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.
I mentioned a few days ago that I had gone out to Crocker Park on Friday night hoping for a nice sunset and some foliage. I ended up getting lucky with the former but with most of the good light positioned behind Abbot Hall. Before capturing that image, I pointed my lens toward the golden light on Marblehead Neck and the sad view of an emptying harbor. There was a patch of leaf color in one tree at Crocker Park with two others having already emptied of leaves.
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 [...]
On Saturday, I was out hoping to capture scenes of foliage with a lens I had rented for the week. This was as much an exercise for the lens as it was a hope to capture the fewer boats remaining in Marblehead Harbor with spots of foliage as backdrop. Unfortunately, I found more boats than foliage and had to console myself with this shot saved by some interesting clouds overhead and decent lighting. This foliage season seems to have been limited both in duration and color...
Back to Friday night's sunset from just across the causeway. I mentioned that I had spent most of my time composing images with Abbot Hall in the frame and this was my favorite of the night. The sun had started to add light to the clouds above and some sweet light allowed Abbot Hall's brick facade to glow. With this being early October, you can make out a few empty moorings. Unfortunately, it won't be long before most of the moorings in the harbor are left empty as we make our way into winter.
I spent a few hours on Columbus Day going through photos from recent outings and making final decisions on those that needed to be processed vs those that would be deleted. As I looked through the set of images from September 23rd and that epic sunset over Marblehead Harbor, I found a few new keepers that I had overlooked the first time around. This image was taken near the end of the evening when the sky shifted to a deep red glow that washed over the waters of Marblehead Harbor. I composed the shot to include a cropping of boats [...]
On Friday night, I returned home from work to find some promising clouds over the harbor and headed out before dinner to see about capturing some nice light. I drove to the lighthouse and then came back down to this spot just past the causeway on Marblehead Neck from which I had a few compositions to choose from. I spent most of my time shooting with Abbot Hall in the frame but, as the sun dipped lower, I spotted the reflecting light of one boat's windows and adjusted to this mid-harbor view to capture that pop of light on an [...]
A lot can happen in two minutes... That was the duration of time between Tuesday's post and today's image capturing the peak of the afterglow. At this point the sky erupted in an explosion of light with brilliant oranges washing the sky and reflecting in the water of Marblehead Harbor. The light hit its peak one minute later with the first shot I shared on that Sunday night. Hope you enjoyed the week of sunset images (and the extended afterglow) as much as I did taking them.