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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This post is going to be little bit different from my usual posts so please bear with me. You may have noticed that I’m not keeping up with my usual posting schedule. I have a lot of balls in the air…being a mother, working full-time, satisfying my thirst for photography, blogging, managing all my social media outlets, volunteering at shelters and now working at building a pet photography business. Hmmm and those are just a few things I have on my plate.
I have a question for all of you. yes you….my blogging friends and followers. How do you do it? How do stave off burn out?
“Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn.” Scott Adams
I love this Dilbert cartoon. Believe me there are times I’ve felt like paying my son to write a blog post or two for me. Don’t worry I haven’t. There are no ghost writers or photographers at Edith Levy Photography. So this is a good segue to my next disjointed thought. This is a photography blog. It’s not like I’m spending hours writing 500 to 1000 word posts, but the process of going out, shooting and processing images does take hours albeit enjoyable ones. This has been a rough winter for us Canadians. I love shooting winter scenes but with most days from December to the beginning of March dealing with -15C or less temperatures its been tough to be outside for extended periods. I know…you’re saying to yourself “suck it up buttercup” other photographers do it. Yup they do! And I commend them for it. I suppose I’m saying this because I feel like I’m in a bit of a creative rut. I’ve been spending so much time doing other things that I haven’t focused on what I really love to do and that’s to go out and shoot. So therein lies the problem. This self-imposed schedule has been taking its toll on me. I love the friendships that I’ve built while writing this blog. I’ve said it before and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops…this is a great community to be a part. So the short end of it…I may not be posting as regularly as I have. But you never know maybe I just need a couple of weeks to regroup and then I’ll be back with a vengeance.
Of course this being a photography blog I need close with an image. I posted this a couple of weeks ago to my Facebook page but never posted it here. Here’s another view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge taken from Dumbo.
After an evening of shooting the Toronto skyline during Denise Ippolito’s workshop we decided to have some fun with light painting. This is something that I’ve always wanted to try and we had a blast experimenting with this technique. We hadn’t planned on doing this but putting on our “MacGyver” hats we used a small LED flashlight I had in my camera bag and the string from Denise’s hoodie to tie to the end of the flashlight. Denise’s friend and fellow photographer, Lynn slowly started twirling the flashlight on the string and turning in place slowly. After a bit of trial and error this was the result. By the way Lynn is actually in the middle of that circle of light but because she was slowly moving you can’t see her at all during the long exposure. I posted images of the skyline on Monday (you can see them here) as the fog started rolling out. Notice the skyline in the background. The CN Tower was starting to disappear again as the fog rolled back in at the end of the evening.
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One of the workshops that Denise Ippolito led for my photography club last month was a sunset/night cityscape shoot. It was cloudy and raining for most of that day so there was no sunset and we almost didn’t have a cityscape. The best place to photograph the Toronto skyline is from Ward’s Island. We boarded the ferry to the island at 5:45pm for the 7 minute or so crossing which would give us plenty of time to walk around and set up for what was supposed to be a 6:50 sunset. As the ferry started moving and I looked across Lake Ontario I realized that I couldn’t see the island. All I could see was thick fog. We arrived at the island and I looked across at Toronto…it wasn’t there. OMG…there goes the workshop. After a few minutes of internal panic, Denise, being the ultimate professional and workshop leader, led us on a walk and help us “see” other beautiful parts of the island that we could photograph. Ok I started to think…this was ok…this was going to workout. Think positive…think positive…as soon as it gets dark and the city lights turn on we’ll have a cityscape….I hope!
Being photographers and knowing that light and conditions can change from minute to minute we set up our tripods by the waterfront and waited. Here’s the view…
….can you see the CN Tower? It’s there…honestly but at least we could now see lights and some of the buildings. We waited and as the minutes passed the fog started to roll out and our beautiful city came into view. Here’s the progression…
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The Boston Skyline shot with my iPhone 4S from Moakley Courthouse pier.
Have a great weekend everyone.