historic downtown

Ghosts in the Trees

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.

By |2019-07-25T23:14:37-04:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , |3 Comments

The Bus Stop

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.

By |2019-06-28T07:55:36-04:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , |5 Comments

Old Town House – 1727

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 [...]

By |2019-03-07T06:55:19-04:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , |9 Comments

On the Corner

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 [...]

By |2019-03-04T20:00:31-04:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , |12 Comments

Flags on Washington Street

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 [...]

By |2018-12-09T21:54:52-04:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , |22 Comments

Warm Morning on Washington Street

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 [...]

By |2018-11-11T18:53:14-04:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Here be Dragons in Marblehead

I first received word of a dragon in Marblehead by email a few weeks ago. Then I spotted the great video by James Maroney of Marblehead Community Access and knew I had to get down to Pleasant Street to view this incredible animatronic work of art.  I arrived a little before 9am and was in awe of the scale of the dragon. It stretches over the garage and across to the house. In the morning, the dragon had not yet woken with its animatronics powered down for the evening. I took a few photos and contacted the owners - Tom [...]

By |2018-10-31T14:58:51-04:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Shadows and Reflections on State Street

I shared an image of State Street last week looking down toward the water. That image was taken a few minutes after this one taken near the opposite end of State Street and looking back up toward Washington Street. I had been drawn out of the house by the deep blue sky punctuated by clouds and was thrilled to find them overhead from this spot along State Street. The long shadows helped cut down the shine of the road and drive the eye up toward the houses and sky. I was thrilled to see the light of the windows breaking [...]

By |2018-09-09T17:25:29-04:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , |3 Comments

Shadows on State Street

On Monday, in the middle of an incredibly hot Labor Day, I ventured out of the house having spied some clouds.  Shooting in the middle of the day can be difficult with harsh light and strong shadows. I decided to head to historic downtown Marblehead first and noticed the mid-days sun casting shadows on State Street. I watched the traffic and crossed into the middle of the street briefly to capture the view of these historic home leading towards the landing where a large flag was caught in a gust of wind. From this direction, the sky held few clouds [...]

By |2018-09-03T20:11:23-04:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , |10 Comments

Historic Downtown Marblehead

Prior to purchasing the Phantom 4 Pro drone, I could only achieve these types of views from select spots around town. One of them was Abbot Hall and I was fortunate to be allowed on the scaffolding during the work to restore it a few years ago. Even with the freedom of the scaffolding, I still didn't have the freedom to compose as I do with this aerial camera and had missed out on these types of view. Historic downtown Marblehead (Old Town to some) is a treasure of architecture, locally owned stores, historic homes dating back hundreds of years [...]

By |2018-08-22T22:54:09-04:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , |4 Comments