That was quite the storm that passed overhead before sunset! Our home weather station recorded rainfall of 3 inches per hour before the storm finally departed and, as soon as it did, I was in my car and headed out in search of a rainbow. I drove to Hammond Park and then decided to visit Little Harbor where I spotted the faintest rainbow overhead. It wasn't the image I hoped for but I spotted some interesting clouds coalescing behind Gerry Island and decided to watch and see if the sun might shine at the right moment to illuminate the scene. [...]
Not one to leave well enough alone, I set my alarm for 4am on Saturday morning hoping for another opportunity to capture the comet Neowise. I wasn't quite sure where it might be in the pre-dawn sky so I pulled over at Riverhead beach and used the app to locate it. Unfortunately, the comet was too close to the horizon to be photographed and I was quickly gaining light and losing the chance to shoot the equivalent of a star in the early morning sky. With a camera in hand and this scene before me, I couldn't let the opportunity [...]
Last week, I started to see more and more images of the comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) posted by my photography friends. Most were in much darker locations but I wondered if I might have a chance of capturing the comet against the backdrop of a local landmark. I found an app called GoSkyWatch Planetarium that seemed very simple to use and helped me locate Neowise in the sky. Once that was done, I headed out on Thursday night and tried to plan out a shoot for when the clouds lifted. I thought my best chance might be at Chandler Hovey [...]
The thing about aerial images is that you don't always need to fly 200 or 400 feet above the ground. I quickly learned that bringing the drone off shore and raised a bit off the water provided some incredible compositions as in this shot captured on July 26, 2017. Just a typical summer day in Marblehead with a perfect view of Chandler Hovey Park, the harbor and Abbot Hall in the distance
Turns out I was 0 for 2 on Saturday, July 4th having gone to Castle Rock for the moonrise (but left before the moon appeared over some low-lying haze) and then missed any rogue fireworks. Just as I 'made up' for the missed fireworks with yesterday's image, I thought I would share this 'to be published' shot of a broken moon from August 2018. Just as this weekend, the moonrise was initially hidden by low lying clouds/haze but, once it appeared, the sturgeon moon was a brilliant red. I watched as it rose from my vantage point along Front Street [...]
Since moving to Marblehead in May 2008, capturing the view of fireworks over the water has been one of my favorite outings each July. Sadly, for the second time in 12 years, the fireworks celebration has been cancelled (the last time was due to an awful ocean storm in 2014 preventing safe passage of the barge). This image comes from the show on July 4, 2018 and the vantage point of the causeway. I was in the same spot as for yesterday's shot of the harbor illumination and didn't even need my full zoom to capture this shot of red [...]
Last Wednesday proved to be quite the outing and it began with a trip to Chandler Hovey Park in the hopes of capturing an oncoming storm. Before that storm would arrive, I spotted huge cumulus clouds behind Marblehead Light and grabbed this shot of the lighthouse backed by the intricate detail and patterns. The oncoming storm was a bust but the sunset more than made up for it.
I have had another image from this photoshoot hanging in my home office since I captured it on June 7, 2016. That image features the whole of the lighthouse reflected in the collected pool of water along the path leading to the iron structure. This one was taken 5 minutes later and I decided to change my position to better capture the beautiful sky behind Marblehead Light while choosing to reflect the tree rather than the lighthouse.
Last shot from last Wednesday's sunset and, as the title says, it really did feel like I was milking the sunset for all it was worth... I captured images of the setting sun from along the water's edge and then headed back up the ramp to find one last cloud reflecting the light of the setting sun. I quickly set up and composed this image capturing that cloud over Marblehead Light with its lights just visible behind the Corinthian Yacht Club and more than a few boats having found their moorings for the summer.
I went out twice this past week to capture the moonrise and ended up getting skunked by cloud cover both times. I waited over an hour on Friday night but the moon refused to show and I headed home empty handed. Luckily, I still have 40 images of moonrises and moonsets in Marblehead that have not been published yet and pulled this one of a larger than life moon from a forgotten shoot in February 2020. The moon appears huge thanks to the use of a 400mm focal length which served to flatten the distance between foreground and background and [...]