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.