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Heading Home - Copley Square
Made by Jeff_B.
Boston Mass transportation first emerged in 1631, when Boston was a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land which is now the South End. With no bridges and only limited access to the mainland, transporting freight by ox cart from Winnisimet (Chelsea) to Boston was a two day journey. People traveled within the city on foot and rarely went beyond its borders. In 1630, the Massachusetts Court of Assistants, sought to improve access to the mainland by offering a charter to anyone who would run a ferry between Boston and Charlestown. A year later, Thomas Williams began what was probably the first chartered transportation service on the continent; a ferry from Chelsea to Charlestown and on to Boston. For almost the next two hundred years, sail and row boats carried freight and passengers on the three-mile run across Boston Harbor, from the foot of Hanover Street to Winnisimet Street, Chelsea. Today, the MBTA is America's 5th largest mass transit system. It serves a population of 4.7M in 175 cities and towns with an area of 3,244 square miles. To carry out its mission it maintains 183 bus routes, 2 of which are Bus Rapid Transit lines, 3 rapid transit lines, 5 streetcar (Central Subway/Green Line) routes, 4 trackless trolley lines and 13 commuter rail routes. Its roster of equipment consists of 927 diesel and CNG buses, 32 dual mode buses, 28 ETB′s (electric trolley buses), 408 heavy rail vehicles, 200 light rail vehicles, 10 PCC's streetcars, 83 commuter rail locomotives and 410 commuter rail coaches. The average weekday ridership for the entire system is approximately 1.1 million passenger trips. Next week is a virtual visit to the Frank Gehry designed Stata Center at MIT. Have a great weekend.
Trinity Church in the City of Boston (reflection off high-rise) HDR
Made by Steve Flowers
Just a few block from my crew hotel in downtown Boston is this wonderful church with a glass high-rise just across the street. After seeing a few pictures of this I had to go check it out for myself. Boston is a great place to go packin around with a camera and this reflection was the shot of the day. Church History from Wikipedia Trinity Church in the City of Boston, located in the Back Bay of Boston, Massachusetts, is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. The congregation, currently standing at approximately 3,000 households, was founded in 1733. After its former site burned in the Great Boston Fire of 1872, the current church complex was erected under the direction of Rector Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), one of the best-known and most charismatic preachers of his time. The church and parish house were designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and construction took place from 1872 to 1877, when the complex was consecrated. Situated on Copley Square in Back Bay, Trinity Church is the building that established Richardson's reputation. It is the birthplace and archetype of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, characterized by a clay roof, polychromy, rough stone, heavy arches, and a massive tower. This style was soon adopted for a number of public buildings across the United States, and was the first American architectural style imitated in Europe and Canada.
Trinity Church, Boston, MA
Made by Don Sullivan
On Saturday, Sep. 25th I had the opportunity to spend a great day of shooting all around Boston with and Peter Lee. . We had fantasic weather (albeit a little warm) and I think I walked more that day than many a day walking around Disney World. This shot is the center of the ceiling of Trinity Church, built between 1872 and 1877 in the Back Bay section of Boston on filled in swamp and 4,500 wooden piles. The plan of the Romanesque church is a modified Greek Cross with four equal arms radiating from a central core known as the Crossing. Famed author, David McCullough describes Trinity Church as This isn't just the work of an architect. This is the work of a civilization The interior of the church is incredible dark, even on a bright sunny afternoon with everything in very dark mahogany and rich red fabrics.
Made by scottmccracken
When I was a less than a block away from Copley Square I noticed that the entire area smelled oddly clean. Like cities shouldn't smell this clean, clean. It didn't take long to find out why: the square's public fountain looked like an overflowing washing machine. Whether this was a routine cleaning procedure from the city, or the pranks of some college kids, I'll never know. What I do know is that it made for an interesting subject to photograph. Unfortunately I'll always regret that this image came out slightly blurry; the lens I was using is apparently too heavy for my tripod. It's amazing how sharp images look on the LCD after you take them, only to get home and find out it's a completely different story. Side bonus: All my equipment smelled like meadow rain afterwards.
Pretty Girl (1)
Made by AntyDiluvian
This very pretty girl came up to me in Copley Square and asked if I'd like to take some pictures of her. She said she needed some photos to help her get a job as a model. (I think my camera -- a Minolta SRT-101 -- impressed her, as did the fact that I was changing lenses.) I said sure -- who wouldn't? I forget how I was supposed to contact her after the shots (slides) were developed. In any case, I never did. (I think I lost whatever contact information she gave me.) But I wondered about her -- hanging around Copley Square by herself, very pretty, artfully made up, wearing an attractive dress, and approaching men she didn't know with an offer to pose for them. I hope things worked out for her. Taken in July 1976.
The World According to Bostonians
Made by Scott Kasper Photography
I had a little fun with photoshop to create these representations of Boston sky-line. Being transplanted from the Boston area to the Philly area, I am constantly being challenged as to why I seem to think that Boston is the epicenter of the world....well to those who challenge me, I now have proof that not only is it the center of the world, it is indeed a world all unto itself!!! I have labeled two of the buildings that are most prominent....the challenge to you all is can anyone label any of the others? Please come be a fan on face book by clicking here.
Trinity Church, Boston
Made by Apricot Cafe
When we came this church, someone talked to me that they provides a free guide tour. I was lucky that the tour starts in 5 minutes. Of course I joined the tour. At the beginning of the tour, a tour guide (priest?) asked the participants to introduce our nationality. American, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian, and many other counties... From Asia, one Taiwanese family joined the tour, and one Chinese guy. I was the only one Japanese in the tour. I wanted to come here to see beautiful stained glasses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Church_%28Boston%29
Made by andyi
As I continue to play with the GoPro's photo mode, I get better at composing images properly. The key thing to remember is that the center of the image is still the center of the image, despite the lens' semi-fisheye geometry. Point the lens squarely at the middle of the image you want to create and you won't go far wrong...particularly if you bracket your compositions. The other lesson is that you can go big by populating the foreground well. Here you see a statue of John Singleton Copley. God Bless America: you become a great artist, and the grateful city of your birth and success names a whole square after you.
Trinity Church Reflected by the Hancock Tower
Made by apdonovan
for Week 13, Assignment 2. Mirror/Reflection. Copley Square, Boston I had originally planned to get some reflection involving the Charles River, but it was absurdly windy and the water was really choppy so I went with Plan B. Copley has some of the best architecture in Boston with the Hancock, Trinity Church, and the Boston Public Library all facing the square. I had been told in an art history class that the Hancock got the glass exterior in order to reflect the older styles of the other buildings in the square so it's really well suited for this assignment.
Surely never a Neoplan?
Made by georgeupstairs
European eyes (well mine anyway!) are surprised to learn that this is a Neoplan. We are used to glass confections in the often startling liveries of coach firms. Originally a subsidiary of the German parent, Neoplan USA had plants in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas. It later became entirely independant. but sadly went out of business in 2006. MBTA 1035 is a Neoplan USA AN460LF CNG-powered articulated bus, seen here in Copley Square, Boston, with the tower and spire of the Old South Church in the background.
Made by Amar Raavi
Photographed are the John Hancock Tower and the Copley Plaza, landmarks of Boston located in Back Bay. Completed in the year 1976, John Hancock tower is a 60-story, 790 foot tall building and is the tallest in the city as well as in New England. On the right is the Copley Plaza Hotel, one of the oldest hotels of Boston.The hotel's architect was Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, the same architect of famous Plaza Hotel of New York. Opened in the year 1912, it is currently owned by Fairmount Hotels & Resorts.
Once You've Gotten the Rabbit
Made by B Tal
The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him? Chuang Tzu A rather large Rabbit sculpture outside of Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts.
Made by apdonovan
for Week 13, Assignment 1. Frozen Time. Copley Square, Boston I was in Copley to take the picture for Assignment 2 today and I saw this guy doing some tricks and figured I could get a good shot. Not my most creative composition, but I'm happy with the capture in general. Too bad this assignment wasn't last week when I went to a track meet and a bicycle race...
Made by Mike Cialowicz
Steve is an incredibly kind homeless man who I ran into in Copley Square. I talked with him for a little while before shooting this photo. He's been in Boston for a few months now. He probably had between 50 and 80 of these little birds at his feet, all taking their turns flying up to his hand and getting some bread. As we parted ways, I had to leave him with a little something so he could get more bread...
Trinity Church_20091220_056 Pano
Made by falconn67
Inside Trinity Church, one of the most well known and beautiful churches in Boston. This shot was pieced together from 12 exposures. You can see a larger version of it here: farm3.static.flickr.com/2605/4201460150_5b50e99585_o.jpg I stepped into the church while shooting photos around Copley Sq during a blizzard.
Old & New
Made by jhoweaa
I really liked the fact that I could get Trinity Church, the new John Hancock building as well as a reflection of the old John Hancock Building (the Berkeley Building) all in the same shot. Unfortunately the lighting was tricky and the sky got blown out and the church was in shadow. I did what I could to bring out the details of the church.
20100503_Church & State_034
Made by falconn67
A panoramic shot showing some of the marine vehicles in Boston for Marine Week. Behind is historic Trinity Church, as well as the old and new John Hancock Buildings. To view large: farm4.static.flickr.com/3379/4577583332_5753ef0e96_b.jpg (replaced with a slightly re-worked version)
Made by brooksbos...taking a break
One of the kindest and most real people I have ever known. I first saw Brian this past summer at Copley Square and since then we have become fast friends. This picture says more about living than any other I have taken. If only everyone opened his/her heart to the world around us the world would be a better place. (Taken Nov 17, 2010.)
Operation Hoodsie Cup
Made by Anthony Shea
Operation Hoodsie Cup is a Hood Ice Cream Truck utilized by Boston Police officers to hand-deliver Hoodsie Cups to children in pre-determined areas of the city. This one-on-one contact and trust-building approach will create new channels for communication between the youth and police in each of Boston’s neighborhoods. Boston, MA
The Land of Make-Believe
Made by andyi
The super-duper wide-angle lens totally screws up perspective. Sometimes in a fun way. Lifelong Bostonians, for example, will point out that Trinity Church is well over 25 feet high, and the Hancock Tower -- the city's tallest building -- could by no means have been comfortably erected inside a domed football stadium.
Nearest places of interest:
|The Westin Copley Place Boston|
Hotel Westin Copley Place
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
John Hancock Tower
Five Hundred Boylston
Old South Church