I've already shared one image of the blue moon rising on July 31st but this one might be my favorite from that night. I explained previously that my camera and all lenses were at Canon for their biyearly checkup and cleaning. In their place, I was fortunate to borrow a camera and zoom lens from a friend. The zoom she lent me allowed twice the magnification of my longest lens and the camera added an extra 1.6 time reach to do its smaller sensor. The end result was an effective 640mm of zoom (vs the 200mm I usually use). When [...]
There's a danger in looking at images and sharing them too quickly after an event. On the Fourth of July, I raced home from Marblehead Neck on my bicycle passing bumper to bumper traffic on the causeway. As soon as I walked in the door, I plugged my camera's memory card in and hoped that some of the Marblehead fireworks images came out as nice as I remembered them. I scanned the images quickly and selected three different views of the evening's great show. It was only this weekend, when I had time to carefully review the images from the [...]
I hope no one is tired of images taken on Tuesday, June 9th yet. I've shared six images from this one outing so far and all have differed by the quality of light, the composition or location. Shortly after I arrived at Chandler Hovey Park, I spotted a rainbow positioned southeast of the lighthouse. The location made compositions tricky even with my widest angle lens. I took a few photos from the edge of the park where the rocks form a cliff-like structure leading into the waters of Marblehead Harbor. From there, I quickly explored other spots near the waters edge. [...]
On Tuesday, June 9th, thunderstorms were predicted for Boston around 7:00pm and their trajectory looked like it might bring them just north of Marblehead. Knowing that storms always make for dramatic light, I headed out to Chandler Hovey Park hoping for some great light. I arrived at 7:15 and at first was disappointed with the too-thick clouds which were blotting out the sun. That is until I looked behind me and spotted the rainbow! I've shared one image of the rainbow already but this week will focus on five images that came afterwards. By 7:30pm, the rainbow had dissipated and I [...]
Last night, storms were predicted to pass near Marblehead between 7 and 8pm. Knowing that storms make for incredible light at sunset, I decided to head out after dinner and see if that might be the case on this occasion. The clouds seemed to be coming from the direction of Boston and I therefore chose Chandler Hovey Park as my destination. I wasn't thrilled with the light when I first arrived at Chandler Hovey and stared up at Marblehead Light. There was little definition in the clouds and they seemed too thick to allow any sun to shine through. After [...]
Continuing the journey into the archives, this image comes from May 2011 and a foggy morning on Chandler Hovey Park. By this time, I had photographed Marblehead Light on many occasions and this old oil house at least once before in the snow. The added element of fog helped push Marblehead Light into the distant background and added a sense of mystery to this small brick building situated on the edge of Marblehead Neck.
Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone.
It finally happened! I can't count how many times I have left the house late at night with the hope of capturing the aurora borealis over Marblehead Light. The northern lights occur when charged particles enter the Earth's atmosphere. On March 15, two coronal mass ejections sprouted from the Sun and headed towards Earth bringing with them a LOT of those charged particles. The strength of the aurora is measured in Kp values and, in Marblehead, we need to hit at least a Kp of 7 for any hope of seeing the northern lights. When the charged particles arrived on Earth [...]
On July 2, 2014, I was fortunate to be invited to the top of Marblehead Light. The climb was more difficult than I imagined with a sharply winding staircase within the small diameter of the lighthouse's central column. Once atop Marblehead Light, the view more than made up for any difficulties. I've shared a number of images from this unique vantage point but none in this direction. I was fortunate to have some clouds to offset the blue sky of this Summer day and, for a brief moment, the clouds blocked the sun leading the sun rays forming below. I [...]
Another entry in this week's Where in Marblehead series and likely the easiest of them all. This was taken in September 2012 during a low tide. Answer: