Recent business meetings took me to New England. I knew I had to find a way to take advantage of the photographic opportunity, despite the brevity of the trip.
I flew into Boston’s Logan Airport on Sunday evening. Monday started with a drive to Hanover, NH. Tuesday included a drive to Keene, NH followed by a meeting and finishing with a drive back to Logan for an evening flight home.
Because I planned meticulously (except the weather – more on that a minute) I was able to shoot some “serviceable” photos at each location. These aren’t quite portfolio shots but I enjoyed the challenge and I am now enjoying the photos and memories.
I made it to East Boston/Logan airport well before dark but it was raining heavily. Despite the recent warm/beautiful weather, a Nor’easter had just blown in to the area. It hung around for my entire trip. Living in Southern CA it’s easy to forget just how relentless a real rainstorm can be.
Well – I can be relentless as well. I took the challenge and took a short ~1 mile hike (as planned) from the airport hotel to Piers Park. I had hoped to capture sunset/skyline photos of the Boston financial district which lay across Boston Harbor.
According to Wikipedia, “immigrants from El Salvador, …. and elsewhere in South America have made East Boston one of the centers of Latino culture in New England”. I enjoy immigrant communities – I was born and raised in a Polish ghetto in the city of Chicago – so I felt right at home in this “working class” neighborhood.
I had to take refuge at times on my way to Piers Park but I made it despite the relentless rain. Once I entered Piers Park I could see Boston Harbor and the skyline.
While the sunset shots weren’t going to happen in this weather, I did get a couple of shots of the skyline and beautiful park.
By the time I made it back to the hotel I was thoroughly drenched ….. and thoroughly pleased with the effort and results.
Monday AM I headed out of town for the afternoon meeting in Hanover, NH. It was a 2+ hour drive in the rain but I budgeted time for a photo excursion on the Dartmouth campus. While it may be the smallest school in the Ivy League it presented a wealth of photographic opportunities.
Let’s start with my favorite – a building built in 1784. Yes, that’s right …. 1784. Here’s my photo along with a photo dating back to 1793.
My mind spins when I consider the history of this place. Imagine life in the 18th century and contrast it with your life in the 21st. Quite a stark contrast, indeed! It was quite a thrill to stand in a place with history spanning three centuries.
Here are two perspectives of another architectural beauty on the campus. This is a relatively new building dating back to 1928 – obviously the young pup on campus.
I love the warmth and inviting look of the building shown below. This photo leads me to wonder if students from earlier centuries rode their bikes to classes. Amazing campus, amazing history ….
…. but I had to leave for the meeting. A few miles away, on the road leading to the meeting, I stumbled upon a few of my favorite photos from the trip. The bog shown below led me to pull over and take a few shots.
As with the Dartmouth photos I decided to bracket some exposures and combine them with HDR Efex Pro to better capture the scene as it appeared to me. Sometime soon we’ll do a Tuesday Photography Tip on HDR because, as mentioned in this recent Photo Excursion post, it really is a useful technique to capture scenes as we see them without being limited by the dynamic range limitations of modern cameras.
Fortunately I practiced what I have taught by turning around and looking for other photos before driving away. The photo above is my favorite. It was literally less than a hundred feet from the bog. Had I not turned around it would have been missed.
After the meeting in Hanover I drove to Keene, NH. I arrived well after dark so I woke up early enough on Tuesday to capture some downtown area photos in the morning light. All of the photos were within a short walk of this downtown-area traffic circle.
Clearly there is no shortage of steeples in Keene. All three of these churches were within a short walk of each other.
Just as impressive as the churches is the Keene Courthouse and Keene Sentinel, which, according to Wikipedia is “the fifth oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States, having operated under the Sentinel name since its founding in March 1799″. Again, we’re visiting sites from the 18th century. Simply amazing, thrilling and awe inspiring for me.
I’m happy to report that the flight back to Southern CA was uneventful.
I hope you enjoyed this “trip” to New England and time travel back to the 18th century. I loved it despite the time constraints and weather. It just increased my resolve to get there with time to spare and (hopefully) better weather, maybe next Spring.
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