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First Light – Abbot Hall

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 [...]

By |2019-04-17T06:26:04-04:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Landmark|Tags: , |2 Comments

Dawn’s Early Light in Marblehead

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 [...]

By |2019-04-15T06:36:42-04:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , , , |24 Comments

Ocean Wave

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.

By |2019-03-13T21:53:05-04:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Star and Steeples under a Pink 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.

By |2019-03-10T20:44:48-04:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |8 Comments

The Pull of the Ocean

On New Years Day, I headed out to Devereux Beach for the first sunrise of the year and shared an image of the sun backlighting waves shortly after I came home. Before the sun came up, I busied myself capturing the waves coming to shore and then receding in response to the pull of the ocean. Once I figured out this composition, it was a matter of timing to get just the right wave and just the right moment where the motion of the water returning to the ocean could best exemplify that cyclic pull.

By |2019-01-06T20:08:14-04:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Shining Star at Sunrise

On December 23rd, I had headed out before dawn to capture the full cold moon setting with a plan to capture it besides the shining star atop the crane at the State Street Landing (watch for that image tomorrow morning).  Before the moon could descend into frame, I found this composition of St. Michael's Steeple, Grace Community Church and that shining star in between with the perfect colors of dawn painting the sky above. As luck would have it, two birds came into the frame and broke up the otherwise empty sky.

By |2019-01-02T20:34:29-04:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Stormy Weather at Dawn

Today's image comes from a dawn outing at the end of October 2016. I was stuck on a name for this image until I zoomed in and read the name of the boat with the red hull - Stormy Weather. I couldn't help but play with that name in the title to share this beautiful pink-orange dawn over  Gerry Island and First Harbor.

By |2018-06-06T22:02:10-04:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Little Harbor|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Dawns Early Light

The morning of April 24th proved to be one of the most beautiful and longest lasting dawns/sunrises I have experienced in Marblehead. The light show began at 5:30am and, within minutes, I witnessed orange, pink and purple light paints the sky and Marblehead Harbor in dawns early light.  The light quickly changed and strengthened as I stood watch at the end of Ferry Lane (near the Landing). If you look closely, you can see that Marblehead Light's green beacon is shining against the orange backdrop. Thanks again to all who voted yesterday and helped me narrow down my selections for the [...]

By |2018-05-06T22:45:31-04:00May 7th, 2018|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments

Abbot at Dawn

On March 31st, I woke before the sunrise and raced out of the house to capture the moon setting near Abbot Hall.  I shared that image as soon as I returned home but held on to this shot taken five minutes earlier until now. I had watched the moon descend into clouds and wondered if it might reappear in the small clearing you see here. While I waited, the sun rose and bathed Abbot Hall in the soft light of dawn.  As luck would have it, a lone bird flew overhead and into perfect position to create some drama in [...]

By |2018-05-01T21:53:02-04:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Dawn of a Spring Day

I can't remember the last time I went out to capture the sunrise and this spring has not been very welcoming to early morning outings. This morning, everything seemed to fall into place and I decided to head out early to capture the dawn of a spring day. As I drove towards downtown, the sky showed its earliest hints of color. I arrived at the Landing and saw the light had built up further with plenty of time to go before sunrise.  I started off shooting from shore but then made my way to one of the floats already out [...]

By |2018-04-24T06:53:57-04:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |21 Comments