Sep 16, 2014

The Summer of Sunsets in New England

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New England and Boston have been blessed with a beautiful summer this year. It was not too hot and temperatures were tolerable for the most of the times and most to my liking. In recent days there is talk that fall has already arrived upon us and I have to admit: it's a bit cool for the time of the year. On the flip side there have been plenty of low and thin clouds that make the heart of New England photographers and nature admires go faster!

After photographing Lightning and Thunder over Boston last week, I went back to the same location. I always call the upper deck of the Museum of Science parking garage one of the best photo locations in town. It has indeed a marvelous view of the popular skyline and it is very convenient. It takes me 15 minutes max to get there from my house and often is my go to location if I am uninspired by anything else. That day I was listening to my weather friends from WBZ Weather Front which were forecasting another evening of low and thin clouds. They even pointed out that Bostonians and New Englanders were in for another amazing sunset treat, a spectacle not to be missed for photographers and nature lovers alike. After my usual routine of setting up tripod and camera I patiently waited for the magic to unfold. The action started after probably waiting for 15-20 minutes on location. I always love when the sky slowly turns from white and greyish clouds to orange to pink and deep red in a few minutes. At the time I had my lens equipped with a split neutral density filter as I anticipated that I had to overcome the strong contrast of the bright sky and the darker foreground of the Charles River and Longfellow Bridge. A small aperture of f/22 at ISO100 provided an exposure time of 2.5 seconds. The solid tripod ensured a stable set up that eliminates some of the many photography variables and getting us closer to consistently creating sharp and high quality Boston skyline pictures.

During post processing I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Boston Sunset.

Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen
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