Another April image (taken two weeks before yesterday's shot of the Jackson Cup) from when I woke up in the pre-dawn hours and headed out to Crocker Park. I really lucked out with the light at dawn and a scene of two boats in their moorings, the expanse of Childrens Island and the lighthouse's green beacon reflecting in the broken stillness of water in the harbor. The light moved from pink to purple and red and I ended up with several compositions but this was my favorite image of the morning. For great light and a painterly scene of early [...]
This will be my last new image of 2019 as I plan to do a Top 10 countdown starting this weekend leading up to New Years Day. Today's photo of a lit Christmas tree on the rocky shore of Marblehead Harbor was captured ten minutes prior to the wider image of the moon setting. I had spotted this tree from across the harbor and really liked this composition but the cloudless sky detracted quite a bit. As the sun began to rise, it lit up the smoke from a chimney in downtown Marblehead and added a nice pink break in [...]
Crocker Park at dawn turns out to be a great time to think and ponder a fresh start to this Wednesdays in Marblehead project... When I first started exploring my new home town through landscape photography, I did it for myself. It was a way to exercise the creative part of my brain and challenge myself to capture the beauty I found in the more scenic locations around town as well as the hidden ones. Along the way, I found great joy when my images resonated with others. That joy grew when I was able to put together a book [...]
My Kickstarter campaign to help fund my next book is now LIVE! - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/marblehead/wednesdays-in-marblehead-seasons-of-change (Instagram - link in profile) With an early snow storm predicted to begin later today, I thought we might luck out with a nice sunrise to kickstart the day. With today being the launch day of my Kickstarter campaign, I had no trouble getting up early and making my way down to little harbor. I was rewarded for my early outing in the 20 degree temperatures with some great colors at dawn. I remained there capturing more shots as the clouds shifted and the light changed [...]
The internet is a strange and wonderful thing. I was looking for an image to share and stopped at this one of a brilliant pink and blue sky captured at dawn in mid-April. I shared two other images from this morning but, between the changing light and flexibility of composing with a zoom lens, had a number of 'keepers' from the morning. When it came time to come up with a title, I was lost. I decided to type in 'sky-blue pink' into Google and ended up going down a rabbit hole starting with finding it to be a modern [...]
On a Sunday morning in mid-April, I lucked out with a brilliant dawn on an empty harbor. I began by shooting at the longest end of my zoom lens to capture the incredible colors near the horizon. However, I also wanted to showcase the empty harbor and the interplay of dawn's colors with the light of the blue hour that otherwise colored the rest of the scene. This shot was taken near the widest part of the zoom lens and allowed me to realize that feeling of dawn and the morning sun pushing away the last light of evening and [...]
I headed out on the morning of March 20th to capture the moon setting over Old North Church and lucked out with a nice shot of the sun coming up over the Atlantic as well. With those images captured, I turned back toward town and spotted this familiar view of Abbot Hall and the houses surrounding it. As the sun came up, it shone its first light on Abbot Hall bringing out the brilliant red color of its brick facade. Without boats in the harbor, Abbot Hall was able to dominate the composition and the subtle pink-purple hues of light [...]
I mentioned in my last post that I had a dream about missing the sunrise and had lamented a few missed opportunities in the past few weeks. With a storm heading our way, I decided to check on cloud forecasts for Sunday morning and found the results promising. With that in mind, I set an alarm and went to bed hoping for a nice showing of dawn's early light... I left the house before dawn and drove down Pleasant Street heading to Crocker Park. As I drove, I looked up at the sky and thought I saw hints of purple [...]
I spent New Years Day at Devereux Beach capturing wave after wave coming ashore as the dawn broke. I alternated between fast exposures to capture detail in the water and longer ones that highlighted the sense of movement in the ocean. This was one of my favorites from the set with an ocean wave about to curl onto itself before hitting the shore and the sand reflecting the brightness of the morning sky.
Today's image comes from late December and a sunrise outing to capture the setting moon. While waiting for the moon to drop in the sky, I kept myself busy shooting scenes of the Marblehead skyline from across the harbor. I first shot (and shared) a wider view of a pink-purple sky but then decided to zoom in and focus on the star atop the crane standing between the St. Michaels steeple and that of Grace Community Church. If you look carefully, you'll notice the star glowing in the dawn light with a seamless pink sky serving as a perfect backdrop.