This is another from our outing on July 14th aboard a boat heading out (and quickly back into) the harbor. As we made our way through mid-harbor, I spotted this view of Abbot Hall framed by beautiful sailboats and backlit by a dramatic sky. I had a few seconds to compose and shoot this but between the spacing of the boats and the soft light reflected in the harbor water, it was a fast favorite.
On Tuesday, July 12th, I had made my way to Devereux Beach as sunset approached with an eye on capturing the full buck moon rising. Though not full until the following day, the timing of the moonrise was preferable on Tuesday. However, once I reached the beach, I found the cloud cover too thick for hopes of a moonrise and quickly decided to try for a sunset instead as the clouds held some promise. I stopped at a few locations before turning down Foster Street and making my way to the Pleon pier from which I wandered a bit further [...]
I mentioned in yesterday's post that we had taken a quick ride through the harbor last Thursday and that I was treated to some great light. The light was different in every direction (two more images coming later in the week to show case this) and the rays of sunlight were a particular draw. For this shot, I tried to time it so the two sailboats with their triangular lines (can you tell I have zero nautical knowledge?) would serve to accentuate the lines of the sunrays and tried to get Abbot situated nicely behind the taller boat in the [...]
Another image from my trip to the top of Grace Community Church where Michael Kehn is currently doing some much needed repairs to the steeple. With my harness on and rope attached, I was free to roam the temporary platform and found some interesting and unique views. Here you can see the new steeple of St. Michael's church juxtaposed against the rising facade of Abbot Hall with lush foliage hiding the houses and street below. While drones have made these shots easier to get, they have fixed focal lengths that make for limited compositional options. It's also nice to slow [...]
And here is the image captured on Saturday, June 4th exactly 15 minutes before yesterday's shot of pink clouds behind Abbot. This was the view as the yellow orange glow of sunset with an oncoming thunderstorm reached near peak (peak was 2 minutes later in that wide shot I shared earlier in the week). The composition here is nearly identical to that captured a short time later and was unintentionally so. This one was carefully composed and shot on a tripod while the other was shot handheld as I literally ran to this spot before the pink clouds shifted away [...]
On Saturday, after heading down the walkway to the float to capture purple rain over the harbor, I made my way back up in under two minutes to capture the pink clouds over Abbot Hall. The departing storm was reflecting the colors of the setting sun and the arc of clouds created an interesting dramatic look to the early June sky. This is a nearly identical composition to one I'll share tomorrow captured 15 minutes earlier when the sky was still exploring in that yellow orange glow. I'm curious which you will prefer.
On Saturday night, I had headed to Crocker Park ahead of a thunderstorm hoping for a rainbow. I arrived to find an incredible orange sky had developed as the last light of sunset lit up the clouds of an oncoming storm. I shared a tighter shot of Abbot Hall and its surrounding houses on Sunday but this was the grand view as seen from near the walkway leading to the float (not in quite yet). While the prior shot was taken at 105mm, this one was at 27mm to allow me to capture the entirety of that orange sky with [...]
What incredible light we had last night at Crocker park ahead of that sunset rain storm that washed over Marblehead! (and a first test of my new email system) I was alerted to incoming rain at 7:30pm last night and, seeing how it was potentially timed with sunset, I figured there was a decent chance of capturing my first rainbow of the season. I decided to drive out to Crocker Park to give me options of shooting back towards the sunset light and then pivot to get a possible rainbow over the harbor. As the rain approached and the sun [...]
On May 15th, I had headed out a bit too early to catch the moonrise and so I made a quick detour onto the Neck. The light held some promise but, as I turned onto Harbor Avenue and took another look to my left, I spotted some grey clouds that threatened to blot out the sunset. I ended up at Foster Street and walked down to the Pleon pier for this view just as the sun was fully blocked by the cloud cover. I had to underexpose the scene to battle the light escaping from behind the cloud and was [...]
One final shot from my outing on Wednesday, April 27th. I had set up at the pier off Foster Street and captured closer shots of Abbot Hall with a lone sailboat moored in mid-harbor and then pivoted to capture the EYC launch boats. The last composition I wanted to capture was the wider view as the sunlight was helping to bring out the greens in Crocker Park sandwiched between Abbot and the State Street Landing. The contrast of light on Crocker and the darker clouds above with a bit of glow to the harbor water made for one last keeper [...]