Jul 172017
 

UP 844 Upfront
U.P. 844 Upfront

The last steam locomotive produced for Union Pacific in 1944, UP 844 steamed into town to be displayed across from TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, for the College World Series last month. The 844 is one of Union Pacific’s oldest serving locomotives, and the only steam locomotive never retired by a major American railroad. In addition to the B&W photo, above, shot with my Olympus Pen-F, the photo below are iPhone shots.

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Steam Locomotion

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The Mighty UP 844

Jun 272017
 

wing reflections and the seting sun_o
wing reflections and the setting sun

What started out as a frustrating flight delay–which nearly made me miss a connecting flight–paid off with a spectacular setting sun and cloud display. First waiting to board, then from the plane as the sun started to set.

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heavenly cloud display

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rays of hope after a weather delay

In addition to the dramatic, sun-lit clouds, we were treated (well, those who had window seats and bothered to pay attention, which did not appear to be a whole lot of folks on a full flight) to an amazing electrical display:

Jun 162017
 

umbrella illumintated steam & reflections_o
umbrella, illuminated steam, and street reflections

A few iPhone shots. First, a black and white shot of Beacon Street on rainy night on Beacon Hill. Despite the challenge of shooting a dark street punctuated by bright car and street lights, this hand-held iPhone shot turned out quite well indeed. I’m particularly fond of this photo, especially because it took some patience, despite the rain, to frame a passerby with an umbrella just right in the available light.

Although less challenging, the twilight shots from the Back Bay near Bay Village also turned out nicely.

Back Bay Twilight composition (with fence)
Twilight Back bay (with fence)

Valet
Valet (twilight Back Bay)

Jun 112017
 

Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow light bridge for Pride Week

A few photos, including some iPhone shots, during Boston’s Pride Week, including the Pride Parade on June 10th.

Orlando Pulse Survivors
Orlando Pulse Survivors

A nice surprise to see the colorful and jubilant float with survivors of the tragic mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub nearly a year ago to the day of Boston’s parade. The Pulse shooting, which claimed 50 lives, was the deadliest instance of violence against the LBGT community in U.S. history, and the countries’ deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11.


Pride flag draped over the old Hancock Building (with clouds)

Boston Pride
Boston Pride

May 262017
 

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Boston Mourns Manchester Victims

The Union Jack flies at half mast over City Hall Plaza as Boston mourns victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena. A couple of quick iPhone shots a couple of days after the bombing. #iPhoneography #ManchesterBombing

Boston Mourns Manchester victims_oThe Union Jack flies at half mast over City Hall Plaza

Dec 312016
 

joslyn art museum composition
Joslyn Composition

A few iPhone photos of Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The museum boasts a great permanent collection, and the Art Deco architecture is worth a visit alone. As wikipedia notes, the building, opened in 1931, is constructed of “Georgia Pink marble, with 38 different marbles from all over the world in the interior.” Some of that marble is seen in these shots, including the gorgeous fountain court.

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fountain court at Joslyn Art Museum2
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Looking towards the Fountain Court at Joslyn Art Museum

Dec 072016
 

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Waiting for the Faneuil Hall Holiday Tree Light Show

The tree at Boston’s Faneuil Hall was lit before Thanksgiving. I stopped by to watch the Holiday Tree light show on my way down to Christopher Columbus Park to photograph the holiday lights on the trellis. Here are a few shots, all hand-held, of the Fanueil Hall Holiday Tree during the light show, which sees the tree’s lights cycle through multiple variations in sync with holiday music. I’m particularly fond of the lighting and composition of the top photo, shot before the light show started.

 

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Faneuil Hall Holiday Tree

And finally, a couple of quick iPhone photos of the tree on Boston Common, with the State House and Park Street Church in the background.

Holiday Lights on Boston Common

Boston Common Tree with Park Street Church
Tree on Boston Common with Statehouse
Tree on Boston Common with State House

Aug 312016
 

Fire Island Light (illuminated by the late afternoon sun)
Fire Island Light illuminated by the late afternoon sun

A few photos from a week on Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore.  This trip is an annual event going back a dozen years (although not all trips were memorialized with photos). As with most years, these shots document a trip to Fire Island Light, the iconic lighthouse on the Island’s western end, sunrise photos (on the ocean side), sunset photos (on the bay side), beach photos, and some shots with a trusty 7.5mm fisheye lens for my Olympus m4/3. Oh, and the daily ritual of gin and tonics on the Fair Harbor Dock or Bay walk is well documented.

sunrise with seagull
sunrise with seagull

setting sun illuminating the beach grass like fireflies
setting sun illuminating the beach grass like fireflies

the moon hanging on (on the other side of the sunrise)
moon hanging on (on the other side of the sunrise)

leap
leap

In past August visits to Fire Island, at least one day–if not two or three–have been rainy wash outs. But other than some overnight rain and stormy skies the next morning (see fisheye shot below, with bike), the weather was particularly lovely this year. The first few nights, however, it was quite cloudy in the evening, with rain and lightning visible in the distance over Long Island. We were spared the storms but had the benefit of spectacular, cloud-filled sunsets (see the two sunset Bay shots, below, with large dark clouds and boats).

Fire Island sunset number 2
big dark clouds at the blue hour (with boats)

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stormy morning skies (with bike and spoon)

Fire Island Sunset number 1
Fair Harbor Sunset

And a few more shots:

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walk the dog (in the hazy sunshine)
walk the dog (in the hazy sunshine)

The sun just rose over Fire Island
the sun just rose over Fire Island

Full set may be seen here, on Flickr.