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Boston: MFA, Boston Loves Impressionism

One of my favorite places to visit in Boston is the Museum of Fine Art. I simply love taking the trip over there and spending as many hours there as I can amongst all the quiet, beauty and inspiration. We are truly lucky to have such an enormous museum filled with such great works at our fingertips (okay maybe a little bit beyond our fingertips).

In the past, the MFA has been so gracious in having me organize small groups of Boston area artists, writers, photographers and bloggers for private press tours. You can see my experience with Mario Testino, take a tour of Sargent or join me for Hippie Chic.

Yesterday was a special treat because I had the chance to invite some inspiring Boston creatives and meet them for the first time at the MFA's latest "crowdsourced" exhibit, "Boston Loves Impressionism". I finally got to meet Brayan, Lauren, Cambria, Courtney, Caitlin and Patrick and also got to see some friends Ana, Laura and Surabhi.

There's no better way to celebrate creativity than to learn from a great curator of the arts and Emily Beeny, assistant curator of the Boston Loves Impressionism exhibit was the perfect person to tell us all about the collection.

To see everyone's photos from the show, check out the tag #hoggerandmfa on Instagram.

 "Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer", original model 1878-81, cast after 1921, Degas (Boston's third favorite Impressionist work, with 2,869 votes)

Emily Beeny, Assisstant Curator of the exhibit, standing in front of my favorite, "Ballet Dancer with Arms Crossed", c. 1872, Degas

Credits: Top Row (L-R) "Gustave Caillebotte, Man at His Bath Man Drying Himself, 1884."@patrickcryan, "Vincent van Gogh, Ravine, 1889." @thirdeyechic, "Vincent van Gogh, Houses at Auvers, 1890." @anasantos Middle Row (L-R): "Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mixed Flowers in an Earthenware Pot, about 1869." and "Paul Cézanne, Fruit and a Jug on a Table, about 1890–94." @brayanmess, @hoggerandco, Curator Emily Beene @thebostoncal Bottom Row (L-R): "Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907." @anasantos, @bostondaybook,"Edgar Degas, Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, original model 1878–81, cast after 1921." @hoggerandco

Boston was given the opportunity to vote for their favorite work from a group of fifty Impressionist and Post-Impressionst masterpieces from the MFA's collection, and the top three were:

1. Vincent van Gogh's "House at Auvers" (1890) with 4,464 votes

2. Claude Monet's, "Water Lillies" (1907) with 3,543 votes

3. Edgar Degas' "Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer" (original model 1878-81, cast after 1921) with 2,839 votes

The top three as voted by Boston. Instagram credit @thebostoncalBoston's love for Impressionism began early, back in 1870, with Bostonians, who were either artists themselves or knew of artists working abroad, buying works at a bargain. This was all at a time when neither Paris nor New York considered theses Impressionist works to be of any value. Lucky for us, right?

Credits: Top Row (L-R): @brayanmess, "Edgar Degas, Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, original model 1878–81, cast after 1921." @anasantos, "Claude Monet, Grand Canal, Venice, 1908." and "Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Grand Canal, Venice, 1881." @hoggerandco Middle Row (L-R): @courtperkins, @laurenswells, "Claude Monet, Entrance to the Village of Vétheuil in Winter, 1879." @cambria_grace Bottom Row (L-R): "Claude Monet, Grand Canal, Venice, 1908." @bostondaybook, @caitrus, @thebostoncal

Of course, one can't look at art without building up an appetite! Laura, Ana and I headed to the glorious light-filled atrium for what we thought would be a simple cup of tea but which turned into a full fledged luncheon. And you know, ladies who lunch....often become subjects for photography...

Boston Loves Impressionism is on until May 26 2014.



Insta Faves!

"Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole, you will see the entire future of the universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments, and you will emerge into another space-time created by the singularity of the black hole you just fell into?" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole, you will see the entire future of the Universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments and you will emerge into another space-time created by the singularity of the black hole you just fell into?

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Instagram and its endless possibilities are what make it so addictive. I love that feeling of discovering a new Instagram account.  Instantly clicking that "follow" button knowing that I'll have that person's imagery on my feed next time.

Here are a few Instagram accounts that I have fallen in love with. They're inspiring and always take me on a journey to another world.
























Who are some of your favorites Instagrammers?


10 Tips On How to Make Your Instagrams Better

I don't know anyone who's not addicted to Instagram, do you?

With more Instagrams taking up our Twitter feeds, I thought I'd share a few tips on how to make your Instagrams better with some examples from my own feed (@hoggerandco) to illustrate some things I've noticed since I started using the app. And if you're on Instagram, give me your handle so I can follow you!

1. Minimalism. Less is more. This is a common theme of many Instagrammers I follow. The negative space around a subject often times proves more interesting. This is common in landscape shots. More sky, less building.

2. Self-portraits. Adding one or two self-portraits in your feed gives your followers a glimpse of YOU. I enjoy getting a glimpse of what the people I follow look like. Of course, that's to say, not dedicating your entire feed to a self-portrait party. And if you prefer to remain annonymous, more power to you.

3. Good lighting. Good light is important in getting the attention on what it is you're taking a photo of. If you're in a dark restaurant, you're not likely to get a good shot of what you're eating. But with more light, the easier it is to showcase your subject.

4. Good shadow. Shadow is equally as important as good light. The two work well together in creating interesting compositions.

5. Speaking of which. Composition. Composing a shot into an interesting array of subject matter can elevate the mundane. Remember the rule of thirds, that not everything has to be in the center of the frame. Having a focal point and having everything else in the shot direct your eye to the focal point is a good place to start.

6. Shoot from above. Many of the people I follow have some of the best Instagram photos because they shoot from above the object. Give it a try...you'll look silly doing it at the time, but you'll love the result.

7. Crop. Don't be afraid to crop your shot down. Getting rid of distracting objects on the outskirts of the shot make it more interesting (here I cropped out the cabanas).

8. Don't zoom in. Don't zoom into the subject before taking the photo. You'll end up with a pixelated shot. Instead take the photo and then crop it. If you're too far away from your subject, you're better of forgetting about the subject altogether rather than using an overly pixelated shot just for the sake of it. (Here I got up close instead of zooming into the fish, I decided to keep the cooler in the shot).

9. Blur is your friend. If used properly, the blur tool can really highlight your subject. The "spot" blur is great for really focusing on something, whereas I like using the "bar" blur for creating semi tilt-shift scenarios.

10. Silhouettes. Sometimes a silhouette is all you need to tell a story.

Was this helpful? Would you like to see more photo tips on the blog?