I hate to follow one sunset shot with another but these did end up being my two favorite images of 2019. Today's shot was captured on September 4th as a storm passed over Marblehead and then the Neck. I had gone out to Crocker Park to chase the clouds and actually had been hoping for a rainbow. I remember waiting for the rain to pass under the covered benches near the seal sculpture and then, as the rain ceased, the sky took on an odd orange glow. I couldn't take in the full scene even with my widest lens and [...]
On July 19th, Marblehead was facing its first heat wave of 2019 and, luckily, we had been invited onto a friend's boat. We motored around the harbor and ate dinner as the temperature rose and any wind dropped. At around 7:30pm, we arrived back at the dock on the Salem Harbor side of Marblehead and hung out for a bit there. As luck would have it, my son was invited to hang out with friends and I offered to drive him home. As we drove, I noticed the sky building in color and, when we hit Village Street, I made [...]
I drive by this scene on my way to work four days a week and have wanted to stop and capture several scenes here but either I didn't have my camera, had thought too later about stopping, the tide was too high or too low or the light just wasn't right. Having passed this area so many times, I have come to appreciate just how many elements need to come together for a strong image to capture the scene and so, when the light was just right on October 26 and all the other elements came into place, I knew [...]
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 [...]
Late April in Marblehead can be cold and very un-spring-like but the annual Jackson Cup with boats sailing in the harbor is always a bright spot. I captured a few favorite images of the boats crossing in front of Abbot Hall and the Boston Yacht Club on April 28th but this was my favorite with the alternating red and yellow sails. For bringing a bit of color and warmth to a late April day, this image of the Jackson Cup is my fifth favorite of 2019.
I went out a few nights ago as Redd's Pond had frozen and skaters were enjoying the timeless joy of skating on the frozen water. I had hopes of capturing a similar scene to this one taken on February 1, 2019 but the light never quite matched the one in this shot. I had a hard time deciding whether to include this image because of the foreground element. I did a bit of research and learned about these 'pond stars' which are formed when snow covers a thin ice layer. My wife thought it looked too ominous against the backdrop [...]
For the past few years, a new shot has made its way into the top 10 countdown. I never know if the newness of the shot makes me favor it more with the experience of capturing it still fresh in my mind. Such is the case for this shot of the Cold Moon over State Street captured on December 12th. I've gone out to capture this scene of a setting moon with a lit star on the crane over The Landing in the past and never had all the elements lined up quite right. This was the year when everything [...]
On October 13th, I went out to capture the Hunters moon rising over the neck and was initially upset with the cloud cover that prevented my capturing any detail in the moon. As soon as the moon rose over the Corinthian, I noticed how nicely the path of light mirrored Marblehead Light's green beacon reflected in the harbor and captured this image. For making the best of a situation and for a nearly full and calm harbor on this mid-October evening, 'Hunting the Moon in Marblehead' is my eighth favorite image of 2019.
When I was choosing my Top 10 images of 2019, this shot captured from Crocker Park on July 21 was an easy choice but deciding where to place it was difficult. It's a very simple image and composition focusing on the mouth of the harbor with boats filling all but a few moorings. The sky was perfect with great contrast and detail in the clouds above. While I tend to be more excited by images captured at sunrise or sunset with incredible orange, red, pink or purple skies, there's something to be said for a perfect blue sky casting soft [...]
I've gone out to capture the annual carnival at Devereux Beach for each of the past 10 years and have tended to shoot the rides in fog or reflected in rain puddles rather than focusing on the people who attend. This year, I made it a point to include teenagers in my shots - perhaps because I now have one teen and one tween. On this night, I had been walking around to find some interesting compositions when I stopped in front of the Music Fest ride. This scene seemed to perfectly capture our annual carnival as it exists in [...]