Boston

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by otter, Jan 31, 2011.

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    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : > I'm going to be in the Boston area the next 3 days for a business
    : > trip. I'll be tied up during the day for meetings, but I might be
    : > able to slip away some night to take pictures. Any suggestions
    : > on good locations for night shots in the Boston area?
    :
    : When navigating around Boston, just remember:
    : The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the
    : center we find the South End. This is not to be confused with South
    : Boston which lies directly east from the South End. North of the South
    : End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.
    : Back Bay is in the middle. And the Harvard Bridge goes to M.I.T.

    You didn't mention the West End, which is in the eastern part of the city. Nor
    Back Bay, which is no longer anywhere near a Bay. Nor South Cove, which has
    been so far from any cove for so long that no one calls it that anymore. (The
    South Cove subway station was renamed before it was opened. God's truth.)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Feb 2, 2011
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    Bill Graham Guest

    These are the same rules they had in most asian cities back in the 50's.
     
    Bill Graham, Feb 2, 2011
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    otter Guest

    I'm staying in Westford. I'm with a group of guys that know the close-
    by restaurants pretty well, but I'm always on the lookout for
    excellent places. We'll probably go to Legal Seafood tomorrow night,
    unless you have a better suggestion.
     
    otter, Feb 2, 2011
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    Walter Banks Guest

    Brakelights came on to indicate good intentions as soon as the door hit
    the front of his car he had a good reason to get away from a clearly
    dangerous situation.

    At the same time I was looking for somewhere to go, ultimately figuring
    that this guy was doing a good job of clearing out the lane. Boston
    changes the whole way you thing about driving. It actually has its logic.

    Too many cars on an expressway make another lane, if you are
    looking for lane markings you aren't paying attention.

    The best is driving with a GPS in downtown Boston. It is continually
    re-calculating your position because of reflections from the buildings.
    It is worse than any city I have driven in. One minute you are 6 blocks
    from your destination the next 2 blocks past and a couple streets over

    w..
     
    Walter Banks, Feb 2, 2011
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    otter Guest

    I was looking at a map of Boston from the Revolutionary period, and
    was surprised at how different it looked from today. I guess they
    filled in a large part of the Charles? Where did they get the dirt
    from, dredging?

    I never understood "one if by land, two if by sea" until I saw the old
    map. I couldn't understand why the British would even consider
    ferrying across the Charles to start the campaign. But it makes a lot
    of sense knowing the old topology.
     
    otter, Feb 2, 2011
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    tony cooper Guest

    The story is that the streets in Boston were originally the wandering
    paths that the cows followed from field to barn. The traffic
    engineers, later, decided that meandering streets weren't enough of a
    problem for motorists, so they added a one-way street system that
    makes it almost impossible to reach your destination.

    The Boston police have long-since abandoned all pretense of being
    helpful to out-of-towners and will not respond to any attempts for
    assistance. You may be able to attract a policeman's attention by
    firing a gun in the air or igniting your traveling companion, but
    don't expect him to be helpful.
     
    tony cooper, Feb 2, 2011
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  7. Boston was originally a city of hills: Pemberton, Mt. Vernon, & Beacon
    Hills made up the "Trimountain." Fort Hill and Copps Hill were also
    prominent rises. Each was harvested for fill -- Pemberton and Mt.
    Vernon were effectively leveled by 1835.

    The Back Bay required additional fill, a portion of which came
    (by rail!) from the area now known as the Needham Heights.

    Here's one site which shows the process:
    http://www.iboston.org/rg/backbayImap.htm
     
    Mike Benveniste, Feb 2, 2011
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    Bowser Guest

    "otter" wrote in message

    I'm staying in Westford. I'm with a group of guys that know
    the close-
    by restaurants pretty well, but I'm always on the lookout
    for
    excellent places. We'll probably go to Legal Seafood
    tomorrow night,
    unless you have a better suggestion.

    =======================================================

    Not for the Westford area. I've got friends living there,
    but I've never been anywhere but their homes.
     
    Bowser, Feb 3, 2011
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    otter Guest

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    tony cooper Guest

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    Robert Coe Guest

    : > I'm going to be in the Boston area the next 3 days for a business
    : > trip.
    :
    : Here are some pics from the trip:
    :
    : http://www.flickr.com/photos/billkeshlear/5427728461/#/photos/billkeshlear/5427728461/lightbox/
    :
    : http://www.flickr.com/photos/billkeshlear/5427728461/#/photos/billkeshlear/5427730171/lightbox/
    :
    : http://www.flickr.com/photos/billkeshlear/5427728461/#/photos/billkeshlear/5427732569/lightbox/
    :
    : http://www.flickr.com/photos/billkeshlear/5427728461/#/photos/billkeshlear/5428337930/lightbox/

    The first two are very nice. (At least one of them was that hotel you stayed
    at, right?) I think you could have done a better job at Concord Bridge; but I
    suppose it was snowing while you were there, which could account for some of
    the murky look. As for the fourth one, where in this area did you find a
    parked car with such a light dusting of snow?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Feb 9, 2011
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    otter Guest

    Did you notice the snow plow damage to the car? That's the only
    reason I included it.

    Concord Bridge: bad conditions, poor light. But I thought it conveyed
    how cold it was, so I kinda like it.
    But I'll keep it with Rosie.
     
    otter, Feb 9, 2011
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    tony cooper Guest

    I don't know how you knew the damage was from a snow plow, but there's
    nothing in the image that indicates this. It's just a car with a
    dent.

    As I said, I really like #1 and #2.
     
    tony cooper, Feb 9, 2011
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    otter Guest

    I probably should have taken the car at a different angle to emphasize
    the damage more. The tire is that mangled black thing. There is a
    pizza place across the street, and the locals were talking about the
    car being damaged by the plow. Seems to be a common problem.
     
    otter, Feb 9, 2011
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    otter Guest

    otter, Feb 10, 2011
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    tony cooper Guest

    Hey, look, Otter. You got two good - really good - pix. The car
    picture, though, is just a car covered in snow and a dent in the side.
    Keep it to remind you of the scene if there's something memorable
    about to you, but it's just a car.

    I have a photograph of a huge pine tree in my yard that the last
    hurricane blew down...missed my house by inches. Photographically,
    it's just a horizontal tree but I keep it to remind me of the day.
     
    tony cooper, Feb 10, 2011
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