In lieu of this year's harbor illumination and show, I thought I would share this image from a few days ago when a storm approached and put mother nature's fireworks on full display. I had gone out earlier to Fort Beach and captured a bolt of lightning from a departing storm as well as a nice rainbow. As I checked radar, I found a very active storm approaching to the south so I headed back out. Given the track of the storm, I crossed the causeway and set up at the small beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I captured a [...]
Not even 10 minutes after capturing the bolt of lightning from Fort Beach, the sun broke through the clouds and lit up water vapor to create a beautiful rainbow after the storm. I went with a wider composition to keep the trees at Fort Sewall and the boats at Fort Beach in the frame while managing to catch a nice reflection of the rainbow in the water. The dramatic sky was a nice bonus as was that deep blue sky near Marblehead Light. Make sure you check in Sunday morning for "Nature's Fireworks" that I captured one hour later when [...]
So shortly after taking yesterday's image at 7:27pm, I noticed these incredible blue clouds near the horizon that seem to be washing over Children's Island. I had my favorite landscape lens (a 24-105mm f/4) on the camera but couldn't quite get the reach I wanted to focus on the clouds so I did a quick change to my much longer 100-400mm lens. With that I zoomed in and composed a shot to highlight the blue clouds with boats moored near the mouth of the harbor. I couldn't help but play with the zoom and compositions and, when I zoomed out, [...]
Rather than share one or two shots from Tuesday night's fun outing and then save the rest in the 'to be published' folder, I thought it would be fun to take you through the hour spent at Crocker Park as the light developed. I cheated by showing one of my favorites from 8:07pm right off the bat but let's take a step back. I arrived at Crocker Park at 7:20pm and captured this shot at 7:27. I had chosen Crocker because the light seemed most promising to the north where a storm was crossing over Gloucester but another had just [...]
The light really doesn't get much better than this view of Little Harbor at dawn... On Saturday, December 12th, I woke before the dawn and headed down to Little Harbor hoping the old adage 'red sky in morning, sailor take warning' might prove true with predictions of strong rains later in the day. I arrived to find a mostly empty harbor and the first hint of light in the sky. I started shooting when the lights turned on in one of the working boats headed out for the day and kept at it as the sky brightened. Twenty minutes after [...]
Hope you aren't tired of images from Wednesday August 19 yet but, as the difference from yesterday's afterglow to today's dramatic sky illustrate, there was such a wide spectrum of light conditions that every location offered completely different clouds and lighting to play with. This shot of the passing storm crossing over the causeway and the Neck was captured earlier in the evening at my first stop - Riverhead Beach. When I am dealing with uncertain conditions, I tend to head to this spot to quickly check the sky and light from every direction. As it turned out, I had [...]
Hard to believe that it was one month ago when I captured the best light of the summer at Devereux Beach. This was the night that I caught a full rainbow over the causeway and thought that would be the peak of light only to discover this incredible view of the Gold Coast on the shores of Devereux Beach twenty minutes later. This is the sixth image I will have shared from the hour spent running back and forth between the causeway and beach on June 24, 2020. I shot these two clouds from various angles and with differing compositions [...]
I mentioned in yesterday's post that last Wednesday's outing led to one of the best sunsets of the year - including an awesome rainbow over the causeway. I shared some of the rainbow shots last week but worked on the rest of the images from that night over the weekend. This is an image from the water's edge at Devereux Beach from when I arrived at 7:30pm. I was pretty happy with the dramatic light and cloud cover. Little did I know just how good the light would get.
I was pretty happy after capturing the double rainbow over the causeway but, since the clouds were sticking around, I figured I would wait until the sun set. Exactly 30 minutes after shooting the panorama from the causeway, I was rewarded for my patience with an incredible sunset. You can just make out the last remnants of the rainbow touching the clouds which had reached what I thought was peak color over the Atlantic ocean. I packed up after this shot thinking the light was done and headed back home only to make one more stop when the clouds exploded [...]
Capturing rainfall sometimes seems more difficult than the rainbow afterwards and yet the reward for being in the right spot is a very dramatic scene such as this with curtains of water coming down over Marblehead Neck. With our first heat wave of the season and only one day of rain in the past 2-3 weeks, this seemed like a good shot to finish off the week.