Before flying out to Seattle last summer, my wife and I spent a day in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to a good friend who lives in the Boston area, we got to see a lot of the city’s historical and famous sights in just a day.
Before we meet up with her, we walked around the area near our hotel. Being that the city of Boston was incorporated in 1822 and was settled even farther back in 1630, you can imagine there is a lot of history everywhere you look or, in our case, walked. The Boston Fish Pier was a few minutes stroll from the hotel’s lobby. Being a Sunday, there was little activity. We did see people cleaning fish of all sizes from a fishing boat which had docked earlier in the day. Boats were being readied for the next day’s voyages.
Speaking of our hotel, the Seaport Boston Hotel was one of the nicest ones we have ever stayed at. No need for a taxis as there is free bus service from Boston’s Logan Airport. It was there we meet up with our friend, Karen, and our adventure began.
After a short Uber ride, we arrived at our first destination: The Old North Church. In American history, Paul Revere told three Boston patriots to hang lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church so he could warn other patriots on the movements of the British Army in 1775.
For the rest of the day, we walked along or near the Freedom Trail with a few side trips. One side trip was to see the Boston Garden and the statue of Boston Bruin’s legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr depicting his famous after goal celebration which won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins in 1970. Nearby was the engineering marvel of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge over the Charles River.
From there we wandered over to the Quincy Market and explored all its wonders both food-wise and merchandise-wise before having lunch in a nearby Pub. We did go back here for dessert.
Next to the Quincy Market is Faneuil Hall often referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty”.
Inside is The Great Hall where famous Bostonian and patriot, Samuel Adams, who made several speeches encouraging independence from Great Britain. It is also home to a very large painting by George Peter Alexander Healy which took seven years to complete. It depicts Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster debating with South Carolina Senator Robert Y. Hayne on preserving the Union when the country was on the brink of the Civil War.
We saw several ways people can tour Boston besides walking from Duck “boats” to Swan boats.
Our next stop was to pay our respects to Paul Revere who is buried in the Granary Burying Ground.
Afterwards we made our way over to The Common which is Boston’s central park. The Freedom Trail goes right through it.
Next to the Common is a statue or statues honoring the Make Way for Ducklings children’s picture book author and illustrator Robert McCloskey. First published in 1941, the book tells the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon of the Boston Public Garden.
The last stop on our “tour” was the Boston Public Library’s Bates Hall reading room. I guess a movie was filmed here featuring an actor our tour guide Karen goes ga-ga over. 😉
In all, we probably covered about 8 miles in about 6 hours of touring on a soggy summer’s day. I would like to thank Karen (see photo below) for her mostly historical and sometimes hysterical tour. Getting insights from a true Bostonian made for a very special day.
Interesting. I notice that you use f 16 several times. Are you shooting in aperture priority? And how did you decide on f 9 for the Freedom Trail and the one of your guide (which I love by the way.)
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For the day, I did use Aperture Priority mode. I set my camera not to use a shutter speed under 1/125th of a second for sharp photos.
When I use f/16, I want to get everything in the photo in focus from top to bottom (close and far). Referred to as hyperfocus (search my blog for more information on how to use it).
When I am not going for hyperfocus, f/8 to f/11 works well especially when using a wide angle lens (focal lengths between 16mm and 35mm, varies by lens).
When I open up this lens to its widest aperture (f/4), I am going for selective focus with an out of focus (bokeh) background.