This year, his Fourth of July expedition was a blast. Along with three dozen other photographers, he captured what he called the “iconic postcard view” of San Diego — all four fireworks displays at once.
Welcome to not-so-secret Lucinda Street.
Known to photo clubs, social media and websites such as shothotspot.com, the steep residential street in Point Loma’s La Playa neighborhood has become a mecca for Big Bay Boom shooters.
“It’s just a matter of time,” said Hiep Le of Mission Valley, who brought friends to the shoot. “The small unknown spots get discovered pretty soon.”
Le, 46, said this year’s tripod turnout of Nikons, Canons and Sonys was about 50 percent bigger than last year’s.
The concrete road just east of Golden Park Avenue got so crowded, in fact, that cars quit trying to thread past them.
By 8:30 p.m., giggly local teens and serious camera folk had taken over the street.
But when 9 p.m. arrived for the 15-minute show, it was all business.
The music soundtrack wasn’t heard. Instead, it was shutter clicks — many starting exposures of 3 to 10 seconds — that dominated. Along with the concussive booms below.