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.


Sunset Over Boston

The sunset over the city of Boston last night was spectacular.  I had chosen a new vantage point for some skyline shots, and was on the observation deck of the Custom House tower.  This building is a Boston landmark, and appears in many if not most images of the the Boston skyline.  Aside from being a beautiful structure on its own, its observation deck provides some great views of the city and surrounding area.  The only challenge here is the fact that the deck is surrounded by a serious fence, and you need to conduct tripod gymnastics to get your camera to point through the fence.

This image is looking to the north towards the North End and Charlestown further in the distance.  The sky put on quite a show, and added great mood to this city skyline image.  I’ll have more images to share in later posts.


 

Back Bay Storm

After the stormy weather moved through Boston this past weekend, we were left with windy conditions, and plenty of leftover clouds just as the sun was getting ready to set for the night.  In other words, ideal conditions for some long exposure photography.  While the sky was on fire to the west – the vantage point of my post from the other day – it was more pastel to the southwest where I was now aiming my camera over the Back Bay skyline.

Now the price you pay for having the streaking clouds and smooth water is of course the crazy movement in the trees.  And while some may disapprove, I actually really like this effect.  The contrast of the sharp buildings against the movement of just about everything else in the frame is a look I’m constantly searching for.  And on this night, I was treated to a brilliant opportunity to create such an image.


Lights Over Boston

Not much to say about this image.  Just that my love for both long exposures and the Boston skyline magically came together the other night just after the sun set.

It was incredibly windy, so there’s unfortunately a bit of blur in the buildings.  Certainly not enough to stop me from posting this shot, however.


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 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.


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.