A full moon is rising tonight on the first night of Passover and, knowing that I won't have a chance to shoot it, I thought I would share this image of the moonrise from mid-November. I've shared two other images of this full moon before but today's image was the first one I captured that night and, while the moon hadn't quite hit its peak glow, I really liked the softer look of it as it broke through the haze on this night. One of my favorite aspects of shooting the moon from this spot near Crocker Park was being able [...]
I captured this image of clouds behind Marblehead Light on Chandler Hovey Park last week at sunset but didn't have a chance to work on the image until yesterday's snow day. I had been photographing with my Phantom 4 Pro at Crocker Park before deciding to change vantage points and ended up at Chandler Hovey Park just as the sun was setting and with perfect clouds formed behind the lighthouse. I shot this is a vertical panorama while standing beside the flag pole so that I could include the foreground rocks and stone bench lit in golden light. Hope you [...]
After capturing the view of sunset from Chandler Hovey Park, I watched the light until it started to fade and then turned to head towards my car. As I did, I spotted pink light over Childrens Island and walked around the lighthouse to see the last glow of sunset fading near the horizon. At the same time, I heard the familiar sound of crashing surf rolling the pebbles along that section of Chandler Hovey Park where flat rocks lead to a miniature beach. I quickly got into position and slowed the shutter speed to capture the movement of the water as [...]
As this site has continued, I have found myself with fewer opportunities to capture scenes of Marblehead on any given Wednesday. Instead, I head out when the light is right at sunrise, sunset or, on occasion, in mid-day on a day off from work. Yesterday, seemed like it would turn into another grey day with little to offer until the clouds started to break up near sunset and I grabbed my gear and headed out to Marblehead Neck. I looked over my shoulder as I drove across the causeway and stopped at a few spots on the Neck before heading towards [...]
I don't think I've ever had a situation like this one where one of the last images captured in December immediately cements a place in the Top 10 list. I had another image of sea smoke in this #7 spot but the combination of sea smoke, a sun star (formed by the break in clouds partially obscuring the morning sun) and that red glow behind Marblehead Light made this one an instant favorite. #7 on the Top 10 of 2016 is this image of smoke on the water and fire in the sky captured on December 16.
This morning, air temperatures of 2F and water temperatures of 50F held the promise of sea smoke to make up for the otherwise miserable cold. Any chance to see, let alone photograph, smoke on the water will get me out of the house and so, bundled in layers, I headed out. I drove around trying to find the perfect spot and made my way just before dawn to Fort Sewall. I was perched there braced against the wind gusts hoping for good light when I started to see breaks forming in the clouds. Sure enough, as the sun rose behind [...]
Last night, I headed out of Marblehead in the hopes of capturing the full cold moon rising behind Nubble Light which had been decorated for the season in holiday lights. It felt good to venture outside of Marblehead for a photoshoot - something I hadn't done in quite some time. And even better to meet up with Phil Cohen who served as the inspiration for Wednesdays in Marblehead with his The Daily Portsmouth. As luck would have it, thick clouds moved in a bit earlier than expected and spoiled the photoshoot. I was still able to catch up with Phil but [...]
For today's image, I decided to look into my 'to be published' archive and focus on images captured in the month of December. I found this one of a string of lights on Marblehead Light from December 18, 2011 and it instantly put me in the mood for celebrating the upcoming holiday. Each year, lights are strung from atop the lighthouse adding a festive touch to Chandler Hovey Park. I was fortunate to join the crew stringing lights one year and was amazed by their heft. As these original incandescent lights have started to lose their luster and give out [...]
When I first heard that a supermoon was due to rise in November, I dismissed it as 'yet another supermoon' (it seems we've had two to three of these each year since the last really big one in March 2011 which I used for the cover of my book). It was only later that I realized that the moon was making its closest path to Earth since 1948 and would indeed be a supermoon to rival and beat that 2011 one. With that in mind, I made several plans for capturing the wonder of this full Beaver moon. First up was upgrading [...]
As the Hunters Moon set on Sunday morning, I ran around Chandler Hovey Park trying to find different compositions with which to capture the beautifully lit full moon. At one point I was perched on the rocks shooting dawn breaking behind Marblehead Rock and then turned to see the full moon setting between the supports of Marblehead Light. I quickly altered my position and set up this image to include the red door marking the base and entrance to Marblehead Light on the right with the full Hunters Moon setting between diagonal supports on the left.