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Old Jul 5, 2011, 10:56 AM   #1
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Default Fourth of July Fireworks at Narrowsburg, NY

(Celebrated on the 3rd of July.)

The hamlet of Narrowsburg in the town of Tusten, NY is very small. The hamlet, which sits on the banks of the Delaware River that divides New York and Pennsylvania between the Catskills and the Poconos, only had a population of 426 as of the 2007 census.

It is also remote and very rural. From the different directions we came in and headed out, we drove through 15-22 miles of woodlands to and from the nearest cluster of villages. Lakes, ponds, and old barns occasionally came into view as we rolled up and down the hills.

Along the drive in we passed a woman wearing pilgrim-like clothing who gave us a blank stare that I only remember seeing from the Amish in Pennsylvania or from faces in old, black-and-white, turn-of-the-century photographs when photography was then new. We also passed two men in farmer’s overalls who were laughing as they talked, oblivious to our passing by.

Still, once we got into town, the mood turned festive. Red-white-and-blue bunting hung on building facades, volunteers carrying buckets cheerily asked for donations, and restaurants were filled to capacity. The Narrowsburg-Darbytown Bridge which joins the New York and Pennsylvania hamlets of the same names, had families with children running around while waiting for the fireworks display to begin. For such a small town, I thought the turnout was amazing.

Visit Narrowsburg at any other time and it might be just another town struggling to survive. But despite what I imagine to be budgetary constraints and municipal debates, come Fourth of July, it comes alive. Narrowsburg delivers a pyrotechnics display that will dazzle and compete with Macy’s more elaborate ritual in New York City, if not for the pomp and grandeur then for the joys and celebration and uniqueness of living in a small American town.

#1) Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY.

#2) Sunset from the Narrowsburg-Darbytown Bridge.

#3) Dusk approaches.

#4) The fireworks begin!



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Old Jul 5, 2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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Nice series and the only thing I dislike is the fact of when a picture is compressed in order to upload to any photo forum, it shows a lot of banding in certain photos and that detracts from many photos.
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Thanks, wagaboo. Yes, the banding wasn't as obvious (actually, I didn't notice it) while in Photoshop but on the browser whether IE or Firefox (the latter supporting color spaces) it is.

I thought maybe the banding was exacerbated when I ran the images through Topaz Adjust. #7 below wasn't run in Topaz Adjust, I just used CS3's sliders to increase color and contrast and sharpen. But I think I still see banding.


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