Spring in the Park

Two weeks ago on Wednesday, April 14th, I had visited Crocker Park with the hope of shooting a nice sunrise. I lucked out with the shot I shared this past Monday of the sun coming up behind Marblehead Light but when I turned my head, I spotted this incredible sky behind me and ran to capture images of it as well. I shared my first image from that morning as soon as I returned home but had a chance to visit the other shots from that morning and worked on this one last night. In the first shot, I had [...]

By |2021-04-28T22:04:27-04:00April 29th, 2021|Categories: Spring|Tags: , , , , |33 Comments

Spring Sunrise at Crocker Park

A brand new photo from this morning's really fun outing! I wasn't sure how the morning would pan out when I set the alarm for 5:30 but had three locations in mind for shooting the sunrise. As I got in the car only 10 minutes before sunrise, I was disappointed not to see any color in the sky and quickly decided on Crocker Park as the best vantage point as the high clouds seemed to be moving west.I parked at the State Street landing and headed up to find a nearly empty park and a bit of color behind Marblehead [...]

By |2021-04-14T07:00:18-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Spring|Tags: , , , |22 Comments

Spring is in the Air and Class is in Session

What a great way to kick off spring by dusting off the camera after 7 weeks without a single photo and heading out to the newly repaired public way at Parker Lane.  The Marblehead Tech Dinghy Association is one of the bright spots of this COVID winter. With frostbite sailing sidelined due to restrictions on sailing and with these MIT one-design racers available, a new group of boats could be seen racing within Marblehead harbor. The Tech Dinghy was designed by a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1935. In November 2020, Jay Watt created the Marblehead Tech [...]

By |2021-03-21T16:22:45-04:00March 21st, 2021|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

Winter Light

I normally take a break from shooting in the winter months but received a message via Instagram of a must see in downtown Marblehead so I headed over tonight with my drone and gear in the trunk. I launched the drone from right in front of Abbot Hall as the sun was setting and lucked out with great Winter light on the brick building setting it apart from the rest of downtown Marblehead and the empty harbor beyond. I got the other shot as well and will post that this week. I don't plan on posting daily images mixing new [...]

By |2021-01-10T18:16:08-05:00January 10th, 2021|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , |1 Comment

Top 10 of 2020 – #7 – Bird’s Eye View

I hadn't flown my drown in months (if at all) when I took it out on September 29, 2020. I flew straight up to a ceiling of 400 foot planning to scout the foliage around Abbot Hall but found very little in the way of colors (other than green). I took a few shots anyway and it wasn't until I returned home and saw this on a big screen that I appreciated all the little details found in it. For being an unexpected favorite, this bird's eye view is my seventh favorite image of Marblehead captured in 2020.

By |2020-12-24T13:10:04-05:00December 28th, 2020|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Festival of Lights at Abbot Hall

This weekend, the Marblehead Festival of Arts had planned an Artisans Marketplace which unfortunately was cancelled due to weather. As part of that, they also commissioned a number of ice sculptures to adorn the upper grounds of Abbot Hall. On Sunday afternoon, I visited with my camera and found a beautiful menorah sculpture lined up in front of Abbot Hall. The only hard part was that this sculpture was about 12 inches from the large flag pole and thus it was nearly impossible to get a proper composition. I ended up having to use my widest lens and held the [...]

By |2020-12-09T19:50:20-05:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Traditions|Tags: , , |11 Comments

From the Scaffolds at Abbot Hall

Almost exactly six years ago, Abbot Hall was in the midst of much needed repairs and I somehow talked my way (with permission) to the top of the scaffolding that surrounded the building. This was before the availability of drones making such shots commonplace. Back then I recall sticking flyers under doors throughout historic downtown Marblehead hoping for a widow's walk or some other vantage point from which to find new compositions of this town. The view from the scaffolds at Abbot Hall did not disappoint - even if the light wasn't ideal. Here you can look down on Washington [...]

By |2020-11-22T22:11:24-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Rooftop|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Watching the Boats Pass By

I didn't get a chance to shoot the Halloween Race this year but happened upon this image in my 'to be published' folder and figured it would make for a good start to the day. I shot the race in October 2018 from along Foster Street and mostly tried capturing the boats with their colorful sails as they criss-crossed the harbor. When I spotted two men on a float talking and then stopping to watch the boats pass by, I quickly recomposed and included them in the final shot. Instead of a two layered image with boats against the backdrop [...]

By |2020-11-11T21:51:44-05:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: From the Water|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

First Snow of the Season

Remember how I was lamenting Thursday's mediocre sunrise in this morning's post? Tonight's sunset after the first snow of the season more than made up for that morning! I arrived home after work and grabbed my wife and kids to drive down Pleasant Street and view Tom Saltsman's latest Halloween masterpiece...King Kong. After that we headed home and I quickly turned around to drive across the neck as I had spotted a small opening in the cloud cover near the horizon. I arrived on Foster Street and, sure enough, sunset light had snuck through and lit up the clouds. The [...]

By |2020-10-30T19:14:05-04:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Ring Around the Neck – Parker Lane

I had plans to share more images from this late September afternoon and a 'ring around the Neck' hitting some of my favorite spots but other outings kept getting in the way... On the same day that I visited Chandler Hovey for that 'sit for a spell' image I also stopped at most of the public ways on the Neck to capture scenes of Marblehead Harbor with some great light and clouds. This was the view from Parker Lane which has always been a favorite but has been limited in compositions for the past few years since the stairs have [...]

By |2020-10-21T22:09:39-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Public Way|Tags: , , , |2 Comments