Friday, December 26, 2014




 Christmas week is very quiet on the street. The students are away and a lot of people head out of town. The days leading up til Christmas get quieter and quieter and by late Christmas eve it's mostly just a few drunks straggling home. The street has certain stillness to it that you just don't see very often. It's even different than Thanksgiving- it's more hushed and you feel as though even the people that are still in the city are tucked away in their homes. I tried to capture some of the stillness.


Christmas Day



Edgerely Road- Christmas Day



The day after Christmas brought some bright sunshine

Berklee Tritop

The back alley and a new window in the old TC's space.

New Window
Our old friend the scooter has been back and I tried a new photo with a nice reflection in the aqua blue

Scooter Reflection

Happy New Year all--the next post will be in 2015.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


December 15-21

The big  news on Haviland Street this week is the new Edgerely Road Playground opened, with a new entrance and a complete face lift. I was finally able to get inside and get some shots. It's very inviting and colorful. Here's a shot from Sunday:

Edgerely Road Playground- Open

Here's an old shot of what it used to look like.

Playground 2008

Here's a shot looking onto Haviland Street

Walk Along the Park

Having a lot of fun shooting in low light with my rental Fuji X100S. It really does well in low light and I can shoot pretty slow speed without a tripod. Here's a few night shots.


Public Alley & Pru

Public Alley & Pru in B&W

Sunday, December 14, 2014


DECEMBER 8 - 14 

First I want to give a big thank you for The Fenway News and Stephen Brophy for doing a story on our humble little blog in their December issue.  Their website is in transition right now so I can't link it. But if you can, pick up a copy and check it out.

We had our first snowfall this week.


Warm Alley
Someone was happy for the snow.


They knocked part of the wall out of the old TC's space and will put in a big picture window. Very interested to see this when it's done.

A Real Hole in the Wall

I rented a Fuji X100S camera this week - I'll have it for close to a month and  really looking forward to playing around with it. It's a nice little camera- very light and small and looks like an old Leica. Here's a few shots I took on my first try with it.

Public Alley 909

More street signs:

Corner of.....

Christmas Lights

Love You

Sunday, December 7, 2014




A lot of change on Haviland St this week. The playground is almost done- just a few finishing touches to go. The exterior work on the old TC's space is starting, which should really transform that space. And the patio chairs and tables were removed from the plaza this week to be put away for winter. 


Here's the start of the opening up of the wall here- which will eventually have big windows.  


Chipping Away



The last day to sit out on the patio. It was a bit chilly, but these 2 were taking advantage of the tables still being out. I was trying something here - shooting from above and focusing on the reflection and having the guys at the table be a bit out of focus. It's an interesting effect, but maybe needs some more tweaking. 


And the next day the chairs and tables go for their winter nap. 



End of Patio Season


See You In The Spring


I think this guy was waiting for his girlfriend. Holding her bag and getting his tunes ready. 


Left Holding The Bag



Sunday, November 30, 2014




So it was Thanksgiving week, which is a quiet week in the neighborhood. Also, I was gone for 3 days so it made it hard to get out. It was also the first day I just really had no idea what to shoot. I did have a vague idea of showing how empty and quiet the street is on a holiday weekend. 

Quiet on the Street



Early Winter Sky




Unfortunately, I need to show all sides of the street.


Former Car Window


Here's my favorite of the week. 

Shadow Bike


The only non Berklee commercial space on the street (at the moment)

Buried Treasures

And lastly, a bit of utility-- Hope you had a great holiday--see you next week.

Fire Plug

Sunday, November 23, 2014


November 17th - 23rd

It seemed quiet on Haviland this week. My idea was to get some shots showing how busy the street can be- especially right after a class or 2 gets outs. But no luck there, instead I ended up with some quiet moments. Take the shots you're given.


Through The Bars


There has been this aqua colored Vespa ( I think it's a Vespa) parked on the street for a few weeks now and I've taken several photos of it, but haven't really been happy with any of them. This week I finally got something I like. Maybe a little over-saturated-  you may see another try with this.

Aqua Scooter

The playground work is almost done. Maybe one more week of finishing touches. Even on Sunday, the presence of construction is there.


Dark Roast on a Post

The week ended with some nice weather for late November. Next week is Thanksgiving, so things will be pretty quiet. Happy Thanksgiving!

Late November Sky

Sunday, November 16, 2014



 I'm finding this project really opening up for me and keep getting more and more ideas. It's really just trying to find enough time. 

Don't forget-- you can double click on an image to enlarge it in a black box. 

It was a cold week and I'm curious how the weather will affect how I shoot. I did take a couple of these shots from my kitchen window earlier in the week. 

I took a photo tonight of some trees in the plaza of the Berklee building that I thought would be a fun shot to fool around with some split toning and some of the Lightroom presets. Here's 3 different takes:

Ghost Trees- Selenium

Ghost Trees - Blue

Ghost Trees- Antique Light

I like the three images together- the middle was my own playing around with the split toning. The other 2 were presets on Lightroom that I tweaked a little bit. It was a fun process that made me do a little research on split toning - so a great learning experience.

Here's my favorite photo of the week, which I really liked and did before the Ghost Tree series. Then I went back after learning more about split toning and now I like it even more-- the different tones really added some texture.

#4 Haviland St.

I was getting ready for work in the morning and noticed some really nice light out the kitchen window- so I grabbed the camera and took a few shots. These are also in the Berklee Plaza which is right behind my building. If you look closely in the first photo- right in the middle - you can see a reflection of one of the outdoor chairs.


Autumn Patio

Black & White Plaza

This week they installed the fence on the playground-  Love the colors:

New Fence

Heading Home

Sunday, November 9, 2014


NOVEMBER 3-9, 2014

 A quick note-- If you were trying to leave a comment and got frustrated with the hoops you had to jump through to do so-- I have fixed that and now anyone can leave a comment. So please leave a comment--I love the feedback.

This was a tough week--I was very busy and the weather was mostly awful when I did have time. But this Sunday morning I was lucky enough to get both time and sunshine:

Sunny Sunday Morning

My neighbor John was out this morning enjoying the sunshine too.

Sunday Morning Coffee with John

But, the point of this exercise is to be out taking photos even when there is lousy weather. That's part of the challenge of the Project. I'm sure I will plenty of time, though, to take photos in lousy weather- because, as our window display friend reminds us-  

Winter is Coming

The Edgerly Playground made a lot of progress last week and should be opening soon.

Finishing Touches  

15-25 Hemenway St

Alley Security

And finally a Halloween Post Mortem shot

Post Halloween Orange