Back Bay Blues

Boston’s Back Bay area is loaded with wonderful architecture and landmarks that can provide a wide variety of photo opportunities.  And for some reason, I hardly ever visit there with my camera.  I finally made some time this past summer, however, to come into town and create some images, and set up camp at the Boston Public Garden.  There are great views of the city in several directions here, along with the signature pond, hundreds of trees, winding pathways, a bridge and more.  I wanted a shot of the former John Hancock Tower (now 200 Clarendon) and thought the pond would make an excellent foreground subject against the building and the Back Bay skyline.  I was not alone.  The place was packed with “pro” photographers sporting all manner of iPhones and iPads trying to capture the scene.  I think my X-T1 and tripod were probably the right call.


Boston Waterfront

I have worked in the city of Boston for the majority of my professional career, and I feel as though I know the city quite well.  It’s buildings, streets, etc. are all very familiar to me.  Yet when I have the chance to take in the city from an elevated point of view, it always seems to take on a new look for me.  The view from the observation deck of the Custom House is no exception.  This was taken a short while before the sun set to the west of where I was standing, and I love how the last of the warm sun was lighting up parts of the various buildings that make up the Boston skyline.

There are pretty amazing views from all four sides of the observation deck, and I ended up moving around more than I probably should’ve trying to get the “shot” of the city at sunset.  Fortunately I spent more time before sunset at this specific location, and was able to frame the image exactly as I wanted, and could wait for the light to be as I wanted it too.  This is definitely a spot I plan to revisit soon.

Back Bay Dawn

A cloudy pre-dawn morning is an excellent time to create long exposures, especially when you can include a skyline, such as the Back Bay area of Boston, as part of the image.  Streaking clouds with pastel colors always contrasts nicely with buildings.

What makes this image kinda interesting, is that someone unfamiliar with Boston would think that the snowy foreground area is simply a large field, when it’s in fact the frozen Charles River.  Hopefully frozen for not too much longer, however, as I think we’ve all had enough of this winter by now.

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.


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.


Although most of my mill images were taken in Lawrence, I have been spending some time recently exploring Lowell, another mill city not not too far away.  And like Lawrence, Lowell was a textile center during the Industrial Revolution, and is full of many beautiful old mills.

This image was taken this past weekend on a photo walk in Lowell with a small group of like-minded local photographers.  The heat and humidity kept the walk short, but I did come away with a few images I like, including this one.  The high clouds were moving fairly quickly, so I decided to throw on the 10 stop ND to try for some long exposure mill magic.  I wish I could have exposed this longer than 13 seconds, but the sky was just too bright.  Maybe next time.


Night at the Pacific

Expecting a nighttime shot of the ocean, weren’t you?  Well you’ll have to settle for a night shot of the Pacific Mill instead.  I’ve probably said this before, but the Pacific Mill complex is my favorite mill to shoot from the outside.  There are many different buildings to shoot, with these great connecting bridges going in all different directions.   The light and shadows throughout the day and night are also tremendous.

Have I peaked your interest?  Then I hope you’ll join Bob Lussier and I for our first Historic Mills Photo Walk on June 8th.  It’s free, and we’ll be walking around many of the mills that you may have seen on our respective blogs.  Please check out our site for more information or to register.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

 Stone Angles

After spending so much time exploring the interior of the Stone Mill, I’ve been focusing my camera recently on it’s beautiful exterior.  The stone work alone is worthy of pressing the shutter, but I’m even more intrigued by the many lines and angles formed by the buildings shape.  For this shot, I was looking up when I heard some birds overhead, and immediately liked the composition from this position.  A long exposure and a black & white conversion, and we have today’s image.

Working Late

Today’s image is something I don’t think I’ve posted before, which is a nighttime black and white night shot of the mills in Lawrence.  This is the exterior of the Pacific Mill complex, and although I have yet to shoot inside this mill, it’s probably my favorite for exterior shots.  I’m hoping to get inside its brick walls sometime soon, but for now the exterior shots will have to do.