Iconic Public Plaza Sunset Tour in Boston

From: $150.00

hosted by Sham Sthankiya


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Sunset * Architecture * Reflections * Color * Christian Science Center * Street Photography

TOUR DESCRIPTION: This tour focuses on the historic Christian Science Plaza in downtown Boston, a designated landmark for its unique range of architectural styles. Before sunset, we will scout ideal locations around the plaza and zero in on unique spots that will produce the best images as subject or backdrop. A social hub, this plaza offers a great opportunity to take candid shots of people in a photo friendly environment. A beautiful water fountain also adds a great foreground or background compositional element that we will incorporate into the evening shoot. In addition, many of the iconic towers that make up the Boston Skyline can been seen from the plaza grounds and we'll talk about different techniques to incorporate them into your photographs.

LENGTH: 3 hours (meet 1/2 hour before sunset. Times will be sent ahead of the tour date.)

TRANSPORTATION: This is a walking tour

DSLR camera with full manual function, tripod, wide angle lens (24mm or 35mm) or 24-70mm telephoto.

Working knowledge of ISO, F-stop and aperture are necessary. Also, participants should have an understanding of how to change the metering mode on their camera prior to the tour.

PHOTOGRAPHIC FOCUS: In addition to composition, I'll coach you on the importance of timing to optimize your use of ambient light, how to use various metering modes, and how to use the histogram. I will also cover the importance of the manual functions to produce the best quality image possible.

Because of the variability of light, some minor post-processing may be needed to bring your photos to their optimal potential.

If there's interest, I would be happy to hold a basic workshop on post-processing on another date. Pricing depending on the number of people in the group.

STRENUOUSNESS: Not strenuous

(reimbursements will be made if we do not reach that minimum 5 days prior to the tour date)


CANCELLATION: Tour can be cancelled by the attendee for a full refund up to 10 days prior to the event. This is an outdoor tour, which is dependent on weather. We will not be able to take photos in rain or snow, but will provide a rain date close to the scheduled event. In case of tour cancellation or rescheduling, a refund can be issued.

OTHER AVAILABILITY If you have a group with a minimum of 3 people, please feel free to request and alternate date for this tour by emailing localcaptures [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Sham Sthankiya

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Sham Sthankiya is a Boston-based photographer who was born in Uganda and grew up in various prairie towns in central Canada. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a degree in Media Arts (Photography, Graphic Design and Illustration) A freelance photographer for over 7 years, he’s worked in the US, Canada and Southeast Asia specializing in commercial, editorial and fine art photography. At present, he’s a contributor to MIT, MIT News, Tufts University and Offset Images in New York. During his tenure as vice president of the artist oriented non-profit, Resolution217, he curated photo exhibitions around the world and in 2004 helped to organize the Free Speech Symposium at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He is captivated by expressing light, form, mood and atmosphere through all types of photography, including landscape, event, and portrait settings. An educator at heart, he has taught fine art, rock climbing, cycling, and ESL, and has also mentored amateur photographers online.

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