Marblehead is consistently ranked in the top 10 fireworks shows in the United States and each year the Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination committee seems to outdo itself. This is my fifth year in Marblehead and the fifth opportunity to shoot the fireworks display. With each year I’ve learned a bit more about shooting these amazing displays of light and sound. Having shot the Marblehead fireworks from Crocker Park, Fort Sewall and Chandler Hovey (twice), I was on the lookout for new vantage points from which to capture the incredible display.
I spent much of Tuesday evening and Wednesday scouting out spots and settled on this area of Beacon Street overlooking Little Harbor with Gerry Island and Marblehead Lighthouse in the distance. I spotted the barge and knew I could get some nice compositions from this spot. When I arrived (about two hours early), I was thrilled to see a huge American flag waving in the air from the top of the crane. I made sure to include that in the final composition you see here. After that, it was a matter of waiting through a pretty incredibly and unique sunset (will share that next week) and making sure my settings were correct.
This is my initial favorite though, as in years past, I added more shots including spectators watching along with me on Beacon Street. I’ll share one of those on Friday.