along the way, I passed by an FDNY maintenance facility and they had just opened the roll up door as I was walking down the street…

Firemen! Firemen! Firemen!

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Fireworks, as described at the beginning of this week regarding another display at Astoria Park, require a simple exposure formula. F8/ISO 200/4-8 second exposures. I claimed a spot, and believe it or not, I was soon surrounded by Blissvillians and Sunnysiders here on the onramp for the Long Island Expressway at Greenpoint Avenue.

I intended, therefore, to include the crowd and the traffic in my shots. It was a part of the show, after all.

– photos by Mitch Waxman

The YouTube video above is what I got. No sound on this one, so no point in headphones. It’s a series of still images strung together in a slide show.

Back next week.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 5, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Great show!


    August 6, 2022 at 8:48 am

  2. […] when I decided to show you what the July 4th fireworks shows – the Macy’s one in “thing therein,” and the Astoria Park one in “wrinkles formed,” looked like. A rental car allowed me to […]

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