Only a few hours after capturing yesterday's image of opening day at Gatchell Park, I headed across the causeway to shoot the boats racing for the Jackson Cup. This annual tradition takes place on the last weekend in April but will be missed this year as the yacht clubs remain closed with COVID-19 restrictions in place. There's nothing like watching the brightly colored sails criss-crossing in front of Abbot Hall, the BYC and other familiar spots across the water.
Late April in Marblehead can be cold and very un-spring-like but the annual Jackson Cup with boats sailing in the harbor is always a bright spot. I captured a few favorite images of the boats crossing in front of Abbot Hall and the Boston Yacht Club on April 28th but this was my favorite with the alternating red and yellow sails. For bringing a bit of color and warmth to a late April day, this image of the Jackson Cup is my fifth favorite of 2019.
This year's Jackson Cup featured great conditions for racing but very difficult ones for photographing. Taking place in the midst of our nearly constant clouds and rain, I was disappointed with the very flat light I had to deal with for much of the race. When the clouds did break and allowed the sunlight to spill through, I made sure to take advantage and, luckily, got some nice grouping of boats at times. In this one, a group of boats with red and yellow sails crosses in front of Abbot Hall and the Boston Yacht Club. The sun peaked at [...]
One more image from last weekend's Jackson Cup before we turn towards the Marblehead High School carnival that starts tonight. This was another happy accident of having set my camera to an extended zoom/crop format and being able to compose a shot much tighter than I normally would have. With the sun out for a few minutes and the wind blowing, the sails of these boats reflected nicely in the water of Marblehead harbor. You can just make out a family watching from the benches at Crocker Park.
With a mix of sun and rain in the forecast for this weekend, I had a very specific shot in mind that I hoped to capture. On Saturday, I drove out to Hammond Park at a little past 5:00pm when the sun threatened to break through the rain clouds. I arrived just in time to see these three sailboats cross in front of Marblehead Light and managed to get my tripod set and click the shutter for this one shot before the light faded. I watched the race for a while and the sun never did reappear leaving very flat [...]
The Jackson Cup race took place this weekend in Marblehead Harbor and I went out on Saturday and Sunday hoping for a few new images of this favorite spring activity. I shot from Hammond Park on Saturday but switched to the Neck on Sunday. I was hoping for some sun to shine between the incoming rain clouds and lucked out with a few minutes of brilliant sunlight just before 10:00am. I'm normally very careful with my camera and settings and could sense that something was amiss as I took these shots but couldn't figure out what the problem was. It [...]
With sailboats crisscrossing Marblehead Harbor and flying colorful sails, is it any wonder that I have many photos to share from a late April afternoon shooting the Jackson Cup? As the sailboats moved in their lanes back and forth in front of the Boston Yacht Club, I tried to time the shutter and composition to include boats at various positions in the frame while including as much of the BYC's nameplate as possible. This frame accomplished that task and seems to capture the beauty of racing inside our harbor.
On the last weekend in April, I headed across to the Neck and captured these one design boats vying for the Jackson Cup. The sailboats crossed in front of familiar landmarks such as St. Michael's steeple and the Grace Community Church while competing inside of Marblehead Harbor. The harbor has started to fill with boats just in the past week. Can't wait to start shooting sunrises and sunsets over moorings finally filled with boats for the season.
On the last weekend in April, I headed across to the Neck and captured these one design boats vying for the Jackson Cup. The sailboats crossed in front of familiar landmarks such as Abbot Hall while competing inside of Marblehead Harbor. This shot seemed to capture three boats vying for position at the first turn - though to be honest, I couldn't follow the race well enough to judge where it began or ended...