I went to sleep Sunday night hoping the snow wouldn't build up much more and would continue to fall with first light so I would have a chance to capture some new scenes of downtown Marblehead. Sure enough, I awoke to find the snow falling and headed out the door. I came home with five favorites from the morning and now have at least one shot to represent January in next year's calendar. Normally when I come home from an outing like this, I'll share an image daily and link that to Facebook/Instagram. After a few days, some will end [...]
This image comes from the Fourth of July when I had set up along Front Street trying to decide where to capture the fireworks. With the low tide and calm waters of Fort Beach, I couldn't help but capture this view of the calm before the show.
On the Fourth of July, I had decided to set up along Fort Beach for the harbor illumination and fireworks show. I arrived with plenty of time to explore options along the rocks and made sure to race back up to Front Street as a subtle sunset formed between Fort Sewall and Marblehead Light. There was just enough water to reflect the pink hues. Unfortunately, this angle highlights the missing tree lost to a storm several years ago.
I wrote at the time: "As a photographer, I’ve learned to trust my sixth sense which includes when I wake up before dawn, it means conditions are good for a sunrise shoot. With that in mind, I silently left the house at 6am and drove along Humphrey Street trying to judge the light. I spotted some faint pinks in the sky and turned onto Ocean then Atlantic before deciding to make my way to Front Street where the light seemed strongest." Strong turned out to be an understatement as pink-purple light positively erupted in the sky over Fort Beach on [...]
It's hard to believe that only a year ago, this was the scene along Front Street as a massive storm caused incredible damage to this section of town. I drove down Front Street on Sunday to see how repairs were coming along and was thrilled to see new guardrails in place (metal) and the rebuilt stairs leading down to Fort Beach.
I'm not sure if this image is necessarily a 'best of' or more of a memorable shot for the amount of power (and subsequent damage) that it captures. On March 3rd, a major Nor'Easter was finally moving offshore after slamming New England with record wind and storm surges. This area of Front Street would end up sustaining incredible damage as did other ocean facing spots around town. Before anyone could assess the damage from the storm however, it's waves were on full display at high tide and many people had gathered on Front Street to marvel at the power of [...]
I received an email this morning from the Glover's Regiment physician (and fellow Georgetown Medicine alumni) reminding me that the Regiment will be having their annual encampment on July 7th. That immediately reminded me of a few images I captured of a battle being reenacted with fighting along Front Street. As was typical back in the day, these soldiers lined up to fire their rifles and I was able to line up my shot with the lighthouse situated just behind the smoke and fire.
That was an incredible storm with the power to uproot enormous trees and cause major infrastructure issues with lost power and damage along the coast. In the aftermath of the storm, there was beauty to be found in the raw power of the ocean and I set out before the noon high tide to capture scenes around Marblehead. I began the day shooting waves exploding behind and above the lamp posts along the causeway then made my way to Hammond Park, the Landing, Front Street before exploring Greystone and finally Surf Street. By the time I returned home, I had [...]
After exploring the harbor, I turned around and flew across Crocker Park to Front Street and took in this view of Abbot Hall from 120 feet above the ground. The sun was momentarily shaded by thin clouds and I took advantage of the softened sunset light to capture this image of Abbot Hall towering over Front Street with its historic homes having stood the test of time for hundreds of years. If you look to the left of Abbot Hall, you can clearly see the familiar silhouette of the Boston skyline. One aspect of exploring these aerial views of Marblehead that [...]
We had some incredible fog on the morning of September 11, 2013. I had started off capturing Marblehead Harbor as the sun burned through the fog. As the sun rose in the sky, the color of the sky took on a great orange hue. I ended up chasing that light all the way to Front Street and Fort Beach. When all was said and done, I had over 30 images with various compositions and light to share. It's no surprise then that this image has taken a while to see the light of day. As you can see the orange [...]