The Doorman

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The Taj used to be Boston’s old Ritz Hotel and it’s still a lovely place. The eyes of this man illustrate eloquently what it takes to be good at his job. Watch everything, all the time and always be prepared to act immediately in the best interest of guests.

Sharp eyes and quick reflexes also are essential tools of street shooters. (Using a camera of course.)

 

It Made One Want To Cheer!

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Today the Boston Athletic Association held its annual 10 K race. This event attracts more than 10,000 runners, not just local and US people but many from all over the world. The day was glorious and the mood upbeat. It was a time to celebrate our collective humanity and, for a while anyway, dismal news took a backseat to just plain joy.

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Grumpy Red

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It felt good to be out street shooting today. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done any of that kind of work.

Sarah and I were heading out for a walk along the Charles River when she said softly to me “turn around”. We had just walked past this kid sitting gloomily in the corner of a Beacon Street building just before the corner of Charles. By himself it would have been a fun shot but adding his balloon to the mix made it something special.

A lesson learned from this photograph is that I never should forget that what’s behind me may be just as good, or in this case better, than what’s in front.

Commercial Color Blast

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These colorful things were for sale at a booth in the middle of Faneuil Hall marketplace in Boston. I have no idea what they are good for except to provide a splash of color wherever they are put. That said, they were certainly easy to photograph. I just stuck my camera in the middle of them and pulled the trigger.

Seeing Is Believing

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On a sunny weekend in the Faneuil Hall market there are obviously a TON of tourists milling around. However mixed into the run of the mill visitors from Dayton and De Moines there are a few folks that defy discription.

Here is one of them.

A Slow Sweet Song

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The time is just after 5 yesterday afternoon. It had been a long day with a lot of driving in heavy city traffic. I was waiting to cross Beacon Street after walking up from the Park Street subway station and was looking forward to getting home and putting my feet up. Just as the light turned I noticed this tree bathed in the soft light of the sinking sun. There was really no time to compose the picture since I was standing in the middle of the intersection. The photo gods smiled on this one.

Tough Guy (Maybe)

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Actually maybe he isn’t tough at all. Just a loving, gentle dad taking a break on a bench on Charles Street here in Boston. The harsh light gave me an opportunity to emphasise his big arms, strong face and bald head. The black tee-shirt and strong shadows complete this rather menacing street portrait.

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