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 [...]
I'm sure by now your Facebook and/or Instagram feeds have been filled with photos of Sunday's epic sunset. The light truly was exceptional and I raced around the beach at the end of Peabody Lane (a public way) exploring various compositions. Immediately after the sun set, the afterglow began adding a touch of color to the high clouds overhead. I received a nice comment on my original post Sunday night pointing to a great resource about sunset colors. There they show an example of a red-orange afterglow such as this and explain it is produced by a thick aerosol cloud [...]
What an incredible sunset! I had my eye on the clouds for most of the afternoon and had a gut feeling that the clouds might break just right for a solid sunset. Having not shot much in the past few weeks, the timing seemed to work out to get out and see about capturing some new scenes in Marblehead. I drove across the causeway onto Marblehead Neck and over to Peabody Lane where I set up along the rocks on the beach. I started to shoot as the sun lowered and was fairly pleased with early shots until the sun [...]
On Friday evening, we decided to go to the Dolphin Yacht Club for dinner before going to the high school for the first football game of the season. I had brought my camera bag with me in large part to take photos of my kids near the water before the game and was glad I had done so when a break in the clouds allowed the sun to wash Marblehead Harbor in beautiful sunset colors. The light almost perfectly covered the rows upon rows of boats moored in the harbor and I was able to pull up the shadows in [...]
What does it say about this town when I look at this image taking on the evening of August 1st and the first thing that pops in my head is 'just another Marblehead sunset'? This image was captured a few minutes before two others that I shared from this night including 'the kids are alright'. I've often shot sunsets with a slight change in position of Abbot Hall from the left to right third of the frame and noted that the subtle shift can create a wildly different composition. We've had a paucity of nice sunsets with the recent rains [...]