Marblehead Harbor

Smoky Sunset

With fires raging along the west coast, it was only a matter of time before the fine particulates made their way across the country to our next of the woods. Thankfully the result was limited to cloud-like conditions during the day. I had a hunch that the haze might create perfect conditions for capturing the sun as a red ball tonight so I drove across the causeway right after dinner to chase this image. As I drove, I spotted the sun in my rear view mirror and was please to find the red ball I had hoped for. From there [...]

By |2020-09-16T19:28:48-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , |17 Comments

Foggy Sunsets on the Harbor

I found this shot in the To Be Posted archive last night and figured it was about time it saw the light of day. I captured this shot almost exactly 4 years ago (Sept 20, 2016) from the low tide area accessible from Corinthian Lane. I walked the length of this stretch of the Neck until I found the composition I was looking for with the sun setting aside Abbot Hall, a pier to the left with its flag limp due to lack of wind and layers of boats in the harbor. The mix of fog and late sun created [...]

By |2020-09-15T22:08:05-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Green Light in the Blue Hour

A few people thought yesterday's image of foliage at Seaside was a bit too soon so here is a shot from an early September evening captured one year ago - September 2, 2019.  I remember heading out on this night hoping that the clouds over the Neck might serve to reflect the light of sunset but the clouds never broke and I was left with a fairly monotone scene. I waited a bit past sunset for the blue hour and then spotted the reflection of Marblehead light's green beacon reflecting in the still water of the harbor. That and the [...]

By |2020-09-14T21:36:55-04:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Basking in the Light

As it turns out, 2020 was a great year for renovations in Marblehead including those to the facade and bones of Abbot Hall. With scaffolding surrounding the building, I have not found opportunity to shoot the building except at angles low enough that I could hide the surrounding netting. Finally in August, Abbot Hall shed its scaffolding and I found the building basking in the light of a late August day when I stopped along Ocean Avenue and made my way on foot to the short stretch of beach at the end of the causeway. From this vantage point, I [...]

By |2020-08-30T22:44:09-04:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Afterglow of a Summer Storm

This was my last stop of the night on Wednesday August 19 after shooting at Riverhead, the Causeway, Fort Beach and Castle Rock. By the time I arrived at the Pleon Yacht Club, the sun had dipped below the horizon and I thought I had missed the best light. As I set up and composed a tighter shot, the afterglow of the summer storm seemed to breathe a second wind into the evening light and I captured this view of the harbor and Abbot hall in the distance.

By |2020-08-25T21:15:27-04:00August 26th, 2020|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Lightning Sunset over Marblehead Harbor

That was quite the lightning storm that passed over Marblehead tonight and I feel very fortunate to have lucked out with capturing this one bolt from along Corinthian Lane. Earlier in the evening, I watched as the storm approached but did not dare venture out based on the radar signature of deep reds and purples. I held hope that after the main storm passed, I still might have a chance to capture some of the action and, given the hour, maybe, just maybe a lightning sunset. As I left the house, I spotted a huge rainbow overhead but by the [...]

By |2020-08-23T20:53:16-04:00August 23rd, 2020|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

September Sunset

I spent this weekend at a virtual photography workshop put together by Sony and learned several new ways of processing images that I hadn't appreciated previously. As the instructors went over various tools in Lightroom, I chose some images from my 'to be posted' archive that I had never been all that happy with and tried my hand at reprocessing them. This September sunset captured last year from the end of Peabody Lane was one such image. The original edit of this shot was way too dark with much of the color in the evening sky lost and, my favorite [...]

By |2020-08-17T07:02:31-04:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , |0 Comments

Early Riser

Not one to leave well enough alone, I set my alarm for 4am on Saturday morning hoping for another opportunity to capture the comet Neowise. I wasn't quite sure where it might be in the pre-dawn sky so I pulled over at Riverhead beach and used the app to locate it. Unfortunately, the comet was too close to the horizon to be photographed and I was quickly gaining light and losing the chance to shoot the equivalent of a star in the early morning sky. With a camera in hand and this scene before me, I couldn't let the opportunity [...]

By |2020-07-19T15:33:17-04:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chandler Hovey Park and the Harbor

The thing about aerial images is that you don't always need to fly 200 or 400 feet above the ground. I quickly learned that bringing the drone off shore and raised a bit off the water provided some incredible compositions as in this shot captured on July 26, 2017. Just a typical summer day in Marblehead with a perfect view of Chandler Hovey Park, the harbor and Abbot Hall in the distance

By |2020-07-17T03:15:05-04:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Chandler Hovey park|Tags: , , , |1 Comment