The Frozen Charles

Although the weather warmed up a bit this past weekend, the Charles River remains virtually frozen solid.  This is something I hadn’t contemplated when planning this sunrise shoot, as I was hoping for some nice long exposures of the river.  Once I got past the strange reality of the river not moving, however, I realized that this is something that probably doesn’t happen very often, as we’ve experienced historically cold temperatures this winter.  I’m sure there’s a lemon/frozen lemonade moral to this story somewhere, but it’s late as I write this and I’m letting it go.

Anyway, these boats that were the main subject in my prior post, are now a compliment to the skyline and the colors of the pre-dawn hour.  In order to have both the boats and the taller buildings in the frame, I needed to “break” a major rule of photography by having the Prudential tower in the center as opposed to one of the left or right sides.   Nothing I could control, but I still like the way this turned out. This is definitely a spot I plan to revisit in the Spring.


Row Your Boat

When I looked at the weather forecast for Sunday morning, and saw that the temperature at sunrise was going to be in the 20s, I have to admit I was pretty excited.  The last few times I’ve been up to shoot sunrise, the temps have been single digits and at times below zero.  I can’t say it was balmy, but it sure felt a lot warmer than what we’ve been used to.

This image is of the sailboats at the MIT Sailing Pavilion in Cambridge along the Charles River.  I had come to shoot the sun rising behind the Boston skyline across the river, but couldn’t resist getting some shots of these awesome little boats all lined up waiting for warmer weather.  And yes, I know these are sailboats and the title of my post is “row your boat,” but you’ll have to grant me a little flexibility here.

I’ll have some shots of the city and the frozen river in upcoming posts.


Church Doors

I was up early Sunday morning, excited for a day of skiing before settling in for the Superbowl (Way to go Pats!).  When I learned that my friend was not feeling well and couldn’t ski, my first reaction was to jump back into bed and get more sleep.  (Yes, I could’ve gone by myself, but didn’t want to.)  But then I realized that I was dressed for the frigid cold, and was also in possession on a new camera that needs more breaking in.  So with not much time before sunrise, I decided to head into Boston to photograph the Christian Science Center, one of the more impressive pieces of architecture in the city.

The clouds once again conspired against me and stayed in bed, so once I grabbed a few wide angle shots of the building, I decided to focus my efforts on the many beautiful details you see everywhere you look here.  These doors in particular caught my eye, and I spent a fair amount of time trying various angles and compositions.  This image, with the morning light illuminating one of the doors, ended up as one of my favorites.


Boston Cold

It was a bitterly cold sunset when Bob, Mike and I visited Lo Presti Park in East Boston to shoot the Boston skyline.  Getting there a bit early only added to our enjoyment of early winter in Boston, but we stuck it out, and were rewarded with a pretty good sunset.  This spot has become one of my favorite places to photograph the skyline, with so many options for foreground interest in these old piers.


Facade

I’m honestly not sure what I was originally trying to create here, but ended up with this image which I like quite a bit.  This is the part of the exterior of the New England Aquarium, specifically the IMAX Theater building, and the image was taken during the Kelby Photowalk this past fall.

After trying some full view shots that just weren’t working, I got in close to play with the interesting patterns on the exterior, and ended up with this kinda abstract shot.  Because it was night and I was so close to the building, a 30 second exposure was needed.  Which worked out great because the movement in the clouds ended up adding some additional interest.


Evening Skyline

This may be a cliche shot of the Boston skyline, but you can try to make it your own by shooting it under different lighting conditions.  On this particular night, there were just enough clouds still visible in the sky to add some additional interest to the image.  They also had a nice glow to them which became more evident once I started to process the shot.

BTW, I’m a little embarrassed that my private yacht ended up being such a prominent part of the image on the right side, but I just didn’t feel like Photoshopping it out.  🙂


Boston At Night in the Fall

Today’s image is another shot from the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk that took place in Boston a few weeks ago.  Although I work in the city, I rarely spend any time photographing it at night, which is why I chose to join this event. 

In addition to the obvious skyline shots, I was looking to find some interesting elements to include in my images.  As I walked by this tree that had tuned a beautiful yellow, I saw that it would not only make a nice foreground interest, but it would also do a nice job framing the buildings in the background.


Arches

I’m taking a brief break from the fall images with this shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel.  I captured this image during the Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk this past weekend, which took us in and around part of Boston’s waterfront during the early evening.

This massive open area is the centerpiece of the hotel, and connects the front of the hotel on Atlantic Avenue with the harborwalk along the water.  It’s a beautiful piece of architecture, and looks especially nice at night.



The other night I had the privilege of joining a great group of photographers to shoot the Boston skyline from Fan Pier behind the federal courthouse.  I was joined by Bob Lussier, Dave Wilson, Rich Williams, Brian Arsenault , and Stewart Mellentine on what turned out to be a stormy, but thankfully dry, evening of shooting, followed by much needed food and beer.  Or maybe it was beer and food.

I’ve shot the Boston skyline several times in the past from this location, so just like Rich mentioned in his post, I tried some different angles to get something I hadn’t done before.  The position of these benches wasn’t ideal for what I was going for, but I still like the added dimension they give the image.

Have a great weekend!