Top 10 of 2017 – #2 Lightning Storm over Marblehead Harbor

I've captured images of lightning over Marblehead Harbor only twice previously (June 2012 and August 2015).  I had been pleased with those efforts until the night of June 27th.  I had gone out after one storm passed over town and set up along Corinthian Lane to capture the next storm headed our way. While I waited, I was treated to an incredible sunset and then this - my second favorite image of 2017. My original thoughts on this image: What an incredible night and an epic lightning storm over Marblehead Harbor.  I left the house a little after 7pm hoping [...]

By | 2017-12-20T12:07:03+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Top 10 of 2017 – #9 A New Day Dawns in Marblehead

My 9th favorite photo taken in 2017 is this one of purple light and a perfect green reflection as a new day dawns in Marblehead.  This image was captured on October 7th, 2017 at 6:24am during what would end up as a very long boating season in Marblehead.  The warm summer with only one heat wave morphed into a warm and very pleasant fall.  I was thankful for the warm conditions as sunrises began to take place later and even more so for the nearly filled harbor as I saw the light developing on this morning. With the still conditions, [...]

By | 2017-12-17T18:46:35+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #10 – Cloudy with a Chance of Moonrise

As we start the Top 10 of 2017 countdown that will lead us into the New Years Day slideshow, we begin with a crowd favorite and the sole moonrise image of the top 10.  I was able to choose my top 9 this year fairly easily but struggled with the final four options for the final spot.  I decided to put the decision up for a vote on my Facebook and Instagram pages and this image was the clear winner. I captured this image on December 3rd, 2017 when I ventured out hoping to capture a moonrise despite the cloudy [...]

By | 2017-12-17T18:35:37+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

Cloudy with a Chance of Moonrise

For the second night in a row, I headed out hoping to capture the full moon.  Last night offered the better timing of the nearly full moon but, as luck would have it, dense clouds spoiled any view of the moon.  I returned to the same spot tonight and set up with two cameras as I test out the Sony a7rII eyeing a possible switch from the Canon system I have been using for the past 12 years. I set up both cameras with the longest lenses I had and composed this image only to then sit and wait and [...]

By | 2017-12-03T18:36:51+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |33 Comments

Fall in the Air over Seaside Park

On Sunday, I watched the sky fill with clouds in the morning but then show signs of breaking up in the afternoon.  I had to pick up my son on the Neck and so I threw the drone in the car and stopped at Seaside Park after picking him up and forcing him to join me. I was surprised to find another drone at the park - this one was a racing model flown by a boy with first person view goggles on.  I was a bit jealous as I set my much larger drone down and flew it in [...]

By | 2017-10-16T22:32:18+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sunrise Glow over Marblehead Neck

A few minutes after yesterday's image of a perfect dawn in Marblehead, the first hint of sunrise glow began to form over Marblehead neck.  I made a slight adjustment to the composition and settings and captured the light as it built to its maximum. As it turns out, the sun never actually showed after this moment.  The clouds thickened and this light was quickly extinguished with the light of the sun hidden behind the building cloud cover.  The twenty minute span between the first light of dawn and this peak sunrise glow made the trip to Crocker Park incredibly productive [...]

By | 2017-10-09T19:08:32+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Marblehead Harbor Dawn

Between yesterday's capture and this one, twenty minutes elapsed.  During that time, I had decided to set up Facebook Live on my iPhone so others could enjoy what I hoped would be a beautiful sunrise.  As the sun approached the horizon, the sky absolutely exploded in color.  I shot frame after frame and kept adjusting the composition until this moment when the light peaked. An incredible mix of pinks and purples lit up the sky on this Marblehead Harbor dawn.  I loved how the boats in the harbor all seemed to be pointing toward Marblehead Light with its green beacon [...]

By | 2017-10-09T19:03:12+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |53 Comments

A New Day Dawns in Marblehead

I hadn't been out to shoot the dawn in a month and so, when I woke at 6am on Saturday morning, I decided to head out the door and see if luck might follow me to Crocker Park.  I had quickly checked the location of the rising sun and decided that Crocker offered the potential for some nice side light to illuminate the boats still moored in the harbor.  I lucked out with a parking spot along Front Street and walked up to the park. I arrived to find still waters and some nice orange light beginning to show to [...]

By | 2017-10-09T18:58:29+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Moored by Moonlight under the Harvest Moon

Long after the Harvest Moon rose, I stayed along Front Street and watched the moonlight grow brighter and move directly over Marblehead Light.  The boats moored in the harbor were lined up perfectly from this spot and seemed to be bathed in golden moonlight emanating from the lighthouse itself as I chose to compose this image without the moon - focusing instead on its light reflected on the water. As a bonus, the green beacon shone from atop the lighthouse and a gentle breeze lifted the flag which also seemed to grab a bit of moonlight to shine in the [...]

By | 2017-10-05T22:02:04+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

Expecting the Harvest Moon at Lovis Cove

I didn't have high hopes for tonight's Harvest Moon and am very glad that my expectations were proven very, very wrong.  I had scouted out the projected rise of the full moon and decided to shoot from Lovis Cove but had found little motivation as 5:30pm rolled around and I lay on our newly delivered (and far too comfortable couch).  With an effort of will, I gathered my bag, tripod and was out the door. I showed up 15 minutes early and set up near the Barnacle where I was surprised (and flattered) to meet three fans/followers in a span [...]

By | 2017-10-05T06:42:33+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |21 Comments