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Top 10 of 2022 – #1 Arctic Sunrise over Tinkers Island

Maybe one other first in a top 10 list - the top two entries both feature the same subject; Tinker's Island. As soon as I saw this scene and clicked the shutter, I knew it would end up being one of my favorites of the year. Captured on an arctic morning on January 15th, I had made my way to Devereux Beach hoping for a bit of sea smoke. Rather than shoot towards Marblehead Light, I thought this view would be more interesting. It truly was arctic this morning and I kept dashing back to the car as the sun [...]

By |2022-12-25T21:04:46-05:00December 30th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #2 Tinkering with the Moon

Sometimes all the elements come together perfectly and the final shot ends up being as simple as pressing a shutter thanks to a lot of prep work and a bit of luck... Such was the case when the Hunter's moon rose over Tinker's Island on October 9th. I had planned out the rise of the full moon and had two locations in mind. This one at the end of Bass Rock Lane would offer the best chance for a larger-than-life moon thanks to the distance. With my longest lens on and pushed out to 400mm, I was able to compress [...]

By |2022-12-25T20:58:05-05:00December 29th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #3 Fire for Independence

This is the first year in which I have had two sets of images captured on the same day make it into my top 10 list. On July 4th, I had made it out to Fort Sewall for the dedication of the newly renovated fort and to capture Glover's Regiment firing their new cannon. It was incredibly hot that day and I only had a few firings to make sure I had my settings dialed in correctly. As I quickly discovered, not every shot included a plume of fire as some were simple smoke shots. By the time the last [...]

By |2022-12-25T20:48:15-05:00December 28th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #4 Gathered for the Show

I have been capturing images of Marblehead's annual fireworks show since moving here in May 2008 and, in that time, have found that my favorite images are those with people in the frame. While I have shot from both sides of the harbor, I had not yet been able to shoot at low tide from Fort Beach until this year. I ended up shooting from several locations on the Fourth of July but came back to Fort Beach for the finale and set up this composition making sure to include Marblehead Light and the edge of Fort Sewall as well [...]

By |2022-12-25T20:42:21-05:00December 27th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #5 Golden Rainbow

So this is the image I was alluding to on Friday and one that still seems fake to me even though it really did look like this at Devereux Beach on the night of June 27th. I had driven here in the hopes of capturing a rainbow as a summer storm passed over Marblehead and, sure enough, a rainbow did form. That light though was completely unexpected and I kept working on this image to turn down the saturation while keeping the image faithful to the awesome light that a few of us were lucky to witness that night. For [...]

By |2022-12-25T20:37:28-05:00December 26th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #6 Feast for the Eyes at the Neck Run Cafe

Some sunsets have to be seen to be believed and this image serves as the perfect cliffhanger to end the week as it foreshadows the insane shot that made it to #5 on my Top 10 of 2022 list. On June 27th, a rain storm passed over Marblehead and I raced to Devereux Beach in the hopes of capturing a rainbow. While I could envision a rainbow and maybe some nice color in the sky, what I experienced blew away any preconceived notions. The sky was simply insane that night and I hope some of you were outside to witness [...]

By |2022-12-23T07:01:37-05:00December 23rd, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #7 Moonset over the Harbor

My seventh favorite image captured in 2022 comes from the morning of September 10th when I made my way to Chandler Hovey Park to capture the moon setting besides Abbot Hall. If memory serves, the deep orange color was due to a combination of the timing of sunrise but also some west coast fires that added particulate matter to the air. For the deep orange hue of the moon and the foreground of a crowded harbor, this quickly became a favorite and ended up as my seventh best image of 2022.

By |2022-12-25T21:05:55-05:00December 22nd, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #8 Peak Foliage on Hawthorne Avenue

I struggled with with fall image would end up in my top 10 and put it to a vote but still torn afterwards. There was a perfectly lit maple at Seaside and another maple at peak foliage from Waterside but this image kept pulling me back. In early October, I had driven down Cemetery Road past where I would normally stop to capture scenes in Waterside Cemetery. I found myself staring at this tree forming a perfect frame for the back side of the cemetery and became very excited about a new view to capture and share. I would end [...]

By |2022-12-25T21:05:44-05:00December 21st, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #9 Up Crowninshield Road

On November 6th, I headed out in the hopes of capturing the moon rising over Brown's Island but was met by unexpected cloud cover blocking any sign of the nearly full moon. As I watched, an incredible sunset began to form to the west and I considered leaving for a more comfortable location; one where I knew the compositional possibilities. But instead, I stayed and was treated to an unexpected sunset over Crowninshield Road. Since moving to Marblehead in 2008 and starting Wednesdays in Marblehead in 2010, I have never composed an image from this location facing toward Peaches Point. [...]

By |2022-12-25T21:05:33-05:00December 20th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #10 Snow-Capped Sunset

My Top 10 of 2022 countdown begins with this image captured on January 8 and will continue weekdays until December 30th followed by the annual New Years Day slideshow of every image captured and shared in 2022. The final entry in a top 10 list is always the toughest. This year I recruited my kids to help narrow down the selection but found myself moving this one up to that tenth spot enough times that I had to include it. Captured at 4:28pm, there is just something about this image that keeps drawing me back to it. The soft pink [...]

By |2022-12-18T21:53:46-05:00December 19th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |0 Comments