In ten years of capturing images of Marblehead, a few outings stand out and near the top of the list is July 5, 2016. I took 40 images that night that I marked as keepers which is just an insane number of images but the light changed so fast and I was able to shoot such varied compositions from a few vantage points that, even with today's image, I'm only halfway through the pile... With the fog rolling into the harbor at sunset, I was treated to soft pastel colors breaking up the view around Abbot Hall. Hope you agree [...]
[Update] - well...that was short lived... I was wrong. I decided to give up posting to Facebook and Instagram because I was frustrated with their algorithms and all of the politics and hate (mostly on FB). But then I opened up Facebook this morning and saw a beautiful shot of a spectacular sunrise from Alex Falk and realized I was wrong. This shot brought a smile to my face and, if my images can do the same to you amidst everything going on, it is worth the minor frustration. Ironically, you'll have to visit my Facebook page to see his [...]
Today's image is a 12-shot panorama captured from Riverhead beach and encompassing most of the Neck as well as the few boats that were in the harbor on this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 day.
As May comes to a close I looked back and found four more images captured in Mays gone by that had yet to see the light of day. This one was taken on May 16, 2019 when I lucked out with a passing storm at sunset leading to a nice mix of pink clouds and darker blues that brought to mind cotton candy in the evening sky.
Only a few hours after capturing yesterday's image of opening day at Gatchell Park, I headed across the causeway to shoot the boats racing for the Jackson Cup. This annual tradition takes place on the last weekend in April but will be missed this year as the yacht clubs remain closed with COVID-19 restrictions in place. There's nothing like watching the brightly colored sails criss-crossing in front of Abbot Hall, the BYC and other familiar spots across the water.
With warnings of wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour, today's predicted storm put me in mind of this outing on March 3, 2018 when a raging storm hurled waves across the causeway. In this shot, you can judge the height of the splash over as it rises higher than the lamp posts on the causeway and you can make out one of the structures on Tinkers Island in the distance. Even the causeway had white caps on this wind swept day.
And today's shot had an even longer wait. Captured on April 23, 2014, I had visited Hammond Park on this morning and found very subtle fog floating over the waters of Marblehead Harbor. I spotted this whaler on its mooring and then waited as the first light of this spring dawn painted the sky and water is pastel orange color.
Today's image was captured on March 18, 2016 representing a four year wait for its debut. I remember heading out on this spring evening and finding a picture perfect scene before me as I stood at the Pleon Yacht Club pier. I captured various compositions as the clouds moved and the light shifted. In this one, I wanted to focus on the emptiness of the harbor with a single sailboat moored in front of Abbot Hall.
On Friday March 13th, I chased a passing storm and ended up on Front Street from where I started off shooting a tight composition of the lighthouse and Neck with some waves breaking on the rocks of Fort Beach. I later zoomed out and captured the full view including the missing Great Tree and shared that image earlier. I came back to this image this weekend after my first week 'off' work. As a part-owner of our Allergy practice, I have not been off at all. We have tried to pivot to telemedicine all while grappling with the very real [...]
While I was out shooting from the Neck on Sunday, I kept hoping for something dynamic to break up the otherwise still scene of boats on their moorings. As luck would have it, only 10 minutes after capturing Tuesday's image, this boat came back into Marblehead Harbor after finishing an October sail. I imagine conditions were near perfect with cool, crisp air and a brisk wind. I was thrilled with the sailboat adding that dynamic element and even more so by the clouds shifting and exhibition their own flow in the sky above.