Mar 152017
 

High Winds and Wintery Mix with Twig Litter
High Winds and Wintry Mix with Twig Litter

A snow day in March. The Nor’easter that hit the east cost only dumped several inches of snow on Boston before becoming a wintry mix when I ventured out, camera in tow. The wind-whipped, freezing rain gradually turned to just plain old rain and made for a camera-soaking (good thing for weather-sealed equipment), and not exactly pleasant, afternoon stroll. It was a lot more fun being out during the snow day in February.

I manged to get a few decent shots, however. Unfortunately, the slush and soggy snow will freeze overnight.

rain drops on the branches after the snow
rain drops on the branches after the snow (better large)

Christian Science Church in the Storm
Christian Science Church in the Storm (better large)

frozen rain drops
frozen rain drops

Taking cover from the freezing rain to change lenses
taking cover from the freezing rain to change lenses

Mar 042017
 

the sun illuminates and the wind whips the flags_new final
the sun illuminates and the wind whips the flags

Some street and architecture photos from a President’s Day trip to New York, shot with the Olympus Pen F monochrome mode.  This set includes photos shot from three different walks, including to and from Penn Station to the West Village via the High Line, and another post-brunch, Sunday walk through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.

 

The Dry Cleaning Company

 

Bond Paige & Lumas

Sun Dappled P. F. Collier & Son

I’ve also included a couple of iPhone photos from the train, looking toward a hazy Manhattan skyline from Queens. These turned out to be relatively striking shots, with the winter sun getting low in the sky.

hazy afternoon skyline

NYC Sykline from the Train

The High Line, which I’ve shot a couple of times before, is an urban greenway—-a former elevated freight rail line transformed into a park and trail that runs from the West Village and Meatpacking District through Chelsea, ending beyond Penn Station.

Milk

. . . Swift Completion of Their Appointed Rounds

MTA Rail YardGainsvort Constructionsez WiredHigh Line Cellist

empire state

The full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

Nov 222016
 

The Whole Point (Edward Brooke Courthouse)
The Whole Point (Edward Brooke Courthouse)

I spent a sunny Sunday photographing the Government Service Center and a couple of nearby buildings in Boston’s Government Center area. I previously posted photos from this session featuring Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist masterpiece, the Government Service Center. This post features shots of the surrounding area.

Boston City Hall, designed by architects Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, is one of the best known examples of Brutalist architecture in the United States. Completed in 1968, the new City Hall replaced old City Hall, “one of the first buildings in the French Second Empire Style to be built-in the United States and now one of the few that survive” (which I featured in a recent post).


City Hall Shadows

And here are a few shots of the area around the Government Service Center, including the adjacent Edward Brooke Courthouse, designed in the late 1990s by the same firm that designed Boston City Hall more than thirty years earlier (now Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood).

walk up out of the shadows
walk up out of the shadows

Hurley Walkway and Courtyard

Staniford Twilight

The full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

Feb 212016
 

saturday night snow
Saturday Night Snow

So, sometime last week two of my photos hit a milestone on Flickr.  The long exposure night shot, above, of Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue Mall in the snow (with the uninspiring name “Saturday Night Snow”) reached 20,000 Flickr views, while shot below from last year reached 30,000 views.

The Saturday Night Snow photo has long been one of my most popular. It’s available for licensing from Getty Images and is on sale as a fine art print at a custom frame shop in Boston’s South End. The only reason the much less remarkable shot, below, from last year now has more than 30,000 views is because it was featured on the Flickr blog last year in a post about Boston’s Snowmaggedon. The shot, taken along Boston’s Southwest Corridor park “greenway,” is from the first big snowstorm of Boston’s historic winter of 2015, which saw 110 inches of snow when it was all said and done.

snow bank along the path
Snow Bank Along the Path

More of my photos from last year’s historic winter may be seen here, including this shot of a cross-country skier along the Southwest Corridor:

the best way to get around

the best way to get around

#Flickr #FlickrViews

Sep 102015
 

Foggy Boston (Beacon Hill)
Foggy Boston and Soupy Charles River (with Beacon Hill)

I recently came across this old (2012) photo of a very foggy Boston night which I never got around to posting.  Using a tripod, I shot this from the Massachusetts Ave Bridge looking across the Charles River to Beacon Hill. I decided this dark and foggy shot could see the light of day, as it were.  Although the photo is not all that striking, the light illuminating the heavy, misty air, the  partially shrouded buildings, and the nearly glowing Statehouse Dome provide interest and make this shot a keeper.

Sep 032015
 

I Washboard Co. 608 (with rusty toy firetruck)
Washboard and Rusty Toy Fire Truck (after the rain)

This old, rusty toy fire truck has been parked in deep in the backyard behind the rental house we visit in Fair Harbor, Fire Island for a few years now. It’s turning into a planter all on its own. But this year I noticed a washboard placed alongside for decorative purposes, leaning up against a tree. I have no idea if this washboard is a reproduction or an antique, but it has a very rustic, weathered charm either way. The morning after a rain storm–ground and leaves still wet–was the perfect time to compose and capture a few images of the scene. I processed the above photo in sepia with heavy vignetting and some added grain for that old-timey look. Here’s one of the truck in black and white, without the washboard:

the fire truck in the backyard
the rusty fire truck in the back yard is turning into a planter

And here are two very lightly processed versions of the same photos in color, to give you a sense of what the damp, post-rain backyard scene really looked like.

the fire truck in the backyard I Washboard Co. 608 (with rusty toy firetruck)

 

Annual trip to Fair Harbor, Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore. Full set may be seen here, on Flickr

 

Aug 302015
 

fair harbor fisheye view (late afternoon, ocean side)
fair harbor fisheye view (late afternoon, ocean side)

Annual trip to Fair Harbor, Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore. This time, I brought my trusty Samyang 7.5mm m4/3 manual fisheye (big bang for the buck, and a whole lot of fun).

the clouds with that Fair Harbor sunsetclouding up in the late afternoon

And here’s a smattering of typical Fire Island wildlife photos featuring deer and shore birds, even though I did not have a proper wildlife lens, only a slow, f/4-5.6, m4/3 60-150mm (oh, btw, this is what you get with a proper, 300mm wildlife lens). But this time the set includes a praying mantis which made a surprise appearance on the kitchen window screen before lunch (likely awaiting lunch his/herself as it perched above a window flower box, waiting for hapless insects to come within reach).

diggin' Sandpiperawaiting lunch (praying mantis on the window screen)

And here are a few more photos, including a surprise appearance by Dr. Seuss and your typical array of sunset shots because of course. Also including an homage to the evening ritual of heading down to the Bay, gin and tonic (with lime, of course) in hand just before and after sunset (photo composition and title (Fair Harbor Properly Approached at Sunset) credit: David Aimen ;)).

Full set can be seen here, on Flickr.

May 032015
 

Chemical 2
Chemical 2

After a gorgeous spring day, I took a slight detour and walked home through Bay Village yesterday evening. Bay Village is a tiny, historic Boston neighborhood squeezed between the Back Bay, South End, Park Square, Chinatown, and the Theatre District. Dominated by lots of small townhouses in the Federal style and larger ones of Greek Revival style, it still comes off as fairly eclectic overall with a few mid-(20th)century institutional and commercial buildings and even a very cool art deco structure.
See full set on Flickr. #iPhoneography

on broadway

Columbia

Feb 142015
 

and so it starts again

. . . and snow it starts again.  The St. Valentine’s Blizzard of 2015 starts up in earnest. Boston is expecting at least another foot of snow by late tomorrow (on top of the 6+ feet of snow already on the ground, see here and here). Oh, and all T (subway and commuter rail) service will be shut down all day tomorrow. A quick iPhone shot, this.

 

Feb 132015
 

snow tunnels and huge icicles

So, this is what it looks like to get 6 feet of snow in less than 3 weeks.  I took this quick iPhone shot while walking home a couple of nights ago.  The street lights did a good job illuminating the snow mounds and huge (ice dam) icicle, while creating shadows among the path between the mounds.  Harcourt Street Back Bay/South End, Boston.

Oh, and about that 6 feet of snow:  Boston has received more than 6 feet of snow in the past month, AND another blizzard with heavy snow and a foot or more of accumulation is one its way tomorrow and Sunday.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

 

Feb 052015
 

snow bank along the path
one of the photos on the Flickr Blog post Snowmaggedon 2015

A nice surprise.  This shot along the Southwest Corridor Park in Boston was among the photos featured on the Flickr Blog post: Snowmaggedon 2015, New England Edition.  It’s one of the shots I took as mega snowstorm Juno was winding down (the storm dumped more than two feet of snow on Boston).  And make no mistake, being featured on the Flickr Blog results in a ton of page views to your Flickr site:  this photo received more than 24,000 views the day of the Flickr Blog post.  It now has more than  28,000 views.  Not bad! :)