It seems as if it was less than a couple years ago that we were still imploring people “not” to send us phone camera photos because the resolution and lighting were generally so poor they wouldn’t reproduce well on newsprint — or on anything for that matter.
But thanks to the newer generations of iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, etc., that is usually no longer a problem for most standard photography.
Still, if you would have told me that an iPhone camera would produce a photo that could win our Fourth of July Photo Contest I would have been very skeptical. Our submission guidelines this year even go as far as to discourage phone camera use because of our frustration with the low quality of some of the photos we have received in the past.
But times — and digital capabilities — continue to change rapidly.
This year’s winner, Ellen Russell of Grosse Ile, snapped her winning shot with her phone camera. While the fireworks pattern is undefined and really doesn’t show any distinctive pattern, the composition of the shot — with a pontoon boat full of onlookers at right and one of the three launch barges a focal point under the barrage of colors in the distance — was very appealing and summed up the essence of the evening best among the entries we received.
And while the web of smoke trails and flares over head don’t showcase any of the distinctive and artistic patterns that were visible in many of the bursts, they still reflect the frenetic pace of what was another incredible light show.
So, unless you are still smart phone-averse and hanging on to your flip phone, or have one of the earlier-generation smart phones, I would say have at it with sending us the phone photos for most standard photos. Just be sure that you choose the largest file size when sending. Adequate resolution is always a key when reproducing something for a print publication.
And always take that extra shot or two, just in case….
Congratulations to our photo contest winners and honorable mentions, and thanks to all who took the time to enter the contest. You can check out all of the winning entries on Page 15.
Trenton’s Fourth of July fireworks show has been one of the best — if not the best — in Michigan outside of Detroit the last four years. Trenton’s fireworks have benefitted primarily due to the late Leonard Fritz’s love of fireworks and the generosity of the Fritz family, which owns Fritz Enterprises.
The Fritz family first sponsored the expanded show in 2012 for the enjoyment of their father, a lifelong fireworks fan who was in declining health, and again in 2013. Though Leonard died later in 2013, the family still opted to fund the show in his honor in 2014 — reportedly to the tune of $80,000 to $100,000 — and then again this year.
They made that expenditure each year with no expectation of a financial return and, consistent with Leonard’s approach, even sought to avoid recognition for their support. They probably would have opted to do it anonymously if that were possible these days, which it is not.
The reality, however, is that they won’t be able to support the Trenton fireworks indefinitely. I think many people, like me, were amazed they were willing to do it in both 2014 and again this year. In fact, there are no guarantees for 2016 and friends close to the Fritz’s have indicated that this year may very well have been the last.
So, what happens if they don’t? In previous years Trenton’s fireworks shows cost around $20,000, and were comparable to fireworks displays in neighboring communities such as Riverview, Woodhaven, Gibraltar and Grosse Ile.
Let’s see, the math on that would be 5 x $20,000 = $100,000. Hmmmm. I’m no math or budget wizard, but …
In any case, if there is a reasonable possibility of teaming up on a regional show, it would be best to get that discussion going sooner rather than later.
Fabulous at 40?
Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since that legendary Trenton High School football season of 1975, when our top-ranked Trojans steamrolled the competition on its way to an undefeated 9-0 season — only to miss a berth in the playoffs in what was actually the inaugural year for the statewide championships.
It’s difficult to picture that nowadays, when 6 wins gets your ticket punched to the playoffs. Back then, however, the number of playoff rounds was more limited and so was the number of teams that made the playoff. Some believe the initial points system was flawed as well.
But it is indeed the stuff legends are made of, and it’s still a ton of fun to talk about and recall what was and what could have been.
Team members will get another chance to do that very soon. Mark Lybrook, a ’76 grad and one of the team’s captains that year, said plans are in the works for a reunion the evening of this year’s Homecoming Game, which is Friday, Oct. 2, against Allen Park.
He asked me to help spread the word to our readers, who he hopes, in turn, will help inform team members who live out of state, in case they might be able to venture to town to attend. Stay tuned for more details.
Anyone interested in getting in touch with Mark can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Hoshaw Jr. is editor and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Email him at email@example.com.