After exploring the harbor, I turned around and flew across Crocker Park to Front Street and took in this view of Abbot Hall from 120 feet above the ground. The sun was momentarily shaded by thin clouds and I took advantage of the softened sunset light to capture this image of Abbot Hall towering over Front Street with its historic homes having stood the test of time for hundreds of years. If you look to the left of Abbot Hall, you can clearly see the familiar silhouette of the Boston skyline. One aspect of exploring these aerial views of Marblehead that [...]
It seemed only appropriate to begin 2017 with an aerial image as I expect to share many more views from above Marblehead in the year to come. On Christmas Eve, I headed out shortly after sunset with a particular image in mind. Since first seeing the holiday light display on Riverside Drive years ago, I sought out a way to do justice to the annual tradition embraced by the neighbors on this small street. I had tried to shoot from street level but couldn't fully capture the display and, when I purchased my Phantom 4 Pro drone, knew I had [...]
Today's image was taken on March 18 and shot up to #9 on my Top 10 of 2016 list for its perfect sky and incredible clarity. I went out on this evening chasing the textured sky and hoping for a strong sunset but was struck by the clarify of the houses lining Marblehead Harbor when viewed from across the water at the Pleon pier.
Today's image of Abbot and the rooftops was taken exactly one minute before yesterday's view of Grace Community Church. I had been shooting from the back side of St. Michael's Steeple and kept alternating between wide and tighter views of Abbot Hall. As the sky reached its peak of pink color, I couldn't help but zoom out to capture the full extent of color in the morning sky as well as the rooftops interspersed with trees in this part of downtown Marblehead.
Phew! If you've been wondering why my posts tapered off and became non-existent in the past week, it was because I was studying during any free time I had for my Boards exam. Every 10 years, physicians need to 'certify' (their words) that we are staying up to date on the practice of medicine by sitting for an examination. In my case, the American Board of Allergy and Immunology put together 200 questions to be answered in a span of 4 hours covering the full breadth of what I do day in and day out. I took the opportunity to listen [...]
A full moon is due to rise tonight and that put me in mind of past moonrises that I had not yet shared. Today's image comes from the Harvest Moon that rose over homes on Marblehead Neck on September 26, 2015. I had borrowed a friend's super telephoto lens and zoomed to its maximum of 400mm for this view of a seemingly huge Harvest moon. You can just make out a seagull flying through the evening sky as the masts of boats moored in the harbor punctuate the scene.
One hour after capturing yesterday's view of Riverhead Beach from the causeway, I found myself walking down State Street which was bordered on both sides by incredible cloud formations. I started off near Maddie's shooting up toward Washington Street as the sun set and set the sky ablaze in color. As the sunset settled, I moved up the street looking for other views. I had noted an American flag on display on a house across the street and was thrilled when I found this one near the top of State Street. I set up this composition to include the two [...]
Five years ago, I captured an incredible sunset from this exact spot on State Street. The sky exploded in bright pink colors that bathed the classic houses on this street and made the entire street come to life. Ever since then, I've tried to recreate that image with varying levels of success. On Wednesday night, I headed out in hopes of capturing one of the many great sunsets that had been taking place in town over the past few weeks. As luck would have it, clouds ended up blocking much of the sunlight and I ended up packing up without [...]
I've been fascinated by this crooked tree on Peach's Point (or is it Peaches Point?) since moving to Marblehead in 2008. The tree seems to be in such a precarious position along the ocean's edge and with only the thinnest of trunks to keep it upright. Meanwhile, the surrounding homes in this area of Marblehead are truly magnificent in stature and architecture thus serving to exaggerate further the oddity of this simple crooked tree. This image is another from the series captured last Wednesday and was taken only 15 minutes after yesterday's shot of the boat ramp. The sun had [...]
Every December, a shining star appears atop a crane in Marblehead as one of many local markers of the holiday season. I've shot this star from State Street, the causeway and Chandler Hovey Park trying to find interesting compositions. One year, I found a spot where the star seemed to hang over Abbot Hall tower... This year, I ventured out on a very mild mid-December evening as a nice pink sunset formed over Marblehead Harbor. I ended up walking the length of the causeway and stopped when I reached this point. The position of the shining star to the right [...]