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Top 10 of 2017 – #1 Christmas at Sea

How can a tree on a small boat be my favorite image of 2017 after passing up sunrises, sunsets, the harbor illumination and two shots of lightning? I'm not sure but there is something perfectly Marblehead in the simplicity of this small boat and decorated tree with a starfish on top floating in Little Harbor on the first snowfall of the season. The title Christmas at Sea is one that I thought summed up those elements quite well. I captured this image on December 9th at 11:33am so the feeling of walking across the slippery rocks in front of the [...]

By |2017-12-20T12:18:17+00:00December 29th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |20 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #2 Lightning Storm over Marblehead Harbor

I've captured images of lightning over Marblehead Harbor only twice previously (June 2012 and August 2015).  I had been pleased with those efforts until the night of June 27th.  I had gone out after one storm passed over town and set up along Corinthian Lane to capture the next storm headed our way. While I waited, I was treated to an incredible sunset and then this - my second favorite image of 2017. My original thoughts on this image: What an incredible night and an epic lightning storm over Marblehead Harbor.  I left the house a little after 7pm hoping [...]

By |2017-12-20T12:07:03+00:00December 28th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Top 10 of 2017 – #3 Lighting up the Eastern Yacht Club

While the annual Marblehead Fireworks show is a perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Harbor Illumination that precedes it is a unique Marblehead tradition that has become my favorite part of the night.  Knowing that I would be shooting from the Pleon Yacht Club this year, I told note of the location of the flares set up by the boy scouts and had this composition in mind when the flares were lit.  The resulting scene with red flares and a blue sky with perfect reflections in the water of the harbor made for my third favorite image [...]

By |2017-12-20T11:04:28+00:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Top 10 of 2017 – #4 First Snow of the Season

Another December image and another aerial makes it to the top 5 of the year.  We had an absolutely perfect first snow of the season on December 9th and I went out on the 10th in the morning to capture the results.  That's when I shot the partially frozen image of Redd's that made it to #7 and this aerial image of Abbot Hall that ended up as my fourth favorite image of 2017. My original thoughts on this image: There’s something magical about the first snow of the season.  After shooting around town as the snow fell yesterday, I [...]

By |2017-12-20T10:55:47+00:00December 26th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #6 Lightning Strikes Marblehead Light

Would you believe this is one of two shots of lightning in the top 10? Today's image was taken on September 14, 2017 at 7:27pm when a fast moving storm went through town.  With the frequent bursts of lightning and the proximity of them, I didn't feel safe shooting in the open and so I set up my tripod on the passenger seat of the car with the window open hoping that lightning would strike near Marblehead Light.  My luck held out and I came away with my fifth favorite image of the year. My original thoughts on this image: [...]

By |2017-12-20T10:56:54+00:00December 25th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #6 Sunset Sky over Marblehead Harbor

This is one of only two aerial images that made it into my top 10 list for 2017 which surprised me a bit.  Aerial photography using the Phantom 4 Pro opened up a whole new world of compositions for me and allowed me to capture Marblehead in ways I had only dreamed of before.  Today's image was captured on September 10, 2017 at 6:58pm.  It seems crazy to think that sunsets took place at 7pm only a few months ago as we are stuck in the short days of winter and 4pm sunsets now. On this particular day, I lucked [...]

By |2017-12-20T10:57:11+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #7 Perfect Morning at Redd’s Pond

When it came time to decide on my top 10 images of 2017, I found myself eyeing several recent images for inclusion and ended up with 4 of the top 10 having been taken in December.  I can't decide if that is due to some bias on my end to favor photos taken recently and thereby still holding strong memories of the shoot or a unique effect this year with some truly picture perfect conditions. For #7, I decided on this photos of a truly perfect morning at Redd's Pond.  I've captured Redd's partially frozen before but never with such [...]

By |2017-12-20T10:56:31+00:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #10 – Cloudy with a Chance of Moonrise

As we start the Top 10 of 2017 countdown that will lead us into the New Years Day slideshow, we begin with a crowd favorite and the sole moonrise image of the top 10.  I was able to choose my top 9 this year fairly easily but struggled with the final four options for the final spot.  I decided to put the decision up for a vote on my Facebook and Instagram pages and this image was the clear winner. I captured this image on December 3rd, 2017 when I ventured out hoping to capture a moonrise despite the cloudy [...]

By |2017-12-17T18:35:37+00:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

Top 10 of 2016 – #1 – Light Dawns on Marblehead

So this is a first - my favorite image of 2016 is a brand new one that I am sharing in the countdown for the first time.  On the morning of Wednesday December 14th, I headed out of the house eager to capture aerial images of Marblehead with my new Phantom drone.  I had purchased the flying camera a week earlier and was just starting to get the hang of it but had not yet been able to shoot under great light. On this morning, the conditions seemed promising and I headed out towards Abbot Hall.  I brought the phantom [...]

By |2016-12-29T17:59:10+00:00December 30th, 2016|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , , , , |16 Comments

Top 10 of 2016 – #2 – Sailing Under the Sunset

This is the second image in the Top 10 of 2016 countdown to have been taken on the night of July 5th and was an easy choice for the #2 spot (it was actually #1 until December 14th when it got bounced for that top slot).  As the sun set through the building fog on this night, it created an incredible diffuse orange light.  I was shooting various compositions in this light and then spotted two townies sailing under the sunset light.  The picture perfect light and warmth of the final scene with the silhouettes of the sailors visible combined [...]

By |2016-12-18T11:57:56+00:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments