The theme for this week seems to be shaping up as 'images that I wasn't happy with but finally figured out the right processing this weekend'. This black and white image of a weathered tree at Chandler Hovey Park was captured on September 1, 2013. I was drawn to this composition in which the tree is able to steal focus from Marblehead Light in large part due to the curve of the clouds mimicking the canopy of the tree. That being said, the processing never really worked out. I tried this in color and black and white and while the [...]
With everything going on, I wasn't sure if the Marblehead Junior Race week would be taking place. I was glad to see that, with some changes (Optis and Lasers only), we will have a chance to watch young sailors race around the harbor. This image of a young sailor making her boat ready was captured on July 22, 2015. If you have a chance, head out to watch these races Monday through Wednesday of next week.
Two years ago, I decided to head to Riverhead beach in the hopes of capturing a nice aerial sunset but found fog instead. As it happened the fog rolling into the harbor and across the Neck made for a far more interesting display. I decided to convert the image to black and white to keep the focus on the texture of the fog and the contrast between it and the foliage on the Neck.
In 2014, I had my older Canon camera modified to allow me to capture images in infrared. On June 15, 2014, I decided to bike the rail trail looking for images to capture as the infrared filter makes foliage a bright white and turns blue skies nearly black. I stopped at this fork in the road with the uphill path to the left leading up to Village street and the bridge beyond showing that road.
It's here! The annual Marblehead High School carnival begins tonight at 6pm at Devereux Beach. So, technically the carnival was set to open yesterday but, when I drove out to check it out and see if I could capture some new images, I was told by a 'gamer' that they decided to postpone due to the cold and rain. It seems the rain always follows the carnival and I have enjoyed capturing images of the rides in the morning and night using puddles as reflections. This image is from 2014's version and back in the day when the Ferris wheel [...]
The annual Marblehead Christmas Walk took place on December 1st and, with it, Glover's Regiment arrived to reenact the crossing of the Delaware by way of Marblehead Harbor. Before setting out, they took up position to address the gathered crowd and recount the history of General Glover. I had been set up at the benches behind them ready to capture the musket fire that would follow this speech. When I saw Glover's Regiment lined up under the stars and stripes (and the State Street Landing star as well), I couldn't pass up the shot. Black and white helped accentuate the [...]
I don't recall the last time I captured an image intending to convert it to black and white. As I captured boats racing on Sunday inside Marblehead Harbor, I had to wait for the sun to poke through clouds. It illuminated both boats and the backdrop most of the time but, during one stretch, the light seemed focused on the boats while Abbot Hall was left in relative darkness under ominous clouds. With light playing center stage in this image, I did not want the colorful sails to distract the viewers eye and so I converted the color image to [...]
Last Monday evening, fog developed in Marblehead ahead of a warm front. I had an idea in mind for the drone that would only work with patchy fog concentrated around the harbor. I had checked out conditions by flying my drone straight up over my house and noticed that conditions seemed to be perfect and promptly headed out to Devereux Beach. I arrived to find patchy fog overhead and flew my drone up above the fog which took on the appearance of cloud cover. I explored different compositions with the unique effect of fog on the harbor creating the illusion [...]
This year's Marblehead high school carnival at Devereux Beach took place under the best conditions in at least the past ten years (since we moved to town). While the near-perfect weather meant for busy days and nights for kids in town, it meant far less interesting photo opportunities than I've had in years past. Without puddles for reflections or fog to create a compelling mood, I had about given up on any photos this year. On Saturday afternoon, I headed to the carnival where my son and daughter were hanging out with friends (now too old to hang with dad). [...]
As small as Marblehead is, it still amazes me when I notice small scenes that seem like they belong somewhere else rather than in this New England town. This black and white image of the canopy of snow covered trees was captured on the same day as yesterday's shot of Old Town House. I had driven up towards Beacon Street after exploring downtown Marblehead and parked my car facing this section where the road curves and climbs a small hill under a canopy of trees. The scene would be as likely in Vermont or Colorado as steps away from Grace [...]