Earning my stripes

rey spadoni

Being the restless type, I’m always ready for the next season.  And while posting the nice New England in Autumn shots has been fun, I’m ready to not do that any more.

Here’s one of the Copley area skyline in Boston.  Dragging the shutter speed a bit allowed for the colorful and drippy stripes.  Crashed the contrast and sharpness in the upper half of the photo to add some gee whiz.

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18 Responses to Earning my stripes

  1. Hey Rey,

    Great pic. I love cityscapes at night…but getting them just right does take some work. I usually will take a number of exposures and blend…this works as long as I don’t have a lot of movement in the frames. Even so, getting the lights not to go “radioactive” takes a bit of post-process tweaking. But the more I work at it, the better I get. Here’s a shot I took of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from Federal Hill Park last night…cold and windy, but worth the shot:

    Hope you like.

  2. Rodney says:

    Spectacular photo Rey! I like what you did to it to make the drippy colors stand out and the contrast. Boston should be hiring you to do their city photographs!
    And another great photo added by Frank. I have been to the Inner Harbor, and I don’t remember it looking quite that beautiful. Well done both of you!

    • 2guysphoto says:

      Thank you, Rodney. I don’t often photograph at night but whenever I do, I’m inspired to give it another go. And I completely agree about Frank’s image.


  3. Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the compliment. Great views inspire great shots. Federal Hill Park is THE place in Baltimore to get great vistas.


  4. rob says:

    Excellent pics….and info!

  5. Hey Rey,

    I was in Boston (and Salem) 2 years ago and loved it. I’m planning a return trip, and THIS time I want to shoot the city at night. Any list of accessible sites for just such a shoot?

    I don’t like to come empty-handed to the party, so here’s a shot of the New York skyline:

    and a smaller color shot:

    If I ask for something, I’ll give something in return. The B&W panorama was 4 exposures stitched using Panorama Factory. All shots were taken at the deck on the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ. Better view of NYC I’ve yet to find…

    Thanks in advance…


    • Rey says:

      Frank – GREAT shots… thank you for sharing. The pano is wonderful.

      Unfortunately, there are no specific and easily accessible spots where the entire skyline can be viewed (as can NYC from NJ). The best view, hands down, is from Boston Harbor, so if you can get out there via a sundown cruise, you’ll get some great views. Beyond that, along Memorial Ave from the Cambridge side (right in front of MIT) can get you a good view. Much of the Boston skyline can be seen up close and personal (translation: wide angle lens) from vantage points in the Quincy Market or Copley areas.

      Thanks for posting. We’d love to feature your work if you’re willing/interested!



      • Hey Rey,

        First of all, thanks for info on Boston. I’ll keep that in mind when I’m there next Spring. As to the following: “We’d love to feature your work if you’re willing/interested! “…definitely. Tell me what I need to do. Thanks again…

        Frank V.

  6. johnjroberts says:

    Nice job!

  7. City lights and water…doesn’t get much better. If you get too cold up there, come on down. We got lights and water around Tampa, Fl, too.

  8. Tampa…yeah, I could get used to FL weather. I lived in Miami for a year back in ’97…loved it. Wasn’t shooting back then…but when I go back (not IF, but WHEN), I will DEFINITELY shoot the cities. Thanks for the “seen” of Tampa…

  9. Rey says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments. Perhaps I’m not the only one ready to move on from autumn shots…?


  10. Ed Spadoni says:

    A beauty Rey! Can you share your exif data for this shot? Thx, Ed

  11. Rey says:

    Thanks, Ed. Nikon D5000. ISO 200. f4.8. 5 second exposure.


  12. Hey Rey,

    I have a couple more shots for you. These were taken from the top of a parking garage in New Brunswick, NJ.



    Driving home in the (quickly) darkening skies, I found this parking garage that was open to the public, so I went straight to the top and set up. I was there for about an hour and got these two shots of the city rooftops from the North East.


    Frank V.

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