Gisele Bundchen, helicopter pilot.

Gisele Bundchen.
Some know her as a supermodel, others as the wife of New England Patriot QB Tom Brady, or as a super mom. She has been a champion for the environment, and a spokesperson for the United Nations, and the Brazil olympics. 7 years ago today I knew her as an aspiring helicopter pilot, 6 months pregnant. Good for her, she can do anything. September 21, 2009, a day that most surely will be etched in my mind forever. I arrived at Marshfield Airport at 6am and waited and hoped, on a tip, that Gisele would be flying a helicopter with flight instructor Stuart Matsumoto.  All of a sudden, there she was and away she went. Gisele and Stuart stayed up for almost 2 hours before gliding the craft to a perfect landing.

(09/21/09-Marshfield,MA) Gisele Bundchen takes flying lessons today.. After flying, the pilot came over to a cameraman and said: "She (Gisele) is testing a new and cleaner fuel as part of her UN Goodwill ambassadorship, more will come out at a later date" Photos: Mark Edwards. NO BOSTON SALES

(09/18/09-Boston,MA) The 2nd Annual, Running of the Beds" competition pitting Boston's waterfront area hotels against each other. This is run in honor of International Housekeeping Week. Here, Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

(09/18/09-Boston,MA) The 2nd Annual, Running of the Beds" competition pitting Boston's waterfront area hotels against each other. This is run in honor of International Housekeeping Week. Here, Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

(09/21/09-Marshfield,MA) Gisele Bundchen takes flying lessons today.. After flying, the pilot came over to a cameraman and said: "She (Gisele) is testing a new and cleaner fuel as part of her UN Goodwill ambassadorship, more will come out at a later date" Photos: Mark Edwards. NO BOSTON SALES

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Early morning lightning over Boston’s Graves Light.

I tried to photograph lightning late last night during the first and second waves of some pretty hefty thunderstorms. Things did not go as planned, as the lightning became too unpredictable, thus too dangerous. I did get a shot of lightning over the city of Boston, from my perch along the Winthrop coastline. Dejected, I went home and then to bed. Just prior to bed, the weather radar on my trusty iPhone app., was showing a line of heavy storms bubbling-up near the Connecticut/Rhode Island border. These storms appeared to be growing and moving toward Boston. I was too tired and dejected to wait for them, so I wait to bed. Ninety minutes later, at approximately 2:30am, I was awakened by thunder. I noticed that the frequency of the lightning was impressive, with maybe 1 lightning bolt per every 5 seconds. I headed out again but was a bit too late, as I needed some time to get set up (with a tripod, etc,) and to get to my position (trying for a city of Boston skyline foreground). This storm was too fast and the heavy rain, as well, was not helping matters. Finally, thinking the storm was over, it was time to get home and go to bed. Then, my weather app. pointed to some regeneration of the lightning at the tail end, the Southwest end, of the storm. I set up my tripod, Canon EOS 1DX, cable release, and Canon 100-400mm II lens, setting it at 248mm, along the coast of Winthrop. I set the ISO to 50, and my exposure was 5 seconds at F5.6. I do not ever like to “fudge” a photo, so whenever the first burst happens, I then shutdown the camera, thus keeping it real with the one moment of impact. I pointed the camera toward Graves Light lighthouse, and I waited, and waited. Finally, at 3:18am this morning, four large lightning bolts, during a split-second cloudburst, appeared over the Boston Harbor landmark. This photo is almost full frame, as I cropped in from both sides and a little from the top. I have a bit of a too-tight scenario happening at the base of the photo because it was hard for me to tell where the lighthouse and horizon lines were due to the extreme darkness. I was happy nonetheless. Thanks for viewing my site.

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I was planning on photographing the moon over Boston Light Wednesday night. Below is the finished product with 3 other photos I shot last night. The moon hid behind haze and clouds for the first several minutes, disrupting my plans to get the moon directly behind the lighthouse. This (below) is the moon at during the first moments that the moon was visible, unfortunately. It just go to show that the best plans are still at the mercy of nature. Very frustrating. When it finally popped up, it was a bit too high for my liking. I will try again to get the pleasing photo that I have been trying for. Prior to the moon shot, I photographed the sun, which was a hot, hazy ball as it was setting over the Tobin Bridge. I also photographed two high altitude planes. I shot all these at Deer Island using a Canon 800mm lens, carried on my back as I rode my bike. HEAVY, for sure. Below the sun and moon photos, are photos of some of the preparations that I needed.
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Firefighter David Atherton did not die in the line of duty. That fact didn’t matter this morning to his fellow Stoneham firefighters and his brothers and sisters at the Boston Fire Dept., as they saluted and escorted his body from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Atherton was accidentally shot and killed by a lifelong friend. See that Boston Herald story here.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Stoneham firefighters salute as the body of fellow town firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Stoneham firefighters salute as the body of fellow town firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters salute as the body of Stoneham firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters salute as the body of Stoneham firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week.

 

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There is magic above, just look up. Lot Airlines flight LO26, Warsaw-NYC (JFK), flying at 37,975′ passes United Airlines flight UA999, JFK-Brussels, which is at 34,975′. I photographed this at 7:34pm tonight, from my driveway in Winthrop. Scroll down for the very cool radar readout, courtesy of the very awesome planefinder.net.
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Beautiful moon views and lightning bolts highlighted my week of photos.

Moonrise over Falmouth's Nobska Light.

Moonrise over Falmouth’s Nobska Light.

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American Airlines jet leaves Boston’s Logan airport as the moon rises.

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Lightning over Winthrop’s Point Shirley, Friday night.

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A sailboat passes Boston Light.

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A lightning bolt is seen over Revere’s Beachmont section.

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Boston Light shines Tuesday night.

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Boston fire Lt. Steven Minehan died 22 years ago today.

On June 24, 1994 Boston fire Lieutenant Steven F. Minehan, of Boylston street’s Ladder 15, died in a 9-alarm fire  in Charlestown after he became trapped in a large warehouse while searching for other  firefighters who had become trapped. I had been a staff photographer at the Boston Herald for almost 15 months that night when, police/fire radio scanners broke the silence of what had been a quiet evening. John Landers Jr., then Herald night desk photo editor, and I heard the initial call for help from Minehan as he dispatched me to the scene. Below are my photos from that night and from Lt. Minehan’s funeral. Over the years I have been lucky to be able to call Lt. Minehan’s wife Kathy a friend. She is a very kind and considerate soul. RIP Lt. Minehan. The photo of Lt. Minehan, at bottom of page, is courtesy of Bill Noonan. 

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My Boston brush with The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.

I photographed Muhammad Ali on the night of November 1, 1994, at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel. I met the Boston Herald’s late/great boxing scribe, George Kimball in Ali’s room. His wife Lonnie was there, as was photographer and Ali biographer and confidant Howard Bingham and his mom, Willie, who I photographed hugging Ali. I did NOT know at the time that Howard was an accomplished/award-winning photographer. When it was time to leave, I gave the camera to Howard and told him where the button was to push and that the camera was pre-focussed. Everybody in the room laughed as Howard said: “I think I can handle it” 🙂

Rest in peace Muhammad Ali.

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George Kimball with Muhammad Ali, and the Boston Herald sports back page of November 2, 1994.

The champ and I pose for a photo taken by Howard Bingham.

The champ and I pose for a photo taken by Howard Bingham.

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I photographed several Boston storms that day,5 years ago. I did not go out to the hard hit areas of western Massachusetts, but I did see some tremendous lightning. The top two photos were snapped between 9-10pm from Medford. The bottom photo was snapped in the mid-afternoon from East Boston. The Coast Guard station lightning bolt looks totally fake, or “photoshopped.” Lucky for me, I had another camera rolling video (at bottom) of the same strike.

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Maureen O’Neill, friend, cancer victim and Hospice of the North Shore patient died 13 years ago Monday, on May 9, 2003. 

In January 2003, I contacted the Danvers-based hospice now known as Care Dimensions about the possibility of following the life and trials of one of their patients. They introduced me to Danvers resident Maureen O’Neill.

I spent the majority of my time with Maureen, at her house and beyond, from the time she returned home from Salem Hospital to the moment of her death. 

I often think about the first time I met Maureen.

In order for this project to go forward, Maureen insisted on meeting with me first and seeing some of my photography work. I brought my photo portfolio to Salem Hospital, just a few days before she was to be released to the peaceful confines of her home.

Maureen chose to bypass chemotherapy to die at home with her 92- year-old mother at her side.  

One of the first photos in that portfolio was a mother duckling and her babies crossing a busy street in Waltham. Maureen loved the photo as she was a huge bird lover. We hit it off from that moment forward.

The following photos are dedicated to Maureen’s loyal friends and family, Care Dimensions, and most of all, Maureen, who wanted to show the benefits and dignity of dying at home.

Above & below: Cancer victim Maureen O’Neill, wishing to die at home with her mother, returns home from the hospital after realizing Chemotherapy was not going to work against her cancer.

“Don’t worry Mum, we will get thru this” Maureen O’Neill (above) returns from the hospital greeted by her 92 yr old mother Ann

Maureen O’Neill shares a laugh with Hospice Nurse Ann-Marie DePaolo and mom Ann.

After a difficult morning, Maureen O’Neill is instructed on her medicine usage by Hospice Nurse Ann-Marie DePaolo.

Maureen O’Neill sits on her Mom’s bed as she talks about her family.

Maureen O’Neill celebrates what would be her last birthday, her 63rd, with Josh, her friend’s grandson.

A tired Maureen O’Neill is watched over by her mom Ann.

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As friend Bob Supino places one hand on Maureen’s forehead and one hand on her pulse, Maureen O’Neill dies in her Danver’s living room with best friend Glenda, mother Ann and Hospice Nurse Ann-Marie DePaolo at her side.

Maureen O’Neill is laid to rest in her lifelong home of Danvers, Massachusetts


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