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A few weekends ago I finally managed to check two locations off my Boston bucket list: Malone Park in Chelsea and Portal Park in Boston. I recently found Malone Park after seeing a fantastic series of Instagram photos by Greg Dubois. Greg produces some truly stunning and unique cityscapes and I knew I had to find some of his locations. After scouting around on Flickr and Google Maps I narrowed it down to Malone Park and drove out there one evening.
Malone Park sits on a hill in Chelsea and has a fantastic view of the Boston skyline towering over East Boston, Charlestown, the Tobin Bridge, and Route 1. Unfortunately, the view is a bit broken up by the pine trees that line the park so a complete panoramic view of the whole city is not possible. Nevertheless, I still managed to wrangle a pretty solid composition from the trip. I’m a huge fan of this image in black and white but I’ve included the color image for the sake of comparison.
The second location I shot is much more popular and accessible. Portal Park sits steps away from North Station and the TD Garden. It overlooks I93 as it emerges from the tunnel under downtown Boston and over the Zakim Bridge. The railing spanning the length of the park prevents a super wide-angle shot, but I again managed to finagle a decent shot. I think this image is stronger as a B&W, but I can’t quite give up on the blues and reds in the color version.
While shooting at Malone and Portal Parks, I also completed a set of timelapses. The video is below. These represent a small portion of a much larger project that I’ll hopefully be completing over the next few months.
I rang in the first sunset of 2014 at the Knob in Woods Hole. The Knob is a narrow, rocky spit of land that sticks out into Buzzards Bay from Quissett Harbor. The nearby property is all owned by a yacht club but the access path and the Knob itself are preserved as conservation land with public access. I’ve shot several sunsets here before but never quite had the best light or weather. Jan 1, 2014 was different.
Cold weather leading up to the New Year had left a frozen layer of rime ice blanketing all the rocks down near the ocean. As the sun sank below the horizon, it lit up the sky near the horizon and provided a great backdrop to the line of clouds racing off to the east. My fingers almost froze completely solid, but it was a fantastic combination of environmental and atmospheric conditions. Great start to 2014.
We had an extremely busy and hectic July 4th week here on Cape Cod. The holiday fell smack dab in the middle of the week this year. Usually we have one hugely busy, crowded weekend, but this year we’ve had a hugely busy weekend, followed by a hugely busy, crowded week. Good for businesses, I suppose.
At any rate, Monday, July 2 I drove out to Orleans to shoot the fireworks display over Rock Harbor. Lucked out big time on parking and managed to avoid the mile plus walk that most people endured. We watched a beautiful sunset over Cape Cod Bay and the fireworks started about 15 minutes after the sky got dark. I struggled a little bit with exposing these shots. I didn’t have a cable release so I was triggering (with a 2 second delay) various exposures ranging from 2″ to 10″. It seemed like whenever I went with a longer exposure, a huge burst of bright explosions would blow out the entire image. Whenever I went with a shorter explosion, everything would be too dim. Fireworks are tricky. If you’re interested in a print of any of these images, you can use the buttons at the bottom of this post to check out the various options.