I have been capturing images of Marblehead’s annual fireworks show since moving here in May 2008 and, in that time, have found that my favorite images are those with people in the frame. While I have shot from both sides of the harbor, I had not yet been able to shoot at low tide from Fort Beach until this year.

I ended up shooting from several locations on the Fourth of July but came back to Fort Beach for the finale and set up this composition making sure to include Marblehead Light and the edge of Fort Sewall as well as people sitting and standing on the rocks gathered for the show.

For the perfect timing of low tide and the ability to capture people in various poses as the fireworks finale took place, this is my fourth favorite image taken in 2022.