On a mid-July evening, a friend and I took his boat out for an evening tour of Marblehead. As the last light of day was captured by overhead clouds, we passed Marblehead Light heading into harbor. A half moon sat high in the evening sky and I quickly composed this image of our lighthouse, houses on the Neck and the Corinthian Yacht Club under the light of that moon as day turned to night.
One of my favorite aspects of creating a Top 10 list each year is going through the 240+ images shared in a given year and appreciating the unique opportunities I've had the fortune to capture. Just as yesterday's image of fireworks could easily have been a #1 favorite in any other year, it's hard to believe this image of a total lunar eclipse (or blood moon) juxtaposed against Abbot Hall isn't in the top spot. This was easily the most difficult capture of the year and required pre-planning and rapid alterations to those plans when the reality of shooting this [...]
It's been 25 days since I last took a picture of Marblehead and, in the past few days, I've started to feel the need to get out and capture a view of this town. As I mentioned in this morning's post of last month's Hunter's moon, conditions seemed good for viewing tonight's full Beaver moon rising over Marblehead and I decided to take full advantage of that. I headed out a little before 4 and had scouted out the moonrise to determine where I might have the best vantage point. The perfect location was just down the road from the [...]
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 [...]
On Tuesday, June 30th, my daughter was attending a cooking class at Shubies that was due to end at 7pm. Realizing that pickup would tie in closely to sunset, I grabbed my camera and two old ones for the kids and went out with my son to pick her up. We grabbed some ice cream at Terry's next door and I tried to figure out the best spot to take them. The sunset didn't hold much promise and so we drove home. Along the way, I spotted the moon rising over the water and decided on a last minute detour [...]
There's no question that this Winter has been an incredible and soon an historic one with record amounts of snow and long durations of freezing temperatures. I've tried to capture some of the beauty that comes with the cold and snow and, when I first learned that a local artist had produced a sculpture in snow of an angel, I hurried to photograph it. Unfortunately I was too late (mother nature had destroyed her) but, for good or bad, more snow and continued cold meant that Jonathan Sherman had an opportunity to work on an even bigger piece. Starting with [...]
It's become a tradition for me to share my annual New Year's Day slideshow and this year's 10-minute show received an incredible welcome. Another part of the day's tradition is going out to shoot. I've captured some incredible sunrises on New Year's Day in the past few years but couldn't motivate for the early morning awakening this year. Instead, I drove around as sunset approached searching for a new composition. With the recent cold temperatures, I thought I might find some frozen waters but struck out along the shore. I then stopped at Black Joe's and Redd's ponds and found [...]
By popular demand - an image of the full moon rise from Fort Sewall captured on July 11, 2014. When I go out to shoot, I will often return with several images that I want to share. Such was the case with the full moon rise of July 11-12. On that first night, I had hoped for a new composition of the moon rising over Chandler Hovey Park as seen from Fort Sewall and achieved that when I used the leaves of the great tree at the Fort to frame this shot. However, moments later, the Glover's Regiment began their [...]
This seemed like a perfect image to start off what is supposed to be a beautiful, warm, Summer weekend. The image comes from the evening of June 2nd and a trip to the Rockett Landing off Village Street. I shared a photo captured from the top of the pier earlier but had taken this one shortly before walking back up to the road. I was struck by the light first and foremost and decided on a vertical orientation so that the crescent moon could be included in the final frame with the dinghy tied up for the night.
I went to sleep on Sunday night after checking forecasts for the morning and thinking there was a descent chance at a good sunrise. The chance wasn't quite high enough for me to set an alarm but I figured that if I woke in time, I would head out the door. Sure enough I woke at 4am and took that as a sign of good things to come. I had mapped out the direction of the sunrise and decided that Crocker Park would offer the best vantage point. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much Marblehead Harbor had filled [...]