Tag Archives: Fourth of July

Independence Day

By Vladimir Brezina

Impressions of this year’s fireworks over NYC’s East River—

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Independence.

Travel Theme: Noise, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

Independence Day fireworks, 2014.


A second contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Noise. The first contribution was here.

Independence Day Spectacular

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

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“A ticket to see fireworks? Don’t you just, uh, look up?” That was my friend Kathy’s comment when I mentioned Vlad had made the long, hot trip downtown in a thunderstorm to pick up our tickets for the fireworks.

Normally, she’d be right: For the past few Independence Days, we’d gone up on the roof, or just looked out from our window on the 17th floor. Even in New York, some things are free!

But these weren’t just any fireworks.  This was the first time ever they’d be in the lower East River—even be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge! And our friend John, who, like Vlad, is a photographer, would be in town expressly to take photos, and we needed to find an uncrowded location for them to set up their tripods.

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Twist in the Sky for a Happy Fourth of July!

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge today is Twist. Just in time for the Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth!

These were last year’s fireworks (more photos are here). We’ll see what tonight will bring!

Here‘s another kind of Twist, in response to The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge, which also had Twist as its theme only a month ago.

Celebrating the Fourth

By Vladimir Brezina

Last night, with martinis in hand, we went up on the roof of our building to watch NYC’s Independence Day fireworks.

Conditions were not ideal for photography. From our building on the Upper East Side, it is several miles to where the fireworks were fired off in the Hudson River. At the last minute, we were chased away by the building staff from the part of the roof that offered the best view. Where we ended up, among a crowd of our neighbors, the tripod had to be so precariously balanced on a narrow ledge that it became a bipod. Directly in front was a pipe obstructing the view. The remote control failed to work…


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