I mentioned in my last post that I had a dream about missing the sunrise and had lamented a few missed opportunities in the past few weeks. With a storm heading our way, I decided to check on cloud forecasts for Sunday morning and found the results promising. With that in mind, I set an alarm and went to bed hoping for a nice showing of dawn's early light... I left the house before dawn and drove down Pleasant Street heading to Crocker Park. As I drove, I looked up at the sky and thought I saw hints of purple [...]
I had a dream last night that I missed an incredible sunrise. One of those dreams where you can't quite walk fast enough and the destination just seems to get further and further away. Then I woke and stared out my window to see amazing light filling every window in the house from an awesome spring sunrise... I was too late to capture this morning's show (hopefully someone out there did) and so I decided to look back at recent 'unpublished' photos for a day when everything worked out and I was able to make it in time to shoot [...]
On Sunday, I headed out to capture scenes of Marblehead's empty harbor but, with my longest lens on, found I couldn't quite fit the entirety of the scene before me in one shot. I quickly decided to flip the camera and capture this 12-shot panorama that takes in the full length from Abbot Hall and the BYC to the State Street Landing. Without a single boat in the water, the numerous moorings created a nice visual to break up the water and I lucked out with the soft clouds overhead.
Sunday began with warmer than expected temperatures and a picture perfect sky prompting me to head out before my son's lacrosse game to capture some scenes of an empty harbor. I stood along Foster Street and captured several views of Marblehead harbor with moorings eagerly awaiting the arrival of boats of all shapes and sizes. When I finished going through my images, I realized I had five 'keepers' and decided to create this Empty Harbor series. Seemed like a good way to get everyone excited for warmer days.
There's nothing quite like a Marblehead sunset when you catch peak colors in the sky reflecting in the water of Marblehead harbor with boats filling every mooring... This was the scene on a late September evening when I lucked out with an incredible light show from this spot a the end of Peabody lane. I shot for almost 45 minutes trying to explore every available composition under the rapidly changing and strengthening light. Won't be long now before boats start to fill the harbor and we get to enjoy some warm Marblehead sunsets once more.
In over ten years of living in and photographing the town of Marblehead, I had never before captured a sun pillar. When I was out on March 4th to shoot the sunset after a snowfall, I thought I had scored with images of Abbot and Crocker Park as well as another of the Neck (I'll share that one on Wednesday). In fact, the way the clouds were breaking, I was about ready to pack up my gear until I spotted the vertical shaft of light forming a sun pillar. I had to look up the phenomenon and realized why I [...]
This year has gotten off to a slow start with only four photo outings to date. The lack of snow played a major role as winter scenes seem to lack a needed element without a bit of white coating. As I write this, we are due to have our largest snow storm of the season so the irony is definitely not lost on me. Besides a New Years sunrise shoot and heading out for the Epiphany tree burning, I had only gone out one other time prior to this particular morning. As it happened, I had rented a lens for [...]
Last winter was marked by nearly three weeks of sub-20F temperatures which led to a frozen Marblehead Harbor. The ice wasn't thick enough to support anyone's weight as it had been during a stretch of the 1970s but the view of ice from Riverhead Beach out past the State Street Landing was impressive. I found the drone to be the best tool to capture the extent of the frozen water and had flown on the morning of January 3rd, 2018 to this spot where two boats appeared to be iced in. The small patches of water helped accentuate the extent [...]
Not long after capturing Glover's Regiment on the stage at the State Street Landing, I watched them load up into this boat and reenact the crossing of the Delaware. I shot frame after frame as they crossed in front of Marblehead Light and then watched them pause in front of the Eastern Yacht Club. As I watched through the viewfinder, I spotted one member of the regiment approach the bow and captured this image as he fired a shot back toward shore. It looked as though Glover's Regiment were the guardians of the Eastern - ready to take on all [...]
Already missing views of a crowded harbor as the days grow colder and next summer seems far too far away. This image was taken on September 1st using my longest lens set at 400mm. The focal length helps compress the view and makes Marblehead harbor seem packed with boats.