Four significant thunderstorms affected the Boston area Tuesday. That’s four separate opportunities for me to photograph lightning during, and then after, my shift as a Boston Herald photographer. I chase most of the thunderstorms that come our way. We in the Boston region experience an average of  30 days of thunderstorm activity per year, according to Wikipedia. A brilliant lightning storm was the first of these Tuesday events, striking during the morning commute. The thrust of the lightning seemed to be affecting South Boston to Quincy, before exiting out over Winthrop, and the open waters. I positioned myself in a safe place in Southie and set up my tripod. I was disappointed with the results. It seemed that every place I pointed my lens at, the lightning would be in a different spot, and then when I corrected to that spot, it would then strike where I had been pointing at earlier. I did, however, get a photo of lightning over Dorchester Heights/Telegraph Hill. The second storm roared out of the Littleton area and moved toward Beverly. I chose to speed toward Marblehead, as I wanted to try for lightning over the historic Abbott Hall. This venture was unsuccessful regarding lightning, however I did capture the ominous clouds exiting Marblehead neck. I then realized that the weather radar was showing a different storm, taking a more southerly track that appeared to be heading for Boston. I viewed the radar and chose East Boston as my best bet to capture lightning over the city. I arrived in Eastie and set up the tripod and started to shoot, framing the city’s Financial and Seaport Districts. This worked well, as in a flash of 1/8th of a second, two large and branching bolts appeared. I was using a Canon 100-400mm at F.6.4 and a 50 ISO speed. The last storm was exiting the region from between Deer Island and Quincy. I chose to turn the camera black and white for this photo. Below are my photos from Tuesday. Thanks for viewing.

Lightning strikes in back of Southie's Telegraph Hill/Dorchester Height, during the first of 4 thunderstorms that affected the region on Tuesday.

Above, lightning strikes in back of Southie’s Telegraph Hill/Dorchester Height, during the first of 4 thunderstorms that affected the region on Tuesday.

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Above, lightning strikes over Eastie, Tuesday morning.

The second of 4 thunderstorms exits the region off of Marblehead Neck.

Above, the second of 4 thunderstorms exits the region off of Marblehead Neck.

A sailboat escapes the Marblehead lightning, choosing to come into port shortly after the storm.

Above, a sailboat escapes the Marblehead lightning, choosing to come into port shortly after the storm.

Lightning strikes over the Boston skyline, Tuesday afternoon.

Above, lightning strikes over the Boston skyline, Tuesday afternoon.

Lightning strikes over Boston's Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm activity.

Above, lightning strikes over Boston’s Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity.

The Tuesday afternoon storm clears over the Tobin Bridge.

Above, the Tuesday afternoon storm clears over the Tobin Bridge.

Lightning exits the Massachusetts east coast between Winthrop and Quincy, during the last of the thunderstorms, Tuesday evening.

Lightning exits the Massachusetts east coast between Winthrop and Quincy, during the last of the thunderstorms, Tuesday evening.

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Winthrop,MA Fire dept. welcomes the new Engine Co. #1

Air traffic, arriving at Boston’s Logan airport, flies over Winthrop as firefighters test a “deck gun” hose   on the brand-new Engine Co. #1     

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Boston firefighters work at scene of 3 alarm fire Friday.

Boston firefighters worked a hot fire yesterday on Waverly St., in Roxbury. The Dudley Sq. crew, comprised of Ladder 4 and Engine 14 and Safety Chief H-1, was first on the scene. Here are some of my photos from yesterday, and here is the Boston Herald story.

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters from the Dudley Square fire house receive cold towels from Paul Boudreau, of the Boston Sparks Canteen Crew, during a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters from the Dudley Square fire house receive cold towels from Paul Boudreau, of the Boston Sparks Canteen Crew, during a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters work at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters work at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters from left Kevin Ranahan and Jeremy Nelson, of Ladder company 4 take a break from fighting a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters from left Kevin Ranahan and Jeremy Nelson, of Ladder company 4 take a break from fighting a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Joe Casper, Boston fire dept. acting District Chief, works at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Joe Casper, Boston fire dept. acting District Chief, works at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters from the Dudley Square fire house take a break from working the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters from the Dudley Square fire house take a break from working the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters work at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters work at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters take a break from fighting a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters take a break from fighting a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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I chase and photograph thunderstorms. Every thunderstorm that I can chase, I chase. July 28, 2014 was a day off from work as a Boston Herald news photographer, which afforded me the opportunity to storm chase. The storm cells that the weather radar showed just after 9am that morning, looked like a good possibility for me. I drove to Bayswater St. in East Boston thinking I could shoot the Boston skyline with any lightning that might be occur. It did not occur. The storm’s energy seemed to shift quickly toward the northeast, over what appeared to be the Revere, Saugus, Everett area. I then drove to Morton St. in Winthrop, which gives a nice view of Revere. Photos of daytime lightning are very difficult to achieve, especially during haze and heavy rain, so this was not turning out too well for me. I did, however, notice the very turbulent sky above Revere. I snapped a few photos. Shortly thereafter I got a tip that Revere had a lot of damage near the lower Broadway area, near city hall. I called the Herald photo desk and then arrived at Broadway and Tafts St. in approximately 10 minutes. The extent of the damage was shocking. I started taking photos and then moved toward Revere Beach Parkway. There I saw several homes with rooftops blown off. It was then, after seeing the angle of the fallen trees and calling up a high school weather class memory, that I guessed it might have been a tornado that socked this area. If fallen trees are angled in several different angles, then most likely it was a tornado. If the trees are lined up in the same way, then it was straight line winds that tore through the area. Here are some of the cloud formations just prior to, and after the tornado, and also the damage caused by it. Please check out the Boston Herald for continuing coverage.
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A good 72 hours for #Boston weather photography.

Moons, clouds, rainbows and lightning, oh my, A good few days for capturing the natural, near my home in Winthrop,MA. I even managed to get a British Airways Boeing 777, flying from Newark to London, to cross the moon for me, at 7 miles high :-)
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Happy 35th birthday to Gisele. On July 20, 1980 Gisele Caroline Bundchen was born. She has been the world’s most successful fashion model, an influential businesswoman, a champion of the environment, and more recently, a Bostonian. But on September 21, 2009 I witnessed, and photographed, a more daring side to her, when Gisele, more than 6 months pregnant, took helicopter flying lessons in Marshfield,MA. Her helicopter pilot/instructor is Stuart Matsumoto. Below are my exclusive photos.
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Gisele Bundchen takes helicopter lessons

Gisele Bundchen takes helicopter lessons

Gisele Bundchen takes helicopter lessons

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I pass this memorial frequently, on sunset bike rides, and have been moved to see the growth and the caring of the memorial at the area on Deer Island where the young girl’s body was found three weeks ago. Boston area residents have showed their true colors in stepping up to create this. Massachusetts State Police have set up an anonymous tip line. Tips can be called in to the 24-hour phone line at (617) 396-5655.

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Woodland creatures seem to be following me these days.

A racoon in Winthrop, and a family of skunks in Boston
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The man who climbed the Tobin Bridge shortly after the conclusion of last Wednesday’s evening commute had many first responders looking out for his well being. Police scanner broadcasts indicated that Boston EMS, Firefighters and Police from Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts State Police, and US Coast Guard sent units to the bridge. Boston Fire sent its Technical Rescue Unit, and Boston and Massachusetts State Police sent hostage negotiators. They were all very patient, as this effort took 2 hours. I was on scene to photograph, actually 1900 feet away in East Boston, according to Google Earth, when this drama played out. Photos below show an airbag inflated near Boston Fire’s Tower Ladder 3 on the upper deck roadway, a hostage negotiator with a bullhorn, and rescue boats in the water below. At one point the man can be seen inside one of the open air windows inside a steel beam, peering out. A first responder on scene told me later that night that the man had an amazing grip. The event was quite pressure packed for me. I hoped rescuers would save the man and did not want to see him fall. The final photo shows the man beginning his climb to safety. Below are several of my photos, including one that appeared in the Boston Herald. Herald colleagues, Matt Stone and Christopher Evans were also on scene, and their photos can be seen at the following link.

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06/02/15-Boston,MA. Law enforcement officials lift a knife that they allege was being held by a man, who was under surveillance for terror related issues, who police shot this morning at 4600 Washington St. in Roslindale. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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