Greetings! What a weekend!
In case you weren't aware, last weekend was WWIM9 (World Wide InstaMeet #9) where Instagrammers all around the world, from Boston to Paris, organized and took to the streets to capture the world around them!
It was a great two days full of great images, great people and fun surprises! One such as the Boston Zombie March that I stumbled upon Saturday while heading to our meeting spot!
There were hundreds of "zombies" gathered in front of South Station preparing to make their bloody march through Boston! It was my first time hearing of this and some of the costumes were amazingly creative and well done! I captured some interesting photos of it, but didn't stay too long. Perhaps I'll share them in another post.
As for today's photo, after Sunday's "Instameet" ended, me and couple of other photographers/adventurers continued wandering the streets of Boston in search of light and compositions.
We wandered down city streets and alley ways, and we eventually found some old abandoned railroad tracks that we decided to explore down for a bit.
After miles of walking and exploring, the sun began to set and we headed back towards the city. On our walk back, we were crossing a bridge I've never been on before and I looked over to see the iconic Boston Skyline with these amazingly dramatic and stormy clouds looming above!
It was pretty dark out at this point, and for one of the very rare times, I had left my tripod at home. I wasn't sure how I was going to get the shot, but I knew I had to.
After some quick thinking, and a little bit of panicking, I found a good section of railing that I could rest my camera on to stabilize it for the 3 seconds I needed to get a good exposure.
I set my camera settings properly, took a deep breathe, began to exhale slowly, and clicked the shutter. I took about 5 shots, just to be sure.
I then went to review the images, fearing of seeing a blurry mess, and low and behold....... it worked! I was able to just eek out one image that was crisp, sharp, well exposed, and exactly what I wanted!
I think this one might just be one of my favorite Boston images now! How about you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below! :)
So our harsh New England winter is finally subduing and the weather is stabilizing, much more as of late, so a few weeks ago I decided while I had to attend a meeting in Boston, that I would take my camera along.
I've been to the Seaport more times than I can count at this point, even before I was a photographer. It's such a beautiful and relaxing place, especially at night. I could sit there for hours and never run out of wonderful things to think about and ponder. I also could never run out of photographs to be make there!
So here's my latest image of the Seaport at Night, though I'll hopefully have one more soon, as I discovered a very cool composition I want to make here. I couldn't last time as there were people with lighting equipment set up in my way, even though they weren't even using it for quite some time...but that just gives me an excuse to go back!
In one month will mark one year since I departed for my month long adventure in Paris, and one of the most amazing and memorable trips of my life thus far.
There is no book or teacher in the world that can substitute travel, or that can substitute experience.
From my first visit to Paris when I was 17, I had fallen in love with this City of Lights. It was different, and that's all that mattered at first. Strange people, strange language, strange customs, yet I felt most comfortable in my uncomfortability, most alive.
It was goodbye to the world that was mine, and into the one that was theirs.
This was I think my 5th trip to Paris, but it was my most adventurous yet, as it was my first time going as a photographer. It was seeing this city with new eyes and with new purpose. I've never done so much or seen so much, as I did with my camera in hand.
It was my reason, no, more like my excuse to bare witness, to wonder, to explore, to wander every street and every structure. To think about all that I saw in the most deepest of ways, and to learn as much as I could about everything I saw and everything I touched. To immerse myself in every moment. To feel that with every photograph, I'm trying to unravel a mystery.
It took me hours to whittle down my collection of images to the ones that I think best tell my story. So I'm trying to be as brief as possible here and let it speak for itself.
This video is to commemorate my voyage, to commemorate getting lost, to commemorate the journey and the great friends that I've made along the way, and to commemorate life and all the beautiful things it beholds.
This is the record of my passing. This is me in the flow, trying to leave something beautiful.
Without further adieu,
Vif Reves de Paris | Sean Gold
(I recommend clicking the "Auto-HD" button and choosing 1080p, or the highest resolution your monitor or device displays, as well as watching in Full Screen mode, for best viewing results.)
Greetings! Happy May!
It's been a long and tough Winter, and Spring is taking its sweet time to set into place, but the good weather is starting to linger longer and longer!
A few nights ago I headed into Boston to do a few things, as well as attend a meeting for an upcoming trip that I'll talk more about as the time arises, and I brought my camera along to venture into the night with afterwards.
After my meeting, I headed down to the Seaport, which is a place I love to frequent, and for the first time in a very very long time, I went to the opposite side than I normally do and found this great boardwalk! I love the look of wood with the sheen of the street lamps soft light bouncing off of it!
I made some very interesting images here, such as this one, and a few more of the Skyline that we all love, from a different angle, then continued down the HarborWalk for a few hours enjoying the warmish Spring air and the breeze off of the ocean before heading to North Station to make my way home.
I'll be looking forward to spending late summer nights wandering the streets of Boston in search of light and stories to tell!
It feels like just yesterday that I was in Paris, wandering the night time streets and getting lost in an attempt to be found, but in reality it's been almost a year! And I'm still finding great images I made there even now, in my collection!
This was one of the nights that I stayed out till about 4 O'clock in the morning roaming night time streets and exploring places more low key in the Parisian area. It's amazing for such a busy and hectic city during the day time, how quiet and still it becomes during the night, in most places. It's like the sleeping giant, or the eye of the storm, just an enormous mass of energy, quietly sitting still before it rises to motion and chaos once again. I treasure these moments of solitude and tranquility, they're little drops of time where all seems to stand still, for more than a moment.