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.

After some time away from the blog due to work and other projects, I’m trying to get back at it again with a new post today.  Having been away for awhile, I desperately need to get out and do more shooting, and I’m also hoping to get back to posting with more regularity as well. 

This image was taken in Rockport, MA this past weekend, and the building in the background is the famous Motif #1.  I’ve posted several images from here in the past, but it’s been a while since I captured any new shots of this picturesque little harbor.  This was the first time that I was able to get this composition, however, as the tide was relatively high, and the climb down to this little dock wasn’t too bad.  Climbing down a old wooden ladder with a backpack and tripod can be a little challenging, especially for an old man like me.  Anyway, I liked the view with the boats in the foreground, so it ended up being worth the climb.

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.

This is the fish shack at the Maritime Gloucester Center.  There’s so much to explore there, and it also boasts views of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Ten Pound Island, Rocky Neck, the State Fish Pier, as well as a variety of ships around Gloucester Harbor.  On this day, I was focusing mostly on finding things right on the main dock to shoot as opposed to the wide angle views of the surrounding area (although I’ll certainly be back to do that as well). This shack was full of character and detail, and I thought the bouys hanging on the wall made a nice focal point for the shot.

I couldn’t decide between “Red Dory” and “Dory Dory Hallelujah” for the title of this post.  Did I make the right call?  🙂

Anyway.  This past weekend I participated in a photo safari in Gloucester sponsored by Sigma, Hunt’s Photo & Video, and the Gloucester Maritime Center.  It was led by professional photographer David Fitzsimmons, and was a great opportunity to photograph parts of the area that I hadn’t been to before.  And more importantly, I got to try out a variety of Sigma lenses during the event.   While I certainly had fun playing with the 15mm fisheye and the 70-200 f/2.8, I really enjoyed using the 8-16mm ultra-wide angle lens the most.  I hadn’t used a ultra-wide before and was very pleased with how this one performed.  It’s wide angle of view, incredible sharpness,  and manageable distortion even at 8mm definitely put this lens on my wish list.

This red dory seemed tailor-made for an ultra-wide lens, and I spent a lot of time trying different angles and vantage points with the 8-16.  So far this image is my favorite, but I still have many more to review and process.  I was drawn to the colors of the boat and the lines in the dock, and I just love the perspective that this lens allowed me to create.

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.

Today’s post comes from Gloucester, MA.  This is one of those places that I’ve driven past several times, and finally decided to stop and grab a few shots.  It’s also a place that looks much better against a stormy sky than a sunny or colorful one.  Or at least to me it does.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/8, 18mm, 10 second exposure