Saturday, July 9, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Stately State Street



Shadow Shot Sunday arrives, and as always hosted by Tracy in Brisbane.


When using the family point-and-shoot camera, many a meme comes to mind, whether we are in a familiar or unfamiliar place. The fast thinking mind sees a number of meme possibilities in any edit.


Or even an unedited photo. 


Patti and I took a trip to Boston last year. The desire for breakfast brought us out of our hotel on State Street on a warm and humid yet brilliant Sunday Morning. We decided that breakfast was in order and we began a trek down the avenue.


State Street is the financial district in this city on the Bay. The banks and such are joined by many a pub with an Irish name. No doubt, after a long day of number crunching, a pub for maybe boisterous relaxation, food and drink.


That must be Monday-Friday, because nothing, including food, was open. Breakfast was why we were on State this morning - yet, shadowy architecture beckoned...








There seems to be buildings from many different eras, all unique in style. Roof overhangs, ledges and columns, among other details, allow for shadows of subtlety.


I have nothing against modern structures, as they are probably stronger and more efficient to build. And allow for shadows as well. The older buildings though offer a charm that is lacking today.


The traffic on the roads is light on this Sunday. So while hunting for brunch, we can safely cross the street and have shadows jump at us...


See the world of shadows at the fun Hey Harriet!

26 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You have also found some stately shadows on State Street, Ralph!


SHADOW DANCE

Shadows left and shadows right;
Shadows dancing through the night;
Shadows crouching on the wall;
Shadows spring and shadows fall
On the unsuspecting guest
Who thought shadows offered rest!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadows here and here

Sylvia K said...

I do so agree with you regarding old and new buildings! And you did indeed find some stately shadows on State Street! Love them! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Ralph!

Sylvia

Patti said...

Wow! Impressive-looking photos, Ralphie. That was a fun weekend in Boston!

Happy Shadow Seeking ;-)

MyMaracas said...

Great shot of the "concrete canyon" with its sunny summit and deep shadows. It is charming to see the old buildings sandwiched in.

And you're right, creating a building used to be a labor of love. Modern structures, in most cases, have no soul.

frayedattheedge said...

The old buildings look good in the morning sunshine!

fredamans said...

Lovely city shadows!!!!

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2011/07/shadow-shot_09.html

Dimple said...

Great shadows AND reflections in these, Ralph! I'm assuming you eventually found some breakfast...

bj said...

Great photos, Ralph.
Glad ya'll had a good time.
bj

Cassie said...

Glad you had your trusty camera with you while traversing the city. I love Boston. Especially the seafood!! Happy SSS.

Gemma Wiseman said...

A beautiful array of shadows on this street! I agree that many modern buildings seem to sacrifice ambience for some kind of functionality!

EG Wow said...

Boston is one of my most favourite cities. It has so much charm! You were very smart to keep your camera handy!

Linda Makiej said...

Really great captures!

chubskulit said...

The second shot is gorgeous! Thanks for the visit Ralph.

Paula Scott said...

Ah, you've done a stellar job of capturing the deep shadows of Boston on a sleepy weekend morning!

Vhen said...

great shot!

here for SSS!

http://point-shoot-vhen.blogspot.com/2011/07/365141-142.html

hope you can visit back, thanks!

Hey Harriet said...

Oh I totally agree about the older buildings having more charm than the modern ones! Love these photos Ralph!

Arti said...

Beautiful shadow shot, the skyscrappers look lovely...
Have a fabulous Sunday:) skyscrappers look lovely...
Have a fabulous Sunday:)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good and nice photos from Boston.

Best wishes for you and Patti :)

Arija said...

We had the same experience in New York around 42nd. street on a Sunday. Finally found a seedy joint and had our bacon and eggs served with a bloody thumbprint on the side. The cook looked like he had a bikie gang for relatives so we were too afraid to complain. He was also very surly and had a chopper in his hand.

Love your shadows, they accentuate the window embrasures beautifully. I too am all for retaining old buildings with character.

A Wild Thing@Sweet Repose said...

I just glanced at Arija's comment...ewwwwww...hope your breakfast was a little more rewarding. A calm Sunday indeed, I can only imagine what the traffic must look like during the week.

The buildings are beautiful with their mixed bouquet of eras, of course I prefer the older ones, but these shots are beautifully angled, showing shadow from all the ages.

Have a great weekend Patty n Ralph!

Ms. Becky said...

these are real "WOW" photos Ralph. your composing of them is awesome. yes, quite the mixture of architecture to be sure, and I'm really loving that orange narrow building on the right in the first photo. and the curve of the street in the second. I hope you found brunch and that it was as delicious as your photos! have a great week Ralph.

Joan said...

Love that city!

Gallery Juana said...

Always cool to see old buildings ... the red-orange building looks like a story-book house and squeezed in between the larger ones makes for a great shot!

Hope you're having a relaxing, summer weekend.

thank you for your visit and your insightful comment:)

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful shadows, beautiful Boston buildings, but... did you ever get breakfast?
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

That first one is dizzying...but what beautiful buildings!! Hope you've had a lovely weekend Ralph :)

Dianne said...

I love Boston, especially on a quiet morning