Another impromptu outing last night as I returned home from my son's baseball game in Swampscott and then watched the sky fill with color as I walked the dog around the block. I returned home with him and then ran out and across the causeway where I spotted rain showers situated mid-harbor and perfectly centered between St. Michael's and Old North Church. I shot frame after frame as a few clouds overhead turned pink from the light of the setting sun and was thrilled with this image. It's not often that I shoot this mid-harbor view as I tend to [...]
I had my eye on the sky last night and was hoping for a solid sunset but some late clouds spoiled the show. Instead I dove into my 'to be posted' archive and stopped at this shot from an early October evening. I had to check the location of this shot and was surprised to see I had captured it from Harbor Avenue just before it merges onto the causeway. With my telephoto lens near its full extension, the boats filling nearly every mooring are brought into close proximity to the Boston Yacht Club and homes on the distant shore. [...]
With a mix of sun and rain in the forecast for this weekend, I had a very specific shot in mind that I hoped to capture. On Saturday, I drove out to Hammond Park at a little past 5:00pm when the sun threatened to break through the rain clouds. I arrived just in time to see these three sailboats cross in front of Marblehead Light and managed to get my tripod set and click the shutter for this one shot before the light faded. I watched the race for a while and the sun never did reappear leaving very flat [...]
The Jackson Cup race took place this weekend in Marblehead Harbor and I went out on Saturday and Sunday hoping for a few new images of this favorite spring activity. I shot from Hammond Park on Saturday but switched to the Neck on Sunday. I was hoping for some sun to shine between the incoming rain clouds and lucked out with a few minutes of brilliant sunlight just before 10:00am. I'm normally very careful with my camera and settings and could sense that something was amiss as I took these shots but couldn't figure out what the problem was. It [...]
Today's image completes the 'empty harbor' series as shot on Sunday, March 31st. In truth, Marblehead Harbor is never actually empty as the working boats take up position near the causeway. After shooting along Foster Street, I returned to the causeway and hopped out to capture the working boats. I walked to this point at which the five boats had a natural opening that I could use to frame Abbot hall.
From my spot along Foster Street, I captured scenes of the empty harbor before me but also turned back toward the Corinthian Yacht Club and found this view of interest. With the seemingly endless expanse of space to the left of the CYC, it appears as thought the empty moorings go on forever. The addition of Marblehead Light positioned behind the Corinthian and the light reflecting off the nearest mooring added to the final image.
On Sunday, I headed out to capture scenes of Marblehead's empty harbor but, with my longest lens on, found I couldn't quite fit the entirety of the scene before me in one shot. I quickly decided to flip the camera and capture this 12-shot panorama that takes in the full length from Abbot Hall and the BYC to the State Street Landing. Without a single boat in the water, the numerous moorings created a nice visual to break up the water and I lucked out with the soft clouds overhead.
Alright, so I guess Marblehead harbor isn't completely empty as I found this boat on a mooring in front of the Boston Yacht Club. It appears that, apart from the working boats, this may be the 'first one in' to harbor. Won't be long before this boat is joined by many others to take their spot on the moorings. I wasn't able to spot the boat's name - if you know it, please add it in a comment below.
Sunday began with warmer than expected temperatures and a picture perfect sky prompting me to head out before my son's lacrosse game to capture some scenes of an empty harbor. I stood along Foster Street and captured several views of Marblehead harbor with moorings eagerly awaiting the arrival of boats of all shapes and sizes. When I finished going through my images, I realized I had five 'keepers' and decided to create this Empty Harbor series. Seemed like a good way to get everyone excited for warmer days.
Spring is here! If all goes according to plan, I will be capturing the full moon setting on the spring equinox near Old North Church just as this post goes live in the morning. We are in peak frostbite sailing season but I haven't had a chance to make it out to capture the boats crossing in front of familiar landmarks this year. Between the morning plans and the lack of any recent frostbite sailing images, I thought this would make for a nice image to start the day.