See larger One of the joys of being a photojournalist at a daily paper is shooting big community events year in and year out. But there is no rewind button. If we miss a particular photograph, it's gone. Annual events, however, give you a second chance to get it right. This can also be a curse, however, as I always try to outdo the previous year's photograph. This image was taken near the end of the show. I had been struggling to come up with something different, a tough thing to do at a fireworks show. Unusually low tides surrounding the pier presented what I felt was a unique opportunity as spectators waded 100 yards out into the knee-deep water. Combine the exploding spectacle of the fireworks, the lights from the pier, shimmering water and a long time exposure, and you have a photograph that would be hard to duplicate anywhere else. It's uniquely Naples, and that's the reason this is my favorite photo from 2000.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Daily News

One of the joys of being a photojournalist at a daily paper is shooting big community events year in and year out. But there is no rewind button. If we miss a particular photograph, it's gone. Annual events, however, give you a second chance to get it right. This can also be a curse, however, as I always try to outdo the previous year's photograph. This image was taken near the end of the show. I had been struggling to come up with something different, a tough thing to do at a fireworks show. Unusually low tides surrounding the pier presented what I felt was a unique opportunity as spectators waded 100 yards out into the knee-deep water. Combine the exploding spectacle of the fireworks, the lights from the pier, shimmering water and a long time exposure, and you have a photograph that would be hard to duplicate anywhere else. It's uniquely Naples, and that's the reason this is my favorite photo from 2000.

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