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Boston Skyline at Night with Boats on Charles River

The Boston Skyline on the Charles River

Boston is such a beautiful city from nearly every angle. It’s position on the ocean and on the Charles River makes it one of the best skylines to photograph. This photo was taken in May 2011 while driving on an east coast road trip with my girlfriend Rose. As soon as we saw ourselves driving along this stretch of river, we knew that I needed to jump out to get this shot. The water was very calm and the colors were beautiful. This is NOT an HDR photo, although some of the the colors are enhanced in Photoshop just a bit.


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HDR Photo of Boston Skyline on the Charles River

HDR of Boston skyline on the Charles River

As Rose and I arrived in Boston while on our East Coast road trip in May 2011, we found ourselves driving around in somewhat of a circle, going over one bridge then over another. Eventually, we were driving along a parkway and as soon as I found a parking spot, I pulled in and got out to get this shot. It was a beautiful night and the waters were very calm. I took several different angles of the Boston skyline as I was taking my shots; some of them closer in, but most of them using the boats in the foreground in different ways. I liked the balance of this photo most of all. If you like this photo, check out my photo of the Boston Skyline in the Charles River with more boats in the foreground.

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Historical Tribeca Buildings in New York City on Church St with D. Rich Co building

Old Second Empire Buildings standing in Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.

I lucked out with this photo opportunity. On the second day of our east coast May 2011 road trip, Rose and I stayed at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City. We checked in around 2:00pm and shortly after we got checked in, we peaked out the window and saw these old buildings. These buildings are known as Second Empire buildings and these particular ones were built in and around 1868-1876. From what I have found through some research, D. Rich Co. was the name of a company that operated in this building in the Tribeca neighborhood between 1949-1951. The sign remains on the building over 60 years later.

The Tribeca Grand Hotel was beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The hotel rooms are quite small, but they are clean and modern and about what you would expect to have in the Tribeca neighborhood. There is a cozy bar and seating area downstairs and the overall atmosphere is sheik, modern and stylish. The hotel has an artsy and hipster type of vibe and is catered more towards the young adult crowd. The hotel’s location is one block from the subway system going north to midtown Manhattan, near Times Square and Central Park. It is also only about eight blocks north of the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial Site.

Old buildings and windows in Tribeca on Church Street.

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Below is a video of the scene through our window at the Tribeca Grand Hotel just before shooting these photos!


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Mormon Row Barn at Grand Teton National Park

T.A. Moulton Barn on Mormon Row at Grand Teton National Park

When I go out looking for scenes to shoot, I try and find my own angles and my own perspective rather than the traditional photos that every tourist has taken. However, while researching for my cross country road trip that I was about to take back in June 2009, I kept coming across photos taken from Mormon Row facing the Grand Teton Mountains. When I received marketing materials about the park, the same photo was almost always featured. Each photo was striking in itself and I was easily able to do a Google image search to learn more about this particular area and where it was located.

When I arrived in Jackson, WY, it was evening and much too late to find the spot. It had rained for most of the day and the skies were just beginning to clear. I decided to go into the downtown area to grab a burger and head in for the night. The next morning, I headed out of Jackson, WY north towards the Grand Teton National Park. As you travel north past the National Elk Refuge, there is a side road that takes you about a mile off of the state highway. Eventually, I had to turn north down a muddy dirt road and travel about two miles. Just before reaching the location, my car got stuck in the mud. I was alone and essentially in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone service. I rocked the car back and forth hoping to get it to budge when finally, it gripped the road and I was moving forward. Shorty after, I arrived with my mud covered car to the surprise of a couple tourist families who were photographing the site as well.

After a few hellos, I set up my shot. The clouds were busy looking and moving quickly; forming rapidly and then dissipating again in seconds. I spent about 25 minutes at the site before I began to head back towards the highway and north into the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway and on into Yellowstone National Park.

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The Sample Gates at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

The Sample Gates at Indiana University

This is one of the only photos of the Sample Gates that I have seen taken as an HDR photograph. This photo was taken as I visited Bloomington in early May 2011. The Sample Gates were constructed here in the 1980s, replacing what use to be the main road that lead into the old part of campus. This area is featured in one of the scenes from the 1979 movie Breaking Away, which was filmed entirely in Bloomington in and around the Indiana University campus.

This is a bittersweet shot for me because I am a graduate of Indiana University, so Bloomington and the Indiana University campus have a very special place in my heart and just three weeks after I took this photograph, an EF1 tornado swept through the Bloomington campus and surrounding area hitting the Dunn Woods which are pictured to the right of the Sample Gates above. While building damage was minimal, there was extensive tree damage particularly in this area which is widely known as a woodsy, shady area.

This photo is one of my first HDR photos. I took three consecutive photos, each at different exposures in order to get this final merged version which looks more like an architects rendering than an actual photograph.

I take as many opportunities as I can to get to Bloomington to photograph the campus. The campus itself is so large that there is an infinite number of possibilities for different angles and perspectives. Each season is unique and the diverse landscape brings photo opportunities around virtually every corner. Be sure to check out the rest of my photo blog, including HDR photos of downtown Indianapolis!

Mill Ruins at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN

The Washburn A Mill in the Mill City Ruins Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rose and I traveled to Minneapolis in August 2010 and had the opportunity to educate ourselves with the history of the flour mills in the Minneapolis area. With big names such as Gold Medal Flour, Pillsbury, General Mills and others which have come and gone, who could resist a quick tour of the history of cereal (still one of my favorite meals)? Certainly not me, so off we went to explore the Mill City Museum along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.

Mill City Ruins Museum in MinneapolisThe Mill City Museum is built within the ruins of Washburn “A” mill, a mill that dates back to the mid to late 1800s. The mill had exploded over a century ago, then was rebuilt, then later closed and shuttered in the early 1960s. The factory sat abandon for nearly three decades before a large fire ultimately took out the majority of the rest of the mill. Remaining were the outer walls and inner concrete walls as well as much of the metal equipment and piping throughout the building.

This location is a photographer’s paradise. Antiques everywhere. Each faucet, knob and electrical outlet is unique and very rustic. I love colorful photos and the above photo captures most of the color spectrum.

The Washburn A Mill in the Mill City Ruins Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Mill City Ruins Ceiling and Mill City Ruins B/W by Joey B. Lax-Salinas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.joeyblsphotography.com.