Marblehead Harbor

Frozen Harbor at Sunset

The night before a blizzard quite literally exploded over Marblehead, I went out hoping to capture the sight of a nearly frozen harbor.  While Salem harbor had frozen over several days ago, Marblehead's own harbor seemed more stubborn in succumbing to the arctic blast. Earlier on this Wednesday, I had made it out to Riverhead Beach and flew my drone over the newly frozen parts of inner harbor and knew that at least part of our harbor had finally frozen. As sunset approached, I headed across the causeway trying to think of a new vantage point having shot from just [...]

By | 2018-01-04T20:55:47+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Harbormaster in the Smoke

One more new photo before the end of the year... I couldn't help but head out this morning to capture the harbor in arctic conditions.  As I drove toward State Street, I watched the thermometer on my dashboard until it settled at 1F (not counting any wind chill).  I parked at the Landing and headed out to find sea smoke throughout the harbor.  It wasn't at the incredible levels I had last seen in February 2016 but any sea smoke is worth the drive and braving the elements. I shot toward the lighthouse before spotting the sun rising directly over [...]

By | 2017-12-28T19:13:26+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #2 Lightning Storm over Marblehead Harbor

I've captured images of lightning over Marblehead Harbor only twice previously (June 2012 and August 2015).  I had been pleased with those efforts until the night of June 27th.  I had gone out after one storm passed over town and set up along Corinthian Lane to capture the next storm headed our way. While I waited, I was treated to an incredible sunset and then this - my second favorite image of 2017. My original thoughts on this image: What an incredible night and an epic lightning storm over Marblehead Harbor.  I left the house a little after 7pm hoping [...]

By | 2017-12-20T12:07:03+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Top 10 of 2017 – #6 Sunset Sky over Marblehead Harbor

This is one of only two aerial images that made it into my top 10 list for 2017 which surprised me a bit.  Aerial photography using the Phantom 4 Pro opened up a whole new world of compositions for me and allowed me to capture Marblehead in ways I had only dreamed of before.  Today's image was captured on September 10, 2017 at 6:58pm.  It seems crazy to think that sunsets took place at 7pm only a few months ago as we are stuck in the short days of winter and 4pm sunsets now. On this particular day, I lucked [...]

By | 2017-12-20T10:57:11+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #8 Fireworks over Marblehead Harbor

Marblehead's Annual Fireworks display became an instant favorite and 'must shoot' event when we moved to Marblehead in 2008.  Since then, I've shot the fireworks from various angles and locations.  I had an idea for capturing this year's show from the air but my night clearance from the FAA took longer than anticipated.  Instead, I headed out the Pleon Yacht Club and fount a perfect spot from which to capture our show, the Beverly one in the distance as well as our lighthouse lit up for the night. Another shot from this night became much more of a favorite but [...]

By | 2017-12-17T19:34:08+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #9 A New Day Dawns in Marblehead

My 9th favorite photo taken in 2017 is this one of purple light and a perfect green reflection as a new day dawns in Marblehead.  This image was captured on October 7th, 2017 at 6:24am during what would end up as a very long boating season in Marblehead.  The warm summer with only one heat wave morphed into a warm and very pleasant fall.  I was thankful for the warm conditions as sunrises began to take place later and even more so for the nearly filled harbor as I saw the light developing on this morning. With the still conditions, [...]

By | 2017-12-17T18:46:35+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #10 – Cloudy with a Chance of Moonrise

As we start the Top 10 of 2017 countdown that will lead us into the New Years Day slideshow, we begin with a crowd favorite and the sole moonrise image of the top 10.  I was able to choose my top 9 this year fairly easily but struggled with the final four options for the final spot.  I decided to put the decision up for a vote on my Facebook and Instagram pages and this image was the clear winner. I captured this image on December 3rd, 2017 when I ventured out hoping to capture a moonrise despite the cloudy [...]

By | 2017-12-17T18:35:37+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

Cloudy with a Chance of Moonrise

For the second night in a row, I headed out hoping to capture the full moon.  Last night offered the better timing of the nearly full moon but, as luck would have it, dense clouds spoiled any view of the moon.  I returned to the same spot tonight and set up with two cameras as I test out the Sony a7rII eyeing a possible switch from the Canon system I have been using for the past 12 years. I set up both cameras with the longest lenses I had and composed this image only to then sit and wait and [...]

By | 2017-12-03T18:36:51+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |33 Comments

Lightning Strikes Twice in Marblehead

In mid-September, an active lightning storm passed over Marblehead shortly after sunset.  I had setup my longest lens inside the car due to the frequent bolts of lightning shining in the night sky and aimed at Chandler Hovey Park hoping for the best while mashing on the shutter button (well, the remote button to minimize shake...). As it happened, I lucked out and caught not one but two separate bolts.  I shared the second capture as soon as I came home but this was the first bolt that appeared on my screen.  The exposure on this one was a bit [...]

By | 2017-11-08T06:50:16+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Chandler Hovey park|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Fall in the Air over Seaside Park

On Sunday, I watched the sky fill with clouds in the morning but then show signs of breaking up in the afternoon.  I had to pick up my son on the Neck and so I threw the drone in the car and stopped at Seaside Park after picking him up and forcing him to join me. I was surprised to find another drone at the park - this one was a racing model flown by a boy with first person view goggles on.  I was a bit jealous as I set my much larger drone down and flew it in [...]

By | 2017-10-16T22:32:18+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments