There's just something about the light in April that makes for incredible colors at dawn (as in yesterday's post from Sunday morning) and gorgeous spring sunsets (as in this shot from Saturday night). I had gone out at 6pm after a warm spring day as the clouds promised a decent chance for a solid sunset. As I headed across the causeway, I glanced in my rearview mirror and continued to look back toward the town as I drove up Foster Street. When I reached the public way at Parker Lane, I knew I had the perfect spot and pulled over. [...]
There's nothing quite like a Marblehead sunset when you catch peak colors in the sky reflecting in the water of Marblehead harbor with boats filling every mooring... This was the scene on a late September evening when I lucked out with an incredible light show from this spot a the end of Peabody lane. I shot for almost 45 minutes trying to explore every available composition under the rapidly changing and strengthening light. Won't be long now before boats start to fill the harbor and we get to enjoy some warm Marblehead sunsets once more.
I love this spot atop the granite hill at Crocker Park from which there is a perfect vantage point of Abbot Hall standing tall above the houses. I last visited this spot in late October and thought that, with Spring nearly here, it would make for a good image to start the week.
In over ten years of living in and photographing the town of Marblehead, I had never before captured a sun pillar. When I was out on March 4th to shoot the sunset after a snowfall, I thought I had scored with images of Abbot and Crocker Park as well as another of the Neck (I'll share that one on Wednesday). In fact, the way the clouds were breaking, I was about ready to pack up my gear until I spotted the vertical shaft of light forming a sun pillar. I had to look up the phenomenon and realized why I [...]
On a late September evening, I witnessed this sunset that wouldn't end and spent almost a half hour capturing it from various angles. I've shared a few images already but came away with so many that I just couldn't help sharing this one after yesterday's dreary, rainy day.
On Friday night, I headed out to Crocker Park hoping that the coming Nor'Easter might produce a nice sunset while also fearing it was my last chance to capture foliage in town. I found little cloud cover over the harbor and quickly ascended the granite hill and set up for this composition of Abbot Hall and the unique view of houses stacked against it. I spotted some color in the trees on either side and waited for the sunset colors to elevate the rest of the scene. Happy Halloween everyone!
Back to Friday night's sunset from just across the causeway. I mentioned that I had spent most of my time composing images with Abbot Hall in the frame and this was my favorite of the night. The sun had started to add light to the clouds above and some sweet light allowed Abbot Hall's brick facade to glow. With this being early October, you can make out a few empty moorings. Unfortunately, it won't be long before most of the moorings in the harbor are left empty as we make our way into winter.
I spent a few hours on Columbus Day going through photos from recent outings and making final decisions on those that needed to be processed vs those that would be deleted. As I looked through the set of images from September 23rd and that epic sunset over Marblehead Harbor, I found a few new keepers that I had overlooked the first time around. This image was taken near the end of the evening when the sky shifted to a deep red glow that washed over the waters of Marblehead Harbor. I composed the shot to include a cropping of boats [...]
A lot can happen in two minutes... That was the duration of time between Tuesday's post and today's image capturing the peak of the afterglow. At this point the sky erupted in an explosion of light with brilliant oranges washing the sky and reflecting in the water of Marblehead Harbor. The light hit its peak one minute later with the first shot I shared on that Sunday night. Hope you enjoyed the week of sunset images (and the extended afterglow) as much as I did taking them.
This is the last image I took on Sunday night as the afterglow finally faded (twenty minutes after the sun had set!). The oranges had shifted to a deep red sky and I had scrambled up the steps leading back to Peabody Lane. From the higher vantage point I was able to include a nearby dock and a view of the harbor filled with boats on this late September evening. I had pointed to a site in yesterday's post to share some information on how a sunset afterglow forms. In it, they comment on some of the qualities of a [...]