Last winter was marked by nearly three weeks of sub-20F temperatures which led to a frozen Marblehead Harbor. The ice wasn't thick enough to support anyone's weight as it had been during a stretch of the 1970s but the view of ice from Riverhead Beach out past the State Street Landing was impressive. I found the drone to be the best tool to capture the extent of the frozen water and had flown on the morning of January 3rd, 2018 to this spot where two boats appeared to be iced in. The small patches of water helped accentuate the extent [...]
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 [...]
In April, a pod of right whales visited Marblehead and residents were treated to the sight of whales off Devereux Beach and the Neck for days on end. I remember being at my son's baseball game when I received a call about a right whale off the coast of the Neck. As luck would have it, I had brought my drone and longest lens with me and drove straight to the Neck. When I arrived on Ocean Avenue, I found the whale too far offshore and quickly launched the drone. I found her easily and shot some images and video [...]
As we approach the annual winter parking ban, I've begun to plan out early morning trips to capture views of historic downtown Marblehead's streets without parked cars in the frame. The absence of cars helps to remove a sense of time from the images as the views of these hundred year old homes could conceivably have been captured decades ago. Today's image comes from mid December 2016 when I had only had the Phantom 4 pro drone for a few months. I had flown about 100 feet over Washington Street and caught the warm glow of the morning sun bathing the [...]
After watching the Red Sox take a 2-1 lead last night against the Houston Astros, I looked through my 'to be posted' catalog for an image to share today and immediately stopped at this one. I had flown my drone over the parking lot across from Seaside Park in the summer of 2017 while the Seasiders were playing ball. While Seaside Park obviously gets its name from its position abutting the harbor, it's only in an aerial view that one can appreciate just how close the harbor really is. The boats filling their moorings and the entirety of Marblehead Neck [...]
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.
On Wednesday, August 8th, I headed out to shoot some aerial images around Castle Rock and shared one image with the drone a few feet above the waves. Shortly after taking that shot, I flew up to 400 feet and noticed fog developing over the Neck. I quickly flew down toward Flying Point and found this composition showcasing the fine layer of fog over the middle of Marblehead Neck with a lone boat moored off the coastline. You can just make out the lighthouse in the distance as well as boats in the harbor beyond.
Prior to purchasing the Phantom 4 Pro drone, I could only achieve these types of views from select spots around town. One of them was Abbot Hall and I was fortunate to be allowed on the scaffolding during the work to restore it a few years ago. Even with the freedom of the scaffolding, I still didn't have the freedom to compose as I do with this aerial camera and had missed out on these types of view. Historic downtown Marblehead (Old Town to some) is a treasure of architecture, locally owned stores, historic homes dating back hundreds of years [...]
If you read yesterday's caption to go along with the image of Castle Rock (captured back in February 2017), it wouldn't surprise you that I made a beeline for this place when clouds formed a little after 1pm. I hadn't shot a single frame at Castle Rock and had only just came to that realization. At the same time, I had been rethinking my approach to aerial images. With that in mind, I arrived at Castle Rock only to find the clouds less impressive than I had hoped. I had brought my camera as well as the drone but opted [...]
Another funny story (to borrow the intro from last week's image of kids on the boat) - my wife and I went out for dinner a few nights ago and, while eating, caught the words 'Wednesdays in Marblehead' coming from the table next to us. The group said some incredibly flattering things and my wife and I tried to figure out if/when to introduce ourselves but between the food and changes in conversation, the timing didn't seem right. I did catch one comment that I have been mulling over since then - there were mixed feelings on the drone/aerial images. [...]