I went out last night with camera and drone in hand hoping for good light at sunset to capture aerial views of Marblehead. I decided to try my luck at Redd's Pond and was disappointed with the light but happy to find the first freeze of the season had created a perfect layer of ice above the water. While the ice wasn't thick enough to stand on, it did serve as a beautifully reflective surface and, as luck would have it, a Christmas tree was glowing in the window of one of the red houses across the pond. With the [...]
In early August, I had gone out at mid-day to explore Marblehead under perfectly cloudy skies. I stopped at Redd's Pond at what seemed like the perfect time as the light breeze abated and allowed the water to calm - reflecting the house across the water and trees surrounding it. I had to wait for the sun to poke out through the clouds to get the lighting I wanted and, during that time, spent a while in quiet reflections at Redd's Pond. Not a bad spot for that...
How many of you have noticed the sign at Redd's Pond? How many have actually read it??? I visited this iconic New England pond a few weeks ago and spent most of my time at the water's edge capturing the clouds reflecting in the still water. As I walked towards the car, I looked back and saw this composition of the sign leading the viewer's eye towards the pond and the red house across the way. If you can't make out the sign, it provides a fair amount of interesting information. There is a section on excessive algae growth and [...]
Two weeks ago, I decided to take a hiatus from Wednesdays in Marblehead to allow me time to explore this town and bring back that sense of adventure and awe that used to come with each outing. I had found that I was going to the same spots over and over and getting decent images but few that brought back that feeling of wonder and excitement. For those two weeks, the camera remained tucked away (except for that incredible rainbow and lightning at sunset outing and a commissioned shoot of a house). Yesterday, as cumulous clouds finally crossed over Marblehead, [...]
Today's image was taken at dawn on July 1st, 2015. I had woken up early in order to shoot the dawn breaking over Doliber Cove and then quickly drove over to Redd's Pond when I noticed the clouds reflecting that morning light. I shared another image from this morning shortly after taking it but had created this panorama version as well. Though the pink light of dawn was more vibrant in the single frame, there was something about capturing the full length of this pond that appealed to me.
Most years, Redd's Pond is frozen during the month of January and makes for a perfect spot to lace up skates and fly across the pond with family and friends. This year's very mild January meant that Redd's Pond never fully froze and those picturesque scenes never materialized. I drove to Redd's Pond on January 24th after a brief cold snap to check the status of the pond and found a beautiful scene before me. The water seemed to be caught in stages of freezing but hadn't quite made it all the way to the middle. You can see a [...]
On Sunday night, my son and I ventured out to scout out a new location for a shoot. It was great having him with me to help carry gear and bat away mosquitos as I explored a new-to-me vantage point. We packed up as the sun began to set on a cloudless sky and made our way home to catch the second half of the Patriots game. As we rounded the corner at Redd's Pond, I saw this scene before me and, before I said a thing, my son asked if we were going to stop and shoot the sunset....that's [...]
On Friday, May 29, a dense fog descended on Marblehead and I decided on an impromptu photoshoot as soon as I got home. I started on the Neck shooting boats in the mist (I'll share that image tomorrow) before deciding to check the conditions at Redd's Pond. I started by shooting some favorite compositions but then walked towards the street for a wider view. As I did, I spotted this young boy walking along the path with fishing rod in hand searching for a favorite fishing spot. I took a few quick shots as he walked in front of me [...]
Continuing this week's theme of black and white images of Marblehead comes this scene from Redd's Pond captured on June 15, 2014. I had been out capturing images using my old dSLR converted to shoot in infrared and had happened upon a few sailboats at Redd's Pond. The infrared image serves to accentuate the foliage in the trees and sails on the boats while pushing the blue sky and water towards deeper shades of black when converted to black and white. You can see other black and white images in this gallery:
It seems like forever since the ice at Redd's Pond has been visible, let alone skate-able. Before all of this snow, we actually had perfect conditions for ice formation and I took my kids to skate on Redd's Pond on several occasions. This image comes from New Years Day when I returned to Redd's Pond to find it empty near sunset with great light reflecting off the red house named Pond View and Old Burial Hill. The ice acted as a mirror to perfectly reflect the house, light and clouds with the setting moon just visible. The seams in the ice added [...]