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Bridge over the Trail – Infrared Black and White

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.

By |2019-06-23T12:47:02-04:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Infrared|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Carnival Reflections

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 [...]

By |2019-05-03T06:58:47-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Traditions|Tags: , , |14 Comments

Stars and Stripes and Glover’s Regiment

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 [...]

By |2019-01-06T09:51:46-05:00January 8th, 2019|Categories: Traditions|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Setting Sail

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 [...]

By |2018-10-28T20:18:37-04:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Fog on the Harbor

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 [...]

By |2018-07-22T22:11:54-04:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Classic Photos at the Carnival

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). [...]

By |2018-05-07T21:32:42-04:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Traditions|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Road Curves

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 [...]

By |2018-04-03T22:12:10-04:00April 4th, 2018|Categories: Snow|Tags: , , , |22 Comments

A River Runs Through It

This is just about the exact opposite of yesterday's image of Abbot Hall with brilliant red foliage.  I had gone out for a second time at 5:00pm hoping the early evening light would help with what little foliage was to be found.  I flew my Phantom 4 Pro out from Riverhead Beach to mid-harbor and then came back and over the causeway headed for Goldthwait Reservation.  I wondered what a direct aerial image of the marsh might look like and was not disappointed with the views. I flew over the marsh for a while exploring the patterns below.  From above, [...]

By |2017-10-22T22:03:38-04:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Weathered by Time

I captured today's image at the end of June but have been staring at the color version of it for a while wondering why I hadn't bothered to share it.  Last week, as I converted another image to black and white, I decided to do the same with this image of a tree weathered by time and flanked by benches on Chandler Hovey Park.  The black and white served to accentuate the textures in the tree, bench and sky while helping with the too bright light of this pre-sunset image.

By |2017-09-17T20:39:42-04:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Walking in Marblehead

On Thursday, August 3rd, I rushed back to Marblehead from my office to take part in my very first Marblehead Walking Tour with Bette Hunt.  Though I have lived in Marblehead since 2008 and have met Bette Hunt on a few occasions, the timing of her walking tours never quite matched up with my schedule.  As this was the last one of the Summer season, I made it a point to get there on time. We started in front of the Jeremiah Lee mansion and then walked as a group down Hooper Street, through Crocker Park and along Front Street. [...]

By |2017-09-11T21:08:58-04:00September 12th, 2017|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , , |12 Comments