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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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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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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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Lightning strikes over Salem,MA this evening.

I was not fully prepared to photograph this storm as I did not have all of my camera gear with me.

This was photographed with a Leica M9 and a 35mm lens, hand-held at 1/125th of a second at F11 at 80 ISO.

The lightning is NOT striking near the building. That speck near the bolt is a bird.

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Lightning Strikes Near Departing Boston Airliner.

I photographed this departing airliner as lightning struck in front and to the west of it today. A fierce explosion of lightning bolts lit up the dark afternoon sky above eastern Massachusetts. See this in Saturday’s Herald.

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I snapped this photo early this evening from Revere’s Beachmont section. Today’s storms were very hard to judge, photographically speaking. The first lightning event popped up pretty fast from the persistent dark cloud bank that was hanging to our west most of the day. I was in the Point Shirley section of Winthrop waiting and waiting for the storms to form. Unfortunately the lightning, after only a few dull and distant bolts, became quite fierce directly overhead. So it was a bit too dangerous for me to set up outside. Thankfully, storm after lightning producing storm continued to form and move east. Sadly, this was the only success I had all day. Funny, with the whole debt crisis bill being passed today, I think maybe it’s an appropriate photo, maybe a hopeful photo. That is, Old Glory standing proud in the face of a dangerous storm. Let’s hope!!


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Lightning, Wind, Then Police Shootout. Busy Evening…

I was present for, and photographed at, several interesting scenes last evening in the Boston area. First, local high school students participating in yesterday’s “senior skip day” at Revere Beach, had a front row seat to last evening’s lightning storm. Then, the winds blew. A man was knocked off his jet-ski due to those high winds and rescued by a Lynn fire department boat crew as his family waited emotionally on shore. They hugged as he was transported on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Then, Lynn police  reported “shots fired” as heard from my police scanner radio. They had several men that had barricaded themselves inside a Collins St home. I photographed as one man left the building with his hands up. Lynn police ended up shooting two of them, injuring one critically. No further information at this time. Check further updates at BostonHerald.com. Please scroll down for my photos.


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I photographed several Boston storms today. I did not go out to the hard hit areas of western Massachusetts, but I did see some tremendous lightning. The top two photos were snapped between 9-10pm from Medford. The bottom photo was snapped in the mid-afternoon from East Boston. The Coast Guard station lightning bolt looks totally fake, or “photoshopped.” Lucky for me, I had another camera rolling video (at bottom) of the same “fake” strike. See at least some of these in Thursday’s Boston Herald.

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