Archive for April, 2006

Recent photographic experiences with my 30D

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

I visited Parts of Cape Ann last weekend, including an amazing place called Hammond Castle, once home to the famous John Hays Hammond Jr. (inventor of the Hammond organ, the remote control, and many other things).

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Hammond Castle columns

The first thing you see, after finding the semi-hidden stairs leading down from the parking lot, is a wall with columns — and above the columns are very neat looking gargoyles.

Gargoyle’s abode

There’s a bunch of interesting artwork inside — and it all has a consistant castle theme.


Sculptures are everywhere.

Portrait of a stone lion

There was so much to see in the castle, and they allow flash photography to one’s heart’s content. Tripods are not permitted, however.

Before visiting the castle, I actually stopped by the Stone Zoo, located in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Rock cliff

It’s not the San Diago or North Carolina Zoo, but I did manage to see a few interesting things there. Unfortunately, the little Stone Zoo wasn’t the best at labeling the animals with signs.

Trinity spire

Since I’m working in reverse-chronological order anyway, I did do a teeny tiny bit of shooting around Boston too for a few minutes.

Cat in the tub

The reason for my trip was to get out and take pictures with my new Canon 30D.

One can only take so many test pictures of cats around the house. Everything else takes nice enough weather and at least a few moments of free time.

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PS: I’m loving the Canon 30D. It’s an awesome camera, totally a worthy (and huge) upgrade from the several-years-old D60.

Boston area interestingness

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Now that it’s spring again, I’d like to explore New England some more. Does anyone have any awe-inspiring or interesting favorite places to recommend?

Any suggestions within Boston all the way to a short day trip from the city (a few hours drive) would work fine.

Also, if the place is conducively photogenic, that would be a plus. (:

When everything shuts down

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Monday was Patriots’ day, and it seemed that nearly everyone and their families had the day off from school, work, and any other obligation.

Marching Patriots

There were parades erupting all over the metro area, especially along the route I take to get to work. No cars or busses could get through… Not that it mattered much, anyway. On Monday, the MBTA ran on a holiday schedule, meaning that the busses pretended as though the day was Saturday… and my oft-used bus route doesn’t run on the weekend.

When I finally got to the subway by walking a maze of sidestreets (as the parade required many barriers along the way), I discovered that MBTA’s “holiday schedule” also meant the subway was running less often than typical. (The subway train stopped to a standstill when it neared work — but, to my dismay, that’s hardly odd.)

It seemed that greater than 90% of the Boston area was out enjoying the wonderful spring weather, travelling around the city, watching parades, and viewing (or even participating) in the Boston Marathon. One would think public transportation would be running much more frequent and effiecent than on a typical day — instead, it was the exact opposite.

I did get a nice walk to the subway and did snap a couple of quick pics while walking to work. The photo above is the most interesting of the few.

(I’m still not really used to Boston and its quirky ways.)

The 30D

Friday, April 7th, 2006

My new Canon 30D is quite nice. I haven’t had much time to play with it just yet; hopefully tomorrow will allow for that.

It’s definitely a great upgrade from the D60.