Nov 28, 2014

Boston Skyline Panorama Photography


I love going back to some of my favorite Boston Skyline location to access the potential for creating panorama photography images of Boston. One prime destination and exceptional skyline location is Fan Pier in the Seaport District. The city of Boston build this beautiful pier and it connects downtown to the ICA museum via the HarborWalk way. In the immediate area there are a lot of luxury apartments and business constructions ongoing but the stroll and views of the city are incredible. I consider it one of the best, if not the best view of the downtown skyline.

My latest Boston Skyline Panorama picture was taken on a beautiful autumn night in November. Clear skies dominated the evening and night - perfect! So, I ventured out to finally get a high resolution image of the entire downtown cityscape view that you can print large, real large. I arrived shortly after sunset, luckily found easy parking near by and after setting up tripod and camera I was ready to go. It's a habit to snap a few test runs to ensure I have my photography vision covered and then it was the usual waiting game. Once twilight arrived I captured 8 segments of the skyline - building beautifully illuminated by the late light and the sky wonderfully clear and turquoise.

Back home I eagerly processed the 8 pictures in photoshop, stitching them into one large panorama image and cropping the final photograph. During post processing I also adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before removing dust spots and sharpening the final image of downtown Boston and the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.

Good light and happy photo making! 

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Nov 25, 2014

Fog and Seascape Photography Tip

Incorporating a strong foreground feature in your composition as it will make for a better and more interesting photography images. Ensure your elements in front of your lens are in focus; those elements will become your main subjects while the rest of the composition disappears into a foggy scenery.

 

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Nov 24, 2014

Taking Care of Museum Quality Fine Art Photography Prints and Investment

Museum quality fine art photography prints are created on acid-free papers with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. Matte  paper is long-lasting and versatile. It's ideal for high contrast and crisp reproductions. Glossy finish shows off your photo art with luxuriant depth and vivid colors. My limited signed edition collection prints are printed on museum quality LightJet Fuji paper that last longer than a lifetime. I work with a local photo lab in Massachusetts that provides these high quality, long lasting fine art prints and where I can stop by, and discuss the final prints. Please Contact Me direct for pricing and delivery of limited signed edition photography artworks.

With the appropriate care, photography prints will last for years, so you can fully enjoy and appreciate the artwork for many years to come: 

1. Dust your photos print with a clean, soft cloth to prevent dust build up. Do not wipe dust spots of with your fingers as it will be very abrasive and scratchy to the surface of your Photography Art.

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2. Do not use any cleaning products or water since the chemicals may permanently damage your photography prints.

3. Avoid blowing on your prints because you may inadvertently leave water droplets and marks on your fine art photography prints. 

4. Keep your fine art prints out of direct sunlight because it may fade or crack your Art Prints. Consider rotating prints in direct sunlight locations to minimize impact.

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5. Note that ultraviolet light from many fluorescent lamps may cause damage to your photographs due to alteration of the chemical molecule bonds in inks and chemicals used throughout the picture printing process.

6. Do not exhibit your photo prints in areas where dust and pollutants are dominant as those environmental conditions may lead to damage in form of discoloration, e.g. cigarette smoke, motor exhausts, smog, fresh paint. 

7. Avoid hanging your photo art in places with great fluctuations in moisture and temperature as it may enhance growth of mold and mildew resulting in significant damage or loss of your Fine Art Photography investment. Do not hang your artwork above heaters or fireplaces.

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8. Avoid touching the surface of your fine art print with your hands or fingers because the oil in the skin can cause long term damage.  

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Nov 23, 2014

Photo Tip - All About That Base

After purchasing a camera and lenses, a steady tripod is one of the next most important investments for a photographer. High quality photography images are rarely accomplished when a camera is hand held. A tripod is a must have photography gear for low light skyline, landscape or seascape photography during the early morning, late afternoon and evening. During twilight or night photography exposure times become even longer and it will be all about that base. It is a must for long exposure photography when creating silky water effects of brooks, rivers or waterfalls and it often comes in handy for shooting wildlife and macro photographs. It also is necessary when we experimenting with impressionistic or abstract photography and I like to use during intentional camera movement photography. 


The tripod not only steadies our camera gear for highest image quality, it also helps us to discover the world of photography. We are more likely to step back and slow down, think about the photo subjects and compose a more meaningful photograph. We most likely answer questions like is the horizon straight, is there sufficient depth of field, shall I close the aperture setting to maximize depth of field, are there any distracting elements in the foreground or background of my composition, do I even have a composition?



A tripod allows us to explore the ever changing light while setting up our photography gear for the best composition and patiently waiting for the optimal light. 

 

The tripod is like a third hand and it frees our hands to make last minute filter, camera or focal lens adjustments. This is a prescription ~ don't ditch your tripod! 

Good light and happy photo making! 

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Photo Of the Week: Flower Abstraction

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Every week I select one of my favorite photographs from my Fine Art landscape, seascape, cityscape, flower, abstract and macro photography gallery collection and offer it throughout that week at a discount. This week's photo art of the week on sale is "Flower Abstraction", displaying a beautiful flower abstract of an iris. I wrote about this image and my approach to flower photography here.

Starting today and throughout the week of 24 November 2014 this flower fine art photography picture from my galleries, available as art photo print, acrylic and metal prints or on canvas, is on sale.

Good light and happy photo making! 

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Nov 18, 2014

Skyline and Bridge Night Photography Tip

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Photo Tip: Create imposing and magnificent skyline night photography pictures by utilizing a bridge to lead a viewer into and through a composition. 

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Nov 17, 2014

Flower Photography Tip

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Photo Tip: Being creative by isolating characteristic features of a floral in abstract forms and shapes. Explore different, unusual perspectives, e.g. low camera angles, zooming in real close with a macro lens, or use a very shallow Depth of Field

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Nov 16, 2014

#1 Fall Foliage Photography Tip

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Photo Tip: The Polarizing Filter is a handy tool to boost color and balance the contrast in our photography images. The polarizer eliminates unwanted glare on reflective surfaces like leaves, that otherwise may distract from the photography composition. Its effect is similar to sunglasses; overall these filters increase color saturation, boost blue sky, add cloud contrast, control reflections and add neutral density to lengthen exposure times for impressionistic  or silky water effect images.

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Nov 14, 2014

Photo Feast at the Boston Public Garden



The Boston Public Garden with its historic Lagoon Bridge and many statues is a great photo location in Boston downtown. It always worth a stop and I spend a couple of hours on Monday morning there. Upon arrival 30 minutes before twilight I got straight to work. I first photographed the Equestrian Bronze Statue of George Washington with the twilight in full presence. 

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I then moved on to capture the lagoon bridge in its magical, peaceful appearance before heading to the other side of the lagoon where I envisioned the Historic Bridge in front of the skyline.

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Nov 13, 2014

Why I love New England and Boston

Endless photo opportunities at every corner - enjoy this small selections from my Photography Galleries!

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Nov 12, 2014

GigaPan Boston Panorama Photography

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I often visit Memorial Drive to photograph the Boston Skyline as it provides ample views of the city and its landmarks. It is amazing me when city lights and twilight merge as one and an unforgettable magic unfolds - it never gets old! On my last photo trip I went to a photo location that provides one of the best Boston skyline views with the Prudential Center, John Hancock Tower and the famous Citgo sign in Fenway.

The night was beautiful clear night and the light after sunset was incredible gorgeous. Equipped with a GigaPan technology, Canon D7 and a 70-200mm set at 100mm I captured 35 photographs to be stitched in a Boston skyline panorama when I get home, resulting in a 162 megapixel high-resolution image file. Panoramic images are always very impressive and I am glad this one worked out beautifully. At home I stitched the images in photoshop and during post processing I also removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Beantown, my very latest Boston Skyline Panorama Photography gallery addition.

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Nov 11, 2014

Behind the Image Exclusive ~ Abstract Floral Photography

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I always love to create Abstract Flower Photography images by using their beautiful forms and vivid colors to my advantage. In this picture I dismissed my usual Approach to Flower Photography as I already had my final image in mind. After setting up tripod and camera equipment I carefully explored the potential of the flower bouquet from all angles in front of me. It did not take long until I finally arrived at a composition that satisfied my original photographic goal. There was only little need to further adjust the iris floral in the background to better compliment the flower blossom in the front of the image thereby providing the viewer with a second colorful focal point.

Manual focusing allowed to pin point the focus on the yellow beard. I then picked a large aperture of f/8 to allow for shallow Depth of Field to let everything else in the back fall out of focus and into a colorful blur. Shutter speed resulted into 1 second at ISO100. During post processing I removed minor dust spots and minimally adjusted lighting, color saturation and contrast before sharpening the final abstract flower photography image "Abstract".

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"My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces." ~ Sydney Sheldon

Thank you and have a happy Veteran’s Day!

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Nov 10, 2014

Prudential Center Boston Night Photography

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Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the best photography locations for photographing the Boston Skyline. This photo location stands out to me because the views of famous landmarks such as the Prudential Center and John Hancock building are stunning from each area. 

Canon D7 equipped with a Canon 24-70 mm lens I patiently waited for the twilight to arrive. Twilight is one of the most favorite times of day to photograph city skylines. It becomes magical when the city lights and twilight are in an undeniable balance providing exceptional photography results.

An ISO 100 setting combined with an aperture of f/18 provided a desired shutter speed of 25 seconds for this Boston Skyline Photography image. During post processing I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Midnight Hour.

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Nov 9, 2014

25 Years After the Berlin Wall Fell - Photos from the Historic Event


Today marks the 25 year anniversary after the Berlin fell. It's hard to believe that the Fall of the Berlin wall is 25 years ago. I was lucky to have lived in Berlin, Germany at the time and witness history. I remember lying in bed being half asleep when the radio news announced that the borders just opened and the people from East Germany were allowed to cross over to West Berlin. I thought I must have dreamed it and turned around keep on snoozing. It was that moment when I realized something different, weird was going on outside. 




The street outside my apartment was filled with a hyper buzz and most noticeable cars didn't sound normal. Cars were going toeff, toeff, toeff and when I opened the window I saw Trabants flitzing by. The unthinkable was repeated on the radio the news when I realized it was all for real. I went outside to the closest border checkpoint at Schlesisches Tor where east Germans were crossing over into west Berlin. Later on I made my way over to the famous Checkpoint Charlie in Kreuzberg where cars were able to cross over - it was an amazing night and the following days were incredible. 




The pictures here are only a snapshot of what was going on in November 1989. It would be pretty cool to reconnect with the Volkspolizist and the American lady that was being a Mauerpicker, chipping off parts of the Berlin wall.




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Nov 5, 2014

Super Moon over Boston Phenomena

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Post sunset is one of my favorite times to take Boston Skyline Photography images. I regularly head out and capture the remarkable city skyline at twilight on days that I am not occupied with nature photography. A few years back, on 19 March 2011, a stunning super moon was predicted over Boston. Clear skies and calm weather was in the weather forecast which made this astronomical phenomena one of the most anticipated events of the year. That night I head over to the banks of the Charles River on Memorial Drive which was already a mop scene upon my arrival. There were tons of spectators and photographers lining up to witness the show. The buzz was imminent. Once I found my spot and composed a frame filling composition of the Boston skyline, it was time to wait. 20 or 30 minutes into the wait the full moon suddenly rose over Beacon Hill. I remember looking into the opposite direction for a minute or two and when I turned left the moon in its full glory was on the move. It was spectacular and jaw dropping experience. I am glad I was ready and started capturing the scenery in multiple images. In order to overcome the contrast between skyline, twilight and moon I had two combine two photos, one exposed on the moon and the second metered on the skyline. In the old film days we used to do a double exposure and combined it in one print. Now-a-days cameras or photoshop take easily care of the same thing. 

The aperture for this Boston Skyline Photography image was set to f/7.1 resulting in a 4 second exposure time. The 4 seconds of shutter speed was sufficient to produce a nice blur of white traffic car headlines on the Mass Avenue Bridge. The moon was exposed at a f-stop of f/7.1 resulting in 1/100 seconds of an exposure time. In the post processing steps I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting and color saturation before sharpening the image. 

The next super moon is predicted for November 14, 2016 - mark your calendars and make sure you not missing out on this Astronomical Spectacle!

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