The OTHER side of Zakim

  • August 15, 2014 · 7:30 PM
  • Science Museum

Let's revisit the other side of Zakim, which has many different sights to explore.

We will start and meet at point B (not A) in this map here (open the link in your mobile browser, not the maps app), which is underneath the train tracks, right across from the Science Center. You can park either in that street (if you're lucky) or in the Science Center parking garage ($11, closes at 11 pm). We will end up on the roof top of the Science Center parking garage, which gives you a great view on the Charles River or on the Zakim in the background with cars going by in the foreground street, see below.

The Moon won't rise until past 11, sun sets at 7:45. We will make our way along points B, C, D, E, F and G (without the redundant back and forth shown in the map, you can walk directly). Point F is the new pedestrian's bridge, which is very photogenic, point G is interesting, as it gets you a view on the Zakim with some of the highway loops above. People can choose to cross the bridge and shoot under the Zakim or go back to the top of the Science Center.

Suggested equipment: solid shoes, tripod, camera, intervalometer/remote (urban startrails above the Zakim, anyone?). Lenses: super wide to 100 mm (full frame) will all work well.

This is where we will meet: right under the bridge across from the Science Center. You can see North Point Park (which we will cross with points B, C, D, E) and the Zakim in the back left.

The pedestrian bridge:

The sweep:

And a great image taken by our member Anthony Kong (called the "A-Kong perspective"):




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  • Romit M.

    The Most amazing Nightout. A very big thank you to the Organizers. We had a fantastic day out and another fabulous learning session!

    2 · August 16

  • Al H.

    Excellent location! You could go there a half dozen times and still find a different perspective or something different to shoot.

    1 · August 16

  • John E.

    Awesome public space

    1 · August 16

    • Jurgen M L.

      We would probably be shooting it, even if it wasn't public... ;-)

      1 · August 17

  • Kathy V.

    Great first time. Thank you for allowing me to attend and for the help.

    1 · August 16

    • Jurgen M L.

      Glad you had fun. Looks like you got some nice shots out of it.

      1 · August 17

  • Mary L.

    Great location...so much to see that I never knew was there!

    1 · August 17

    • Jurgen M L.

      Yes! And as you do more night photography, you start seeing details in a different light (pun intended). You stop for objects you would walk right by during the day....

      August 17

  • Seth D.

    Great location for night shoot. So much to see!

    1 · August 16

  • Sally C.

    Great location. I agree with al that you can go back there many times and find something different each time.

    1 · August 16

  • Elizabeth R.

    Another lovely night, great group, and a chance to explore a different approach the the bridge.

    1 · August 16

  • Jackie C.

    Great place

    1 · August 16

  • Andre M.

    What a great place for night photography!

    1 · August 16

  • Helen

    Can we park in the museum lot? Or do you have suggestions?

    August 14

    • Seth D.

      According to their website the museum garage is open until midnight on Fri and Sat. Cost is $8.50 if you enter after 5.

      1 · August 15

    • Elizabeth R.

      Thanks for that info, Seth.

      August 15

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