Boston Common is one of the oldest pieces of real estate in Boston, and in the country for that matter, and it looks it. Dry and dusty and pocked with crumbling fountains and chain-link fence, it’s a less desirable dirt patch than certainly it was back when it had enough grass to graze cattle.

That’s why it’s a little surprising that the adjoining Public Garden, pictured here, is such a lush and green Eden. They obviously work hard at keeping it hydrated and you can even see the sprinklers doing their thing in the distance. But with such a great statue I’d say it’s certainly worth the beautification efforts.

I’ve worked pretty diligently at refining my photography style and skills in the past year. It’s a never-ending process and I’m sure I’ll never be fully satisfied with the end results. But I think that’s a good thing. This photo is an HDR from a single RAW file. I typically don’t like fully produced HDR photos and lately I’ve used HDR as one of multiple tools to “correct” the original exposure. This one is different. I used the original exposure to correct the few places where the HDR was over-produced. I’m pretty happy with the result here though I can’t help but feel there’s a slightly unnatural glow around Mr. Washington.

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