The now annual tradition of the First Harbor Company placing a Christmas tree in a boat to float in the harbor has drawn a number of photographers so far this year. I was among three shooting away on Saturday morning but have to admit this was the last shot I had taken on this day.

I arrived in front of the Little Harbor Lobster Company before dawn in the hopes of capturing the small boat and its tree lit up but the lights weren’t on and so I decided to wait for dawn. When dawn broke, the boat almost became an after thought as the light took off in every direction. I kept moving and incorporated the tree in my compositions but not as the focal point.

As the light above passed its peak, I noticed the waters still head a great deal of reflected color. I raced to my car to switch out for a 400mm lens and focused on the boat now facing towards me and offering a perfect view of the starfish at the top. The color of the water matched well with the ornaments on the tree.

I’m sure I’ll be back here to shoot the boat again in the days to come but also have more images from this morning I can’t wait to post.