Sunday, August 7, 2016

Boston's Back Bay with Photography Friends in August

I seem to get into Boston much less since we permanently moved to Plymouth 4 years ago, but I love going to the big city with my photography friends like we did last night. There were 14 of us from my photography club, Plymouth Digital Photographers, and some of us were there from 5pm to past midnight... wild and crazy :-)
It was a perfect weather night and I loved every minute of it. We post photos on our Facebook and PDP's photo albums, it's great fun seeing everyone's different views of the places we visited
 along the way.
Here's what I came up with, using my Leica X.

Staying out of the sun at the Christian Science Center Park.

Donna, Wayne, Vic, Marianne and Bob left to right.

Random people that just got really tired and had to lay down.

Christian Science Church.

James, Donna and Vic finding something interesting up above.

Maura and Donna comparing their Olympus OM-D Cameras.

The reflection of Trinity Church in the John Hancock tower needed something, and I found this great couple on the bench to put in the foreground.

Copley Square was named after this artist.

Sneaking up....

 Great glass buildings.

Jeremie, Donna, Nancy, Bob, James, Vic, Donna and Maura all working it.

Boston Gardens at the blue hour.

A little construction.

Long exposure... see the ghost legs?

Berklee College of Music students doing their thing in black and white. They were very relaxed and didn't seem to even notice their photo was being taken.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ian Home for the Weekend in Plymouth!

Some photos from Ian's visit home to Plymouth this weekend, thought I'd post them before I go back to the Spain images. I love having him around, fun to indulge him and us for a few days. Thankfully he's a good sport about having me pointing a camera at him, he's had lots of practice! 
Portraits and a few other details from the last 2 days, the portraits seem to have the most staying power....

Ian managed to fit in some birding this weekend, and he took us to the bluff at Manomet for a last look of the day, a beautiful evening!!

A few birds added for fun. A woman came up to us and asked said something about the "camera" Ian was using... he said the scope is mistaken for a camera all the time. Surprised me!!

Some good feasting was enjoyed, with good beer! Joe made a 10 avocado guacamole, and it's so nice we all love plant based food.

 Stalking the wild creatures in the attic at the cottage. Surprise!! They didn't see them, but looks like maybe a squirrel family?

Adding textures to make a grunge family portrait.

Ian brought them home from a friend who lives in the Berkshires, delicious and hard to find.

The cottage getting ready to bust out all over.

 Close up of the photo below.

Which do you like best?

Joe bought me pretty tulips.

 Testing, one two three....waiting for me.

The final take :-) 

An out take, too....

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Thursday in April in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

I spent a very pleasant morning walking around observing people going about their daily routines in Jerez de la Frontera. My camera of choice was my Canon 6D with an older Lensbaby Composer fitted with a star burst shaped aperture, that's how the points of light in some of the images have a star burst shape, all done by the camera... and the photographer. Sometimes a happy mistake :-)
The blurred edges are a result of the Lensbaby lens, an effect I enjoy playing with.

The outdoor market is always my favorite place and happens every morning in Jerez.

This baby's grandfather gave me permission to take the photo. I love the baby's 'who are you?' look.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Semana Santa takes over Seville

Today is Easter Sunday and we've had an entire week of Semana Santa festivities leading up to it. No one does Semana Santa like Seville, they took over the town for 7 days, entertaining and leading processions until 5 am in the morning on some nights. An awesome gathering of many forces to make this happen, bringing people from all over to see the spectacle. And it happened every day for hours in many different places, it's hard to grasp the scope of this event.
Joe and I have had a blast photographing it, I could fill 5 blogs, and may... but for today here's another group of images from the procession yesterday. I don't remember what Brotherhood they are from or their size and path, I call them the green procession. Each one has their own color scheme, down to the color of their 4 foot candles.
For vocabulary purposes these are the names associated with Semana Santa, and you hear them a lot!
Nazareneos: The pointy head people that are walking off their sins. Also called Penitents.
Costaleros: The men that hold up the 1 ton float and wear thick head coverings.
Paso: The float
This is by no means official, it's just my interpretation.
With my trusty Canon 6D and 24-105mm lens I mostly stood in one spot and this is what I saw!!!

They started at this particular spot on the route with the lighting of the candles, as in 500+ of them.

 Collecting wax into balls is very popular with the children, they compare and see who got the most wax :-) You can see the boys in the background doing just that.

The Costaleros. They work very hard carrying that huge Paso. This group of them were waiting for the Paso, float, to come by so they could swap with the team that was under the Paso.

A religious experience, the expressions I caught look like religious agony, but I think it was just the timing. No one really looked like they were in anguish.

 I popped into the street to get this one. I'm one of many on the sidelines trying to see.

A discussion??

A close up of a Nazarenos. That's his candle he's carrying, and will for many hours in the dark as it drips all over the streets.

Don't know what these participants are called, but loved the photo.

Another unknown participant with an unusual hat.

The Paso comes by, so elaborate, all fresh flowers. Touching it is a special privilege.

The change of the guards took place, and this is one of the men that was under the Paso that was just released. They looked very hot.

 Then came the band, wonderful music!

Lots of beautiful babies!

After that procession passed, we walked to the see the grandstands here. A few seats were filled in anticipation of the procession coming by soon.
This entire area was built just for the 8 days festivities, new asphalt even was poured. The white wax streaks in the street are from thousands of lit 4 foot candles being carried by.

 People lined up at special seats along the streets, waiting.

Some Costaleros being agreeable and posing for us. 
These had finished a stint under the Paso, maybe before the group we saw. It takes a large pool of men to keep those Pasos going through town for 12 hours with only man power to move them.

They wanted me to take a picture with Joe in their group. Fun guys!

No matching shirts, so they must be with another Brotherhood.

This group caught my eye, the children were playing so well together as the 4 of them walked along... to a procession perhaps?

Back home at our apartment the Geraniums are blooming... Happy Easter!!