full moon

Picture Perfect Moonset

Last night, approximately 30 photographers lined Front Street hoping to capture the rise of August's super blue full moon only to be skunked by cloud cover. I managed a few shots of an unexpectedly nice sunset before packing up and heading home. It dawned on me later that night the moonset may be a much better opportunity given the predictions for cool dry air to be approaching Marblehead overnight. I set the alarm for 5:30am and made my way out to Chandler Hovey Park where I saw one other photographer who appeared to have realized the same thing. I took [...]

By |2023-08-31T07:36:30-04:00August 31st, 2023|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Seaside Moonrise

For the first time in what feels like forever, the full moon was set to rise and not clouds or rain threatened to get in the way. I had mapped out the projected location of the moon from several spots including Fort Sewall but decided earlier in the day on a completely different spot. As the sun set, I made my way up the grass hill of Seaside Park and to the backside where it faces the harbor. I found trees in the way so I descended to an open area of granite where I could set up and wait. [...]

By |2023-08-01T21:30:33-04:00August 1st, 2023|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Full Moon at the Carnival

This one took some planning... I've captured many images of the Marblehead Carnival over the last 15 years but knew I had the chance for a unique shot this year with the anticipated full moon rising on the second night of the Junior class carnival. I spent quite a bit of time over the last two days scouting the anticipated path of the full moon and finding locations that would bring it within the frame of the ferris wheel. I arrived at Devereux an hour before sunset and did more planning, lens checks and waited. And waited. The moon was [...]

By |2023-05-07T15:07:11-04:00May 7th, 2023|Categories: moon|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Pink Moon over Marblehead Neck

Though our weather has been incredible this spring, clouds in the past few days meant that I missed the chance to capture April's full pink moon. Luckily, I had this image captured on April 26, 2021 in my 'to be posted' folder. I had gone out on this April night under perfect conditions and came home with three 'keepers'.  One taken from Front Street where it meets Franklin that allowed me a zoomed in view of the full pink moon and Marblehead light. The other near the Barnacle that let me compose a tight shot of the lone sailboat with [...]

By |2023-04-09T21:54:41-04:00April 10th, 2023|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2022 – #2 Tinkering with the Moon

Sometimes all the elements come together perfectly and the final shot ends up being as simple as pressing a shutter thanks to a lot of prep work and a bit of luck... Such was the case when the Hunter's moon rose over Tinker's Island on October 9th. I had planned out the rise of the full moon and had two locations in mind. This one at the end of Bass Rock Lane would offer the best chance for a larger-than-life moon thanks to the distance. With my longest lens on and pushed out to 400mm, I was able to compress [...]

By |2022-12-25T20:58:05-05:00December 29th, 2022|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bright Stars and Dark Moon

Well that was a fun morning! I mentioned in my other posts this week that I had gone out on Sunday to catch an early view of the nearly full beaver moon rising as I was unsure if I would have a chance to capture it in the days ahead. With a total lunar eclipse occurring as the moon set (and the sun rose) this morning, I made sure to plan ahead with predicted tracks and lighting and clouds. I had my gear ready to go and set an alarm for 5am in the hopes of getting to see and [...]

By |2022-11-08T19:07:42-05:00November 8th, 2022|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Tinkering with the Moon

Somehow I had convinced myself that the full Hunter's moon was last night and ran around to three different spots capturing the moon rising well before sunset. Then I realized this afternoon that the moon was only at 100% as of 4:55pm. With that in mind, I pulled out my app for predicting the moonrise and came up with two options - Childrens or Tinkers... I decided to check out Tinkers first which meant driving to Spray Avenue and bringing along my longest zoom lens. By taking advantage of the full 400mm length of the lens (and cropping a bit [...]

By |2022-10-09T19:31:39-04:00October 9th, 2022|Categories: moon|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Landing the Moonrise (or A Last Minute Pivot)

I had a plan for tonight's full Hunter's moonrise after checking the expected location using an app. I figured that if I set up at Crocker Park, I would be able to shoot the moon coming up over the Corinthian Yacht Club and might luck out with some foliage in the park as a nice foreground element. Well, I was set up and waiting for the moon at 5:59pm when it rose a good distance away from where I had expected it! I decided to get a few shots from there as the sun was still illuminating the foreground boats [...]

By |2022-10-08T19:00:36-04:00October 8th, 2022|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Harbor Lights

On Thursday, August 11th, I headed out to Crocker Park to capture the last supermoon of the year. I had plotted out the sturgeon moon's rise just to the left of the Eastern Yacht Club from this spot and decided to shoot from the benches on the small hill at the park to gain a bit of extra elevation and help separate the boats in the harbor.  This was a tough shot to get and required a wide open aperture to capture enough light for the final image. As it turned out, I am currently working on my 2023 Marblehead [...]

By |2022-08-13T13:49:10-04:00August 13th, 2022|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Moon Light

I knew this one was going to be tough. The biggest moon of the year (the proverbial supermoon) was due to rise 30 minutes after sunset. That's an eternity of lost light and would make for a very technically difficult shot but also made compositional options difficult. With the moon being so much brighter than anything around it, the foreground elements would end up lost short of some multi-exposure tricks. Then it dawned on me that Marblehead Light was still draped in led lights from the Independence Day holiday so I planned out my location at the edge of Fort [...]

By |2022-07-13T22:05:15-04:00July 13th, 2022|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |0 Comments