Monthly Archives: December 2013

Boats I

Here is a small sample of the variety of boats at the various locations in Boston Harbor. In Boats II I’ll show some of the big boys.

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Seeds From The Water

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Contrasts

My thought had been to post photos that could stand alone. I wanted the pictures to be viewed without the influence of description. But I can’t resist with subjects like these.

East Boston Projects

East Boston Projects

The Shore Plaza East apartments (above) are subsidized Section 8 housing for poor, mostly immigrant families. Built in the 1970s, the lack of windows facing the water is probably the result of the then badly polluted harbor. With windows it now would have impressive views of the Boston skyline.

Spinnaker Island in Hingham Bay

Spinnaker Island in Hingham Bay

The island (above) was redeveloped In 1987 as a condominium and marina complex and renamed Spinnaker Island by the new owner. (It was formally known as Hog Island.) Fort Duvall was built on the island in 1921 and became a Nike missile post from the late 1950s until 1974.

Airport Area Mooring Fields

Airport Area Mooring Fields

Downtown Boston Pier

Downtown Boston Pier

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15 Minutes

This photo project hit the big time this weekend. I liked this image and worked with it in the late summer. It ended up as an 5″x7.5″ print which was accepted for the “Horizons” exhibit at the Charlestown StoveFactory Gallery in October. This Saturday and Sunday was the Open Studios event at the StoveFactory. As a public service the Boston public television station WGBH chose four works to display on the studios’ digital mural. This image was one of them.

Here it is out of the camera, as it was printed, and up on the digital mural.

"Negative"

“Negative”

Winthrop/Boston Print

Winthrop/Boston Print

WGBH Digital Mural

WGBH Digital Mural

 

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Capture

Here is some technical and logistical information on taking the photos for this project. The one below is an example of most of the photos I took that just didn’t work. Saw the mock pirate ship with the other boats and the city skyline – nope.

Downtown Boston and Boat Moorings

Downtown Boston and Boat Moorings

I didn’t want a cumbersome DSLR with a big lens hanging around my neck when I was in a small boat trying to drive, navigate unfamiliar waters and contend with weather and wave conditions. So, I carried my Lumix LX3 – a great little point-and-shoot with a Leica lens, that captures images in a RAW format and has optical image stabilization. However, the focal length range of the lens is 24-60 (35 mm equiv.). Not good for pulling in distant objects so I had to get close to something of interest or settle for a landscape/seascape.

The biggest issue was the camera not having an optical viewfinder. Composition is with the LCD on the back. This is hard enough when you’re rockin’ and rollin’ in a boat – but wearing polarized sunglasses I really couldn’t see a damn thing. As a result, most of the photos I took were true point-and-shoots.

I shot RAW with auto focus and exposure. The only manual settings were the zoom’s focal length and the ISO, which I would set for the best quality I could with the amount of light and movement of the boat. When I saw something of interest I would maneuver the boat, if possible, and bang off a number of shots.

The results from a voyage would be something like this:  50 shots, 5 of mostly water, sky or a big section of the boat, 20 unacceptable because of lighting, focus or composition, and 3 that had possibilities. The rest were multiples taken from a different angle or distance. None of them had a level horizon.

Whaler Console

Whaler Console

USS Salem and JAL Dreamliner

USS Salem and JAL Dreamliner

I liked the one below. No cropping or straightening. Converted to b&w, worked with curves and did some sharpening. Many of the photos I took could be approached with this style or sensibility. It would be a whole other series from this project. Photographs are so limber.

Boston Container and Cruise Ship Terminals

Boston Container and Cruise Ship Terminals 

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