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Posted by Teresa Hanafin  September 26, 2008 01:03 PM

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I asked in an earlier post for people's best tips on getting a good shot of the Boston skyline, and invited anyone who had such photos to send 'em in. We've received several:

Classic View of Boston
Classic View of Boston

Joao Bustolin of Somerville sent in several shots, including the one above, about which he wrote: "Taken in front of MIT, a classic view of Boston. I shot this on July 3rd, when I went out to actually find a good place to photograph the fireworks the next day. I love this shot for the colorful reflections on the water. Now it hangs on my living room wall. Canon 5D, focal length was 38mm from a 28-135mm lens, f/11 through 10 seconds and ISO 320."

Joao loves shooting the city at night, he says, "even though before I leave I always think it's a burden carrying a bag with 3 lenses and a tripod, but as soon as I start, I just let the city lights take me away." You can see more of his photos on his website, Frozen Emotions.

Three more Boston skyline shots from Joao:

Fourth of July from the BU Bridge
Fourth of July from the BU Bridge
"The place, not surprisingly, was packed with people from all parts of the world, and the bridge was shaking," Joao writes. "But I managed to steady the tripod by, ugh, attaching a string to its centerpiece and spreading it on the floor with both my feet. I remember this was the very first burst that night, and my best shot of the night. Photographing fireworks is tricky, and I believe the photographer has to have the knowledge, the experience and patience to get nice shots, but I also think luck plays a part in it too. 90 mm, f/8 through 4 seconds and ISO 400."
Zakim Bridge and Museum of Science
Zakim Bridge and the Museum of Science
"This scene was shot in Cambridge once again," Joao writes. "I decided not to focus on the well-known buildings and skyline, but to get the bridge and the Museum of Science. I also have this hanging on my wall. Canon 5D, 35mm, f/18 through 30 seconds under ISO 400. As you see, I never like to use a high ISO; it's always the tripod and long exposures."
Boston Skyscrapers and Fenway Park
Boston Skyscrapers and Fenway Park
"August in front of MIT, the river Charles, the classic view of Boston skyscrapers and Fenway Park lighting up the sky. It took me several shots to get this color (and also a bit of color correction on the laptop), but I'm happy with what I got: I wanted to build a connection between the river and the life in the city, so I put the boats in the frame, and luckily, the Sox were playing and added brightness to the scene. Camera was the Canon 5D; this was taken with a 16-35mm lens, on the widest side, f/11 through 30 seconds and ISO 400."

Shots from some others:

Boston Skyline Zakim Bridge
The Zakim Bridge
"It's not the traditional Boston skyline," writes photographer Kati Seiffer, "but I took this photo of the Leonard Zakim Bridge from North Point Park in Cambridge at the end of North Point Boulevard."
Cliche Boston
Cliche Boston
"This was taken off the side of a boat, midsummer," writes the photographer, Jake Hanson, who was on the Charles River at the time. "I like it mostly for the way the darker Longfellow (salt and pepper) bridge frames the rest of the photo. And of course, the rather over-photographed skyline that gives the photograph its name. But I suppose things are cliche for a reason."
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