This site is dedicated to developing my skills as a photographer, sharing my images and participating in a creative community. In the last year, I’ve taken my interest in photography to a new level, taking classes in a number of venues and supplementing them with seminars and photo tours. I appreciate feedback on my photographs and enjoy seeing what others are creating.
Summer school begins on Tuesday. I’m teaching at two schools. The teacher choses the curriculum for the summer. I decided to structure part of my lessons around popular tourist sights in Boston.
The first task is to teach the students the six sights we will study as part of our summer class. I sourced some online photos and made a PowerPoint presentation. And it was dreadfully dry.
Then I had an idea. My niece loves putting on shows and making videos. She’s taken summer courses on making videos. We’d already planned a day in Boston together and would be near five of the six sights. What if we made a video?
She was game. We made videos in several locations around the city using our iPhones. The biggest challenge was that the iPhone’s microphone pics up every noise, not just my voice. We quickly realized that me talking on camera wouldn’t work. Instead, we shot video at the different locations (or borrowed it from YouTube). When I later edited it together, I added narration. All of that was done on my iPad using iMovie.
I brought my niece to the USS Constitution for her first visit last week. Outside the security area, a group of sailors were restoring a couple of rowboats that had sat out in the weather too long. They were doing it old school. They sanded them by hand and pulled out old caulking with a pick. I made this image of a sailor trying his best to get out the caulking. They said the caulking was inferior, but it seemed to want to stay in place.
Last year, I presented photos of the covered bridges of New Hampshire. Many of you said you had covered bridges in your area and would like to take your own tour.
This week, I was contacted about an article sponsored by an insurance company. The article talked about some of the history and facts related to these beautiful structures. The best part is that about halfway down the page, there are descriptions and links to organizing your own covered bridge tour in various parts of the U.S.
Take a look and perhaps get inspired. You can find the article here.
The work on my memoir continues. I’m on chapter fifteen of the second draft. That’s about of a third of the way through the book. I also signed up for a memoir writing course later this summer.
But today I need your help. I’m not great with architectural terms. In the picture above, what do you call the area between the courtyard in the foreground and the classrooms behind the rear wall? It’s a roof supported by pillars. It goes along two sides of the courtyard inside the school.
There is a different view in the picture below. It is to the right where the three girls are standing.
I didn’t post yesterday because I had my niece, Liv for the day. We had a busy day seeing different sites around Boston and riding Boston’s Blue Bikes along the Charles River and then across the city.
We toured the USS Constitution. It was Liv’s first visit. Afterwards, we wanted to make a lens ball photoof the ship. It was hard to find a good spot. This was truly a collaborative effort. I balanced the ball on one a surface that threatened to move if I took my hands away. She took the picture on her phone.
My wife and I ordered lunch at the takeout window then went around back to to find a table. She sat down. I wandered further down the fish pier. Rounding the corner, I found this man repairing lobster traps. Where the cage had separated, he installed a metal band to tie it back together. We said hello.
“Do they require a lot of maintenance,” I asked.
“These are wrecks,” he said. The younger guys don’t even bother to repair them anymore. They just throw them away. But at $130 a trap, I’d rather repair ’em and get more use out of them.”