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Jamaica Pond in February

I’ve been getting behind on my 2013 photography project to document Jamaica Pond through photos every month this year. I actually missed March in the craziness of prepping for my BTR Spring Gateway, so alas you cannot see the early stages of the lovely way Boston unfurls in spring. However, I do have (belatedly processed) February and (just taken this morning) April for you!

The winter of 2012-13 was a tumultuous one for Boston, with the whole region repeatedly weathering winter storm after winter storm. In February, a vigorous Category 3 Nor’easter (erroneously called Nemo) delivered hurricane-force winds and a whole lot of snowfall to New England. Boston Public Schools declared snow day after glorious snow day as the city struggled to dig itself out from the 24.9 inches of wet snow. Here are some photos from the aftermath at Jamaica Pond.

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Jamaica Pond in January

Got a great start on my 2013 photography project of documenting Jamaica Pond month by month. It was a beautiful (though cold) morning here in Boston, perfect for heading to the pond with my friend Jeanette for a photo walk. Adventures were had. As promised, I’m posting some of my favorite shots from today.

The outer edges of the pond are sheathed in a thin layer of ice, which gives way to water towards the middle. Some of the thicker ice supports chunks of snow. This shot tries to capture the interface between the three zones (snowy ice, thin ice, and water:

ISO-200, 1/500, f/4.5, 105mm

In retrospect, I think I should have lowered the f-stop some to get more depth of field. I think I still had it on aperture priority from photographing something up close and forgot to change it (hence the visibly narrow DoF).

There were plenty of ducks out there, puttering about on the freezing water… I really liked the arc of ice leading up to them in this one:

ISO-100, 1/250, f/9, 68mm
ISO-100, 1/250, f/9, 68mm, red filter

I switched to monochrome mode with a red filter in order to darken the water — makes the contrast bolder.

Now, here’s your moment of zen for the day:

ISO-200, 1/500, f/4.5, 105mm
ISO-200, 1/500, f/4.5, 105mm

I used a wide aperture and long focal length to really try and isolate the leaf sitting on a patch of ice.

Finally, here’s a shot of Jeanette taking a shot of the boathouse:

ISO-200, 1/1600, f/3.5, 28mm
ISO-200, 1/1600, f/3.5, 28mm, no filter

So, the 1/1600 shutter speed is overkill and the wide aperture does nothing useful… I think I just took it without bothering to check anything. Despite the apparently spontaneous nature of the shot setup, I do like this one. The vertical black of Jeanette’s figure and the horizontal white of the winterized sailboats from the boathouse are an interesting juxtaposition. I also like how it looks as if I had tree branches in my face… I did.

Plenty more from today, but that’s all I’ll post for now… Can’t wait until the next excursion! I’m so glad already that I took on this project.