URBAN LIFE – A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Urban

So the subject of the exercise is “urban.” I thought I’d start off with a picture of where we currently live. We didn’t always live in the country. In fact, until 19 years ago we lived in Boston. Before that, I lived in the city of Jerusalem and was raised in New York, in the borough of Queens.

With some years in Hempstead, which is a semi-urban suburb of New York, until we moved out here, we were always city folks. it has taken a bit of getting used to!

Be it ever so humble

So here’s a bit of Boston — Fenway Park, Beacon Hill, the Wharf … and more.

CITYSCAPE: A PHOTO A WEEK – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Cityscape/Townscape

I love shooting in town. We used to get into town a lot more often than we do now. Admittedly, we get into Uxbridge often, but there isn’t a lot of Uxbridge to shoot. It’s a very small town and all the towns in the area a small. Boston has a lot to offer, but it’s a long drive with terrible traffic, bad roads, and incredibly expensive parking and we go there only rarely these days.

Schubert Theater, Boston, 2014
Fenway Park 2018

The city has spent literally billions of dollars to redesign the roads. They look better, but the traffic is even worse. They made the roads straighter and one of the worst ones now runs underground so you don’t have to see what a terrible mess it is. But the mess is there and for me, the idea of bumper-to-bumper traffic in an endless tunnel is not an improvement. Just breathing would be traumatic.

Brookline
Parking on the street!

So we stay here in the country. Our city pictures all date from 2016 or earlier. That’s how it will remain. I don’t see the traffic, parking, or distance getting easier, cheaper, or shorter.

On the street
Symphony Hall, Boston

STREETLIGHTS: A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Street Lights


Streetlights. I love them! Especially in a city when the streets are a little wet from recent rain. The street light reflects in rainbow colors and the neon signs make a night in the city glow in a million colors.

Night near Symphony Hall
Strangers in the night?
Home. Downtown
Theater district
Night near the theaters

WIDE SHOT VS. CLOSE UP – AKA – LANDSCAPE VS. PORTRAIT

Longest shot
THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PORTRAIT VS. LANDSCAPE

From Paula: Today you are invited to post a portrait and landscape format of the same scene. You may be surprised at how much different they look and what each one reveals. That’s the only requirement for this challenge. The subject is up to you. Have a great day!


Long view of the back of Boston’s State House.
Same picture, close!

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PHOENIX AT NIGHT – WHICH WAY? by BEN TAYLOR

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – November 9, 2016


My friend Ben lives in suburban Phoenix. He doesn’t have a blog of his own, but he has pictures. These are a few of them. They seemed to go nicely with this theme.

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Cee which way photo challenge

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: NOCTURNAL – BOSTON NIGHTS

BOSTON AT NIGHT

I have to dive into WordPress and see why I’m not getting Paula’s notifications. Fortunately, I saw someone else’s post and it wasn’t too late!

Downtown city night
Downtown city night

I love shooting at night. These are both taken in Boston, at night. I wish we got into town at night more often. Next time will be next month – October – for another concert. Same theater district. But hopefully, new views.

Schubert Theater boston night

Thursday’s Special: Nocturnal

 

LIFE AFTER DARK: THURSDAY’S SPECIAL – NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Thursday’s Special: Night Photography (Response to Guest Challenge)

I love shooting at night. Urban landscape at night is not only fun, but offers tons of creative opportunities to capture motion, mood, the wonderful grittiness that works best after dark on a city street.

Here are some favorites.

Boston's Schubert Theater
Boston’s Schubert Theater
Downtown night in Boston
Downtown night in Boston
Dancing in the dark in winter
Dancing in the dark in winter