Archive for April 24, 2012

Scenes at Fenway Park

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Bitter Rivals 27mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 800

While I’m still wallowing in sorrow over the Red Sox / Yankees game getting rained out — the game for which I held a ticket for a seat behind home plate — you’ll have to suffer through more Fenway Park pictures.  On my trolley tour of Boston one of the stops was Fenway so I spent a bit of time taking pictures and watching people as they gathered for Saturday’s game.  I had tried getting tickets for this game but it was sold out.

I asked the guys above if I could take their picture together and they obliged with commentary on how they didn’t like each other.  The guy on the left (jokingly) wanted to make sure his picture wasn’t going to be on the cover of Guns and Ammo — he didn’t want the government putting him under surveillance.  The vendor below also willingly allowed himself to be included in the shot of his wares.

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Fenway Vendor 24mm, f/4, 1/1000s, ISO 800

For the shot of the crowds on Yawkey Way I put the camera on a 2-second self-timer and held it up high by lifting my tripod high overhead. After 4-5 tries I ended up with a decent perspective.

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Yawkey Way Crowd 23mm, f/10, 1/640s, ISO 800

On the day of my scheduled game I stopped by the park again and found an open gate.  I later learned — after being educated by the nice security guard who asked me to leave — that it was open in order to let a tour exit the park.  The guard (he really was nice about it) did agree to let me walk to the nearest entrance to the stands and snap a few pictures.  It wasn’t a great photo spot and the rain was starting to really come down but I took what I could get.  The thick white line at the opposite end of the field is the infield tarp.  They were just getting it out to cover the field when I arrived.

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Rainy Day at Fenway Park 17mm, f.6.3, 1/640s, ISO 400

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Colorful Fish of the Sea, Boston

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Fish of the Sea, Boston 17mm, f/6.3, ISO 200

The sea and seafood are big attractions in Boston and for most of my meals during my visit I’ve tried to get some sort of fish and/or chowder.  Fitting with a seaside theme, I discovered this bit of art near the Boston Harbor Hotel on Atlantic Ave. while walking back to my car the other night.  In hindsight I should have taken a close-up shot of how this was constructed.  Essentially, it was made of a bazillion rough pieces of colored glass / acrylic — rather cool IMO.  I found the colors and the glow on the sidewalk rather interesting as well.  Oddly enough, I had walked right past this in the daylight and didn’t notice it at all.  After dark, however, it was very prominent.  Maybe some of you have seen this before but I hadn’t and that gave me the perfect excuse to post it — something out of the ordinary from Boston.

I used a tone mapped version of the image to get the sidewalk portion then (mostly) masked in the underwater scene from one of the original exposures.  I shot at ISO 200 because with ISO 100 I could never quite complete my exposures before people walked across the scene.  I had a thought to purposely catch passers-by at various shutter speeds but it had been a long day and I was ready to get back to my hotel.  Next time…