Full Pink Moon and the Channel Marker

Last week, I headed down to Fort Street for the moonrise and came away with a very different view when I focused on houses on the Neck and a lone sailboat. I mentioned in that post that it was really hard to not shoot the full pink moon with the lighthouse in the frame and, in reality, I really couldn't pass up that shot.  Though I have shot similar compositions before, this time I saw the setting sunlight glinting off the channel marker and decided that the small red and green marker added just enough to make for a new [...]

By |2021-05-05T06:48:57-04:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Moonrise over the Neck

I almost bailed on tonight's full pink moon but, thanks to a friendly nudge from Mark Katz [markkatzphotography.com], I came away with a very unexpected final shot. So today was very busy with spring in full gear and lots of patients to see in the office. I arrived home after 6 and ate with the family and had no intention of shooting the moonrise despite a nice invite from Mark to meet him at the Barnacle. For those who don't follow him, Mark moved with his family to Marblehead in the past year (from Swampscott and New York before that). [...]

By |2021-04-26T20:41:49-04:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |22 Comments

Top 10 of 2020 – #8 – Halloween Blue Moon

I'm a sucker for a nice moonrise and, when everything comes together as on Halloween 2020, these images tend to become instant favorites. I headed out to Crocker Park on October 31st at just before 6pm and wasn't sure if there was haze at the horizon that might block my view of the moon. As it turned out, the blue moon shone bright as it cleared Childrens Island.   The 400mm lens helped create a sense of closeness between the boats, Marblehead Light and the moon as it rose. For the simplicity of watching the moon rise over Marblehead harbor, this [...]

By |2020-12-28T06:49:21-05:00December 28th, 2020|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Naumkeag Moon

What a great outing to cap an awesome weekend! I had my annual Thanksgiving week sale and sold 100 calendars, a dozen books and about two dozen prints - thank you everyone! [sale still going on today so click the link or my profile to visit my site and save 25% off everything] Today was a day to catch up on the last of the orders and, after doing so, I headed out to see if I might be able to capture the nearly full beaver moon rising. I decided to head out to Allerton Place and the Dolphin Yacht [...]

By |2020-12-02T09:21:41-05:00November 29th, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Halloween Blue Moon

And this was the view of the Halloween blue moon rising over Children's Island on October 31. I arrived at Crocker Park more interested in trying something new with focus stacking using a small pumpkin but, once the full moon appeared, I found myself in awe of the sight. There was something about this moment with the moon not yet cleared of Children's that made me immediately mark it as a favorite. The two boats moored in the harbor helped with a foreground element and broke up the otherwise empty harbor. I ended up with multiple outings between October 29 [...]

By |2020-11-01T21:03:29-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |20 Comments

Pumpkin and the Halloween Blue Moon

On Halloween night, I headed out to view King Kong moving through the wonders of Tom Saltsman's animatronics and then continued to Crocker Park where I hoped to capture the rare blue moon. I had an idea in mind to stack focus and combine a foreground shot of a pumpkin on the rocks with that of the full moon rising near Marblehead Light. While the moonrise was a wonder to behold, the stacking didn't quite work out as planned. So here is a sneak peak of tomorrow's moonrise only with the pumpkin stealing focus from the brilliant blue moon.

By |2020-11-01T17:59:29-05:00November 1st, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Full Corn Moon

The full corn moon rose over Chandler Hovey Park tonight and I was one of a half dozen photographers among many more onlookers admiring the view of the moon rising over a collection of boats in the mouth of the harbor. When I arrived at Front Street I had been hoping for a different shot than what I came away with. The lights had been hung on the lighthouse early on in the COVID era and I envisioned a shot of the moon rising with the lighthouse resplendent in lights and a collection of boats filling the waters. As sunset [...]

By |2020-09-01T20:32:33-04:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |30 Comments

Moonglow over Ram Island

I missed the full moon rising the other night but, as luck would have it, happened upon this unpublished shot of moonglow over Ram Island captured on August 29, 2015.  I had been disappointed with the lack of a clear shot of the face of the moon in this frame and relegated it to the 'to be published' folder but now really like the added glow created by the soft clouds. It seems to give the moon a bigger presence and the hint of reflected light in the water below balances the shot nicely.

By |2020-08-04T22:28:37-04:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , |0 Comments

Broken Moon

Turns out I was 0 for 2 on Saturday, July 4th having gone to Castle Rock for the moonrise (but left before the moon appeared over some low-lying haze) and then missed any rogue fireworks. Just as I 'made up' for the missed fireworks with yesterday's image, I thought I would share this 'to be published' shot of a broken moon from August 2018. Just as this weekend, the moonrise was initially hidden by low lying clouds/haze but, once it appeared, the sturgeon moon was a brilliant red. I watched as it rose from my vantage point along Front Street [...]

By |2020-07-06T23:09:26-04:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Larger Than Life

I went out twice this past week to capture the moonrise and ended up getting skunked by cloud cover both times. I waited over an hour on Friday night but the moon refused to show and I headed home empty handed. Luckily, I still have 40 images of moonrises and moonsets in Marblehead that have not been published yet and pulled this one of a larger than life moon from a forgotten shoot in February 2020. The moon appears huge thanks to the use of a 400mm focal length which served to flatten the distance between foreground and background and [...]

By |2020-06-07T21:49:42-04:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments