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iPhone Friday – Boston Edition

Sorry for my absence this week. I was in New York last week for a little R&R and a family function. Didn’t do as much shooting as I’d hoped but I do have a few shots to share with you next week. Today I wanted to share some shots taken with my iPhone 6 while out and about in Boston a couple of weeks ago. All shots were processed using Snapseed. The 3rd image, “Inside Fenway” was also processed with PhotoToaster.

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Greenway Project Art Installation by Janet Echelman


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Fenway Park


Boston, iPhone, iPhoneography, travel, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Inside Fenway


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Shooting the Skyline at Sunset


Bicycle Parking in Boston

If you don’t know by now, I always keep my eyes open when travelling for interesting bicycle shots. These are easier to be found in Europe where you’re more likely to find old vintage bikes leaning against ancient buildings and walls. Every so often though I come across an interesting scene such as this one in Boston’s North End.

You’ve got to love the parking job.

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Boston, north end, Little Italy, street, bicycle, parking, fence, street photography,


A Boston Sunset

I had to be in Boston last week for a conference and I decided to get in a day early so that I could do some shooting around the city. I do love Boston and was thrilled to find myself back in Beantown, even if it was just for a few days.

I spent hours walking during the day but I knew where I wanted to end up at sunset…Fan Pier. The pier is a great spot to photograph the skyline. I’d shot there the last time I was in town and was terribly disappointed with the images I came away with so this was my opportunity to give it another go.

It was a lovely sunset…not a wow by any means but nice and subtle with a beautiful transition to the blue hour. I was much happier this time around.

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Boston, skyline, Fan Pier, sunset, blue hour, travel photography, harbour, lights, Charles River


Artist in Boston Common

I love watching an artist create and on this beautiful afternoon in Boston Common I did just that. As I stood and watched, her painting came to life on the canvas. I converted the image to B&W using Topaz Black & White Effects and then selectively brought back the color in the painting. As an artist you can see the scene as it is or interpret it in your own way, on your own canvas 🙂

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Boston, Boston Common, park, artist, painter, selective color, Topaz Black & White Effects, travel photography


Sunday in the Park

I hope everyone had an excellent weekend. Before we get to today’s image I wanted to share with you a sale I just found out about. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs site. If you’re not you should head over there and check out Trey’s work. The Stuck in Customs store is having a Father’s Day sale. All items in the store including photography tutorials and tools are 25% off until Sunday June 16th.

A stroll through Boston Common yields many beautiful scenes but the serenity of this one just spoke volumes to me.

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Boston, Boston Common, park, lake, bench, spring, travel photography


Waiting For A Fare

As I was walking to Faneuil Hall I came across this horse & carriage. As an added bonus the caleche driver was standing there waiting for a fare. His costume and the surrounding buildings threw me into a time warp and I kept thinking that when I get home and process this image it would probably look good as an old vintage photograph.

Below are two versions, the scene as I saw it and a slightly distressed, vintage version.  Let me know which one you prefer.

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Boston, caleche, horse, Faneuil Hall, street photography, horse and buggy, Topaz Clarity, vintage, monochrome


Cat-Nap

Monday’s post featured the outside of a quaint bookstore along Boston’s Freedom Trail and a few of you asked if I had any interior shots. Well as a matter of fact I do.

I don’t know…maybe he’s read all the books already!

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Books & Old Prints

Walking along the Freedom Trail in Boston and making my way purposefully towards Boston Common, an awning caught my attention as I walked past a small alley way.  I stopped and decided to check it out and I’m really glad that I did. Not only was this a picture perfect opportunity but I had a great time browsing through the bookstore.  I’m always lamenting the fact that the big box bookstores have taken over the landscape. I miss these little bookstores where every nook & cranny is stuffed with old tomes and it has that slightly musty smell of books.

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book store, alley, Freedom Trail, Boston, travel photography


The New England Holocaust Memorial

Located in Carmen Park along (most appropriately) the Freedom Trail in Boston is the The New England Holocaust Memorial, which was inspired by survivors of the Holocaust who found new lives in Boston. The memorial consists of 6 glass towers one for each of the 6 extermination camps (Aushwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor, Chelmno and Majdanek). Each tower is etched with a series of numbers representing the 6 million Jews that were killed during the holocaust. Each tower contains 2 panels of glass inscribed with a quote from survivors or American soldiers recounting memories from that horrible time. The stories are heart wrenching and emotional and walking through the memorial two things were prominent in my thoughts, we must never forget this terrible time in our history and all that was lost and the hope that never again should we, as a society stand still when atrocities such as this occur in the world.

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New England Holocaust Memorial, Carmen Park, Freedom Trail, Boston

New England Holocaust Memorial, Carmen Park, Freedom Trail, Boston

New England Holocaust Memorial, Carmen Park, Freedom Trail, Boston

New England Holocaust Memorial, Carmen Park, Freedom Trail, Boston

New England Holocaust Memorial, Carmen Park, Freedom Trail, Boston

New England Holocaust Memorial, Carmen Park, Freedom Trail, Boston


Spring in the Public Gardens

One of my favorite activities in Boston was strolling through Boston Common and the Public Gardens. It was beautiful day and people were out strolling with their kids, walking their dogs and taking pictures of the cherry blossoms. I ran this image through OnOne Perfect Effects to give it a bit of an ethereal and vintage feel.

I’ve also had an opportunity to test the bet version of Topaz Labs newest plug in Topaz Clarity and I’m really liking it so far. I used it to process another park image which I posted to my Facebook page yesterday. You can have a look at it here.

Next week is shaping up to be a busy one on the blog. I’ll have a full review of Topaz Clarity as well as a new Craft & Vision ebook release that I’ll be reviewing and I think you’ll really like this one.

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Boston Common, public gardens, park, spring, cherry blossoms


Blue Hour Pier

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a terrific Mother’s Day.

Back on the fan pier in Boston this is the view directly opposite the city skyline which I posted here.

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iPhone Friday – Boston Skyline

The Boston Skyline shot with my iPhone 4S from Moakley Courthouse pier.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Sixty State Street

In the heart of the financial district and next to Faneuil Hall in Boston is Sixty State Street. The building is Boston’s 13th tallest building but I was fascinated by the abstract sculpture in front of the building.

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Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall marketplace is located near the waterfront in Boston and is a popular destination for tourists. What I didn’t realize is that Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742 acting as a backdrop for many speeches made by Samuel Adams encouraging independence from Great Britain.

After processing the image in Photoshop I converted it to black and white using Topaz Black & White Effects and then used the selective adjustment brush to bring back some colour.

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Boston, Faneuil Hall, Black & White, red, street photography


iPhone Friday – Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum

On the first evening of my conference the organizers arranged for us to have dinner at the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum. We were actually supposed to have cocktails out on the patio deck but it was just to cold and windy that night. We did still get a tour of the ship and had a lovely, authentic pre-revolutionary dinner.

All images shot with an iPhone 4S and edited with Snapseed, PhotoToaster and Dramatic Black & White.

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The Museum

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, boston harbor, restaurant, ship, museum

The Ship

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, boston harbor, restaurant, ship, museum

Captain’s Quarters

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, boston harbor, restaurant, ship, museum

Crew Quarters

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Below Deck

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, boston harbor, restaurant, ship, museum

The Restaurant

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, boston harbor, restaurant, ship, museum


Sunset Pier

Before I left for Boston I reached out to Boston photographer Steven Perlmutter for some tips on the best place to shoot the city skyline at sunset. If you haven’t seen Steven’s work then I encourage you to stop by his site here. Steven gave some great advice and told me to head to the pier behind the Moakley Courthouse for some great views of the city.  It was a beautiful day but the sunset that evening was just ok. unfortunately the light of the skyline was nothing to write home about but when I turned around the light over the harbour was quite pretty.

This was a long exposure as I wanted to get the movement in the sailboats out on the water.

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Boston Harbor, sunset, pier, long exposure, sailboats


Keep Running Boston!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 weeks since the Boston Marathon bombing. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who was shocked and shaken to the core by the senselessness of this act. It’s unfortunate that acts such as this is becoming all too common place in the world we live in. I have 2 teenage boys who, in their lifetime, have been exposed to the horrors of 9/11; the 2005 attacks in London, the 2012 bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed Israeli tourists, the Colorado theatre shooting and the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Should I go on?  I don’t remember being exposed to these types of acts when I was growing up. Sure there were wars fought overseas, far from “home.” Whether we believed in these wars or not the reality was that it didn’t affect our day-to-day.

While I was in Boston last week news broke that the RCMP, working with the FBI, arrested 2 men with ties to Al-Qaeda. These men are suspected of plotting to derail a Via Rail Train on the Toronto to New York route. When will this craziness end?

I spend the day walking around Boston and made my way to Boylston Street where a memorial for the victims of the marathon had been growing steadily over the week. As I was walking the streets last Sunday, on what was a glorious sunny day, people were enjoying the beautiful weather, playing in the park, sipping coffee at sidewalk cafes. This is how it should be…we live our lives and enjoy our freedoms because terror cannot win.

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Boston, Memorial, Bolyston street, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Boston, Memorial, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong, running

Boston, Memorial, Bolyston street, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Boston, Memorial, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong, running

Boston, Memorial, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Boston, Memorial, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

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Boston, Memorial, Copley Square, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Boston, Memorial, Copley Square, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong


Stars & Stripes

I flew to Boston last Sunday for a conference and was lucky to have the day to myself to walk around and explore this beautiful city. It’s been years since I’ve been there and given what was going on last week, when they locked down the city I wasn’t sure if my trip would be cancelled or not. It was a moving time to be in the city and I’ll be sharing my images and impressions over the next little while.

As I was walking along Atlantic Ave I came upon this archway which is between the InterContinental and the Boston Harbor Hotel. With the sun shining and the flag blowing in the wind it was a perfect way to start the day.

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Do you remember Uggie from my Life in the City post earlier this week? A few people asked if I got a closer shot of his face and I did. You can see it on my Facebook page here. From time to time I will post and share thing on the Edith Levy Photography Facebook Page that you won’t see on the blog. If you haven’t done so already please consider “liking” my FB page.

Have a great weekend everyone.