This is my favorite image captured in 2018. On March 14th, I had gone out with my Phantom 4 Pro drone to shoot the streets of downtown Marblehead with a fresh coat of snow. I launched the drone shortly before 7am and quickly found that the morning sun was shining on Abbot Hall and illuminating its face now caked in snow. I adjusted the height of the drone to get this centered view and then saw the flash of light in the distance created by the sun reflecting off the buildings in Boston. I've since printed this image a few [...]
I had a hard time deciding on the 10th entry in my top 10 of 2018 list and decided to put the matter up for popular vote. It only took an hour or two for a clear favorite to pull away from the others. In hindsight, I should have guessed it would be this shot of a super blue blood moon as I had two print orders for it over the past few weeks. I captured this second full moon of January on the night of Jan 31. With it being a second full moon of the month, it picked [...]
While I was capturing scenes of the annual Halloween Race in Marblehead harbor, I spotted a couple of spectators one pier over at the Pleon watching as well. I recomposed the shot I had been taking with boats crossing in front of Abbot Hall to include these two guys watching the boats pass. As luck would have it, the sun came out just as a trio of boats came into the frame and I captured this multilayered image.
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!
I don't recall the last time I captured an image intending to convert it to black and white. As I captured boats racing on Sunday inside Marblehead Harbor, I had to wait for the sun to poke through clouds. It illuminated both boats and the backdrop most of the time but, during one stretch, the light seemed focused on the boats while Abbot Hall was left in relative darkness under ominous clouds. With light playing center stage in this image, I did not want the colorful sails to distract the viewers eye and so I converted the color image to [...]
On Saturday, I was out hoping to capture scenes of foliage with a lens I had rented for the week. This was as much an exercise for the lens as it was a hope to capture the fewer boats remaining in Marblehead Harbor with spots of foliage as backdrop. Unfortunately, I found more boats than foliage and had to console myself with this shot saved by some interesting clouds overhead and decent lighting. This foliage season seems to have been limited both in duration and color...
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.
Since discovering the beauty of the chestnut tree at Crocker Park when it hits peak bloom, I've tried to find new vantage points from which to capture it. On a late May evening, I flew my drone over Crocker Park just as the sunset hit its peak to capture this view of the chestnut tree and the Marblehead skyline illuminated by the pinks and blues of a spring sunset.
As the nights turn cool, I wanted to take a look back at the last days of summer in Marblehead and found this shot captured from Brown's Island looking back toward town. I had gone out to Brown's with my kids and met up with friends to enjoy a picture perfect Labor Day. At one point, we made our way to the tree swing and I took a few shots of my daughter swinging before turning towards this view. The juxtaposition of Abbot Hall and Old North Church makes for a great scene and the addition of boats moored in [...]
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 [...]