I shot this, below, a 7 frame multiple exposure of the lunar eclipse, from Memorial Drive in Cambridge. There was no “photoshop” or “stacking” post process. This was an in-camera production.  I used a tripod, a Canon EOS- 1DX camera, a Canon 100-400mm 11 lens, and a Canon 24-105mm lens. I also used a sharpie magic marker and a piece of clear tape, I will explain the tape and marker later. I used the short zoom lens to shoot the skyline. I then used the 100-400mm, at 400mm, to shoot the moon’s phases at roughly 14 minute intervals, by using the Live View function of the camera. That is, I viewed, live, the scene from the large screen on the back of the 1DX. That is how I used the tape and marker to help me line up the moon(s). The moon’s exposures started out at 500asa (iso) at 1/1000th of a second at F5.6-ish, and then I gradually had to compensate for the shadow by giving it some more time, like 1/500th, 1/250th and so on down the line unit a very slow shutter speed was needed to get the red in the last moon. There is some artistic license involved here, i.e the moons are bigger in my photo and lower than one would have seen with the naked eye. My shot appeared in the September 28th edition of the Boston Herald.
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Below are my bostonherald.com photos of yesterday’s event.

12/02/2015-Boston,MA. Student Devin Allen, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Robert Atchinson, Peter Lynch, Jack Connors, and Jack Sebastian cut the ribbon on the re-dedication of Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

Student Devin Allen, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Robert Atchinson, Peter Lynch, Jack Connors, and Jack Sebastian cut the ribbon on the re-dedication of Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave.

12/02/2015-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is greeted by student Devin Allen, 4th grade, at the re-dedication of Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is greeted by student Devin Allen, 4th grade, at the re-dedication of Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave.

12/02/2015-Boston,MA. Lisa Warshafsky, Principal of Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, hugs student Orianeh Byron Gabelus at the re-dedication of the school on Dorchester Ave. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

Lisa Warshafsky, Principal of Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, hugs student Orianeh Byron Gabelus at the re-dedication of the school on Dorchester Ave.

12/02/2015-Boston,MA. Students sing at the re-dedicated Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

Students sing at the re-dedicated Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave.

12/02/2015-Boston,MA. Cardinal Sean O'Malley reaches for the Book of Prayers prior to blessing the newly re-dedicated Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

Cardinal Sean O’Malley reaches for the Book of Prayers prior to blessing the newly re-dedicated Saint John Paul 11 Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley blesses the newly re-dedicated Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave

Cardinal Sean O’Malley blesses the newly re-dedicated Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus, on Dorchester Ave.

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Today’s Boston September 11 commemorations.

Governor Charlie Baker summed up the feelings of most in attendance at the Massachusetts State House by briefly pausing to shed a tear, as he recalled a family visit to the World Trade Center towers shortly before the attacks, on this date, 14 years ago. Below are my Boston Herald photos from the ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial, in the Public Garden, the State House ceremony as a bell was sounded for every Massachusetts’ victim as their names were called, and then the Sweeney award presentation, named for the heroic flight attendant Madeline Amy Sweeney who died in American Airlines Flight 11.

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. An emotional Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks at Friday morning's State House ceremony where the names of the Massachusetts' victims of the September 11 terror attacks were read aloud. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. An emotional Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks at Friday morning’s State House ceremony where the names of the Massachusetts’ victims of the September 11 terror attacks were read aloud. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Flowers are left at the Massachusetts 911 memorial during Friday morning's ceremony commemorating the14th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks  . Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Flowers are left at the Massachusetts 911 memorial during Friday morning’s ceremony commemorating the14th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks . Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh is seen at Friday morning's ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh is seen at Friday morning’s ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Christie Coombs, the wife of Jeffrey Coombs, who died in the September 11 terror attacks, is seen at Friday morning's ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Christie Coombs, the wife of Jeffrey Coombs, who died in the September 11 terror attacks, is seen at Friday morning’s ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Marc Sanchez holds a photo of his father Jesus Sanchez, who died in the September 11 terror attacks, as his mother Lynn Greene snaps a photo at Friday morning's ceremony commemorating the14th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks, at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Marc Sanchez holds a photo of his father Jesus Sanchez, who died in the September 11 terror attacks, as his mother Lynn Greene snaps a photo at Friday morning’s ceremony commemorating the14th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks, at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Relatives and friends of the Massachusetts' victims of the September 11 terror attacks, place flowers at the Friday morning's ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Relatives and friends of the Massachusetts’ victims of the September 11 terror attacks, place flowers at the Friday morning’s ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Albeiro Gomez, of Worcester, is presented with the 14th annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award, named for Sweeney, a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that was hijacked and crashed on September 11, 2001, at a Friday morning ceremony at the State House. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Albeiro Gomez, of Worcester, is presented with the 14th annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award, named for Sweeney, a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that was hijacked and crashed on September 11, 2001, at a Friday morning ceremony at the State House. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Brian Miller, whose brother Craig J. Miller, a US Secret Service officer and victim of the September 11 attacks, rings a bell at the State House to commemorate each name that is read aloud, of the Massachusetts' victims of the September 11 terror attacks. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Brian Miller, whose brother Craig J. Miller, a US Secret Service officer and victim of the September 11 attacks, rings a bell at the State House to commemorate each name that is read aloud, of the Massachusetts’ victims of the September 11 terror attacks. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Jairo Castro, who lost his mother Gricelda James in the terror attacks of 2001,and his children, from left, Gwendolyn and Gricelda, are seen at Friday morning's State House ceremony where the names of the Massachusetts' victims of the September 11 terror attacks were read aloud.fStaff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Jairo Castro, who lost his mother Gricelda James in the terror attacks of 2001,and his children, from left, Gwendolyn and Gricelda, are seen at Friday morning’s State House ceremony where the names of the Massachusetts’ victims of the September 11 terror attacks were read aloud.fStaff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

Alexander M. Filipov's image was projected, along with the other Massachusetts' victims.

Alexander M. Filipov’s image was projected, along with the other Massachusetts’ victims.

Peter Matthew West's image was projected, along with the other Massachusetts' victims.

Peter Matthew West’s image was projected, along with the other Massachusetts’ victims.

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his wife Lauren are seen at Friday morning's ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

09/11/2015-Boston,MA. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his wife Lauren are seen at Friday morning’s ceremony at the Massachusetts 911 memorial. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

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PictureBoston photos of the month, August 2015

The natural world dominated my August 2015 photos of the month. I photographed lightning, many moons, and more lightning photos, along with coverage of some tragic violence in our area. As always, thanks for viewing my photos. The following were taken during and after my shift as a Boston Herald photographer.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston's Logan airport.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston’s Logan airport.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston's Logan airport.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston’s Logan airport.

August 29, 2015. Boston's setting moon, at 5:36am.

August 29, 2015. Boston’s setting moon, at 5:36am.

August 29, 2015. Boston's setting moon, at 5:33am.

August 29, 2015. Boston’s setting moon, at 5:33am.

August 27, 2015. An almost-full Boston moon emerges from behind a colorful cloud at sunset.

August 27, 2015. An almost-full Boston moon emerges from behind a colorful cloud at sunset.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over Boston's Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm activity.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over Boston’s Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity.

August 18, 2015. Lightning strikes over and to the rear of 1 International Place in Boston Tuesday afternoon as a line of thunderstorms pushed through.

August 18, 2015. Lightning strikes over and to the rear of 1 International Place in Boston Tuesday afternoon as a line of thunderstorms pushed through.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes in back of Boston's Prudential Center during a late afternoon thunderstorm.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes in back of Boston’s Prudential Center during a late afternoon thunderstorm.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes over a Winthrop neighborhood.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes over a Winthrop neighborhood.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes to the rear of South Boston high school.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes to the rear of South Boston high school.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes behind Boston's Back Bay.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes behind Boston’s Back Bay.

August 4, 2015. Lightning exits Massachusetts' coast, between Winthrop and Quincy.

August 4, 2015. Lightning exits Massachusetts’ coast, between Winthrop and Quincy.

August 15, 2015. Late night thunderstorm over Dorchester/Quincy, as seen from Winthrop.

August 15, 2015. Late night thunderstorm over Dorchester/Quincy, as seen from Winthrop.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over South Boston during the morning commute.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over South Boston during the morning commute.

August 5, 2015. The Winthrop fire department tests a new fire engine as an Air France 747 lands in the background.

August 5, 2015. The Winthrop fire department tests a new fire engine as an Air France 747 lands in the background.

08/11/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters watch as a car hangs off a driveway onto Roxbury's Cedar St. Tuesday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported.

08/11/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters watch as a car hangs off a driveway onto Roxbury’s Cedar St. Tuesday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported.

08/13/2015-Boston,MA. People, believed to be friends and/or relatives of one or both of the men gunned down on Ernst St. last night, console each other Thursday afternoon in that Boston neighborhood.

08/13/2015-Boston,MA. People, believed to be friends and/or relatives of one or both of the men gunned down on Ernst St. last night, console each other Thursday afternoon in that Boston neighborhood.

08/29//15-Boston,MA Syla Rapaglia, age 11 years, sits at the makeshift memorial for the child known as Baby Doe, whose body was found at Deer Island on June 25. Skla's mother organized the 2nd vigil for the missing child, held tonight.

08/29//15-Boston,MA Syla Rapaglia, age 11 years, sits at the makeshift memorial for the child known as Baby Doe, whose body was found at Deer Island on June 25. Skla’s mother organized the 2nd vigil for the missing child, held tonight.

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.

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.

August 20, 2015.  Massport's fireboat American United in #Boston/Winthrop. Named for 2 airlines in 911 attacks.

August 20, 2015. Massport’s fireboat American United in #Boston/Winthrop. Named for 2 airlines in 911 attacks.

 

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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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