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.
In 2018, Tom Saltsman and his crew brought a dragon to life. In 2019, a ghost ship appeared at their home at 32 Pleasant Street. And in 2020, when we needed this the most, the King of the Jungle...KONG! I had driven down Pleasant Street last week to run a quick errand at Crosby's when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a huge black ape squatting in the front yard on Pleasant Street. I had to stop and gape in awe at the sheer size and incredible detail of the work. This is the fourth year in [...]
Last year, the Saltsmans brought Marblehead a living dragon for Halloween. This year, the ghost ship Oceanna has arrived at their home to awe and delight everyone walking down Pleasant street tonight. I spotted the early build of this ghost ship last week as I headed to Crosby's and then began seeing images of it on Facebook. I kept watching the weather and hoping for foggy conditions with which the ship would undoubtedly come to life but rain kept showing up instead of fog. I decided to head down Pleasant Street on Wednesday morning and capture the incredible workmanship that [...]
As we were driving down Pleasant Street the other day, my wife and I noticed that The Hotel Marblehead's blue and white exterior had been...altered. As a set for Adam Sandler's Netflix movie 'Hubie Halloween' that had been filming in downtown Marblehead recently, the hotel had gone through an incredible transformation to this haunted mansion complete with what appears to be a talking tree. When we drove by, there were lots of people admiring the work. I decided to return before sunrise hoping for some fog to add to the haunted look but that didn't transpire. I got the shot [...]
After two weeks in London, Tel Aviv and Paris, it was time to return to the real world... or so I thought. Turned out that Marblehead was the backdrop for Adam Sandler's new Netflix movie 'Hubie Halloween' with historic downtown serving as the backdrop for a fall scene in Salem. I visited the set on Monday night when filming had come to a close and was exploring Old Town House draped in orange and black when I spotted a nice sunset forming. From this vantage point on Washington Street, I was able to capture the very different facade of Old [...]
I first received word of a dragon in Marblehead by email a few weeks ago. Then I spotted the great video by James Maroney of Marblehead Community Access and knew I had to get down to Pleasant Street to view this incredible animatronic work of art. I arrived a little before 9am and was in awe of the scale of the dragon. It stretches over the garage and across to the house. In the morning, the dragon had not yet woken with its animatronics powered down for the evening. I took a few photos and contacted the owners - Tom [...]
With Saturday's Nor'Easter, I had just about given up on capturing foliage in Marblehead. With a shortened schedule for the EYC's annual Halloween Race, I headed across the causeway and set up along the Eastern's pier to capture scenes of the colorful boats passing by Crocker Park toward Abbot Hall. As the sun poked through the clouds, Crocker Park lit up behind the boats and I spotted some colorful leaves in the background. I ended up with at least a dozen 'keepers' in the hour or so spent shooting the race but this image of the boats passing by Crocker [...]
The annual Eastern Yacht Club Halloween Race took place in Marblehead Harbor today and the clouds broke apart just long enough for me to come home with several keepers. The normally two-day event was cut to one by yesterdays Nor'Easter and so sailing took place longer than usual on this last Sunday in October. I had just dropped off my daughter and headed across the Neck where I set up in front of the Eastern Yacht Club for this prime viewing location. I had to wait for the intermittent bursts of light but was thrilled to capture not only the [...]
For the past 15 years, Heather and Roy Martin have been creating incredible displays to celebrate Halloween in Marblehead. I had heard stories of High Street as the destination for trick or treating in town but had not yet ventured there with my wife and young kids. In advance of this Halloween, I posted a question of the All Marblehead Happenings Facebook page and received some great advice about the street and this house. We arrived a little before 6pm and I stood in line while my wife took the kids around houses to collect candy. From the street, one [...]
I have been searching for a house to properly convey the feel of a Marblehead Halloween for what seems like years and had little success until a turn down Birch Street and a look in my rearview mirror was rewarded with this view. I'm not sure who lives in this house on the corners of Birch Street and Oak Street but the house strikes a perfect balance between daytime enjoyment and evening scares. Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!