I have finished the Professional Photography Program at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts and it is time for me to move back to Arizona. Now, in order to do this, I have to drive from Boston to Tucson. I love road trips and visiting new places so I have been looking forward to this trip. Also, my cousin Jessica has flown to Boston to drive back with me. Not only will she keep me company and help me drive, she is also an excellent model to have with me at all times.
This journey of ours began on Thursday. After packing and loading my car, which I can tell you was no picnic, we headed from Boston to Baltimore. We spent the whole next day in DC and we definitely packed a lot into that day. We went to the Capital, the botanical gardens, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Memorial, and the White House. After such a grueling day, we also killed a few hours before our train back to Baltimore at an amazing Irish Pub called Fado.
Last week, my fellow photographer friends and I got together with our graphic designer friends to decorate some Christmas cookies. Decorating the cookies was a lot of fun, even though Jay only made inappropriate ones. Somehow, one cookie ended up having a whole orange on top. It was very relaxing and a great time spent with the friends I have made here. Later that day, we all went to Liz’s home for dinner before heading out to see the Boston Pops Christmas show at Symphony Hall. The venue was beautiful and the show was amazing. The orchestra played Christmas classics with a few new twists.
As a graduate with a degree in Classics, I have always loved Greek and Roman myths. I have taken on the personal project of recreating these myths in photo form. I am currently in the final stages of the myth of Apollo and Daphne, but this last weekend, I wanted to get started on a new myth and I chose to portray the myth of Pandora. As that is still in the early stages, I thought I would share with you the photos that I took later, just for fun.
Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a little boy named Tristan and his family for their family Christmas card. We met at the Frog Pond in the Boston Common. Dressed in his holiday coat, Tristan was off like a bullet and I just tried to keep up.
Last weekend, some friends and family visited me from Arizona. We had a great time visiting Boston, Salem, and Cambridge. It was a busy weekend, but all I can remember is that we seemed to be eating the whole weekend. In addition to the restaurants we visited, we went to Trinity Church, Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, and walked the Freedom Trail. All in all, it was memorable weekend.
As a personal project, I wanted to do some HDRs of the Boston skyline. Shooting from the Longfellow Bridge one afternoon produced some nice results. I know HDRs have been done to death and they can lack realism, but I think they still have their place in photography. I usually prefer to lean to the more realistic side of HDRs, but I pushed these photos a little further. The moving sailboats presented a problem, but I selected them as ghosting areas and was able to fix most of them. It was a beautiful view on a beautiful city.