• The needle top of the "old" John Hancock building. It flashes as follows:

    " Steady blue, clear view.
    Flashing blue, clouds due.
    Steady red, rain ahead.
    Flashing red, snow instead.
  • The "new" John Hancock Tower, currently the tallest skyscraper in Boston. It was built actually in the 1970's, but called "new" here to differentiate it from the nearby "older" John Hancock building.
  • The Post-Modern "500 Boylston Street" building.
  • The Prudential Tower, also called simply as "The Pru", a part of a complex of buildings in the Prudential Center area where you may shop and dine. The Prudential Center also includes many high rise residential and office buildings, and more under construction.
  • The "111 Huntington Avenue" is one of Boston's newest skyscrapers, adjacent to "The Pru" and is part of the Prudential Center. Its glass exterior serves as a good reflecting area for the fireworks during the 4th of July celebrations extravanganza in Boston.
  • The Sheraton hotel.
  • Row boats, near the MIT boathouse located in the Cambridge side of Charles River.

WinterNight 2007: Boston CityScape

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A cold Winter Night
Back Bay, Boston, MA, USA

View of the Back Bay area at night from across the Charles River, Memorial Drive near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boathouse in Cambridge.

The major landmarks in the Back Bay area are noted in the image, including the "newer" John Hancock Tower & the "older" John Hancock building (visit the John Hancock Tower set for more images of this landmark Tower viewed from different parts of MetroBoston), The Prudential Tower, 500 Boylston Street, 111 Huntington Avenue, and more.

The small boats on the foreground were on the Cambridge side of the Charles River which is just slightly less than a mile wide at this vantage. The two-level river and dark band shown in the glassy river indicates the boundary where the frozen icy portion still was evident.

This was taken a week after the Noreaster on Valentines Day 2007 and a day just before mild snow dusting we had yesterday. In the other shots it should be possible to see the remains of the previous mild "snowstorm", at least for Boston.

It was supposed to be a mildly warm night (for Winter) at just below freezing but the breeze from Charles River could cause frostbite.

This was my first time to try night photography to explore the potential of my ultrawide Tokina 12-24mm. I still do not know what I am doing but I decided to plunge ahead using the Manual priority mode.

The image was uncropped. Except for "unsharp image" and the automated resizing and "screen image optimization" to reduce the diskspace usage, no further image manipulation was done.

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  1. ღ☻Mr.7aMoOoD☻ღ'→【Bye [deleted] 61 months ago | reply



    Great work

    N!Ce Pic

    Comment Me :)

  2. Max Hendel 60 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot !!!

  3. Shelby.Jacobs 60 months ago | reply

    I love the light being reflected off the boats in this. excellent shot!

  4. duccao 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, could I get your permission to use this picture on my fan page? I will give credit where credit is due once the webpage is up!

  5. directbuyboston 58 months ago | reply

    wow my new fav
    ty for that!


  6. albygent Alberto Gentile 57 months ago | reply

    beautiful picture! really fantastic!

  7. StarrGazr 56 months ago | reply

    Nice, you got there a whole lot earlier than I did. I love all the extra light. It is a great place to take photos.

  8. iandavies13 55 months ago | reply

    Amazing. I think you have the advantage in the US with night time city shots. We only really have London's Canary Wharf in the UK!

  9. JustinJensen 55 months ago | reply

    excellent shot! the reflections are incredible. compliments!

  10. Gong Bao 49 months ago | reply

    Awesome lightning and reflections! feelin

  11. A R L O 44 months ago | reply

    oh yeah very nice light

  12. Manar.Al.asiri ❤'s 43 months ago | reply

    Mash'alaha Great work :)

  13. Vivek Durairaj 40 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot..

  14. LB2556 35 months ago | reply

    Excellent shot!Love the way the light is reflected on the boats!

  15. Danilo.......e Paco 34 months ago | reply

    Fantastica foto....

  16. sblumen 30 months ago | reply

    Beautiful, congrats!! Looking forward to go there.

  17. geokhoury 18 months ago | reply

    I miss Boston :)

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