Happy Independence Day everyone! Each time we celebrate the 4th of July – we tend to think of it in terms of picnics, having fun with friends, a day at the beach and fireworks. But we should never forget the perilous course our founding fathers took and the many twists and turns that could have derailed colonial independence. There were so many battles to win, so many political compromises to be made. These days I often feel as if we are throwing it all away in a fit of selfishness and a rampaging case of willful ignorance. Yet there are signs of hope. While I was on the River Walk this evening, there were young people out on the walk urging unregistered citizens to register in time for the Novemeber elections and explaining the importance of voting to those who already were registered. It was good to see since so many under 30 have become disengaged either because apathy or cynicism.
But now it is time to have some fun. I was at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla last night and the following video is compilation of still photos from that event. Last year the event boasted over 20,000 attendants. It was at least close to that level this year. I arrived at about 6 PM and just barely got a decent place to park my car. So if you want to do this next year, get there no later than 6 PM – but 5:30 is better.
Using a tripod and a long shutter speed, I worked with bracketed f-stops to be sure that I got a decent exposure on at least some of the shots. I kept the ISO at 100. I was able to get some pretty decent photos.
The still photo to the right is from the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow fireworks which were this evening. I’ll probably post another video in the next day or so… Even though part of the exposure is blown out – I loved the ability to see the lighthouse and the reflection the fireworks made ont the water with that particular shot…
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