Blog Post 24 - Boston Trip

I decided to take a break from blogging over the summer to focus on other photography related aspects of my life. Now that my senior year of high school is in full swing, I will have more time to write and will be able to resume the weekly blog posts I started back in January of this year.

Over the summer, I had a handful of exciting and different photo trips, but one of my favorites was a quick three-day trip to Boston. I was in Boston to help out on set for a documentary, help shoot video for a dissertation at MIT, work on final post process tweaking of a short film I had been director of photography on earlier in the year, and explore the city of Boston with my camera. I took a bus up to Boston on Sunday night and arrived Monday morning. I met up with my friend Nick and went straight to the Documentary location, followed by MIT, then editing at Nick’s house. Over all, the day was long and tiring, but I managed to get a lot done.

The next day I woke up and headed straight to the city to explore and take photos. I shot in the Boston Public Library, Acorn Street, and some cathedrals, but the most memorable photo I took on the trip was a photo of the Boston skyline at Fan Pier Park, which is right across the fort Point Channel on the northern end of Boston.

Nick and I got to the park around 7:30. The sun sets at about 8:15, and the lighting isn’t the best until about 8:45, so we were early. We walked around the whole park looking for compositions. The park overlooks a shipyard and has a sort of chain fence. (I googled what they are called, but my search was inconclusive. If you know what they are called, leave a comment down below). We waited for a while and the sun finally set. I framed up my composition so that my foreground interest would be focused closely on Fence, which would then lead the viewers attention to the to the buildings in the left third of the photograph.

In photography, parts of the photo are in focus and parts of the photos are out of focus. If I wanted the foreground in focus (because its so close), I would have to sacrifice having the background out of focus. One way around this is using a technique called focus stacking. The way it works is by taking multiple images, focused on all the different parts of the photo you want to be in focus, them stitching them together later in a photography program such as Photoshop.

I took three photographs to get the photo. I took a photo of the front of the chain in focus, a photo of the back of the chain in focus, and a photo of the skyline. I did three different variations of the composition totaling nine photographs. Once at nicks, I stitched them together and came up with the final product.

My Boston trip was excellent. I was able to get portfolio worthy shots and have a great time while doing it!

Until next week! - Evan