I was a witness to many memorable events in 2016, from several nasty building fires, to extreme weather, to a tragic trench collapse. Here are some of these moments. Photos taken on and off my Boston Herald news photographer shift. Thank you to the Herald, and to my subjects, many of whom are first responders.
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Beautiful moon views and lightning bolts highlighted my week of photos.
A Bald Eagle gave a handful of bird-watchers a thrill today as the majestic bird, perched atop a high tree, enjoyed its time on the banks of the Neponset River in Milton. The bird, however, did not seem too pleased when a number of crows gave chase closer to the Southeast Expressway. I was amazed at this bird’s sight. I was few hundred yards away and he/she was still eyeballing me. Thanks for the tip on where this beautiful bird hangs out, John C! Below are my photos from today. There is also a photo of Canada Geese.
Last week signaled the passing of fifteen years since I photographed an Air India 747 passing directly over the former headquarters of the Boston Herald and “through” a winter’s half moon. The photograph was snapped at approximately 3:30pm on January 2, 2001 using one of the first digital cameras that the Herald had, and a 600mm lens with a 2x teleconverter extender. That made the lens a 1200mm F8. The photograph went on the front page of the Herald on January 3rd and the Associated Press picked up and transmitted it worldwide the same day. The next day over 50 newspapers worldwide ran the photo, with the London Independent, The Irish Times and a paper in Hong Kong being some of the many papers who ran it on the front page. It felt great making such a splash and a connection. I started receiving letters from all over the world about the photo. I even received one letter that was delivered to the Herald in an envelope that simply read: To the person who photographed the jet thru the moon, Boston,MA USA. I am still amazed that the letter made it to me. Thanks to the workers at the main post office at Fort Point Channel, Boston for that one. The photo continued on to numerous magazines and many books, 2 of which are seen below. I did not know what airline it was or where it was headed until I received a call from the FAA in Nashua,NH. They asked me what time it was that I photographed it and told me that it was Air India flying from London Heathrow to JFK in NYC. I made lots of friends worldwide. Thanks, as always for being a viewer of my photos and this website.
Tomorrow marks the 16th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse Company fire that killed six firefighters. The dead included: FF Jeremiah Lucey, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, James Lyons III, Joseph McGuirk, and fire Lt. Thomas Spencer. Some of my photos from that week are seen below, as I was on assignment for the Boston Herald.
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.
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.
Air traffic, arriving at Boston’s Logan airport, flies over Winthrop as firefighters test a “deck gun” hose on the brand-new Engine Co. #1
I chase and photograph thunderstorms. Every thunderstorm that I can chase, I chase. July 28, 2014 was a day off from work as a Boston Herald news photographer, which afforded me the opportunity to storm chase. The storm cells that the weather radar showed just after 9am that morning, looked like a good possibility for me. I drove to Bayswater St. in East Boston thinking I could shoot the Boston skyline with any lightning that might be occur. It did not occur. The storm’s energy seemed to shift quickly toward the northeast, over what appeared to be the Revere, Saugus, Everett area. I then drove to Morton St. in Winthrop, which gives a nice view of Revere. Photos of daytime lightning are very difficult to achieve, especially during haze and heavy rain, so this was not turning out too well for me. I did, however, notice the very turbulent sky above Revere. I snapped a few photos. Shortly thereafter I got a tip that Revere had a lot of damage near the lower Broadway area, near city hall. I called the Herald photo desk and then arrived at Broadway and Tafts St. in approximately 10 minutes. The extent of the damage was shocking. I started taking photos and then moved toward Revere Beach Parkway. There I saw several homes with rooftops blown off. It was then, after seeing the angle of the fallen trees and calling up a high school weather class memory, that I guessed it might have been a tornado that socked this area. If fallen trees are angled in several different angles, then most likely it was a tornado. If the trees are lined up in the same way, then it was straight line winds that tore through the area. Here are some of the cloud formations just prior to, and after the tornado, and also the damage caused by it. Please check out the Boston Herald for continuing coverage.