On Tuesday night, a good friend invited me out for a boat ride at 6pm. My wife and kids were still in Virginia (I had been down there revisiting DC the prior week) and so I jumped at the opportunity. A quick stop at Mino’s for dinner and a cooler of refreshments accompanied us as we headed down to Salem harbor. Once on board, the sun cleared a cloud bank and we were treated to some incredible light. Seth took me around Naugus head and Peaches Point and then around Marblehead Neck before heading out towards Baker’s Island.
On the same day that I captured a new (to me) composition of the road under a tree at Fort Sewall which I shared yesterday, I also snagged this image of Gerry Island at sunset. While the light was not as spectacular as I might have hoped (though it ended up making up for it later…), the golden glow was reflected off the water below and lit up the nearby grass to great effect. I needed to put in quite a bit of work to tease out all the great light and potential in this image and decided to show […]
On May 24th, the grey clouds that had covered us for days finally parted and, as they left, a storm churned off the coast. I went out after work while the light was strong and stopped at a number of spots to capture the not too distant storm.
This image came from a stop at a home along Ocean Avenue. I’ve photographed from this spot before and am always amazed at how much the same scene can vary based on weather conditions. This time, I decided to focus on Tinkers Island in the distance as the light was best at the […]
It still amazes me that Gerry island can appear so isolated at high tide and yet twice a day, as if by magic, a road appears linking us with this small island in Little Harbor. This image was taken on April 3rd after a sunrise shoot that took place at Hammond Park. The sun seemed to take forever to rise and I took advantage by driving over to Doaks Lane after finishing my shooting at the park.
For this image, I decided to include a good deal of water in the foreground to highlight the isolation of the island but also […]
On Friday, the grey skies that had dominated for days on end finally threatened to break. As I drove home after work, I noted some dramatic skies with amazing cloud formations taking shape and decided to head out as soon as I could. I stopped home long enough to grab my camera and tripod and then made my way out to Marblehead Neck. I stopped at a number of spots along the way and will share those in the days to come. One of my final destinations was Castle Rock where I took this view after the more classic one […]
While this image was not taken during the same outing as the four others shared this week, it was also taken on that same Wednesday in Marblehead. I had returned home and started working on the images you’ve seen already when the sky started to turn again and I began to wonder if we might be treated to a great sunset. I had trouble deciding where to go but found myself at Preston beach just as the sun dipped below the clouds. When it did, it lit up Rams and Tinker’s Islands in a great reddish glow.
Continuing this week’s theme of sharing images from a single outing on a recent Wednesday in Marblehead, here is the second stop. After shooting a short and long exposure image along Ocean Avenue, I decided to check out the view from this spot a bit further up. Some of you may recognize this composition from a series I shared taken at dawn over the Winter. I had actually just delivered a print from that set to the couple who live here and they reiterated that I had an open invitation to stop by in the future for more shoots.
I shared the story of how I came to photograph this view from a home on Ocean Avenue previously but have a few favorites from this dawn photoshoot so thought I would share another today. Click here to read the backstory – LINK
Whenever I shoot a scene, I always evaluate a number of different compositions. The previous image was a ‘straight’ shot which was all I had time for as the light quickly started to fade. After grabbing that image, I slowed down and explored other possiblities. In this one, I decided to use the curve of the beach to […]
On Wednesday morning, I woke up early and hoped to capture some sea smoke. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite cold enough and I had to settle for a pretty awesome sunrise. On Thursday, I figured there was no hope of shooting anything. I had to drop off my son at school at 7:55 and head to work in Danvers afterwards. When my wife texted me from the JCC to tell me there was sea smoke on the water, however, plans changed. I still dropped off my son but then ran to the car and drove out to Bass Rock Lane. I […]
In mid-August, my son and I were invited out for an impromptu fishing excursion off the rocks on Marblehead Neck. I had never been to this section of the neck previously (seeing as there are no public ways accessible) and was glad I had thought to bring my camera. As the boys scampered on the rocks looking for a fishing spot (a losing effort at dead low tide), I sought out compositions with which to frame the distant view of Tinker’s Island. I settled on this as my favorite with the rock formations in the foreground and the great expansive clouds above. […]