So before the orange sky and before the rainbow I shared yesterday, I was huddled under the covered benches at Crocker Park waiting for some brief showers to pass. I was focused on the view of Abbot Hall the whole time and watched as the clouds shifted and then began to reflect the light of sunset. After the rain stopped, I stepped out and captured this image I had been composing in my head while the rain had fallen. I liked that the wet path shone brightly and reflected some of the light in the sky. I used the granite [...]
Since moving to Marblehead in 2008, I must have made the drive up Front Street toward Fort Sewall hundreds of times. Last night as I drove up, I felt like I had been punched in the gut - the tree at the edge of the Fort was broken. There are lots of trees at Fort Sewall but I bet you knew immediately which one I was talking about. The great canopy of Marblehead's Giving Tree was instantly recognizable from land and sea as one looked out toward Fort Sewall. It has formed the focal point of many of my images [...]
Today's image comes from September 26, 2015 and a visit to Crocker Park - likely the best seat in town for catching the sunrise or the occasional moonrise over the harbor and Marblehead Neck.
One more image from last weekend's Jackson Cup before we turn towards the Marblehead High School carnival that starts tonight. This was another happy accident of having set my camera to an extended zoom/crop format and being able to compose a shot much tighter than I normally would have. With the sun out for a few minutes and the wind blowing, the sails of these boats reflected nicely in the water of Marblehead harbor. You can just make out a family watching from the benches at Crocker Park.
On May 23rd, I visited Crocker Park in the hopes of finding a new composition for the chestnut tree that had reached full bloom. As luck would have it, a storm passed over the park just before sunset and led to this pink rainbow forming over Marblehead Neck. I had shared a shot of the rainbow over the harbor the night I captured the image. Within a minute of taking that image, I had scrambled to this spot from which I could compose an image including the chestnut tree and its blossoms fighting for the viewer's eye with the unique [...]
Well that was unexpected! I had gone by Crocker Park earlier today to check out the chestnut tree and made plans to return before sunset. I arrived with an hour to spare and hung out at the park watching the sky darken. I checked my radar app and saw that a rapidly moving storm was heading our way. I waited out the rain under the gazebo and quickly adjusted my plan. I put a circular polarizer on the lens and crossed my fingers that the sun would pop out before the rain passed to create a rainbow. At 7:52pm, a [...]
Last night's lightning storm was intense and too rainy for capturing photos of the bolts. It did put me in mind of this image from August 2015 and a storm I watch cross over Marblehead and retreat to the Atlantic. I had chased the storm to Castle Rock and shot frame after frame hoping to catch a bolt of lightning. I lucked out with this image taken as sunset formed a pink sky to complement the strike across the frame.
For those who don't know me outside of this website, I'm the father of two children and purchased my first 'real' camera six months before my now 12 year old son was born. That led to landscape photography and eventually Wednesdays in Marblehead. For every landscape shot I share, I probably take 5-10 of the kids doing activities or just trying to capture moments before they grow up. Only once before have my kid shots and the landscape ones come together in a group shot of kids at Redd's during the Fourth of July sailboat regatta. Last night, I was [...]
As the blizzard takes shape outside on this mid-March morning, I just couldn't stomach posting an image of snow. Instead, I turned to this incredible night at Crocker Park from late November. I had been shooting as the sun fell near Abbot Hall but noticed the best of the sunset color was quickly moving out of my composition. I walked back and found the gazebo at Crocker Park perfectly positioned under the peak light of sunset. Without a flake of snow on the ground, this seemed like a much better image to start off this day. I'm sure I'll have [...]
Last night, I watched the clouds take shape over Marblehead and decided to head out just before sunset to capture what promised to be a good show. I had a tough time deciding on a destination and ended up at the Landing. I shot from near the Harbormaster's station until the light began to fade over the harbor and looked over my shoulder only to find an explosion of color over Crocker Park. I ran up Mariner Lane, across Front Street and then behind the Herreschoff Castle to reach my favorite spot at Crocker Park. I quickly set up the [...]