Oct 162016
 

Gallery Doorway
gallery doorway

A second set of shots, this time featuring only color photos, from a walk through Boston’s South End on a glorious October day with my soon to be retired, five+ year-old Olympus E-P3 (in favor of a recently ordered Pen F.) Part one, featuring only black and white photos, may be seen here.  The full set of photos may be seen here, on Flickr.

Gaslight
Gaslight

a charming South End cornera charming South End corner

And here is a selection of a few South End neighborhood favorites, featuring the petit robert bistro, the South End Buttery cafe and restaurant, and Cafe Madeleine, a French patisserie and cafe with the best Pain au Chocolat in Boston—conveniently located just a few blocks from my house.

petit robert bistropetit robert bistro

South End Butter in buttery late afternoon sunlight
Neighborhood gems Cafe Madeleine and (bathed in buttery sunlight) South End Buttery

Long shadows on Montgomery off Dartmouth
Long shadows on Montgomery Street

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAQuintessential South End

Villa Victoria Ramón Emeterio Betances Mural
Villa Victoria Ramón Emeterio Betances Mural

Oct 122016
 

Bacon's Building
Bacon’s Building in stark sunlight and shadow

I took a walk from one end of the South End to the other on a glorious October day with my soon to be retired, five+ year-old Olympus E-P3. This post–the first of two from that walk–focuses on points south of Tremont, including SOWA, and features monochrome shots (straight B&W). The late afternoon sun provided long shadows and stark contrast which look so good in black and white. There are also some sun-dappled shots of a deteriorated SOWA block with an old, one-story electrical shop, as well as a very cool building around the corner near Peters Park with large receiving and loading doors labeled “IN” and “OUT” in the masonry above.

500 Roman Trattoria
500 Roman Trattoria

Leon Electric
Leon Electric

INOUT
On Harrison, the  IN  . . .  and  . . .  OUT  . . .

One Way
One Way
Sun on Ivy
Sun on Ivy

Oh, and I’m retiring the Olympus E-P3 in favor of a new, just ordered Olympus Pen F, an “impeccably beautiful shooting wonder” that “reinvents the rangefinder for m4/3,” which some have called “absolutely the most beautiful digital camera yet, trumping even what Leica can do” (no argument from me). I was afraid Olympus had abandoned the higher end Pen models and may not follow-up the E-P5, relegating the Pen line to the lower-end, fashionable E-PL line. I was hesitant to buy an Olympus OM model because I still use my Nikon DSLR (and myriad lenses) and want a slimmer alternative like the rangefinder-designed Pen cameras. So, I am thrilled that Olympus not only came out with a follow-up the E-P5, but took it up a notch and placed its high-end Pen camera alongside its OM cameras in terms of features and specs.  And having a camera that continues the Pen F legacy is a plus. Oh, and my Pen F was paid for, in large part, by some recent photo sales for a calendar. But that’s a post for next month. Cheers.