I decided to see the Boston fireworks in person this year and did a 10 mile round trip kayak expedition on the Charles River for the show. The effort was more than worth it as I had an amazing up close view. When kayaking to the event, one can get as close as a couple hundred yards from the launch barge. It’s amazing to see the city skyline unobstructed from the water, hearing the sounds of the Boston Pops playing on the Esplanade, seeing the dense crowds packed along the waterfront for a view, yet for myself on the water, having plenty of room to move. Light sticks, LEDs and headlamps marked the presence of fellow paddlers.
Since I was on a boat that was rocking with the movement of the water, a tripod wouldn’t have helped steady the camera, so I had to select brighter fireworks to capture the scene. That’s the trade off for a better view in this case. I also zoomed in and changed the focus during time exposures so that I could capture a few abstract images as well. Upon checking the Boston Globe online the next day, I found that one of their photographs captured a scene from the Cambridge side- I’m the kayaker in the left of center, bottom part of the frame, which you can see here.