People watching in Quincy Market

During a recent visit to Boston, I got some time to myself in Quincy Market when my family decided to check out the giant Sephora store there. I don't do Sephora.

So I decided to hang out (in the shade - it was hot!) and watch the world go by. Quincy Market is an interesting 80/20 blend of tourists and Boston locals at any given time (although I'm pretty sure it was 90/10 when I was there). A historic place, to be certain, but one that has been coopted by the forces of rampant commercialism that seems to have taken over the world in the last several years.

It was a glorious, sunny day, with all sorts of great light bouncing around from the nearby modern office towers and the plate-glass of the Sephora and other stores.


Smile, honey!

This is going to be AWESOME! Look at that light! What a perfect day...



Who's that guy in the background? Why is he in our shot? Dammit!


Smile, honey!

We got this one.

Now of course, not everyone was taking selfies... some were posing for their beau.

Yeah, there's a smartphone in those meathooks somewhere.

Yeah, there's a smartphone in those meathooks somewhere.

The lovely couple.

The lovely couple.

Seems a little young to be worrying about his 10,000 steps.

Seems a little young to be worrying about his 10,000 steps.

Some people pull "it" off better than others.

Some people pull "it" off better than others.

Photo essay #16: Seeing Red in Boston

It's been almost a week since we got back from vacation, and I've only just gotten around to culling and processing the far too many shots I took. A few days in Boston followed by a 7-day cruise to Bermuda and back.

Our time in Boston was blessed with sunny, warm days and great light with no haze.

Not a huge believer in traditional holiday snaps of all the touristy sites, I opted to do a little street shooting instead. Tremont Street, Quincy Market, Boston Common and the North End. Click to enlarge.

26,271 steps Out of Chicago

Sunday was a heck of a day for me at the Out of Chicago conference. I wound up waking up early (like 5:30AM early) and couldn't sleep. I had nothing to do before 8:30 when my first session was set to start.

A photographer alone in a new city, unencumbered by anything other than photographic gear always has something to do.

So I headed out for a little photowalk. A black Venti Pike in my left hand, a silver X100F in my right, I hit the streets before most of Chicago was even awake.

(Please click on the images to open them in a lightbox. They'll look a lot better!)

Later on, it was time for a street photography photowalk with Marie Laigneau. I learned more than anything else I have a lot to learn about street photography. But I think I got a few interesting shots in, nonetheless.

I went out for a walk at lunch (what else is there to do, really?) and headed for Millennium Park, which was totally overrun by tourists. The Bean, a must-see piece of public sculpture, is surrounded by throngs of people and is almost impossible to shoot "cleanly". So I didn't even bother trying. It makes for some pretty compelling abstracts, though. Rick Sammon's closing talk at the end of the day inspired my to play around with colour, in honour of the day's Pride festivities.

After lunch it was time for yet another photowalk, this time with Angie McMonigal, an exceptionally talented architecture and fine art photographer. She's really nice, too! Our walk was centred around architecture (naturally) and I think this is where I came into my element a little more.

After all that, it was time to head back and put my tired feet up.

Photowalking in the Loop

Today was a day of lectures and a photowalk with the one & only Valérie Jardin, where she helped us put the theory of street photography to practice.

It's always sunny in Philadelphia

That's not really true, of course.

The City of Brotherly Love is quite picturesque, especially around the downtown and City Hall areas. The architecture is truly outstanding and very well maintained.