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I was not planning on spending too much time, or thought, on today’s Solar Eclipse, due to a wrist fracture that I sustained covering the controversial protests on Boston Common two days ago. I decided I would try to set up my heavy gear in my Winthrop,MA driveway. With some help from my neighbor Ron, my set up of a Canon 800mm lens and a large tripod was complete with seconds to spare before the solar show. Stuart Cahill, a colleague of mine at the Boston Herald newspaper, had already made me an improvised solar filter for my large lens, and I had already obtained nerdy solar glasses for my eyes. I was amazed at how good the filter worked on my lens. I started to shoot photos every 4 minutes, or so, and was excited with what I had. There was one thing that I really wanted, though. I had expected that there would be an opportunity to get a high altitude airliner through the sun, or more correctly stated, through my view of the sun. I was not disappointed, though it came very late in the eclipse, and did just barely sneak into my view of the sun. I watched as one after another high altitude airliner, most flying from Europe to NYC, just missed the sun. I remember thinking that I wished air traffic controllers in Nashua,NH., would turn them just a little for me. It was getting late and clouds and haze were moving in front of my view of the sun. I noticed the flight tracking systems that I use, flightradar24 and planefinder, were showing an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, over the Massachusetts/NH border, and heading my way. The plane was at a flight level of 40,000′ and traveling at 446 knots. The Etihad Airlines plane was flying from Abu Dahbi to New York city. It was almost directly over Tufts University when I watched as the plane disappeared into the blinding rays of the sun. I shot a heavy handed burst of several photos. I only knew of my success as I looked at the back of the Canon digital camera a few seconds after the moment of impact. The spots on the sun are not dust, they are sun spots, or storms on the sun itself as I understand it. This was a once in a lifetime photo for me, on a couple of fronts. First, and most important, was the rarity of today’s solar eclipse. Second, this is the first time I have photographed an airplane thru the sun, as I usually concentrate my aviation photography on the moon and an airplane, as seen in my aviation photo link above. Also, this is the first time I have captured the A380 thru the sun or the moon. The sky is black due to the heavy filter I was using to safely photograph the sun.
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08/21/17-Winthrop,MA. With just a few minutes left before today’s rare solar eclipse ends, an Etihad Airlines, Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, flies across my view of the disk of the sun en route to New York city from Abu Dhabi. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

 

 

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The Emirates Airbus 380 landed at Boston’s Logan International airport, Thursday January 26. It was billed as a “one-off” according to a tweet by the airline. The airport has renovated a section of Terminal E, their international terminal, so that the tall, double-decker aircraft can fit properly. Here are my photos of the arrival and departure. Lenses used were a Canon 800mm and a 100-400mm.

January 26, 2017-Boston,MA For Emirates Airlines social media platforms Call 617-212-5898/email megarf@gmail.com (Mark Garfinkel/ Pictureboston.com)

                                   

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Boston moons, airplanes, lightning, weather: Part of my year in photos 2015 included high altitude jets, severe thunderstorms, rising and setting moons, etc. For the News Photography part of my photos of 2015, please click here. I used a Canon 1Dx camera and Canon lenses 800mm lens, a 100-400mm lens and sometimes a 1.4 extender.

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May 1-Moon appears tonight as SWISS FL LX52 approaches BostonLogan shortly before sunset.

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February 27-Shadows over Boston, as the massive Emirates Airbus A380, Flight EK204, JFK-Dubai, A6-EDM, is seen.

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April 13-World’s largest passenger jet over Boston today as lufthansa Airbus 380 flies JFK-Frankfurt. 6 miles up.

01/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Tuesday afternoon's high tide, the 2nd in a series of damaging tides that occurred today, during the storm, splashes over the sea wall on the Revere/Winthrop town line on Revere St. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

01/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Tuesday afternoon’s high tide, the 2nd in a series of damaging tides that occurred today, during the storm, splashes over the sea wall on the Revere/Winthrop town line on Revere St. Boston Herald Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

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07/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Lightning is seen over the Winthrop water tower as a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through the North Shore late Monday afternoon.Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

07/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Lightning is seen over the Winthrop water tower as a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through the North Shore late Monday afternoon. Boston Herald Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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September 22-Boston’s newest hood ornament? A Jet departs Boston Logan. I photographed with an 1120mm lens from Winthrop.

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August 15-Lightning strikes behind Boston’s Prudential Center tower at 6:13pm.

08/04/2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston's Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm activity. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/04/2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston’s Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity. Boston Herald Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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May 19-Moisture slides, then spins off the wing of an arriving Delta Boeing 757.

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September 20- Boston half moon with Tap Air Portugal TP204, Newark-Lisbon, caught over Winthrop. Almost 7 MilesHigh.

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June 26- LOT Airlines, JFK-Warsaw 35,175′ high over Winthrop Massachusetts at 583kts.

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July 27- British Airways FL BA188, a Boeing 777, from NJ-London, 7 miles high, over Winthrop

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November 25-A departing from BostonLogan seen from Winthrop as jet crosses in front of Boston full moon.

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July 1- Delta FL DL411, a Boeing 767-400, JFK-Dublin, & the Boston moon

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December 19-11:17pm. Shot from Winthrop. Its over Waltham at 34,000′, United Airlines Flight UA924. Washington,DC-London.

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November 30-Norwegian Airlines Boeing Dreamliner 787, JFK-London is seen at 34,000′

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October 25- Multiple exposure of Boston sunset w/ FedEx Boeing 767 landing at Boston Logan.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight's crescent moon.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight’s crescent moon.

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October 19- Multiple exposure of Boston sunset w/ Aer Lingus Airbus A330 landing at Boston Logan.

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October 10- Boston sunset, as Cape Air heads southbound out of Boston Logan.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight's blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight’s blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

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November 25- A ship enters Boston Harbor as the moon rises in background, as seen through an 1120mm lens.

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November 25- The morning’s setting moon is seen over Boston at 5:54am from Deer Island.

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May 19, 2015- Brish Airways landing at Logan, with Winthrop in the foreground.

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October 9-Close call? Nope.1650′ vertical separation over Boston. British Airways Flight 113 at 38,000′ & Air berlin Flight 7451 at 36,350′

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December 5- The massive Airbus A-380, double decker airliner, British Airways BA209 @ 38,000′ over Winthrop.

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December 5- British Airways BA209 @ 38,000′ & Southwest Airlines SWA3733 @ 28,000′ cross over Franklin,MA., as seen from Winthrop.

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August 29-Moonset, as I photographed it at 5:36am.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston's Logan International airport.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston’s Logan International airport.

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September 29-Moonset.

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October 8-Brookline,MA. From Larz Anderson Park. Sunrise with Moon and Venus, 6:10am.

07/31/2015-Boston,MA. This morning's full moon sets over the city of Boston Friday. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

07/31/2015-Boston,MA. This morning’s full “Blue” moon sets over the city of Boston Friday. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

 

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It is said that inside every aviation enthusiast is a little child. If that’s true then it must also be true that this “child” writer feels how a kid must feel on Christmas morning. Shortly after 4pm yesterday, while I was browsing the internet, I noticed on the website planefinder.net that one of the largest planes in the world, the Airbus A380 passenger jet, was 7 miles high (38,000′) over the Portsmouth,NH area. The British Airways jet was traveling south and radar showed the trip was from London to Miami. This is a normal everyday occurence over Boston, as hundreds and hundreds of flights exit and enter the east coast in this fashion.  The light was nice and the contrails that these planes produce were large and pluming. I setup a tripod in my driveway in Winthrop,MA. and used a Canon EOS 1DX and a Canon 800mm lens with a 1.4 extender. I waited and at 4:13pm the jet showed itself to be over the North Shore of Boston. I took a few photos and was going to pack up when I noticed a smaller passenger plane, a Southwest 737, from BWI-Portland,ME. heading toward the British Airways jet at 28,000′, or 10,000′ below it. They “crossed” over Franklin,MA., roughly 30 miles away from me. I posted the photos on twitter, with the flight numbers, BA209 and SWA3733. These photos got a good response but when I checked twitter a few minutes before bed last night, there was one twitter message that piqued my interest and gave me a big smile. One of the three crew members that was piloting the massive plane tweeted the following messages, below, after he landed in Miami. Also, please continue to scroll down to see my photos, below. If it is said that aviation brings the world together, and Twitter makes the world smaller, then it must also be said that good old-fashioned manners and friendliness make the world a better place. Peace out!
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I have received questions about my settings for this type of photograph. The first photo, at top, was photographed last night, Sunday October 18, at 6:06pm. It is Aer Lingus flight EIN 139, a Dublin to Boston Airbus A330. I used a Canon camera and a 100-400mm lens at 176mm. Speed was ISO/ASA 1000. Shutter speed 1/400th of a second at F5 aperture.
I set the camera fire 5 bursts on the same frame. A 5 multiple exposure photo, with each snap at 1.2 second intervals. A tripod is a must as the city skyline will actually be photographed 5 separate, and thus has to be lined up the same each time.  
The bottom photo, a 6 image multiple exposure, was snapped on Saturday night at 5:49pm. ISO/ASA 320 with a lens of 200mm. Shutter speed of 1/320th of a second at F5, with a 1.5 second interval between snaps. These photo are a lot of fun, especially when the wind kicked up and the jet lands somewhat sideways.


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09/21/2015-Boston,MA. A vigil for the young girl who became know as Baby Doe before being identified as Bella Bond, is underway at Deer Island, near the spot where her lifeless body was found June 25. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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Great weekend for Boston moon/aviation photos!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday offered great glimpses of the moon as jet traffic flew by. First, Friday, a Swiss International Airbus A-330 cooperated, then Saturday, a departing British Airways Boeing 747 obliged, and then Sunday saw Boeing 737’s from South West and Sun Country. The weekend fun ended shortly before midnight last night, as a privately owned Moroccan jet charter by the name of Dalia Air, flew through at 35,000′.
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Some fun airplane photos from the past week.

A huge Airbus A380 double-decker airliner 7.2 miles above Boston, a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner gliding into Boston, and another Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing with the Boston skyline in the background, were just some of the fun snaps I took this week.
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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.

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A cold moon greets an incoming airliner as seen from Winthrop.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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An American Airlines jet arrives at Boston’s Logan airport.

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

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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

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

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

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A thunderstorm approaches Boston’s Logan airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Window washers framed by a departing Boston aircraft

I saw this during my coverage of the sentencing of James Whitey Bulger, outside of Moakley Federal Court. I was waiting and waiting for a departing jet to “show” itself. It finally did as these 3 guys were washing windows in the future home of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

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