Sunset at Fenway Park

Fenway Park turned 100 years old this year, and the amazing historic park will always be a favorite place of mine to visit.  This year’s baseball hasn’t been very inspiring, but the sunset this evening at least partially made up for it.

A Visit from Donald Trump & A Boston Icon

The circus that is the world of New Hampshire in the year before a primary has officially begun.  Donald Trump made a few stops throughout town after flying into Pease in the morning…and heading to a fundraiser at the 100 Club sometime after lunch.  The crowds on Hanover Street spoke volumes to the fascination we have with all that is celebrity and political.

On another note – I wanted to share an image of The Hancock in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.  I love this structure and its beautiful glassy facade that reflects all its neighbors.

Exchange Place | Boston, MA

For today’s post we travel back through the archives to December 2009 on a quick trip I made to Boston.  This image features a few buildings…one of which is among my favorites in the Financial District.  Exchange Place is a glassy structure that rises out of the 12-story Boston Stock Exchange, a classic Boston piece of architecture originally constructed in 1896 and redeveloped in 1985 to feature the glass tower.  What I like about the building (and I’m sure others hate), is the fact that the original structure is still standing and compliments the new addition, bringing a nice blend of the modern and the historic character of the area. I love the way the structure captures the light around it and reflects neighboring buildings.

A Boston Landmark | The Zakim Bridge

One of the most recent additions to the Boston skyline was the Leonard P. Zakim | Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (named after civil rights activist Lenny Zakim), which is the widest cable stay bridge in the world.  The bridge has two prominent towers that the cable stays protrude from, which were meant to mimic the Bunker Hill Memorial nearby.  The opening of this bridge was symbolic as the infamous Big Dig project neared completion and Boston roadways were changed for what is likely to be centuries to come.  I love the modern and distinctive feel of the structure, and think it’s cool that it has become synonymous with Boston and the recent blockbuster movies that have featured it (The Departed, The Town….and the fact that any Boston interview on a news station seems to be broadcast in front of it).

In any event, I was lucky to have a ride to the airport so I could snap this shot through the sunroof on the way to my first Christmas in Florida.  More to follow on that later in the week…hope you enjoy this architectural gem.

Boston Skyline

Digging further through the archives this week, I’ve finally had the time to process a few shots taken with the Carl Zeiss 18mm lens that I rented a few months back during the Worldwide Photo Walk, which I participated in.  The walk meandered through the Seaport District of Boston – and I had some shots that I was really excited about processing, but for one reason or another – I never made it to seeing what the finished product might look like with a few of the exposures.  Part of the problem was that each image looked so good (when I actually came up with a decent composition) thanks in large part to the high quality Zeiss lens, which seems to capture the colors straight from my brain.  This is both a blessing and a challenge for HDR processing, as any combination of multiple exposures with wonderfully represented/saturated colors in each exposure, tends to create an extreme look when I use my typical steps in post-processing.  I think once I get the hang of it, the exposures or “brackets” from each set will provide some incredible color and spatial data…than when combined will create a gorgeous shot, similar to what I’ve found with my Zeiss 100mm Hasselblad shots.  Hope you enjoy 🙂

Also – Please take a moment sometime during your day today to reflect and remember the Veterans that have served our country and protected the freedoms that we are so lucky to have here in America.  It definitely wouldn’t be the same place without the sacrifices that so many have made on our behalf.