On December 23rd, I headed out to capture the full cold moon rising over Chandler Hovey Park. When I arrived at my spot near the Dolphin Yacht Club, I immediately noticed the red, white and blue lights adorning Marblehead Light. I took a few practice shots to get ready for the moon rise but then had a great idea and made a few adjustments. Just before the moon came into view, its orange glow illuminated the horizon. I adjusted the camera to a very long exposure (25 seconds) which served to capture all of the light surrounding Marblehead Light and [...]
I'm not sure if this image is necessarily a 'best of' or more of a memorable shot for the amount of power (and subsequent damage) that it captures. On March 3rd, a major Nor'Easter was finally moving offshore after slamming New England with record wind and storm surges. This area of Front Street would end up sustaining incredible damage as did other ocean facing spots around town. Before anyone could assess the damage from the storm however, it's waves were on full display at high tide and many people had gathered on Front Street to marvel at the power of [...]
I went out to capture the full cold moon rising behind Marblehead Light tonight under very challenging conditions. The moon began its rise more than an hour after sun set on the shortest day of the year and so I had to find a vantage point that had its own lighting to help showcase the moonrise taking place within Marblehead. With the lighthouse decked out in lights for the season, I decided that would be the best foreground element and found that the Dolphin Yacht Club offered a perfect spot from which to capture the moon. As I continued [...]
I went out to capture the full cold moon rising behind Marblehead Light tonight under very challenging conditions. The moon began its rise more than an hour after sun set on the shortest day of the year and so I had to find a vantage point that had its own lighting to help showcase the moonrise taking place within Marblehead. With the lighthouse decked out in lights for the season, I decided that would be the best foreground element and found that the Dolphin Yacht Club offered a perfect spot from which to capture the moon. I set up just [...]
I captured two images on January 1, 2018 that would end up being among my favorites of the year. This one of the first supermoon of the year ascending in the sky over Chandler Hovey Park was made possible with a new lens I had acquired just a short while previously. I was actually standing in my book designer's backyard near Skinner Head (Gregory Street and Catherine Lane) to capture this view of the full moon. Thanks to a 400mm lens and 5,000 feet between me and the lighthouse, the moon appeared larger than life due to a compression artifact. [...]
On Sunday night after capturing the image of the Christmas tree on the First Harbor dinghy, I turned towards Marblehead Light and noticed that it was the only sign of color on this foggy night. I decided to capture the lighthouse decked out in strings of lights for the holiday using a long-exposure. The 30 second image time served to calm the waters of little harbor and accentuate the foggy mood looking out past Gerry Island towards Chandler Hovey Park. The small aperture of the lens also helped add a small star to the light produced by the green beacon [...]
Already missing views of a crowded harbor as the days grow colder and next summer seems far too far away. This image was taken on September 1st using my longest lens set at 400mm. The focal length helps compress the view and makes Marblehead harbor seem packed with boats.
I mentioned a few days ago that I had gone out to Crocker Park on Friday night hoping for a nice sunset and some foliage. I ended up getting lucky with the former but with most of the good light positioned behind Abbot Hall. Before capturing that image, I pointed my lens toward the golden light on Marblehead Neck and the sad view of an emptying harbor. There was a patch of leaf color in one tree at Crocker Park with two others having already emptied of leaves.
After capturing the first signs of autumn across Salem harbor, I drove up West Shore Drive, past the Waterside Cemetery and around Beacon Street. I pulled over just past Gingerbread Hill when I saw these clouds filling the afternoon sky over Gerry Island and Marblehead Light. With the first hint of color in the leaves on Gerry Island and the empty moorings, I thought the scene captured fall in Little Harbor. I'm hoping to find more fall scenes on Wednesday and this weekend as I explore areas around Marblehead. If you have spotted any great foliage around memorable locations (the [...]
The full moon rose almost three weeks ago and I'm only now finding time to share this image from the night. I had captured a deep red full moon just before 8pm while there was still a bit of light in the evening sky and shared that one immediately. A few minutes later, the moon had disappeared behind a low bank of clouds and I sought a new composition. I was able to predict a spot along Front Street from which I could capture this shot of the full moon behind Marblehead Light. I couldn't be sure of it's exact [...]