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Words to live by.  At least they are if you’re a rower in the Boston area and you pass by it every day as you train.  This graffiti message is written on the train bridge that runs beneath the BU (Boston University) Bridge over the Charles River.  The Charles is where the crew teams from Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, etc. train and compete, and also home to the annual Head of the Charles regatta.

I had visited this spot recently to get a sunrise shot of the Boston skyline, but was disappointed by too much cloud cover to the east to allow for the image I was wanting.  So instead I aimed my camera at this train bridge.  I love the bright colors of the graffiti against the old rusted metal of the bridge and tracks, and found this angle to get some leading lines through the image.  The glow from the rising sun on the water added some additional color.

On a side note, I believe that this location on the BU Bridge is one of the only places where you can swim beneath a boat, while under a train, while under a car, while under an airplane – all at the same time (at least in theory).

Train Graffiti

Today’s post is another image from the train yard in Lawrence, MA that I grabbed last weekend.  The sky was gray and lifeless on this cold morning, so I tried to fill the frame as much as possible with the boxcars and avoid showing too much sky.  While these types of cars are typically non-descript, the graffiti can sometimes be quite interesting.  I probably would’ve passed right by this car were it not for the colorful artwork sprayed across its side.  A little Photomatix to bring out the textures, and Focal Point to draw the eye to the door, and I was done.


Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with good times spent with family and friends.

I wanted to post an image today that was symbolic of the new year/new beginnings, etc., but I just couldn’t find one that worked.  So instead, here are some trains that have questionable symbolism at best (maybe I’m on track for something, or need more train-ing???).  Anyway, I met up with Bob Lussier over the weekend for an impromptu shoot at a train yard in Lawrence on a cold and gray morning.  The bitter cold made our time outside short, but I was able to grab a few images that I liked, including this one.

After seeing one of Bob’s images converted to B&W, I decided to try the same with this shot.  Not sure which version I like better, but I’m definitely liking the processing options using Perfect B&W from OnOne Software.  It provides so many ways to convert images that you can really find something to fit any taste and style.  I hope to try more of this in the new year.

Parallel 2


This past weekend, I found some willing and able partners in Bob Lussier and Mike Tully to explore the abandoned factory of the former Cape Ann Tool Company in Rockport, Mass.  We met early in the morning to first do some sunrise shooting at Annisquam Light, and then headed over to the old factory for a little urbex shooting.  I had been wanting to shoot here for a while, and this place did not disappoint.  It’s a huge space, and the three of us immediately split up to explore all the gritty spaces and details for several hours. 

This image probably isn’t going to be my favorite from the shoot, but with limited time to dive into the shots yesterday, this was the first one I decided to process.  These tracks lead to the door in the back of the factory, which happens to back up to Pigeon Cove in Rockport.  An old truck axle was an odd thing to find here, and I liked the contrast of tracks and truck parts in the same space.  Stay tuned for more images from this place in the coming days.

Today’s post is one of the few shots I got while on vacation last week in New Hampshire (we were too busy skiing and sledding).  In the warmer months, the Hobo Railroad provides a great opportunity for families to travel through scenic NH along the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, and also has lunch and dinner train rides as well.  This time of year however, it sits dormant, and can make an interesting photo subject.  Since it’s right on Rte. 112, it’s very easy to simply pull over and grab a few shots, which is exactly what I did to get this one.

Camer settings:  ISO 200, f/3.5, 18mm, 3 brackets

These tracks are obviously not used anymore, but the way they follow along the shape of the factory made me wonder whether the tracks were laid before the factory was built, or vice versa.  My guess would be the factory came first, although I suppose they could’ve built the factory to be near the tracks.  Such are the things that occupy my mind.

Anyway… as for processing, I wanted to create a look similar to what old pictures from the 70s look like.  I’m not sure why, or whether I even achieved this or not, but it seems to at least to resemble what I was after.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/13, 18 mm, 3 brackets