Perhaps this shot would have been better off on Halloween?
This is a two second exposure taken from the corner of Congress and State Streets in downtown Boston. The building in foreground is one of Boston's most famous landmarks, the Old State House. Massachusetts' original capitol building stretching back into colonial times, the Old State House was the site of one of Boston's most famous events: the Boston Massacre.
In 1770, Boston was a city in turmoil. Protests and riots over taxation (and equally importantly, the right of Britain to tax the colonies without representation) had resulted in violence over the previous 5 years, resulting in a buildup of British military power in the city. Clashes between soldiers and townspeople became frequent.
On the night of March 5, 1770, an argument between a soldier and a vendor to whom he allegedly owed money turned violent. A crowd of angry Bostonians gathered around a small British garrison outside the Old State House, which served as the colonial governor's building. The crowd grew in size, and began throwing objects - snowballs at first but then chunks of ice, oyster shells, and even ropemakers' clubs - at the troops. Some townspeople - members of an anti-government group called the Sons of Liberty - actually dared the soldiers to fire, yelling at them from all directions. One soldier, Private Hugh Montgomery, was struck in the head; he fired. Other soldiers followed suit. When the smoke cleared, three colonists were dead. Two more would die of their injuries over the next two days.
The event was a shock to Boston and to all British colonies. It added to the existing divide between colonists and their government; the trial of the soldiers, in which the defense of John Adams (later the second President of the United States) helped acquit most of the soldiers, did not help. The Boston massacre was among the more important steps toward the outbreak of the American Revolution.
The Massacre is still remembered vividly in Boston. Each year, there is a re-enactment of the Massacre on this very spot, and countless field trips have taken students here; it is also a stop along Boston's touristy but educational Freedom Trail, taking visitors past many important Boston landmarks. The three figures caught in ghostly movement here are standing quite near the spot where the crowd stood, and where the three died on that cold March night. Obviously the surroundings have changed greatly, but the memory endures.
I'm not particularly happy with the loss of detail in the small version of this shot, especially in the bricks on the lit side of the building. The detail is much sharper in the larger version here.
My Massachusetts State House set on Flickr can be seen here.
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alive (1360) 2012-11-05 6:18
A photo with great composition.
Good and beautiful colors.
JFS (32459) 2012-11-05 7:30
This is too much Andrew!!!!Even the moon wanted to be in this amazing and lovely photo. Excellent work my friend!
GREGG (7888) 2012-11-05 8:12
a great composition.
Nice view of the interesting architecture,
I like the tone and color of this photo,
macjake (59956) 2012-11-05 10:14
yes, i'm glad you showed us the larger version too, there really is a distinct difference in the image quality, especially in the brick itself.
I like how the building is spot-lighted against all the dark areas around it.
a well informed note like the one below always helps!
rychem (26790) 2012-11-05 10:40
Great night photo, nice contrast between the old and new architecture, good light management
fabbs99 (16813) 2012-11-05 11:13
Excellent illumination of the building.The picture is perfectly good on its composition, details, colors, atmosphere and quality.Very well done.TFS.
tyro (21590) 2012-11-05 14:35
A very interesting historical note you have given here - I really appreciate it when people do go to the trouble of composing such a fine note - and obviously not just a note copied and pasted from Wikipedia either! Very well done.
And a very fine photograph too. I agree that the details are much more apparent in the large version to which you have added a link in Flickr - you must be a "Pro" member there to be able to view such large images too!
I love this picture: the lighting is wonderful, the featured building standing out proudly and colourfully but the background still retaining lots of detail in its darker parts.
Perfect expossure, lovely colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
zoomer (6) 2012-11-05 17:45
Hi,a lovely night shot with perfect color and sharpness.The warm light seems to give the building life in contrast to the lifeless looking skyscrapers.Fine work,friendly regards,Wolf.
bukitgolfb301 (37306) 2012-11-05 20:36
Hi dear Andrew
Greatly impressive image by your high skills and techniques. Wonderful light-up image by your high inspiration. So sharp and clear from the front to rear perfectly as usual. Thanks for your sharing and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
timecapturer (49288) 2012-11-06 5:36
clever and effective shot this. The detail and light are just amazing and the ghosts just add to the magic and beauty of this quite special composition. Love it!
Regards - Brian.
kasianowak (7409) 2012-11-06 6:56
Beautifully composed and exposed shot.
You timed it very well to ensure there is still colour in the sky and I really like the fact that you included the moon!
Indeed, it looks like something out of Halloween! ;-)
npecanhuk (69140) 2012-11-06 15:18
Very beautiful old building!
I think I had seen it before, clicking in a link you told us to click! I really liked it... that's a very attractive urban & architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
jemaflor (88161) 2012-11-08 10:56
Nice shot with a great light effect, interesting contrast between warm tone and cold atmosphère for the buildings in the bg, well managed.
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-11-08 23:37
I think I´ll repeat myself,but everytime I see such fabulous photos from downtown I´m delighted.It´s exactly this kind of architecture I love the most.And I really enjoy here the juxtaposition of old architecture and modern skyscrapers.There couldn´t be a better,more picturesque background for the Old State House as those skyscrapers behind.You chose also the best time to capture this scene.The city is already lit up by thousands of lights so it takes on a completely new dimension for us.The POV as well as the exposure were selected perfectly.Brilliant work!
Have a nice day
Vitaly (1021) 2012-11-09 7:29
Superior contrast between the old and new architecture. Composition of night shot is very good. Moon gives additional charm to this picture.
jmdias (58145) 2012-11-10 0:52
very beautiful image , you included many elements , even the moon. I liked the strong contrast between the old building and the new ones around. excellent pov and sharpness. nice note.
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D3100, *AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/8, 2 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): A Shot in the Dark, Flags, Historical, My Favorites, US State Houses - Northeast [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-05 5:29