The Gahden

No, that’s not a typo.  It’s how you say “garden” when you’re from Boston.  Or at least every movie made about our city in the past 20 years would make you think that’s how you say it.

Anyway, this is a fairly common view of the Boston Garden and the Zakim bridge, and one I’d been wanting to get for a while now.  So when I had a chance to go into the city a few nights ago for some sunset shooting (images to follow later), I made sure to stop at this spot before I drove home.  Traffic was just strong enough to create some light trails, and although the clouds had mostly disappeared when the blue hour hit, there were still enough to add some additional interest.


Weber House and the Milky Way

I just returned from an epic photography trip to the Palouse region of Washington state.  Four plus days of shooting some incredibly beautiful landscapes with a terrific group of photographers known as NxNW.  This was my first time joining this group, and it was absolutely amazing.  We visited many of the major spots in the area including Steptoe Butte and Palouse Falls, as well as several of the old abandoned barns and homes that dot the landscape.  Sleep was about the only thing not on our agenda as we shot from sunrise through the evening, with a brief break during the middle of each day to recharge our batteries and back-up our images.

Although today’s image was taken on our last night, I couldn’t resist using it as my first blog post from my trip.  This is the Weber House (Homestead) outside Pullman, WA.  It’s a well-known location for photographers, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  We got there in the afternoon to shoot sunset, and ended up staying late to get some Milky Way images as well.  This was my first time photographing the Milky Way, and I have to admit, I’m hooked.  I can’t wait to try this again somewhere local (or close to local as it’s fairly bright where I live).

We were also fortunate to catch a huge meteor that streaked across the sky while we were capturing the Milky Way.  I was working on some star trails when the meteor lit up the sky, so my capture  wasn’t great as a standalone image.  Some of the NxNW crew were able to catch it as well, and I’m sure you’ll see their images soon on their respective blogs and social media posts.

I’ll be posting more Palouse images in the coming days and weeks, including some other views of the Weber House, so stay tuned.


Looking Down on Fenway

Last night I left work and joined my friend Bob Lussier for a photo shoot in Boston.  Bob had recently created some images from the observatory at the Prudential building, and wanted to try some new things with a return visit.  And in my eagerness to steal all of his good comps, I decided to come along and create some images of my own.

The observatory, called the Skywalk, is on the 50th floor of the Pru, and provides some incredible views of the city.  Unfortunately we didn’t have access to views from every side as there was a private function taking up some of the space, but we knew there was a Red Sox game at Fenway, and the view of the ballpark was there for the taking.

I wanted to capture the lights at Fenway, and have light trails from traffic on the Mass Pike as well.  I experimented with different exposure times, apertures, etc. to get the look I wanted, and this was my favorite capture.  One of the things I learned, however, is that long exposures can’t be too long from this height and distance, as even a building as large as the Pru will still move in the wind causing a tiny bit of blur in the details.  On my next visit, I’ll be sure to take this into account.

P.S. Sox 2, Rays 0


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.


Blue Light Special

Bob and I had a great time this past weekend leading our first light painting workshop at the Stone Mill.  We had a small group of eager photographers with us, and really enjoyed showing how amazing the mill can be at night.

We were too busy shining colored flashlights on the various subjects in the mill to make any images ourselves, but this is a shot we had worked on prior to the workshop.  I really liked the shadows on the wall from the exterior lights coming through the large windows, and thought some blue light coming from the windows of the door would contrast nicely. Bob was kind enough to light the door from the other side, and he was also able to make a great image from a similar perspective as well.

We’re looking forward to hosting another light painting workshop in the near future, so stay tuned for more information soon.


Night at the Mill

I’m very excited about the new Nighttime/Light Painting workshop that Bob Lussier and I will be hosting this weekend at the Stone Mill in Lawrence.  We will be leading a small group of photographers through the various abandoned parts of the mill, for what should be a fantastic night of shooting and learning.

While we of course really enjoy photographing the mills during the day, there’s something about being there at night that is very cool.  The ambient light coming in from the moon, as well as the various exterior lights outside, creates a unique mood compared with what we can capture during the day.

This image takes advantage of the red light coming off the exit sign, as well as the yellowish light coming from outside into the stairwell.  We added a little blue light on the stairs with some light painting, and the result is a multi-colored image that you just couldn’t accomplish during daylight hours.

 


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.


Rockport Fireworks

As I mentioned the other day, Rockport, MA held its first fireworks show a few weeks ago on a picture perfect night.  This was the first time they’ve done them here, and I wasn’t sure exactly how far away they would be visible.  I took a chance with this location so I could get the fireworks exploding over Motif #1 as opposed to just the fireworks alone against the sky.  Not only was I able to get the foreground element I wanted with the fireworks above it, I was also just about the only person watching from this spot, and definitely the only one with a tripod.  Can you say exclusive?

Have a great holiday weekend.


The Office

Here is another image from our recent night shoot at the Stone Mill.  Before we even went inside, I knew that this room was the first place in the mill I was heading to try some lightpainting techniques.  Definitely a work in progress, and I’m looking forward to our next excursion there.