lamp post

Portrait Mode

On Saturday, I was shooting boats in the harbor with hints of foliage across the water. As the sun began to set, the sky behind the causeway took on interesting shapes and colors and I turned to capture one of the lamp posts along the causeway. I had rented a lens and was putting it through its paces to see if I might want to purchase it. The lens offered me a 200mm focal length and a very fast f/2.8 aperture and I used that combination to focus on the lamp post. As much would have it, a seagull passed [...]

By |2018-10-24T19:31:45+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , |10 Comments

Taking the Measure of a Storm

With every significant Nor'Easter, one can count on a group to gather along Cliff Street near Red Steps to watch the waves explode along the causeway. Based on the height of the crash relative to the lamp posts, one can get a good measure of a storm and it's power.  This is a popular stop and I wasn't alone here at high tide on the Saturday after the storm.  I didn't even have the longest lens of the group ;-) Nevertheless, I watched the waves and chose my compositions while waiting for the breaks in clouds that would offer some [...]

By |2018-03-05T08:14:39+00:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

Fishing off the Causeway

I think Summer officially peaked for me on Sunday, August 7th with this walk atop the causeway surrounded by scene after scene exemplifying the beauty of a Marblehead Summer.  Before capturing the closer view of a packed Devereux Beach, I happened upon a man standing more than waist deep in the Atlantic Ocean and fishing off the causeway. I watched him for a little while as I composed this image and waited for cars to pass by.  I didn't see him catch anything but he seemed quite content as the waves pushed and pulled at him.  I loved the proximity [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:29+00:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Capture the Fog

Yesterday's image of two Townies under the red light of a foggy sunset was one of the last images I captured on Tuesday night as fog rolled into Marblehead harbor.  This was one of the first. I had left my house as soon as I saw fog rolling in as I knew the timing offered a chance for spectacular light conditions around the harbor.  I drove across the causeway in thickening fog and parked as soon as I could on Marblehead Neck only to double back and set up for this shot. With flags hanging from the lamp posts and [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:29+00:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Leading Lines on the Causeway

Our final image of the week and a good lead off for the weekend is this one from the morning of May 6, 2012.  I had gone out on this morning to shoot the Marblehead Carnival in the early light and had hoped to capture the full moon setting as well.  The latter didn't work out with the cloud cover but I was able to capture some nice images of Devereux Beach in the blue hour. As the morning light broke through the clouds, I made my way up to the causeway and stopped here when I saw that the lamp [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:32+00:00May 20th, 2016|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , |0 Comments

Smoke Crashes Over the Causeway

My first stop on Sunday was Riverhead Beach which offered a great location for scouting out the morning's sea smoke.  While the temperatures of -10F meant that sea smoke would likely occur, the predicted winds of 20MPH made me nervous that any rising smoke would quickly disappear with the gusts of wind.  As soon as I pulled into the lot at Riverhead, those fears disappeared and the beauty of sea smoke rising from Marblehead harbor greeted me. I quickly got out of the car and felt the arctic temperatures for the first time.  I had dressed perfectly it turned out [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:40+00:00February 18th, 2016|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hunter’s Moon over the Causeway

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I hadn't captured any images of Fall foliage in Marblehead this year.  As I wrote that post, I was also scouting the full Hunter's moon expected location and had an image in mind that I hoped to capture. I finished up my last note at work at 5:15pm and drove straight to Devereux Beach and the causeway.  I had packed my camera and tripod that morning in case I was able to make it out on time for the 5:30pm moonrise and 5:45pm sunset.  I arrived at the Devereux parking lot at a little [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:57+00:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

October Sky over the Causeway

Yesterday began with fog then rain and stayed grey for much of the day.  As the sun began to dip lower in the sky, the clouds broke up and I thought there might be a chance for a decent sunset.  I had missed a few good ones lately so I made up my mind to head out. I stopped at a number of locations including Rocket Landing off Village Street, Parker Lane on the Neck and a few other old favorites before circling back and stopping at Devereux Beach.  I looked up as I got out of the car and [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:58+00:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Clouds over the Causeway

I mentioned in Monday's post that I had gone out last Tuesday and found great cloud structures from this vantage point along the causeway connecting Marblehead and the Neck.  My widest lens couldn't do justice to the beautiful clouds that stretched across the horizon so I turned the camera to a vertical orientation and shot 18 frames to form a panorama. The resulting image is over 87 megapixels and, if printed at full resolution, would measure over 7 feet wide (it could easily print at twice that size without losing any detail).  Hope you enjoy this view of clouds over the [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:05+00:00May 20th, 2015|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pink Shutters and Abbot Hall

Since starting Wednesdays in Marblehead in 2010, Abbot Hall and its iconic tower have featured in well over 100 images shared on the site.  And yet, until this past week, I had never tried to capture the facade of Abbot Hall tower from this angle. I was attending a closing reception at the Marblehead Arts Association and happened to have my camera bag in the car (having been too lazy to remove it the other day).  As I looked up from my parking spot along Washington Street, I noted the simple composition of Abbot Hall towering over the houses below. [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:06+00:00May 4th, 2015|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , , |0 Comments