fireworks

Gathered for the Show

So this was my other favorite from last night's Independence Day fireworks celebration in Marblehead. I had started off at Lovis Cove but then moved over to Fort Beach after 10 minutes as I knew people had gathered on the rocks there with it being low tide. I found over the years that some of my favorite images were those in which I included people who were watching the show and this year, that seemed all the more important. With the first fireworks in Marblehead since 2018, it was a joy to watch people gathered again to celebrate something as [...]

By |2022-07-04T23:18:56-04:00July 5th, 2022|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Fireworks over the Harbor

With this year's fireworks set to start at low tide, I had a few ideas in mind all centered around Front Street. I explored various spots including the rocks at Fort Beach but made a last minute decision to start shooting from Lovis Cave next to the Barnacle. The first volleys began as the flares from the harbor illumination were still burning brightly so I composed a wider shot to include the flares at Fort Sewall as well as those at Chandler Hovey Park. I lucked out with this image capturing the red explosion and the leading tail of the [...]

By |2022-07-04T22:32:14-04:00July 4th, 2022|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Marblehead Fireworks – Best Places to Watch the Best Show on the Fourth

After ten years of shooting the Marblehead fireworks display, I realized I haven't create a single page from which one could find the best places to watch what is easily the best show on the Fourth of July.  Below you will find photos from each of the major locations around Marblehead Harbor from which to watch the Independence day celebration that takes place each year on July 4th beginning with a harbor illumination beginning at around 9pm and the fireworks display at 9:15pm. Check the map at the bottom of the page for each location. [...]

By |2022-07-01T14:21:08-04:00July 1st, 2022|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: |0 Comments

Abbot’s Finale

I went out on Saturday night in the hopes of capturing some rogue fireworks shots but, as luck would have it, I was out of position for the shots I had envisioned. The following morning, I ran into a neighbor who told me that there were a few shots that seemed to explode right near Abbot Hall which instantly reminded me of this shot from 2016's show. I had photographed the fireworks from the Dolphin Yacht Club that year and ended up with a few keepers. I knew the location wouldn't work for a finale and I had scouted a [...]

By |2020-07-05T22:36:10-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fireworks over the Water

Since moving to Marblehead in May 2008, capturing the view of fireworks over the water has been one of my favorite outings each July. Sadly, for the second time in 12 years, the fireworks celebration has been cancelled (the last time was due to an awful ocean storm in 2014 preventing safe passage of the barge). This image comes from the show on July 4, 2018 and the vantage point of the causeway. I was in the same spot as for yesterday's shot of the harbor illumination and didn't even need my full zoom to capture this shot of red [...]

By |2020-06-28T22:13:06-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Marblehead Fireworks Show

I missed the Marblehead fireworks show for the first time since moving here in 2008 and hope everyone enjoyed what I'm sure was a great show. Following up on Wednesday's post of the harbor illumination is this image of the fireworks display from 2015 and my favorite vantage point - a friend's cupola on the Neck. We were invited over for the day and I made sure to bring my camera and tripod. Shortly after arriving, I checked out their cupola and found the perfect composition. I ended up biking over to Corinthian Lane for the harbor illumination and then [...]

By |2019-07-03T15:30:12-04:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , |6 Comments

Marblehead Fourth

This will be the first year since moving to Marblehead that I will miss the annual fireworks show. With that in mind, I thought I would share an image from last year's show that was years in the making and ended up offering me a completely new prospective on a Marblehead Fourth of July celebration. I purchased my drone several years ago and, shortly thereafter, obtained my drone pilot license for commercial photography. It was then that I realized what hurdles I would need to pass in order to realize this shot that I had envisioned. I had to devise [...]

By |2019-06-16T19:58:13-04:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , , |12 Comments

Marblehead Fireworks from the Causeway

I had grand plans for this year's Marblehead fireworks show and spent a week planning and prepping for the show. I had received a waiver from the FAA for flying at night and planned to try to shoot the show from the air with a backup plan to have my real camera on the ground.  Good thing I had a backup plan... So to prep for using the drone, I visited the causeway at night to practice flying and focusing as well as figure out settings. I also practiced launching and catching the drone by hand to make I could [...]

By |2018-07-04T22:41:44-04:00July 4th, 2018|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Top 10 of 2017 – #8 Fireworks over Marblehead Harbor

Marblehead's Annual Fireworks display became an instant favorite and 'must shoot' event when we moved to Marblehead in 2008.  Since then, I've shot the fireworks from various angles and locations.  I had an idea for capturing this year's show from the air but my night clearance from the FAA took longer than anticipated.  Instead, I headed out the Pleon Yacht Club and fount a perfect spot from which to capture our show, the Beverly one in the distance as well as our lighthouse lit up for the night. Another shot from this night became much more of a favorite but [...]

By |2017-12-17T19:34:08-05:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |2 Comments