Wow. Exhale. What a horrible turn of events, with the death, last night of MIT police officer Sean Collier, just several hours after a healing prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. I photographed the beautiful service as dignitaries and common folks mixed with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. I also photographed the huge search for the lone remaining bomber. My shift started at 2am this morning and lasted until 5pm. I had never imagined that such sights were possible in an American town (Watertown). My photo gallery starts with Li Jing, the devastated roommate of Boston Marathon victim Lingzi Lu, as she receives a warm hug from Sister Olga Yaqob at the service, followed by photos of President Barack Obama. The other photos are of the very tense search, overnight and today, in Watertown. There were many people stopped, some at gunpoint, and later released. There were also evacuation sweeps of homes where residents were escorted out at 5:45am, as heavily armed patrols scoured their street and homes. I snapped these photos on assignment for the Boston Herald. Thank you for viewing.
I snapped this a couple of nights ago in Winthrop. Winthrop almost always has interesting light at sunset.
A nice weekend of colorful sunsets and nighttime airliner arrivals, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.