This year's Jackson Cup featured great conditions for racing but very difficult ones for photographing. Taking place in the midst of our nearly constant clouds and rain, I was disappointed with the very flat light I had to deal with for much of the race. When the clouds did break and allowed the sunlight to spill through, I made sure to take advantage and, luckily, got some nice grouping of boats at times. In this one, a group of boats with red and yellow sails crosses in front of Abbot Hall and the Boston Yacht Club. The sun peaked at [...]
I made it out for two sunsets last week and shared an early favorite from each outing but was happy to come away with more than a few 'keepers'. This image was captured from the end of the causeway where it turns onto Harbor Avenue on the Neck. I set up above the small unnamed beach there and had a perfect view of this spring sunset take shape with pastel colored clouds and green foliage. The harbor has been filling with boats but still has a ways to go as evidenced by the empty moorings dotting the still waters of [...]
I headed out on the morning of March 20th to capture the moon setting over Old North Church and lucked out with a nice shot of the sun coming up over the Atlantic as well. With those images captured, I turned back toward town and spotted this familiar view of Abbot Hall and the houses surrounding it. As the sun came up, it shone its first light on Abbot Hall bringing out the brilliant red color of its brick facade. Without boats in the harbor, Abbot Hall was able to dominate the composition and the subtle pink-purple hues of light [...]
Today's image completes the 'empty harbor' series as shot on Sunday, March 31st. In truth, Marblehead Harbor is never actually empty as the working boats take up position near the causeway. After shooting along Foster Street, I returned to the causeway and hopped out to capture the working boats. I walked to this point at which the five boats had a natural opening that I could use to frame Abbot hall.
Sunday began with warmer than expected temperatures and a picture perfect sky prompting me to head out before my son's lacrosse game to capture some scenes of an empty harbor. I stood along Foster Street and captured several views of Marblehead harbor with moorings eagerly awaiting the arrival of boats of all shapes and sizes. When I finished going through my images, I realized I had five 'keepers' and decided to create this Empty Harbor series. Seemed like a good way to get everyone excited for warmer days.
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.
With a surprise March storm dropping seven inches of snow on Marblehead on Sunday night, I held out hope for photographing the town blanketed in white after finishing up work on Monday. I spent Monday in the clinic while my kids enjoyed the first snow day of the season (enjoyed might be a stretch as the boy was in charge of clearing the heavy snow from our driveway). As soon as the last patient left, I got in my car to head home and grabbed my camera bag on the way to Foster Street. With sunset now happening at 5:30pm, [...]
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.