Lightning Crashes

I love summer storms...especially when they happen on a Wednesday in Marblehead ;-) With the insane heat wave of the past few days predicted to break tonight, I kept watching multiple weather apps and my radar ones looking for any sign of storms and the possibility of lightning. Sure enough right around 6pm, a set of storms that had been heading to our north abruptly shifted and came over Marblehead. The radar looked too ominous to try to capture the incoming storm so I waited it out (while enjoying sushi from Gourmet Garden) and then took off as soon as [...]

By |2021-06-30T21:00:21-04:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

Blue Clouds Washing over Childrens

So shortly after taking yesterday's image at 7:27pm, I noticed these incredible blue clouds near the horizon that seem to be washing over Children's Island. I had my favorite landscape lens (a 24-105mm f/4) on the camera but couldn't quite get the reach I wanted to focus on the clouds so I did a quick change to my much longer 100-400mm lens. With that I zoomed in and composed a shot to highlight the blue clouds with boats moored near the mouth of the harbor. I couldn't help but play with the zoom and compositions and, when I zoomed out, [...]

By |2021-06-18T06:32:16-04:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Full Pink Moon and the Channel Marker

Last week, I headed down to Fort Street for the moonrise and came away with a very different view when I focused on houses on the Neck and a lone sailboat. I mentioned in that post that it was really hard to not shoot the full pink moon with the lighthouse in the frame and, in reality, I really couldn't pass up that shot.  Though I have shot similar compositions before, this time I saw the setting sunlight glinting off the channel marker and decided that the small red and green marker added just enough to make for a new [...]

By |2021-05-05T06:48:57-04:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Chandler Hovey Sunrise

I'm going to try to be better about getting back to regular morning posts and this seemed like a great way to kick things back into gear... Normally, getting the sun (or moon) perfectly placed behind Marblehead Light would have been planned out ahead of time by using at least one (and likely two) apps to determine location and angles and...  But on this particular April morning, I lucked out. I had gotten up on April 14th to shoot the sunrise as promised storms hinted at a nice sunrise and I made my way somewhat blindly toward Crocker Park. I [...]

By |2021-04-25T22:20:31-04:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |18 Comments

An Empty Harbor Awaits

After getting out to shoot for the first time in weeks on Sunday, I awoke early this morning and checked the weather to see if the sunrise might be worth another outing. The cloud cover looked promising and, when Matt Noyes mentioned a nice sunrise on NECN, I knew I had to head out the door.  I drove to Hammond Park first but found the composition options limited from there. I then headed to the State Street Landing and walked to the right onto Tuckers Wharf where I found a nice angle for capturing the dawn. As the sun began [...]

By |2021-03-24T07:26:33-04:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Top 10 of 2020 – #8 – Halloween Blue Moon

I'm a sucker for a nice moonrise and, when everything comes together as on Halloween 2020, these images tend to become instant favorites. I headed out to Crocker Park on October 31st at just before 6pm and wasn't sure if there was haze at the horizon that might block my view of the moon. As it turned out, the blue moon shone bright as it cleared Childrens Island.   The 400mm lens helped create a sense of closeness between the boats, Marblehead Light and the moon as it rose. For the simplicity of watching the moon rise over Marblehead harbor, this [...]

By |2020-12-28T06:49:21-05:00December 28th, 2020|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Shining Bright on the Neck

This was the scene that greeted me on Saturday night only 20 minutes after capturing Glover's Regiment firing volleys at the State Street landing. I had packed up after capturing the solemn rememberance there and drove up Front Street to Fort Beach where I hoped to capture Marblehead Light shining bright on the Neck with its holiday lights on display. I figured the freshly fallen snow would serve as a nice contrast to the dark rock face that makes up Chandler Hovey Park and was delighted to see several homes lit up to continue the bright effect across the Neck. [...]

By |2020-12-20T22:33:37-05:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Naumkeag Moon

What a great outing to cap an awesome weekend! I had my annual Thanksgiving week sale and sold 100 calendars, a dozen books and about two dozen prints - thank you everyone! [sale still going on today so click the link or my profile to visit my site and save 25% off everything] Today was a day to catch up on the last of the orders and, after doing so, I headed out to see if I might be able to capture the nearly full beaver moon rising. I decided to head out to Allerton Place and the Dolphin Yacht [...]

By |2020-12-02T09:21:41-05:00November 29th, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , |5 Comments

A Coating on the Corinthian

On October 30th, after more than the expected amount of snow fell in Marblehead, I headed out in the hopes of a nice sunset. I decided to shoot from along Foster Street and took turns with compositions of Abbot Hall and the harbor to the left with others of the Corinthian and Marblehead Light to the right. Here the coating of snow on the roof of the Corinthian added a bit of contrast to the building with Marblehead Light's green beacon shining at a more reasonable 5:35pm sunset all while the sky behind turned into shades of pink.

By |2020-11-16T22:23:34-05:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: Snow|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

A New Day Dawns

As the month of October came to a close, I happened to have several great outings and posted new content day after day through the weekend. It felt great until November 3rd and then it all stopped. I can't be the only one who refreshed my iPhone, tablet and desktop every few minutes literally for days waiting for an answer to an election that really does feel like the most important one in a generation. With this country divided, a decision needed to be made on which way we would move forward and, after days of counting, that decision finally [...]

By |2020-11-08T22:06:27-05:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , |8 Comments