I had been on the lookout for an outdoor menorah to photograph in town but a drive by Temple Emanu-El, the JCC, Sinai and Hillel came up empty.  I turned to the All Marblehead page and received the hint about Marblehead Savings Bank from Lisa Indelicato (another photographer in town).  So on the eighth night of Hanukkah, I headed out to photograph it fully lit.  I arrived at the bank a bit early but watched as the sun started its decent toward the horizon.  I realized that it might dip at just the right angle for a sun star and recomposed the shot I had intended.  I stepped back a bit to capture the full facade of the bank and the sun star as the sun touched the building in the distance.  I haven’t shot an ‘hdr’ image in quite some time but this image demanded it.  I combined the 7 images into this single one that balanced the light of the setting sun with that of the lit menorah candles.

The miracle of the eight candles almost didn’t happen though because one of the eight candles on this menorah was broken and covered.  Through the magic (dare I say ‘miracle’) of Photoshop, I was able to light all eight candles.  Hope everyone had a very Happy Chanukah.