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Remembering the September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks.

I, like many, was watching one of the morning national news shows when the unthinkable events that would change our nation forever commenced. First, one plane, and then another crashed into the World Trade Center towers. I went in to work my Boston Herald news photography shift shortly thereafter. The updated and ever-changing news reports showed one, if not both of the ill-fated airliners, departed from Boston’s Logan airport. I started toward the airport. It would take me over an hour to get from the Herald’s South End headquarters to Logan as most workers vacated the city at the same time. Cell phone service, due to heavy usage, was barely working in our area. I arrived on top of Logan’s Terminal B parking garage to look down at a quiet airport as other media members arrived. We all noticed when an F15 fighter jet roared overhead. It was at about that time that I received word that Peter West, the father of Herald colleague Matthew West, had been working in one of the WTC towers when the planes hit. Cell service was still very spotty and every once in a while, through the day, I would check in with Matthew and another co-worker/friend Matt Stone to find out any information about Mr. West. We all thought that the heavy confusion of the day and the bad cell service, etc. were the reasons we had not received information on the whereabouts of Mr. West. We are a close bunch at the Herald photography department and as the hours passed, we would contact each other  to find any information we could about the West family, so as to not bother them. Peter west, a loving father, husband, brother, uncle and friend, died as he was going about his work on the 104th floor. A loving eulogy by his son Matthew would follow at the New Jersey funeral. Here is a link to the eulogy and to the Peter West memorial website. My photos below show F15 flying over Logan and a state police car guarding an American Airlines plane in the hours after the attacks. They also show one of the first jets to arrive at Logan after the four day closure of the airport. That arriving jet, a DHL cargo jet, is framed by an American flag flying above Winthrop. A few days later there was a very emotional prayer service at City Hall plaza that was attended by many area pilots and flight attendants. God bless to Mr. West and to all the victims of that horrific day. Peace on earth!

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Chelsea police officer Paul McCarthy was awarded a medal yesterday for his life saving actions on Saturday, atop the Tobin Bridge, according to the Chelsea police website. A man had allegedly assaulted his wife and was on the run when a Chelsea cop spotted him and initiated a brief pursuit, that ended when the man jumped from the upper deck of the bridge, only to get caught in construction safety netting on the lower deck. Here is my original post, with photos, from the incident. Below are more of my photos of officer McCarthy in action on the Tobin. Photos were snapped during my Saturday shift as a Boston Herald staff photographer.

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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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While I was able to salvage tonight with a decent photo, tonight’s haze and cloud deck made tonight’s Supermoon, a super bust. Here is tonight’s, at the top, and then other Supermoons from Boston’s past, with the date embedded in the photo.

                                  August 10, 2014

August 10, 2014

                                March 19, 2011

March 19, 2011
May 6, 2012

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June 22, 2013

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Chelsea police and fire department, along with Boston fire department, rescued a man from high above the Mystic River Saturday  August 9. A man allegedly assaulted his wife with a knife in Malden. Malden police gave an alert, in the form of an all points bulletin,  ”be on the lookout” broadcast. A Chelsea police officer spotted his Lincoln Towne Car and gave chase. A brief pursuit ended on the upper deck of the Tobin Bridge when the man got out of his car and jumped over the railing. He was caught in the construction netting on the lower deck, approximately 50 feet below where he jumped from. He survived with a leg injury. The rescue took approximately 30 minutes. I was there, far away and under the bridge, with my 800mm lens and a 1.4x extender. Here are my photos.

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Fight, then arrest, at South Boston murder scene.

Boston police arrested a man who walked into a crime scene, a murder scene, to be exact, in South Boston today, August 1. The man entered Moakley Park by way of a trip under yellow police tape. He was told to halt. He then yelled: “Get away from me.” Police surrounded him, finally tackling him, but not before he connected with a punch or two. See my photos below.

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Happy 34th 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, and a champion of the environment. But on September 21, 2009 I witnessed, and photographed, a more daredevil side to her, when Gisele, more than 5 months pregnant, took helicopter flying lessons in Marshfield,MA. Below are my exclusive photos from that day.

Gisele Bundchen takes helicopter lessons

Gisele Bundchen takes helicopter lessons

Gisele Bundchen takes helicopter lessons

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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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I was the first media photographer on the scene of a collision involving two airliners on the taxiway at Logan Airport on July 14, 2011.. I was in South Boston when my car’s police scanner broadcasted the voice of a pilot of a large Delta airliner. His calm voice reported that he believed that his plane had just struck another jet. I sped through the Ted Williams tunnel and up to the roof of the Terminal B parking garage. There it was, in full view, 2 planes, one with a gash through it’s tail.  My photos were picked up worldwide after the Boston Herald’s usage. Here are some of the photos. The first photo was just about 8 minutes after the collision and it shows the larger “offending” jet, at left, although in this photo one cannot see the damage to the larger plane’s left wing tip. In the second photo, the larger jet is being moved, so it’s damaged left winglet is now visible with the mangled tail of the smaller jet. An interesting aside to this is that the larger plane’s winglet is still embedded in the tail section of the smaller plane.


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Photo sequence is of Air France FL 333, a Boeing 747 en route from Boston to Paris. Photos shot with a Canon 800mm F5.6 lens, with a Canon 1DX camera. 1/500th of a second at F8 at 1000asa (ISO). Camera’s mirror was in the lock-up position and camera was on a tripod. As seen from Winthrop,MA., at 9:08pm tonight as the jet climbed out of  4000 feet “through” the full Supermoon.
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