historic downtown

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+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Sunset Light over State Street

As the calendar inches closer to June, I took a peak forward at images taken in past Junes. I quickly settled on this image of sunset light over State Street to share today from my 'to be published' folder. I remember going out that night in hopes of good light and deciding to hang out at State Street rather than crossing the causeway to shoot back from the Neck. I was rewarded with a long sunset that arrived in the perfect location in the evening sky. The sunset light added a soft glow to the houses that make up State [...]

By |2018-05-28T21:54:24+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Spring Evening over Marblehead

Yesterday, I shared a close up image of the cherry blossoms at Harris Street cemetery.  Only a few minutes earlier, I had been flying my drone overhead exploring vantage points and compositions to showcase the first hint of flowering trees on this spring evening over Marblehead. I flew the Phantom 4 Pro inside the cemetery at 10-20 feet above the ground and then explored at 50, 100 and finally 200 feet up in the air.  It was from this spot that I was able to highlight the pink flowers of the cherry blossoms as the first sign of spring.  I [...]

By |2018-04-25T20:09:28+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Snowy Branches over Old Town House

With snow falling yesterday, I figured the window for sharing images of snow was extended for just a bit longer. Today's image wasn't taken during the April snowfall but rather on December 10th - back when snow was something to be admired. I had driven to downtown Marblehead after a picture perfect snow fall created snowy branches throughout the town. I parked in the small lot across from Old Town House and took note of these snow lined branches perfectly framing this view of Washington Street.

By |2018-04-02T21:49:14+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Snow|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

First Light after the Storm

This morning's image is not from the latest Nor'Easter to drop snow on Marblehead but rather the last (or third) Nor'Easter of the season. I previously shared an image of Abbot Hall captured by the drone with its clock face caked in snow.  After flying around Abbot, I descended a bit and explored vantage points from above Washington Street in the first light of day. As painful as it is to have to deal with snow on the last days of winter as in this image or the first few days of spring (this morning), I have to admit a [...]

By |2018-03-21T19:31:23+00:00March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , |4 Comments