On August 29, while out capturing the moon setting near Abbot hall, I witnessed a beautiful orange dawn from Chandler Hovey Park. I had a super zoom lens mounted on the camera and therefore looked for new compositions that I had not previously explored. One of my favorite images from the morning ended up being this one of Marblehead Bell with its beacon illuminated sharing the frame with Cormorant Rock and a single lobster boat. The sky was filled with the orange glow of dawn which added the perfect dimension of color to an otherwise simple image.
So this one is a rooftop view by technicality (but I was running low on material for this theme). When we made our way up (and out) of the Old North Church's cupola, we passed this great old bell and I just had to grab an image of it. The bell is huge and imposing - even more so with the welded seams underneath. When I came home and examined the image up close, I could just make out H.N. Hooper & Co Boston, MA. When I looked that up, I became more intrigued. From the Wikipedia entry: Henry Northey [...]
In the eight months since this blog began, I have had a number of unique photo opportunities. The Thursday I went up with 'the cranks' is right up near the top of those experiences. We met in the lobby of Abbot hall and headed up an elevator then a set of ladders to the crank room. Abbot's clock and bell are driven by two large, heavy counterweights that need to be raised once weekly in order to keep time. It is the job of the cranks to rotate two wheels on this machine that serves to slowly raise those weights. [...]