There is no place in the United States that knows how to celebrate American holidays better than New England. Since I have family there, I always spend Thanksgiving there and sometimes the 4th of July as well. A few years ago I went with my family to the Sudbury Massachusetts Independence Day parade. Sure other towns also have great parades but do they have Minutemen? You can buy a print of this image on my commercial site by clicking here.
This year as the United Kingdom declares independence from Europe, I thought it appropriate to republish this post from a few years ago.
I am so fascinated with American’s insatiable appetite for Britain and the royal family and apparent disdain for French culture. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Without the help of the French we would have never defeated the British and won our independence. So this year when you fire up the BBQ have a nice red wine with your burger and say vive la France!
I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. This image was taken at the Independence Day parade in Sudbury MA in 2008. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.
When I visited Fenway last month we got to see a Baltimore pitcher quickly ejected in the fifth inning. He had been pitching a no hitter before throwing at a Red Sox player’s head. Of course an argument broke out but the manager wisely stopped before he was tossed.
There are few things harder to do in professional sports than throw or hit a fastball. The ball is traveling over 90 miles an hour. It is also very difficult to photograph especially from the stands with a hand held camera. Professional photographers on the field are much closer and have tripods to steady the camera and even then it is not so easy.
This was taken from the stands at Fenway Park with a 300mm hand held lens at 3200 ISO. It was shot at f8 with a shutter speed of 1/300th of a second. It turned into a single by the Red Sox hitter.
A few weeks ago my nephew took me to my first game at Boston’s legendary Fenway Park. As David Ortiz took the plate I watched in fascination as the infield shifted so far to the right that the third baseman was almost to second base. My nephew said, “If only he could bunt!”
As if on cue, Big Poppie showed bunt. Sigh, yah if only he could.