With cloudy skies dominating the weather for much of April and May, my photography outings have been limited to a small handful. I decided to look through my 'to be posted' archive for past May shots that had not yet seen the light of day and found much of the same. Guess May really is a cloudy month... I stopped at this image captured on May 14, 2017 at Devereux Beach. On smaller devices, you might miss the three surfers in the water waiting for a few waves as the setting sun illuminated a patch of clouds overhead on this [...]
One more from last weekend's carnival, I had set up in front of the Casino ride with a particular shot in mind - a mix of lights and reflections that I hoped to capture. As I was adjusting my settings and composition, I noticed a young girl walking up to the measurement sign checking to see if she was tall enough to ride. I snapped a few frames as the girl stood tall and her sibling (I think) tried to figure out if she was indeed tall enough for the Casino ride. When I arrived home, this was my favorite [...]
This is the image I had hoped to capture when I left the house on Saturday night (the second night of the annual Marblehead carnival). I was disappointed (but not surprised) by the low attendance on Friday night and, as I mentioned in the weekend post, had learned the carnival hadn't even opened on Thursday night due to cold and rain. Finally on Saturday, we had a break in the rain that has plagued Marblehead for some 25 of the past 31 days. With the break in the rain, the crowds were far more impressive on Saturday night and I [...]
After a rain delay, the annual Marblehead High School carnival opened last night and welcomed teenagers to hang out among the rides, games and carnival food at Devereux Beach. My son was among the mainly seventh and eighth graders who took their place in attending this timeless tradition. I showed up at 8pm and spent an hour walking around and capturing a few images using scattered puddles from the intermittent rain to make for more interesting compositions. This was my favorite image from last night with the Music Fest ride in full swing and the name reflected in the puddle [...]
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.
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.
Each year on New Years Day, I wake before dawn without an alarm clock and head out to capture the first sunrise of the year. I had missed out on a great sunrise the day before (the last one of 2018) and hoped for a repeat performance. With temperatures in the upper 40's, I figured no matter what the morning brought, it would be nice to be out shooting for the first time since the Christmas moon. I drove down Atlantic Avenue and decided to stop at Devereux Beach. The tide was high (and rising) and I had figured out [...]
I mentioned yesterday that I had walked along the causeway to find the right spot from which to capture the perfect blue sky over Marblehead Harbor. Having done so, I crossed to the other side and walked atop the causeway wall looking for interesting compositions before me. Devereux Beach was packed with people and I walked closer to find a nice shot of silhouettes against the bright light of day. As it happened, clouds passed overhead blocking the sun and I had to stay in one spot while waiting for better light. As I did, I looked down and watched [...]
On Wednesday, July 4th, I decided the conditions were perfect to try a new series of aerial photographs of Marblehead beaches filled with sunbathers trying to escape the hot and humid weather. A few weeks earlier, my sister had noted that a video I shot over Preston Beach reminded her of the aerial work of another photographer she had followed. I checked out his images and saw the familiar split view of ocean and sand and decided to create a small series of aerial images of our many beaches. The July 4th weekend with its perfect combination of hot weather, [...]
The Marblehead Carnival is here! Starting tonight, bring the kids to Devereux Beach and enjoy the annual tradition of rides and games at the carnival by the sea. As it does every year, the carnival invariably brings with it rain. It looks like this year's forecast only calls for passing storms tonight and clear skies for the rest of the weekend. This year may be a lot busier too with our right whales visiting and attracting people to Devereux Beach. I have been photographing the carnival since moving to Marblehead ten years ago. Here are some of my favorites: https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/portfolio/marblehead-carnival/