It's a bit late for a Christmas post but when I received a message about a beautiful Christmas tree in the cupola of the Jeremiah Lee mansion, I knew I had to find a way to capture it before it was taken down. I arrived on Washington Street prepared with all of my lenses as well as the drone imagining the angles I might have to play with to capture the tree. I started with the drone and lucked out with some nice winter light on Abbot Hall to get the shoot off to a nice start. From there I [...]
Almost exactly six years ago, Abbot Hall was in the midst of much needed repairs and I somehow talked my way (with permission) to the top of the scaffolding that surrounded the building. This was before the availability of drones making such shots commonplace. Back then I recall sticking flyers under doors throughout historic downtown Marblehead hoping for a widow's walk or some other vantage point from which to find new compositions of this town. The view from the scaffolds at Abbot Hall did not disappoint - even if the light wasn't ideal. Here you can look down on Washington [...]
I have reworked this 17-image panorama of State Street on at least four occasions since capturing it on June 23, 2016 but have never been happy with the end results until tonight. It was a tough scene to shoot with the last light of day in the sky and deep shadows between the stately homes along this historic street in downtown Marblehead. I think I finally got to a point that I'm happy with and hope you agree that this image captures the feel of standing in the middle of State Street and taking in the view of these beautifully [...]
Today's image comes from my 'to be posted' archive and continues the theme of images of snow in Marblehead from past winters. This aerial shot was captured on the morning of March 14, 2018 after a dusting of snow fell and I was able to capture historic downtown Marblehead with its familiar landmarks blanketed in white. If you would like to see these images without realizing on FB/IG, I added an easy sign up for my daily and/or weekly email digests that include all images posted to Wednesdays in Marblehead. You can sign up below any of my current/prior posts. [...]
In mid-July, historic downtown Marblehead was transformed into Halloween Salem for Hubie Halloween's filming. I headed down on July 16th hoping to capture the full moon rising over Old Town House with some of the decorations (like the ghosts in the trees) visible. I lucked out with the light and the ghosts but the moon was swallowed up by cloud cover.
In late 2015, I had rented an ultra wide angle lens to explore the compositional possibilities that such a lens might afford me. I ended up shooting at Chandler Hovey, Castle Rock and historic downtown Marblehead over the span of a week. On September 11, 2015, I found myself on Washington Street and capture this view of historic downtown Marblehead featuring Old Town House, She and The Bus Stop.
Another shot from the morning in mid-February when I ventured into historic downtown Marblehead to play with a new lens. I took this one minute before the corner shot of State and Washington Streets. Here the lens was opened to its maximum aperture as I was curious if I would get much of that 'bokeh' effect with such a wide lens. The result was subtle... What I noticed more was the gleaming sign above the green doors of Old Town House - 1727. Hard to believe we are only 8 years out from the 300-year anniversary of this yellow sided [...]
I mentioned in yesterday's post that I had rented a lens to try on our recent trip to the Turks and Caicos and had gone out on this morning to put the glass through its paces. After capturing the brilliant sunrise from State Street Landing, I retreated to this spot along Washington Street hoping to capture more good light looking down State Street. By the time I was set up on the corner, the sun had risen too high to be reflected by the morning clouds but I still enjoyed this view of historic downtown Marblehead. The lens did not [...]
I went out last night in the hopes of capturing a nice sunset in historic downtown Marblehead. I drove down Washington Street and then turned around after Old North Church where I spotted this scene of flags on homes and businesses hanging in the pre-sunset light. I quickly set up this composition just down from the Harbor Light Inn and managed to get just enough of Abbot Hall to recognize it jutting up over the distant building. The sunset was fairly muted in the end but did help add a bit of light and interest to this view of Washington [...]
As we approach the annual winter parking ban, I've begun to plan out early morning trips to capture views of historic downtown Marblehead's streets without parked cars in the frame. The absence of cars helps to remove a sense of time from the images as the views of these hundred year old homes could conceivably have been captured decades ago. Today's image comes from mid December 2016 when I had only had the Phantom 4 pro drone for a few months. I had flown about 100 feet over Washington Street and caught the warm glow of the morning sun bathing the [...]