I realized the other day that I don’t spend nearly enough time photographing Boston, especially considering I work there every day.  So I started to remedy this the other night with an impromptu shoot after work.  The sky decided not to participate in my plans around sunset, but I was able to grab some pre-blue hour shots of the skyline.  This is a 4 shot panorama of downtown looking across Fort Point Channel.  The red building and ship in the middle are part of the Boston Tea Party Museum which was recently renovated and reopened.  I haven’t had a chance to take a tour, but plan to make a visit some time soon.  As for the image, I’m still working on my pano skills, and definitely need some practice as evidenced by the distortion throughout the image.  I’m certainly pleased with the result, but recognize I need to keep at it.

This is the Hood Milk Bottle which is located in front of the Children’s Museum in Boston.  It’s a beautiful location along the Fort Point Channel overlooking the Boston skyline in the background.  The structure is actually an ice cream stand and snack bar that was moved to it’s current location in 1977 from it’s original location in Taunton, MA.  In terms of random facts about it… it’s 40 feet tall, 18 feet in diameter and weighs 15,000 pounds.  And more importantly, if it were a real bottle. it would hold 58,620 gallons of milk.  It’s interesting facts like this that draws so many viewers to my blog.  That was sarcasm by the way.  🙂

I thought I’d continue the lighthouse theme for one more day with this image of Boston Light.   Located on Little Brewster island in Boston Harbor, it holds the distinction of being the first light station established on the North American continent, and also the last in the United States to be automated.  It is accessible by private boat, as well as through tours operating during the summer season.  I took this shot on the same fishing trip where I shot the image of Graves Light I posted the other day.  My understanding is that the view of the Boston skyline from the top of the lighthouse is spectacular, and I plan to take one of the tours of the island and lighthouse later this summer to see for myself.

Before we get to today’s image, I wanted to say thank you for all the feedback regarding the new blog design.  It’s still a work in progress, and your input means a lot to me.  I truly appreciate everyone taking the time to leave comments and thoughts.   So thank you.

As for today’s post, it appears my lighthouse obsession continues.  This is Graves Light which is located at the outer end of Boston Harbor.  It’s not accessible to the public, and is best seen by boat which is how I got this shot.  It was late morning, and the sky lacked any nice color, so I decided to process this in B&W.  Tonemapping the brackets brought out some nice detail in the clouds which looked much better in monochrome.  What really impresses me with this image is the power of post-processing software.  I grabbed these brackets while balancing on the deck of a relatively small fishing boat, which is a far cry from my usual tripod set-up or even just standing on firm ground.  But even though each bracket was slightly off from the others, Photomatix was able to line up everything perfectly.  I know we take some of this stuff for granted these days, but every so often I’m reminded how amazing and powerful it really is.

Today’s post is another image of the Tall Ships that were in Boston last week.  This is the KRI Dewaruci, which is the largest tall ship in the Indonesian Navy.  As with the ships I posted about here, it’s used as a sail-training vessel for naval cadets, and also as a goodwill ambassador for Indonesia to the rest of the world.  I was thrilled that the sky was cooperating the morning that I was there, but was disappointed that the tides decided not to cooperate with the sky.  It was low tide at sunrise, and as a result, I could really only capture the masts and sails set against the morning colors.  I of course still like the final image, but would have preferred to have been able to show more of the ship itself.

Well I’m back after a week of vacation at home and time away from the blog.  I had a fantastic week with my family full of fun day trips and some much needed R&R.  While I certainly love to take vacations to new and interesting places, sometimes a staycation at home is still the best.

Last week we were fortunate here in Boston as the city hosted Boston Harborfest, the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations, Navy Week, and OpSail Boston.  These overlapping events meant that Boston played host to numerous ships and boats, including some of the Tall Ships.  These two ships, the Guayas from Ecuador and the Gloria from Colombia, were docked at Fish Pier, and are just incredibly impressive and beautiful ships.  The Guayas is a 257 foot long Ecuadorian Naval Academy ship, teaching seamanship and navigation skills to naval cadets.  The Gloria, at 249 feet, is the official flagship of the Colombian Navy, and was commissioned in 1968 as a sail-training ship, similar to the Guayas.  I woke up real early to grab some shots at sunrise before the crowds, and was pleasantly surprised with both a nice sunrise, as well as finding the lights still lit on both ships.  I’m endlessly fascinated with the Tall Ships, and will post some more images in the near future.

Happy Monday, and I hope all the dads had a fantastic Father’s Day.  My family and I had the opportunity to spend the day out on a friend’s boat yesterday, and although this was a day of R&R, I did manage to take a few pictures from time to time.  This is a shot of the Boston skyline seen from the inner harbor.  The New England Aquarium is near the center of the frame, and you can also see the historic Custom House tower on the right-hand side.  The weather was as good as looks in this picture, with bright sun, a few clouds, and temps in the low 70s.  I couldn’t have asked for a better Father’s Day.