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Photobombed by a pigeon, how lucky.

I was assigned to cover the training flyover of five F15 fighter jets this morning. My Boston Herald editors and I thought it would make for a good photo(s). I positioned myself on the Boston University Bridge, as the preflight details suggested a straight line from point A, the Massachusetts’ State House, to point B, Fenway Park. The sky was haze filled, harsh and backlit when I arrived on the bridge. I was carrying an 800mm lens and a 100-400mm lens. The flyover was late by about one half hour. I noticed many pigeons above me as they were perched on the bridge looking at their new roommate, me. Two thoughts came to my mind. Would they affect my photos in anyway, good or bad, and would one of them relieve him or herself atop my head? The jets never did line up with city landmarks like I had hoped they would, and as they were exiting the area, over my head, I switched to the 100-400mm Canon lens. I snapped overhead photos,  silhouettes, really, and then I noticed that one of my new friends, in a blink of an eye, had flown into my photo. Please see my other photos from the flyover, including people onto of skyscraper rooftops.
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Moons, suns, rainbows oh my. My week that was, in photos.

A Supermoon, a dramatic sunrise, and a beautiful rainbow were just some of my photo experiences this past week. Here are my photos.

Sunrise with Boston Harbor fishermen.

Sunrise with Boston Harbor fishermen.

A British Airways jetliner, headed from Orlando to London, is seen over Boston Just a few days before the Supermoon

A British Airways jetliner, headed from Orlando to London, is seen over Boston Just a few days before the Supermoon

Several days before the Supermoon. Shot with an 800mm lens and a 1.4x extender.

Several days before the Supermoon. Shot with an 800mm lens and a 1.4x extender.

An intensifying thunderstorm exits the coast of Boston's North Shore August 7. Shot with an I phone

An intensifying thunderstorm exits the coast of Boston’s North Shore August 7. Shot with an I phone

A rainbow forms close to the near-full moon on August 7, as a jetliner leaves Boston's Logan airport.

A rainbow forms close to the near-full moon on August 7, as a jetliner leaves Boston’s Logan airport.

The near-full moon is seen on August 8, from Winthrop,MA

The near-full moon is seen on August 8, from Winthrop,MA

The Supermoon, August 10. Shot from Arlington,MA.

The Supermoon, August 10. Shot from Arlington,MA.

The Supermoon fades into a Boston morning sky shortly before moonset on August 11, as a Southwest Airliners jet departs Logan airport.

The Supermoon fades into a Boston morning sky shortly before moonset on August 11, as a Southwest Airliners jet departs Logan airport.

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They’re not supposed to fall from the sky

When I was a child, maybe 9, my parents took my sister and me to Puerto Rico. I remember asking my parents what happens if the plane falls from the sky. The plane, in this case, was an Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-10-11. My dad said, and of course I’m paraphrasing, “they don’t fall from the sky!” We had an uneventful flight to most, but an amazing, creative experience for me, as this was my first flight. That flight got me hooked on planes. That’s right, from constructing model airplanes that next summer, to photographing a 747 flying “through” the moon last week, 40 years later, I had started and followed through with a love affair with all things aviation. When I am photographing these miracles of science at cruising altitude, that is 30-38,000 feet,  or 6 miles up, I always wonder where they are going and what they see looking down at my area as I look up at them. Yesterday, close to three hundred people were blown out of the sky by a missile. Three hundred passengers, including children, possibly on their first flight, ended up in a field, in a tangled mess in a region called Crimea. These planes, no matter what country of origin they have departed from, are secured tighter than a delivery to Fort Knox. The ground crews, security and all others involved in the safety of these planes, from what I have seen over the years, take it extremely seriously to secure the plane before, during, and after flight. That’s why it was so disappointing and sad that some shithead, with an agenda, shot down Malaysia Fl 17 yesterday. In words that might be used by a 9 year old, “what did they do to deserve this?”

A jetliner exits the East Coast of Massachusetts, over Nahant,MA. as the sun sets.

A jetliner exits the East Coast of Massachusetts, over Nahant,MA. as the sun sets.

 

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MassPort and FAA air traffic officials had their hands full today as at least 8 flights were diverted to Boston Logan due to thunderstorms over the JFK airport area. KLM Dutch, Pakistan International, China Eastern, Egypt Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, and Swiss were among the at least 8 that were directed to an area of the airport to await further instructions. The majority of the planes appeared to have kept passengers on the airplanes and not deplaned them. Most planes had to wait at least 2 hours before they were on their way again. Here are some of my photos of these rarely scene jetliners at Logan.
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Some of my favorite Boston aviation moments of 2013, in photos.

As a professional photographer, a Winthrop resident, and a self proclaimed aviation fanatic, I have enjoyed bearing witness to some fun moments in and around Logan airport. here are some of my photos from 2013.

June 24, 2013. A distant lightning bolt strikes well behind a departing Logan airliner.

June 24, 2013. A distant lightning bolt strikes well behind a departing Logan airliner.

December 19, 2013. A cold moon greets an incoming airliner as seen from Winthrop.

December 19, 2013.
A cold moon greets an incoming airliner as seen from Winthrop.

October 19, 2013 Boston's Custom House frames a departing jet.

October 19, 2013
Boston’s Custom House frames a departing jet.

November 13, 2013 Window washers, working on Northern avenue, are framed by a jet departing Logan airport.

November 13, 2013
Window washers, working on Northern avenue, are framed by a jet departing Logan airport.

September 18, 2013 A transatlantic flight exits the US east coast over Winthrop,MA.

September 18, 2013
A transatlantic flight exits the US east coast over Winthrop,MA.

May 9, 2013 An American Airlines jet arrives at Boston's Logan airport.

May 9, 2013
An American Airlines jet arrives at Boston’s Logan airport.

July 7, 2013 An Are Lingus Airbus-330 land at Boston's Logan airport.

July 7, 2013
An Aer Lingus Airbus-330 land at Boston’s Logan airport.

May 6, 2013 Fog and the sun "shadow" a departing airliner, as seen from Winthrop,MA

May 6, 2013
Fog and the sun “shadow” a departing airliner, as seen from Winthrop,MA

July 29, 2013 A thunderstorm approaches Boston's Logan airport.

July 29, 2013
A thunderstorm approaches Boston’s Logan airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was en route from San Francisco to Boston, just about 12 hours ago, when lightning illuminated the skies near Lake Michigan, as I was over Chicago. It was a beautiful scene as the backlit clouds exploded with light, as stars illuminated above. Here are my photos below. The photos were made with a Leica M9 and a 35mm 1.4 lens. The settings were 6 seconds, handheld, at F1.4 at 1250asa.

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Lightning flies above Boston’s Logan airport

Lightning, associated with a line of heavy thunderstorms, briefly delayed some flights tonight at Logan airport. The arrivals and departures used many different runway configurations to avoid flying into the storms. Here are four photos where lightning is seen in the same photo as an airplane, from varying distances.

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I used an 800mm lens for last night’s setting sun, seen from Bayswater street in East Boston. I then turned the camera around and photographed this jet lineup, with Cape Air leading the big boys.

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New Photos of Damaged Boston Logan Airplane

I thought some might want to see what the damaged Regional Jet CRJ looks like today, several days after it collided with a much larger jet. I snapped these photos late yesterday as the jet was being worked on at Logan. Notice the part of the tail section laying upright on the ground.


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Crowded and Foggy Runway Last Night at Logan.

Lots of jets, lots of fog last night as these airliners awaited permission for takeoff.


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