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I am proud to have my first full quarter photographing at my new job, under my belt, so to say. I took hundreds and hundreds of photographs in January, February, and March. Here is a fraction of them, starting in order from January 2- March 27. I have high hopes for the future, and I thank my new employer NBC10Boston/NECN/Telemundo.
As always, thanks for your support, and news tips, etc.

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My Boston year in photos, 2018

 From airplanes to storms, moons to sunsets, all the way to an exciting new job with my new employer NBC10Boston/NECN/TELEMUNDO. These photos span from January 4, 2018, a Winthrop storm photo, to December 31, a newly married couple posing for a wedding photo at FirstNightBoston. My new career started on November 12. I am proud to say that there are 8 photos taken after November 12. Thank you all for your support. Happy New Year!

March 2018, Boston,MA. An airliner approaches Boston’s Logan airport. 

April 6, 2018. Snow and fog at Logan.

December 4, 2018-Parking lot of NBC10Boston. A departing airliner through my view of the crescent moon.

January 7, 2018. At 40,000′ high, this Lufthansa airplane flies through my view of the sun as they fly to NYC from Germany.Photographed from Winthrop,MA.

January 5, 2018. Wind and blowing snow at Logan.

May 21, 2018.Long lens compression makes this Logan departure look as if it is a hood ornament atop the Pru.

June 30, 2018. Harbor fireworks.

November 7, 2018. Boston Harbor birds

December 5, 2018. A construction crane atop One Dalton, Boston’s newest high-rise, frames the rising crescent moon.

January 31, 2018-Hull,MA. A special lunar trifecta ends with the moon setting over Boston, as seen from Hull, shortly before 7am. The second full moon of this month, called a Blue Moon, and a close pass to earth called a Supermoon, along with a partial lunar eclipse will not happen again until 2037. 

December 8, 2018. The setting Boston crescent moon.

03/01/2018-Boston,MA. This morning’s moon is framed by the Chelsea Street Bridge, and the new (under-construction) casino, in middle, as it sets over Constitution Beach in East Boston.

December 12, 2018. Mourning Dove with Crescent moon.

September 4, 2018. The crescent moon, a bird, and Boston’s North End.

February 17, 2018-Revere,MA. Revere and area firefighters battle a 5 alarm fire at 61 Squire rd, Sozio Appliances. 

February 17, 2018-Revere,MA. Revere and area firefighters battle a 5 alarm fire at 61 Squire Rd, Sozio Appliances. 

January 16, 2018-Dorchester,MA. Boston firefighters work the scene of a 4 alarm fire at Codman Square Market and Mod Liquors, at the 500 block of Washington St. Firefighters needed foam to squash the fire. The foam accumulated on Washington St.

January 16, 2018-Dorchester,MA. Boston firefighters work the scene of a 4 alarm fire at Codman Square Market and Mod Liquors, at the 500 block of Washington St. Firefighters needed foam to squash the fire. The foam accumulated on Washington St.

BOSTON, MA. – August 8: Lightning strikes over a foggy Deer Island as a series of vivid lightning storms visited Boston, on August 8, 2018.

BOSTON, MA. – August 8: Lightning strikes over South Boston as a series of vivid lightning storms visited Boston, on August 8, 2018.

August 4, 2018. A thunderstorm of Cape Cod is seen from Winthrop,MA.

03/02/2018-Winthrop,MA. A driver abandons her car on Moore St., at Shirley St., after driving through during the height of today’s high tide.

BOSTON,MA. – August 3: Lightning strikes over and to the rear of Logan airport early afternoon, on August 3, 2018. 

03/02/2018-Winthrop,MA. A car sits stuck in the water as the high tide pushes up and over the seawall at Short Beach, on the Revere/Winthrop line. 

03/02/2018-Winthrop,MA. The high tide pushes up and over the seawall at Short Beach, on the Revere/Winthrop line.

01/04/2018-Winthrop,MA. Joey Constantino peers out the window of his Shirley St. residence as heavy seas inundated his neighborhood. 

03/02/2018-Winthrop,MA. A fire truck pushes through Shirley St., during the height of today’s high tide. 

01/04/2018-Winthrop,MA. A Town of Winthrop fire truck sits stuck in water from heavy seas that inundated the Shirley St. neighborhood.

September 5, 2018. Our son Leo takes flight.

03/17/2018-Revere,MA. Participants, of all kinds, are seen at the annual, and frigid, Revere Polar Plunge this afternoon at Revere Beach. The annual plunge benefits Special Olympics Massachusetts, and is helped along by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympic Massachusetts. 

February 20, 2018. A father teaches his aviation-loving boys how to photograph passing jetliners near Logan airport.

April 7, 2018. Belle Isle Marsh Revere.

July 4, 2018. The Queen Mary pulls into Boston Harbor.

September 18, 2018. Boston sunset.

December 10, 2018. Newton firefighters salute as the body of fallen FF Christopher Roy passes below them on the Mass pike.

December 31, 2018. Newly weds pose for their wedding photographer in Copley Square.

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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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How to purchase my Boston photos as gifts

Thanks to my friends and supporters of my photography. Today I announce my 3rd annual Holiday/Christmas sale. Click here, purchasing site, where photos for personal use (wall art), or for commercial use, can be purchased. This is my non-news photo collection of lighthouse photos, Aviation photography, Boston scenics, including sunsets, moons, sunrise, coastal, etc.
Thank you, Mark
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My Photos & Thoughts on the Deadly Boston Trench Collapse

While on the 7th hour of my Friday shift as a Boston Herald staff news photographer, I was summoned to  Beacon Hill for photo coverage of the Herald’s Home of the Week. I started that way from Melnea Cass Boulevard, near Northeastern University. While driving on Tremont St., approaching the traffic lights at Dartmouth St., I noticed the leading edge of what appeared to look like an ocean tide encroaching on a beach. This torrent of water, rolling down Dartmouth St., was quite strong. There was no audio from my police/fire radios regarding an event/emergency of this type, but I stopped anyway thinking this was newsworthy and might make for interesting photos.  I parked, still thinking that I was going to photograph a short-lived apparent water main break. It was then that I heard police sirens. I started to take photos, but when I came upon the scene something seemed different. A police sergeant told me to leave the street, and the faces of workers, neighbors, police, and shortly thereafter Boston firefighters, told a story of anguish and deep concern. It was shortly thereafter that I learned that one, and then another worker was presumed trapped. Steve Smith, a construction laborer working close by, and who was on a break when he heard screaming, sprung into action as he tried to reach the trapped workers. He tried to enter the hole but dangerous conditions forced him back. I retreated to the sidewalk and watched, then photographed, as he was reaching into the water to attempt to find the street plates covering part of the trench. On his hands and knees he finally found the part of the heavy plates where a chain can be affixed, to then lift with a backhoe. Smith seemed to pause for a split second, as exhaustion and grief overwhelmed him. Boston firefighters used sticks with hooks on the end to try and hook the workers, but to no avail. A very sad day. My photos appeared on page one and inside the October 22, 2016 issue of the Boston Herald.

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October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. A stunned Mirtha Colon, a resident of 10 Dartmouth St. apt B, watches firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed two workers Friday afternoon on Boston's Dartmouth street. CREDIT Boston Herald staff photo by Mark Garfinkel. NO BOSTON (Boston OUT) No sales No Mags

A stunned Mirtha Colon, a resident of 10 Dartmouth St. apt B, watches firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed two workers Friday afternoon on Boston’s Dartmouth street.

October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed 2 workers on Boston's Dartmouth street, Friday afternoon. CREDIT Boston Herald staff photo by Mark Garfinkel. NO BOSTON (Boston OUT) No sales No Mags

October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed 2 workers on Boston's Dartmouth street, Friday afternoon. CREDIT Boston Herald staff photo by Mark Garfinkel. NO BOSTON (Boston OUT) No sales No Mags

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October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters and workers scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed at least one worker and injured another Friday afternoon on Dartmouth street.. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters and workers scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed at least one worker and injured another Friday afternoon on Dartmouth street.. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters and workers scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed at least one worker and injured another Friday afternoon on Dartmouth street.. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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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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Could this be the last photo snapped of James “Whitey” Bulger?

As a Plymouth County sheriff’s vehicle pulled into the bowels of the Moakley Federal Courthouse on June 5, a shadowy figure took form for a split second as the dark, heavily tinted windows that kept him from view were suddenly bombarded with bright, early morning backlight. The backlit shaft of bright light was emanating from the waters of Boston Harbor. Using a Canon 800mm lens, I was able to fire off 4 photos in less than a second, then he was gone, disappearing into the blackness of the window tint. When I shot this I did not think, as I do now, that this would be the last shot I got of Mr. Bulger. Law enforcement personnel have taken steps to insure that he will not be visible again. The first, and most important step taken, is to drive him into a garage door closer to the water and more distance from the photographers, insuring that the shaft of backlight, that I mention above, does not line up with Bulger and the car windows. The second step is that the current vehicle  they are using, for Whitey’s transport, has darker window tint. Please see my photo below and catch bostonherald.com’s continuous coverage of this fascinating trial.

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Arthur Pollock, an award winning local news photographer, bursts onto the art book stage with his first book, aptly titled, “Arthur Pollock.” This collection of moments, published by Unpiano Books, takes us from the author’s beginnings in photography as a college student in Wisconsin, through his time with the Lowell Sun and ending with his decades at the Boston Herald. The book’s editor, Jesse Pollock, is the proud son of the author. Jesse says of the initial work going through the countless amounts of photos: “I went through a thousand photos and 900 made my jaw drop. That’s just the kind of photographer he is.. ..everything is put together for a reason, whether thematically or aesthetically. I tried to go chronologically and snake my way through his career from the ’60s to the ’80s. Within that timeline, I tried to go with other sub-themes like crime or love.
I chose a lot of the photos because they’re continuously relevant. They’re still fresh in a way that doesn’t make them seem like they’re from ’60s. You could run a lot of them with no captions, and people would think they were taken recently based on the way they’re shot. Not all of his work is like that, but I curated it in a certain way and chose photos for that reason.
Photojournalists don’t really like to talk about their work as art because it’s more of a group dynamic; you’re on a team. It’s blue collar, like a firefighter. And you don’t say, ‘I’m the best firefighter.’ It’s hard for him to put his work out there like that. He doesn’t think of it as art. He’ll think of it as a photojournalism exhibition. The nearest art category you could throw it into is street photography, but I don’t think of it like that. It has a hard, journalistic viewpoint at heart.”

The book is available at unpiano.com 

Top photos show the author then and now. Other photos show Jesse and Arthur and scenes from Agawam, Mashpee and Boston,MA

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