We had a short break from the rain on Sunday and so I took my son out to Fort Sewall for some exploration. The sea was choppy and large waves crashed on the rocks as we were there at high tide. When we reached the edge of the hill, we noticed this lone fisherman on the rocks. His perch was precarious and the waves crashed all around him. It looked like a rogue wave could have toppled him at any moment but he remained there casting his line into the water. After a good 20 minutes of watching him, […]
Another beautiful Winter sunset took place as I set up at Chandler Hovey park. Rather than shoot the lighthouse, I turned my attention to the rocks that make up the coastline. You can make out Childrens Island in the distance and watch as the approaching wave gets ready to crash onto the rocks below.
A new moon offers the best opportunity for star shots and one happened to fall on Christmas Eve in 2011. It was unseasonably warm (or at least not bitterly cold) and, after building a toy baby crib and grabbing some very last minute stocking stuffers, I headed over to Chandler Hovey Park. It’s hard to appreciate just how dark it was when I set up to capture this image. I could just make out shapes and had to hope the focus was accurate. Each image took 30 seconds to capture and I had a few failed attempts before getting […]
I had never captured (let alone seen) sea smoke before this morning.
When I saw the temp was supposed to be near zero on Sunday with negative wind chills in the morning, I decided to try my hand at capturing this phenomenon. I woke at 6, dressed in a million layers and grabbed some coffee on the way to the harbor. There I found my vantage point at Lovis Cove and setup.
I started shooting before the sun came up and liked what I was getting. There was a thick low lying cloud cover and the sun took a while to […]
With the unseasonably warm weather, I decided to pursue a new photographic avenue – shooting the stars. The most important aspects of shooting a sky filled with stars is to try to minimize light pollution and to shoot at least a few hours after sunset and before sunrise. It was with those thoughts in mind that I decided to head to Chandler Hovey Park at midnight on Christmas Eve.
I set up near one of the benches (using it as cover from the stray lights at the park) and lined the lighthouse at the base of the photo with the […]
This weekend, the Rotarians ventured up the steps of the lighthouse and decorated it with Christmas lights. I decided to head up to Chandler Hovey park at sunset on Sunday and photograph the lights as the sun set. I was hoping for a cloudless night with subtle colors and was not disappointed. I was also hoping for a still and not too cold evening – I got the first but it was really, really cold out there tonight. The lights will stay up for the next two weeks or so – make sure you make it out to enjoy […]
The same storm that brought about the reflection shots of the lighthouse also produced a rainbow over Children’s Island. I had raced out of the house after the storm blew by in hopes of catching a rainbow and got to the parking lot at Chandler Hovey park just as the sun peeked through the clouds. The location of the rainbow was perfect – it was an unusually flat one likely due to the angle of the sun – and neatly covered Children’s Island. The rainbow lasted only a few minutes and I felt lucky to have captured it.
Another photo while waiting for a recent time lapse to finish. While exploring the coast and the crevices that mark it, I noticed the golden light that was falling on these rocks. By chance, a sailboat was positioned at just the right spot to lead the eye from the waters below up to the top of the image. The sails caught the setting light and I knew I had a perfect Summer photo of Marblehead.
Yesterday’s Reflection shot was taken while my older camera was shooting a time lapse movie of the sun setting over the harbor. While waiting for it to finish, I wandered around Chandler Hovey park looking for compositions and angles that I hadn’t yet shot. I noticed the sun setting over the brick oil house that used to power Marblehead Light and decided to close down the aperture and turn the bright sun into a sunstar. Having the tree there helped add to the composition as did the full harbor.
This photo was taken the same day that I captured the cliff jumpers at Crocker park. As I mentioned there, it was a hot July 4th weekend in Marblehead and I found myself with some time at sunset. I wasn’t sure what to expect as the clouds had started to come in but made my way to Chandler Hovey park. I had always shot the lighthouse from afar in hopes of capturing it in its entirety. On this occasion, I was drawn to the red door at its base. I love the texture of the paint of the door […]