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WinterNight 2007: Boston CityScape

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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Uploaded on February 24, 2007