Archive for March, 2013

Sunset jet, miles away, as seen from Winthrop.

This was snapped with an 800mm lens and a 2x extender, making it a whopping 1600mm. In comparison, normal sight is 50mm. I am guessing that this jet was over the Dedham area or even more west than that.

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The dance of the Back Bay window washers.

I found these workers just hanging around Boston’s Back Bay. The guy on the far right is on the Four Seasons bulding, while the 3 to the left are hanging from the Ritz Carlton on Avery St.

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After watching Mayor Menino’s announcement that he would not seek a 6th term, I started perusing some of the many photos that I had snapped over the years, of him for the Boston Herald. Earlier today I posted some light-hearted photos and a funny Menino video moment. On a less light-hearted note, here are some Menino moments that moved me. Captions include the 2006 moment he consoled Isaura Mendes shortly after the community anti-violence activist found out that she had lost a second son in 11 years to a shooting, and his annual trip to the Pine St. Inn to carve a Thanksgiving turkey. This time he brought his grandson Will Fenton, age 9 years, and took a “teachable moment” to show him the Inn’s sleeping quarters.

(11/27/08-Boston,MA) Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino, with grandson Will Fenton, age 9 years in tow, visited the Pine Street Inn today to carve some turkey and say hi to the residents.

(03/05/07-Boston,MA) Three speakers wait their turn… Mayor Thomas Menino and Senator John Kerry frame 9 yr old Alexsiana Walker at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. The three joined Senator Ted Kennedy and others at a press conference to call for more federal funding of child health care. ED NOTE little Alexiana is seriously ill with a potential future eyesight loss and her mother lost her employee health care.

(11/03/09-Hyde Park,MA) Mayor Thomas M. Menino, his wife Angela and their granddaughters Samantha and Taylor arrive to vote this morning at the Hemenway School.

(11/04/09-Boston,MA) “Bent But Not Broken” The Morning After Mayor Menino’s 5th victory. Brian Beaton, trash hauler, discarded Menino campaign signs outside of a Southie polling place on Day Boulevard. He commented on how his collections today were almost all Menino signs saying: “He (Menino) doesn’t need his signs anymore but Flaherty will be keeping his, I’m sure”


 

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Fun photos of Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino, over the years.

As Mayor Thomas M. Menino is set to officially announce that he won’t seek a 6th term as mayor, I’m reminded of the many times I have photographed him as a staffer at the Boston Herald. Included is THIS, a **MUST-SEE** video as Mayor Menino responds to a Daily Beast report that states Boston is a pretty drunken city. He was always very accommodating to news photographers on deadline, etc, and usually very fun-spirited. In the 2000′s, Mayor Menino grew smart regarding any props, i.e signs, or pictures with animals or clowns at the circus. He would rarely be seen with any of those things at photo ops, because he knew how they would be “played” in the paper the next day. But I managed to grab a few “lighter” moments. Best of luck to Boston’s favorite buddy, Mayor Tom.


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I photographed this scene today at exactly 6:46am. I used a 1955 Leica 50mm “Summicron” collapsible lens. Yes, the Old State House’s clock was wrong this morning. 

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Boston fun with Leica camera and lenses, one from 1955.

I had the pleasure to shoot with a Leica rangefinder digital camera, the M9P, and two lenses, the 50mm Summicron collapsible from 1955, and a 35mm Summilux 1.4. Really nice tones and color rendering.

Roxy, the Boston dog. 35mm Summilux at 1.4

Revere Beach sand, after a vigorous coastal storm. 50mm Summicron collapsible (1955)

Roxy, the Boston dog. 35mm Summilux at 1.4

35mm Summilux

50mm Summicron collapsible from 1955

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Today I celebrate my 20th anniversary at The Boston Herald.

I started my first day as a Boston Herald news photographer twenty years ago today. Here are some photos below that, through the years, have either been memorable for me, or that have moved me in some way or another. Thanks for taking the time to view these photos, and for viewing this blog. Thanks also to Kevin Cole, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Herald Photo Director, who hired me, and to current photo chief Jim Mahoney and everyone at the Herald, and the many fine Boston cops and firefighters and EMS officials that I deal with daily. Some travel highlights of these past two decades include photographing the Pope twice, once in Rome and also in Toronto, and two trips to Oklahoma City with Herald scribe Peter Gelzinis, to report on survivors of the horror that Timothy McVeigh unleashed on that friendly city in 1995. No Pulitzers yet, but I did win the biggest prize of all, that is meeting my wife Laura Crimaldi while on the job.

Officials tend to a teenager who was shot in the head on Humboldt Ave. in Boston, as his mother watches at the rear. The boy survived.

Army Spc. Jared J. Raymond, killed in Iraq, is laid to rest in Swampscott, MA.

At left, Cardinal Bernard Law, just hours away from stepping down due to the church’s clergy sex abuse scandal. At right, jets over Boston and St. Maarten.

Senator Ted Kennedy conducts the Boston Pops during “A Tribute To Ted”.

At left, a man who lost his home to fire is reunited with his cat. At right, the Denny family, including children Brandon and Rebecca, who were both seriously injured in the terror attack on the Murrah Federal Building, return to the site of the blast on the day of Timothy McVeigh’s execution.

A couple who experienced a vicious gay-bashing.

The Stones roll into town.

Robert Plant plays at Boston Garden as part of Page and Plant in 1995.

 

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Bobby Orr flies again!

Rarely does a city embrace an athlete the way Boston embraced Bobby Orr. I snapped this photo today while working at the Boston Herald, and my phone and twitter account have not stopped ringing since. I certainly know that I have not snapped an award-winning photograph here, rather an everyday, run-of-the-mill photo. The response to the photo is a testament to the power of the relationship between Orr and the city that still loves him. 

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner that suffered a battery fire in a cargo-hold in January continues to sit  just a few hundred yards away from the where the original incident occurred. All of its Japan Airlines markings have been covered with large white tape and temporary structures are nestled against the jet, forming what appears to be a veritable testing lab. 

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