Boston Street Photography Part 4: Our City in Black & White Film

Photos taken late September, 2020

Canon ae-1 program

Kodak Tri-X 400 b&w film

Boston, Massachusetts


Brookeline

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Boston Street Photography Part 3: Exploring Boston on Colored Film

Hey guys, I took the commuter rail from Providence, RI to South Station in Boston, MA. With me I brought: Canon ae-1 program 35-104mm f/3.5 lens One roll of fujifilm superia xtra400 One roll of Tri-X 400 b&w (Part 4 coming soon) If you guys haven’t checked out the previous Boston Street Photography photo collections […]

Thoughts On the Canon AE-1 Program so far…

My thoughts on the Canon Ae-1 Program I picked up the other week! This article isn’t a review, or guide. It’s just some initial observations I had as I took this camera out for the first few times.

Boston Street Photography Part 3: Exploring Boston on Colored Film

Hey guys,

I took the commuter rail from Providence, RI to South Station in Boston, MA.

With me I brought:

  • Canon ae-1 program
  • 35-104mm f/3.5 lens
  • One roll of fujifilm superia xtra400
  • One roll of Tri-X 400 b&w (Part 4 coming soon)

If you guys haven’t checked out the previous Boston Street Photography photo collections see them here:

Part 1
Part 2


Photos taken late September, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts


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Clean Your Camera’s Sensor

Hey guys,

This article is a friendly reminder, from one photographer to another, to clean your camera’s sensor.

If you haven’t cleaned your sensor since you bought your camera the chances are your images have spots, smudges and blots.

Look how bad my sensor was a few weeks ago:

I was out shooting in Boston when I saw a bunch of lines and smudges in the sky. When I got home I imported my SD card and the majority of the photos were unusable.

I tried cleaning my sensor with what I had laying around the house only to make it 100% worse.

How to Clean your Camera’s Sensor Properly

Honestly, it doesn’t take much.

I should’ve cleaned my sensor forever ago. It literally takes 5 minutes.

Hopefully you don’t make the same mistake I did.

A DSLR sensor cleaning kit costs anywhere between $10-50 USD on Amazon. I bought a full frame kit that came with,

  1. swabs
  2. cleaner
  3. blower
  4. microfibre brush
  5. dry+wet cloths

It cost me like $17 dollars.

When buying your sensor cleaning kit, make sure you buy the right size swabs. It makes cleaning the sensor that much quicker.

To properly clean your sensor, go into your camera’s settings and click “manually clean sensor.”

Once it’s open tilt your camera down and use the blower to puff out any floating particles. Then, use the microfibre brush and lightly go over the sensor a few times. I like to repeat this atleast twice.

Now, the last part to properly clean your sensor is wetting ONE side of your swab with the cleaner and making sure to gently pass to the other side and back in one motion. It’s important to note to use the dry side of the swab to pass back over the sensor.

And that’s it.

Make sure you throw the swab away after using it. If you want to pass over it again use a new swab.

ahhh nice and clean.

Before/ After

If you bring your camera to a local shop for a cleaning it’ll cost you somewhere near $100. It’s not worth doing considering the materials are cheap and it should only take you 10 minutes tops to fully clean.

Even if your sensor isn’t as bad as mine was, I think its a good habit to start cleaning your camera sensor at least once every month or so.


My Phone’s Camera Roll Photos #2

Hey guys, I hope you’re doing well out there!

For this photoblog I scrolled through my phones camera roll and picked out 8 photos I wanted to share with you today. These photos aren’t necessarily my favorite, or best capture, but they’e meaningful to me and I think you’ll like them!

Camera roll stories


I took this photo while walking around downtown Bristol, RI. It’s actually composed of two photos. I used a picture I took of a blue cloudy sky to frame the group of friends watching sunset. I then used a white border to bring it all together. I’ve been finding it interesting all the ways you can compliment a photo using borders and frames.
This is the canon ae-1 program I picked up last week. For those of you who don’t know, the canon ae-1 was a popular film SLR back in the 80’s. When I did my research for what camera I should buy a lot of people recommended I start with the ae-1 for its price and simplicity. I’ve only shot with it a handful of times but so far I’m having so much fun with it.
Another example of how I’ve been experimenting with borders lately. I took both photos a few years back in Pico, Azores and I used a shot of the ocean to frame my subject throwing up a peace sign. The ocean picture alone is boring, but when paired with the second I think it really brings out a cool aesthetic.
The sign reads, “Wall of Lost Soles”
I stayed at a cottage over the weekend down near Cape Cod, MA and our neighbor had a wall full of lost &found sandals, flip flops, crocs, and swim shoes. On my last day there, I lost my own slides trying to cross over to the beach. I hope they too end up on the Wall of Lost Soles one day.
I took this photo on a camping trip to upstate New York this past summer. Pictured is my Uncle and Auntie overlooking Lake George from one of the many viewpoints at Prospect Mountain.
When I was staying in Buzzards Bay, MA, the cape cod canal was perfect to walk and get good exercise. A lot of the times I’d bring my camera with me and take pictures along the way. There’s always a bunch of people camping, fishing and doing outdoor activities which makes for awesome scenes to photograph.
A few more:

# 7

I took this photo while I was visiting my brother in North Dakota. I found Minot beautiful in its own empty way. On my walks I would get to a certain point where for miles and miles all I could see was fields and winding hills.

Another shot at sunset:

#8

For the last photo I picked this one of me waiting at the airport. Long layovers are the worst.

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Finding Gratitude over a Cup of Coffee

I turned 24 years old last week. Throughout the day I took some time to think about what I’m grateful for.

It occurred to me that we don’t stop enough to appreciate all the good in our lives. Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what’s missing than it is to focus on what we’re already fortunate enough to have.

Down below is a simple list of 5 things I’m grateful for.

5 reasons I’m grateful.

1. Family & Friends

Since March I’ve relied on my family and friends for just about everything. They’ve given me food, shelter, and love. I couldn’t ask for more.

I’m grateful that I have a large family and that we’ve been able to stick together even through long passages of time without talking, seeing, or hearing from one another.

Now more than ever I realize how important a solid foundation is.

2. Youth

My uncle has these philosophical moments.

“Enjoy it, kid!” referring to my youth

He says one day I’ll wake up and be old and what took me 5 minutes now takes 15. I’ll start saying things like,

“Oh I remember when I used to…”

I think about time and how valuable it is. I don’t want to waste these years.

I want to be young and energetic before the day comes when everything takes an extra 10 minutes to get going.

3. Good Health

I’m grateful for the fact that amid the Covid 19 pandemic my closest friends and family remain healthy.

I’m fortunate to be in the position I am where I don’t worry about my health, safety and well-being. Not everyone’s as lucky.

I wake up, breathe, eat, drink and everything works smoothly. That alone is a treasure.

4. Travel

Back in late February I took a flight from Pico Island to Boston where I’ve spent the last 7 months living in New England.

Even with tight travel restrictions, and initial stay-at-home orders, I spent a lot of time between Massachusetts and Rhode Island and had the opportunity to go camping at Lake George in New York.

In late June,early July I visited my brother in North Dakota for the first time. Two years passed without seeing each other! I’m just happy we made it happen and were able to celebrate 4th of July together.

5. Pets

I have two darling black labs at home, Lucy and Diamond. I miss them terribly.

I was thinking the other day, how much impact animals had in my life for teaching me about empathy.

They’re a perfect example of teaching a child how to play, take care of, and love unconditionally.

Without pets- be it dogs or cats or snakes or hamsters- the world would seem much greyer.

Luckily while I’m here I get to play with Eevee and my Nana’s best friend, Princess Mica.


What are you grateful for?

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August Memories from Buzzard’s Bay, MA

Photos taken early August, 2020

Buzzards Bay

Massachusetts


Nikon one-touch 100

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May Memories on Cape Cod’s Canal

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The stark differences between travelers and tourists: Which One are You?

Hey guys,

It occurred to me how many different ways people like to travel, but for the purpose of this article I’m categorizing them within two main categories:

Travelers and tourists.

Both travelers and tourists love visiting foreign countries, however, their approach to traveling widely differs and there are distinct qualities that separate the two.

Every traveler is a tourist, but not every tourist is a traveler.

See if you identify closer with one of the two as you read!

Travel Itinerary

A tourist visits a country for a week or two on vacation.
A traveler visits a country for an extended period of time.

Tourists book their vacation a year or two in advance to get away from the everyday hustle. They want a holiday escape to unwind, relax, and take time off from their responsibilities.

Travelers go to a country on an expedition of sorts where the purpose is to learn something about the world. They want to stay for as long as possible or until they achieve what they originally set out to do.

Packing, luggage & belongings

A tourist packs 2-3 suitcases.
A traveler packs just what he needs.

Tourists ALWAYS overpack. They think they need way more than they actually do. Instead of packing for 1-2 weeks, they pack a few months supply of clothes, accessories, and personal items. They end up only using a fraction of what they packed.

Travelers understand the less the better. They know overpacking means excess weight that becomes a hassle to bring around everywhere. Less stuff means less worry and more attention towards the trip itself.

Lodging & Accommodation

A tourist stays in resorts and hotels.
A traveler hostel-hops, couch-surfs , and sets up camp.

Tourists value comfort, convenience, and cost. Most of them want a private, up-scale, fully accommodated room with professional service a phone call away. They want a king-sized bed, a main lobby with a rec centre, swimming pool and a downstairs restaurant & bar. The price needs be fair and reflect high value for the amount payed.

Travelers value experience, immersion, and cost. They want to be surrounded by like-minded people who share their stories and insight. Many of them lean towards hostels since they’re economic and provide a central hub for other travelers with similar objectives. If a local invites a traveler to stay with them for a few nights, the opportunity for immersion far out weighs the comfort and convienence of a standard hotel/hostel room.

To-do list

A tourist joins tour groups and purchases sight-seeing packages from travel agencies.
A traveler meets people who show him around and give recommendations for free.

Tourists rigorously plan and schedule their 7-14 day vacation. They want every hour of every day to be something to do and somewhere to go. Travel agencies mark their calenders and suggest everything from where to eat, to places you should and should not go.

Travelers don’t want a pre-decided plan. They act spontaneously and instinctively. Most of the time they meet friendly locals who want to show them around their city. Instead of adhering to a rigid plan, they have a general idea of what they want to do and where they want to go for the day.

Where to go and what to see

A tourist wants to see the main attractions.
A traveler wants to see through the locals’ eyes.

If you’ve ever been to a popular major city like Paris, or Rome I’m sure you’ve seen the groups of tourists with selfie-sticks taking photos in front of the historical monuments.

Tourists want to see historical significance as long as they’re able to share it with their friends and family on social media.

Travelers and tourists alike want to visit world famous monuments, buildings, and museums, but the only difference is a traveler tends to see the main attractions as a “tourist trap.” Travelers want to experience Paris and Rome as a local does, not as the tourism industry advertises.

Language learning

A tourist doesn’t spend time learning a new language.
A traveler finds it important to communicate with the locals.

A tourist at most remembers a few words from foreign language class. Maybe they use important words and phrases like, “please, thank you, & where is the bathroom?” Beyond that, the places they go are most likely accustomed to English-speaking tourists so there’s no need (or want) to actually learn the local language.

Travelers, on the other hand, make a genuine effort to speak and learn the language of the country they’re visiting. They want to talk with a native speaker who doesn’t speak English as a second language. A travelers goal is to be able to order food, ask for directions, make small talk, and immerse themselves as much as possible in the culture.

Comfort and Novelty

A tourist acts within their comfort zone.
A traveler seeks to explore the unknown.

To a certain extent, when a tourist visits a foreign country it is acting outside of their comfort zone. For the most part, however, a tourist adheres to the pre-planned itinerary and doesn’t sway too off schedule. Tourists tend to stick with what’s familiar and not too far off from their cultural norm.

When a traveler visits a foreign country, he/she wants to experience something other. A lot of times they’re on personal quests of self discovery, meaning, and existential order. Travelers seek adventure and discovery. They want to experience all the ups and downs that comes with venturing outside of their comfort zone.

Blending in and Standing out

A tourist always walks looking up, down & around.
A traveler walks with direciton.

A tourist stands out.
A traveler blends in.

You can spot a tourist right away. They stand out like neon colors. The tourist starter pack includes a camera, oversized backpack, souvenir shirt, selfie stick, and a local map.

Travelers try to blend in as much as possible. They want to look and act like the local population to not draw unnecessary attention.

Bonus*
A tourist walks into an Italian cafe and makes sure to order Italian coffee and Italian cookies
A traveler walks into an Italian cafe and orders coffee and cookies.


So, which one are you, traveler or tourist? Comment below & and Share with your friends!

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Street Photography in Downtown Bristol

Photos taken August 12, 2020

Downtown Bristol, Rhode Island


One of my favourite photography exercises is going somewhere you’ve been many times before and trying to find shots you haven’t taken. I find there’s always something new to shoot if you consciously look for it.

My favourite time to do this is right before golden hour so that I can follow the light as it shifts and casts shadows on potential subjects.

Not to mention, its also therapeutic. When you force yourself to look at a familiar place in a new way I think it makes you appreciate your surroundings more. On top of that, you get plenty of exercise!

Walking home alone at night

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