This 4th of July was a soggy one here in Atlanta. I monitored the weather all day, and almost decided not to go out, because of the rain. I was really looking forward to shooting fireworks this year (with a camera :)), so last minute I decided to pack up and head to Lenox Square Mall. I had about an hour to make the 35 minute trip downtown, fight traffic, find parking, hopefully find a decent spot, and set up. On my way downtown, the rain stopped and everything cleared up. I was starting to think it was over. I brought an umbrella and poncho, so I was prepared for the rain anyways. I managed to get a spot in a parking garage right next to the mall. I wasn’t excited to pay $10, but I didn’t have much time. Of course they didn’t take credit cards, but the nice old man running the garage just let me park for free!
Once I arrived, I stood around chatting with everyone else waiting for the show to start. Ten minutes later it started pouring rain, hard. I was in a rush I totally forgot my umbrella and poncho in the car. The show was delayed due to the rain, but I tried to wait it out. After 25 minutes, I was over it. I was soaked, cold, and finally just decided to pack up. On my way back to the garage I noticed the top deck faced the show. I went to the top and found a perfect view. The rain seemed relentless, so I waited inside the stairwell.
When the show finally started, I setup in the middle of the parking lot. Unfortunately, there were some terrible looking buildings blocking most of my view, so I only had a tiny area to work in. I shot in the pouring rain for about 20 minutes trying to protect my camera with a styrofoam food tray I found in the trash. Yeah, sometimes you just have to get extra creative. The night was a journey to say the least, but I’m glad I have some photos to show for it. Much better then the “nothing” I started to leave with.
I hope everyone had a great and safe Fourth of July; and a dryer one! If you have a cool story, or just want to share, what did you do?