It has been almost exactly one year since I made the trek up to the top of the Old North Church with Rhod Sharp. It was New Years Day of 2012 when we climbed up to the cupola...only to find the interior fogged. While Rhod managed to find a way out at the balcony below, I shot two images of the interior under dawn's light. I shared the first a while back but decided to bring this image out as the New Year approaches. This will be my last image shared in 2012. Come back to the page for my [...]
So this one is a rooftop view by technicality (but I was running low on material for this theme). When we made our way up (and out) of the Old North Church's cupola, we passed this great old bell and I just had to grab an image of it. The bell is huge and imposing - even more so with the welded seams underneath. When I came home and examined the image up close, I could just make out H.N. Hooper & Co Boston, MA. When I looked that up, I became more intrigued. From the Wikipedia entry: Henry Northey [...]
I hope you are not tiring of these rooftop views courtesy of the Old North Church. I had such an incredible time that morning and get to relive it each time I share another image from that adventure. When Rhod and I first ventured up before sunrise, we went straight to the cupola and found that the windows had frosted overnight. This was almost the end to our outing but Rhod managed a MacGyver-esque save that got us an even better view. While he worked with a flashlight and scissors a floor below, I got to work shooting the interior [...]
Back to Old North Church for another view of the sunrise from the rooftops. This is one of a series of images taken on January 1st, 2012 as I welcomed the new year with Rhod Sharp on the cupola of the Old North Church. I've shown views looking down Washington Street towards Little Harbor, Gerry Island and the Lighthouse previously. This one looks back up toward Old Town and Abbot Hall. The architecture of these old houses makes it easy for the eye to slowly walk up the street toward Abbot Hall in the distance.
As the old saying goes, 'what goes up, must come down'. After shooting the Snow Moon rising the night before, I checked the weather conditions for the next morning and was pleased to see a forecast for clear skies. I figured out where the moon would be setting and determined the best spot for capturing it setting near the Old North Church. As I drove out in the early morning, I noticed the light cloud cover and hoped it wouldn't interfere with the final shot. When I set up near the lighthouse, I realized the clouds would blot out much [...]
I continue to explore frames captured on New Year's day from the top of Old North Church and wanted to share this one with you today. This was taken very shortly after a landscape view that included the lighthouse. In this portrait orientation, the houses and road become the focus rather than the other's all-encompassing scene. I love how the road leads the eye past one and two hundred year old houses to Little Harbor in the distance.
The new year began for me on the top of Old North Church. Once we made our way onto a balcony outside of the bell tower, I noted these decorative posts dotting the balcony. The view reminded me of one seen from Notre Dame of gargoyles watching down over the city with the Eiffel tower in the distance. Seeing Abbot Hall in the far right edge of the scene cemented that image and I sought to capture the image with that in mind. I took another set of pictures without the post but preferred this composition.
As many of you know, I was fortunate to start the new year perched near the top of the Old North Church shooting the first sun rise of the year. As excited as I was to capture a sunrise from this vantage point, I was even more excited for a fresh crop of 'from the rooftops' images. I consider this one of the trifecta of ultimate rooftops on my list (the others being Marblehead Lighthouse and the very top of Abbot Tower). After capturing the sun rising above the neck, I turned my attention to the beauty of Washington street [...]
This is the first sunrise (and a Sunday sunrise to boot) of 2012 as seen from the steeple of the Old North Church. To understand how this image came to be, we have to go back a few weeks to the Bus Stop. I had set up in front of the Bus Stop for the annual Christmas Walk through the graciousness of Kathy. It was there that I met Rhod Sharp and his wife who had stopped by to purchase a calendar. We spoke at length about Marblehead (we're both relative newcomers - he in 2007; I arrived in 2008) [...]
Here is another view of the homes that line the harbor. It's one thing to see these beautiful homes along the water with their varying styles and colors. It's quite another to imagine the views they have looking out at the harbor, Neck and vast expanse of ocean beyond.