Looking out over Gerry Island from Fort Sewall

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 […]

By |July 2nd, 2013|Categories: Island|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Under a Tree at Fort Sewall

On Sunday, June 16th, I decided to end Father’s Day with a photoshoot.  I had noted the possibility of a good sunset and decided to head to Fort Sewall to explore possible images.  I have photographed Fort Sewall on numerous occasions and in various conditions so the thought of finding a new composition in this relatively small area was the last thing I had expected.  However, after descending a set of stairs, I looked back and found this scene before me.

The tree and its canopy perfectly placed over a trodden dirt path with boats carefully arranged on their moorings and […]

By |July 1st, 2013|Categories: Park|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Fort Sewall – 1742

A hint of things to come?  As we get ready for what may be 1-2 feet of snowfall, I decided to bring out this image taken in mid-January after a much quieter snow storm.  This particular one only dumped a few inches but the timing was perfect and the snow was wet enough to stick to branches and serve as a great contrast.

I have shared a few images from this particular day but have been saving this one in the archive.  I took this image as I was leaving Fort Sewall and noted that I had never photographed the entrance […]

By |February 8th, 2013|Categories: Snow|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Long Exposure – From the Top of Fountain Park

On Sunday, January 20th, after attending my son’s swim meet at the JCC, I noted the clouds starting to form as we neared sunset.  I had a location in mind for a long exposure shot for some time and decided to head there in hopes that the light would work.  As I got to Fountain Park, the clouds were just starting to reach the lighthouse.  The light was starting to fade and I got to work setting up my camera with the 10-stop filter to help limit available light and extend the time the shutter could be opened.

It turns out […]

By |February 5th, 2013|Categories: Long Exposure|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Red Doors of Fort Sewall in the Snow

Hope no one is tired of the snow fall from December 30th yet.  As I mentioned previously, this was about as perfect of a snow fall as a photographer could hope for.  After State Street and the sunrise, I photographed Fort Sewall and came away with a few favorite images.  One of them was this photo of the the red door leading to a bunker in the hillside.  Rather than take a straight shot of the door, I decided to use the contrasty posts as a leading line taking the viewer’s eye from the left bottom corner of the screen […]

By |January 17th, 2013|Categories: Snow|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dawn Lights Up Fort Sewall

Two weeks ago, I ventured out at dawn in hopes of a nice sunrise from Front Street and Fort Sewall.  I made my way down there at 5:30 in the morning and ventured out of the car (and into the cold) once the first light appeared at the horizon.  I started off with this image of the houses that abut the Fort and the great tree that marks this part of town.  There were just enough clouds at the horizon to capture the colors of dawn which also reflected off the windows of the house.  The long exposure required due […]

By |December 5th, 2012|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Pink Clouds at Dawn Over Marblehead Harbor

Something told me that Tuesday morning’s sunrise might be worth an early wake up so I dutifully set the alarm a bit early and made my way out to Front street at 5:30 in the morning.  At first, the skies disappointed with some decent morning light but no clouds to reflect the pinks that typically accompany a late Fall sunrise.  Just as the sun threatened to break above the clouds, these wisps showed up and quickly fell into place.

I was shooting in landscape (horizontal) format and quickly switched to this portrait (vertical) orientation to get the tops of the clouds […]

By |November 26th, 2012|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fishing in the Storm

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, they […]

By |June 6th, 2012|Categories: Chandler Hovey park|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

The Lone Tree at Fort Sewall

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, this week was going to feature a fair amount of fog.  This image came from the start of the night – I had just set up my tripod for the supermoon shot when the fog rolled in fast and thick.  I quickly changed lenses and took advantage of the setting light to shoot this magnificent tree looking lonely without a harbor to accompany it.

The beauty of fog is that it isolates a subject.  while normally this composition would include distant houses, rocks and a harbor filled with boats, here the tree stands alone.  The […]

By |May 24th, 2012|Categories: Park|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The Grassy Hill at Fort Sewall

May 5th proved to be a very productive day.  As I wrote on the supermoon image and the recent ‘two roads’ one, a blanket of fog descended on me as I set up for a shot at Fort Sewall that evening.  When it became clear that the fog would not clear, I set about looking for images that wouldn’t otherwise be available to me in clearer conditions.

The telescope you see stands across the harbor from the lighthouse.  On a clear day, there is no way to not see the iconic structure and, therefore, the poor scope pales in comparison and […]

By |May 21st, 2012|Categories: Park|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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