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A View of the Tall Ships Against the Boston Skyline

A View of the Tall Ships Against the Boston Skyline

On July 10 this past summer, my photography club (North Quabbin Viewfinders—www.nqviewfinder.org—) visited Boston to see the tall ships.  The fact that it was also my birthday made it doubly enjoyable as my wife and son accompanied us, and we met my daughter later near Boston.  It was a perfectly glorious New England summer day—sunny, dry, temps around 82-85 degrees.  The sky was a deep blue, and Boston was alive with excitement!   This was one of my favorite shots from that day.

Settings:  Nikon D90, 18-200 Nikkor VR lens, 27mm, ISO 500, f9.5, 1/350, 1/2 stop underexposed.

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Santa Maria Della Salute n Venice

Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice

This is a view of the Santa Maria della Salute Church in Venice.  It is a great example of Venetian Byzantine Architecture.  According to Wikipedia, “Starting in the Summer of 1629, a wave of the plague assaulted Venice, and over the next two years killed nearly a third of the population.”   By October of 1630, almost 50,000 citizens had been killed by plague, and the Venetian Senate made a plea to God—that if  God would end the plague, they would build a Basilica in honor of the Virgin Mary.  The plague did end soon afterwards, and the church was built  at the intersecton of the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Basin.

Settings:  Nikon D90, ISO 640, Nikon 18-200 VR, 105 mm, f4.0, 1/50 sec (handheld), -1.00 exposure) 

 Note:  I love the lack of noise in low light images with both by D90 and (to an even greater extent) by my D700.

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Grand Canal in Venice

Grand Canal in Venice

In most of my blog  entries to this point, I have been displaying many of my New England and United States photos.  Those who know me best, however, know that my wife and I love cruising, in the Caribbean and throughout the world.   After an absence from my blog, due to traveling, family illness, and just being really busy, I am ready to blog again—-and for a while, I’ll be showing photos from around the world.

In August, my wife and I went on a cruise from Venice to Slovenia and Croatia.  In Slovenia, we visited Koper, and in Croatia, we traveled to Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik.  I took my Nikon D90 with me and my Nikkor 18-200 VR lens, along with a polarizing filter and a mini-tripod.

This photo was taken on the Grand Canal as we slowly cruised down it on a vaparetto. As the sun was setting, it cast a golden glow on the colorful buildings, though it left the gondoliers in the shade.

Settings:   Nikon D90, ISO 400, f6.3, 1/160, 78 mm, 1/3 stop underexposed

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