That was quite the storm that passed overhead before sunset! Our home weather station recorded rainfall of 3 inches per hour before the storm finally departed and, as soon as it did, I was in my car and headed out in search of a rainbow. I drove to Hammond Park and then decided to visit Little Harbor where I spotted the faintest rainbow overhead. It wasn't the image I hoped for but I spotted some interesting clouds coalescing behind Gerry Island and decided to watch and see if the sun might shine at the right moment to illuminate the scene. [...]
This photo was taken 40 minutes after yesterday's rainbow over the causeway and lamp posts. After the rainbow disappeared, I was treated to an incredible sunset at Devereux Beach full of vibrant orange color. By 8:15pm, I had shot the same clouds from every angle imaginable and packed up to head home. As I drove down Atlantic Avenue, I noticed the sky turning shades of pink and quickly turned onto Rockaway Avenue and then walked out to the end of the public way at Bass Rock Lane where I saw this. I couldn't decide between the tighter shot of the [...]
I was pretty happy after capturing the double rainbow over the causeway but, since the clouds were sticking around, I figured I would wait until the sun set. Exactly 30 minutes after shooting the panorama from the causeway, I was rewarded for my patience with an incredible sunset. You can just make out the last remnants of the rainbow touching the clouds which had reached what I thought was peak color over the Atlantic ocean. I packed up after this shot thinking the light was done and headed back home only to make one more stop when the clouds exploded [...]
Today we go back 7 years to July 15, 2013 and this moonlit sunset over Devereux Beach. I had decided to push the exposure time to 6 seconds by lowering the ISO to 50 and the aperture of the lens to f/22 which served to turn the ocean water into a perfectly calm canvas for reflecting the soft pink light of sunset. The half moon was a nice bonus to break up that patch of sky over the clouds.
Last shot from last Wednesday's sunset and, as the title says, it really did feel like I was milking the sunset for all it was worth... I captured images of the setting sun from along the water's edge and then headed back up the ramp to find one last cloud reflecting the light of the setting sun. I quickly set up and composed this image capturing that cloud over Marblehead Light with its lights just visible behind the Corinthian Yacht Club and more than a few boats having found their moorings for the summer.
So this is a perfect example of what happens when I go out for a shoot and have decent light to play with. I shared one image from Wednesday night's outing yesterday and here is another captured 7 minutes later. I normally would have shared one favorite from this shoot and put the other in the 'to be published' archive where it might sit for weeks, months or years. Seeing the two images one after the other, it's interesting to note how different the scene appears from the same exact location but having dropped down to the waters edge here [...]
Last night was my first outing in weeks and this is the first 'new' photo I've been able to share since the shot of a sailboat at Redd's several weeks ago (the others have all been pulled from my to-be-published folder). I couldn't decide if tonight's sky might break at the last minute and give way to a nice sunset so I took a chance and threw my bag in the car. I quickly noticed the western sky held more promise than the view east and crossed the causeway. I kept watch on the clouds as I drove up the [...]
This is one of my favorite spots and a composition I have shot in various conditions with different results each time. This particular shot was captured on May 23, 2018 with a sunset that offered just enough of a pink glow overhead to add interest to the otherwise flat evening light.
As I looked through my archive for today's image I stopped when I hit this shot from August 1, 2018 and instantly knew the title had to be 'Blinded by the Light'. On this summer evening, the sun was perfectly positive behind Abbot Hall as it slowly set and I used the tower to break up the light and keep the scene from being blinded by the strong sunlight. Even better, the lyrics to the song include this bit: Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun But mama, that's where the fun is Seemed [...]
After nearly ten years of Wednesdays in Marblehead, I've lost count of how many times I've shot the same scene - like this one of boats gathered at the mouth of the harbor as viewed from Fort Beach. But all it takes is one element to dramatically change the composition as in this one where the same scene changes under the cloud bathed in perfect golden light. Rather than focusing on the familiar boats, the eye wanders up to the sky and appreciates the texture and color of the cloud in a familiar landscape. Just goes to show why capturing [...]