There's nothing quite like a Marblehead sunset when you catch peak colors in the sky reflecting in the water of Marblehead harbor with boats filling every mooring... This was the scene on a late September evening when I lucked out with an incredible light show from this spot a the end of Peabody lane. I shot for almost 45 minutes trying to explore every available composition under the rapidly changing and strengthening light. Won't be long now before boats start to fill the harbor and we get to enjoy some warm Marblehead sunsets once more.
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 [...]
Already missing views of a crowded harbor as the days grow colder and next summer seems far too far away. This image was taken on September 1st using my longest lens set at 400mm. The focal length helps compress the view and makes Marblehead harbor seem packed with boats.
On Saturday, I was out hoping to capture scenes of foliage with a lens I had rented for the week. This was as much an exercise for the lens as it was a hope to capture the fewer boats remaining in Marblehead Harbor with spots of foliage as backdrop. Unfortunately, I found more boats than foliage and had to console myself with this shot saved by some interesting clouds overhead and decent lighting. This foliage season seems to have been limited both in duration and color...
I went out yesterdays hoping to capture a bit of fall foliage as I had seen the maples in town starting to turn a few weeks ago. I hadn't been to Rockett Landing off Village street in a while and was pleased to see the floats still in place. I was even happier to spot some color across Salem Harbor. I composed this image of fall color seen across Salem Harbor with boats still moored in the waters as autumn begins to take shape in Marblehead.
Back to Friday night's sunset from just across the causeway. I mentioned that I had spent most of my time composing images with Abbot Hall in the frame and this was my favorite of the night. The sun had started to add light to the clouds above and some sweet light allowed Abbot Hall's brick facade to glow. With this being early October, you can make out a few empty moorings. Unfortunately, it won't be long before most of the moorings in the harbor are left empty as we make our way into winter.
I spent a few hours on Columbus Day going through photos from recent outings and making final decisions on those that needed to be processed vs those that would be deleted. As I looked through the set of images from September 23rd and that epic sunset over Marblehead Harbor, I found a few new keepers that I had overlooked the first time around. This image was taken near the end of the evening when the sky shifted to a deep red glow that washed over the waters of Marblehead Harbor. I composed the shot to include a cropping of boats [...]
On Friday night, I returned home from work to find some promising clouds over the harbor and headed out before dinner to see about capturing some nice light. I drove to the lighthouse and then came back down to this spot just past the causeway on Marblehead Neck from which I had a few compositions to choose from. I spent most of my time shooting with Abbot Hall in the frame but, as the sun dipped lower, I spotted the reflecting light of one boat's windows and adjusted to this mid-harbor view to capture that pop of light on an [...]
As the nights turn cool, I wanted to take a look back at the last days of summer in Marblehead and found this shot captured from Brown's Island looking back toward town. I had gone out to Brown's with my kids and met up with friends to enjoy a picture perfect Labor Day. At one point, we made our way to the tree swing and I took a few shots of my daughter swinging before turning towards this view. The juxtaposition of Abbot Hall and Old North Church makes for a great scene and the addition of boats moored in [...]
A lot can happen in two minutes... That was the duration of time between Tuesday's post and today's image capturing the peak of the afterglow. At this point the sky erupted in an explosion of light with brilliant oranges washing the sky and reflecting in the water of Marblehead Harbor. The light hit its peak one minute later with the first shot I shared on that Sunday night. Hope you enjoyed the week of sunset images (and the extended afterglow) as much as I did taking them.