Blue hour in Boston

I spent a night shooting in Boston last week - fun!

Boston is one of those cities that I rarely ever need to travel to.  I have been a few times in my life, and once with a camera about 6 years ago, but I can't say I really got any good shots.  I was pretty new to the whole photography thing, and in addition to my lack of skills, I didn't know where to go or know anyone there to shoot it with.

That changed last week when I had a 2 night visit to Boston.  While work occupied me on night 1, I was free to go shoot on the 2nd night so I met up with local photographer and all around good guy Bob Lussier.  Bob and I have been online friends for years but this was my first chance to meet him in person.

We met up at Fan Pier and shoot there through sunset and on into blue hour, both of which turned out to be pretty nice.  There wasn't an amazing sunset, but the gorgeous skyline with the lights coming on during blue hour was pretty spectacular.

Since Bob and I both shoot with an Olympus OMD EM-1, he was kind enough to let me borrow his wide-angle lens, the new 7-14mm Pro lens for the Olympus line.  I have been debating with myself as to whether or not I should get it, and this was my first chance to try it.

I loved it.

What a great lens.  In fact, I never took it off once I got started (thanks again Bob!).  In my old Nikon days a few years back, nearly all my shots were with the wide-angle, so when I converted to Olympus I made a concerted effort to diversify my shooting a bit, and ended up addicted to shooting with their 12-40mm Pro lens, which is also a wonderful lens and great for all around use.  But I must say that putting on that wide angle sure reminds of the old days when I did that all the time.

So today's pics are all 3 exposure HDR photos taken with the wide angle lens during blue hour in Boston last week.  That's another thing that I have been thinking about - HDR photography.  I have gotten away from it over the last year, but for various reasons I have started processing in HDR again, and am loving it like I did when I first discovered it.  Fun!

Ah, the joys of photography!  Hope you enjoyed today's pics!  Thanks for stopping by!