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Stairs + Chimneys

Walk around back.

Look at what’s behind you.

Look up, too.

(Some of my rules when I’m out making photos.)

Beacon Hill
Boston
photographed 8.28.2021

Obligatory Location

It was a delightful coincidence that my work trip to Boston could be arranged to allow me to participate in a group photo walk through the lovely Beacon Hill neighborhood. If I am being honest, places like Beacon Hill aren’t my favorite locations; it is much tidier and well-kept than the places I like to shoot. Plus the class required the use of a 50mm lens, and it is not a lens I automatically use.

Challenges are good, though. They make your brain work in different ways, make your eyes seek different subjects. Those are always excellent exercises for photographers and I am very happy that I was able to take the class.

And that’s the long way of explaining that this street seems to be the most famous street in all of Boston, and so I sort of had to photograph it.

Beacon Hill
Boston
photographed 8.28.2021

Foliage

Here’s some prettier foliage that I saw on the walk through Beacon Hill. (I pushed myself to take a photo of something that was pretty.)

Beacon Hill
Boston
photographed 8.28.2021

snacking

If you know anything at all about my photographic eye, you probably know that it’s drawn to the things that are worn out, broken, used up, less than beautiful, easily overlooked.

And that’s why, when I was in the beautiful Beacon Hill neighborhood, I photographed what was left of these leaves after something had snacked on them.

Beacon Hill
Boston
photographed 8.28.2021

Dividing Line

Remember a couple of days ago when I mentioned that I was taking a class which required the use of a 50mm lens?

The class was a photo walk through Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood followed by an image review a couple of days later. The photo walk wasn’t the reason I went to Boston, but it was a happy coincidence. It’s hard to beat a nice Saturday morning with some new photographer friends making images of an iconic location. My pal Don Toothaker was our leader; you’ll never meet someone who is more enthusiastic about photography, about Boston, and about life in general than Don. The day was a delight.

Oh, and this? A detail of one of hundreds of wrought-iron gates that we walked by.

Beacon Hill
Boston
photographed 8.28.2021

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