Playing with Light

Moonrises tend to be fun outings as there is a very clear goal for the image and, with modern tools, I can reliably predict the path of the moon's rise and ascent. Despite all of that being known, when the moon actually rises, it always brings with it some element of surprise. Usually, by the time it has reached a high enough point in the sky, the dynamic range (the difference between the brightness of the moon and the darkness of the rest of the scene) is too large or the moon too high for a strong composition. At that [...]

By |2021-08-04T21:44:32-04:00August 5th, 2021|Categories: moon|Tags: , , |3 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

Moonrise over the Neck

I almost bailed on tonight's full pink moon but, thanks to a friendly nudge from Mark Katz [markkatzphotography.com], I came away with a very unexpected final shot. So today was very busy with spring in full gear and lots of patients to see in the office. I arrived home after 6 and ate with the family and had no intention of shooting the moonrise despite a nice invite from Mark to meet him at the Barnacle. For those who don't follow him, Mark moved with his family to Marblehead in the past year (from Swampscott and New York before that). [...]

By |2021-04-26T20:41:49-04:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |22 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

The Full Corn Moon

The full corn moon rose over Chandler Hovey Park tonight and I was one of a half dozen photographers among many more onlookers admiring the view of the moon rising over a collection of boats in the mouth of the harbor. When I arrived at Front Street I had been hoping for a different shot than what I came away with. The lights had been hung on the lighthouse early on in the COVID era and I envisioned a shot of the moon rising with the lighthouse resplendent in lights and a collection of boats filling the waters. As sunset [...]

By |2020-09-01T20:32:33-04:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |30 Comments

Larger Than Life

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 [...]

By |2020-06-07T21:49:42-04:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Snow Moon in a Winter without Snow

I lucked out with tonight's outing to capture the snow moon rising when I contacted my book designer and was invited over to shoot from her husband's third floor office window. Not only did I have a perfect vantage point, but I was able to escape the brutally cold wind that would have left me cold but also caused the camera and lens to move as well impacting the final image. The timing of the full moonrise wasn't ideal as the moon climbed above the horizon more than 30 minutes before sunset. As it happened, the moon had to rise [...]

By |2020-02-08T18:24:17-05:00February 8th, 2020|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Hunting the Moon in Marblehead

As disappointed as I was in yesterday's photo excursion, today more than made up for it.  I had decided on a whim to drive up to New Hampshire on Saturday to explore foliage and followed some online suggestions on peak foliage. Between the flat light and less than ideal compositions, I ended up disappointed with the excursion. Today started off much better with great weather in town. I headed out early to scout out locations for tonight's Hunters moonrise and had decided on either Crocker Park or Ferry Lane as offering the vantage point I was looking for. I had [...]

By |2019-10-13T19:49:45-04:00October 13th, 2019|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |20 Comments

Moonglow

The full moonrise from late December turned out to be one of my favorite outings to capture the moon to date. I'm not sure what it was about that particular moonrise but I managed to take some images that felt unique and new - a tough task to accomplish after ten years of capturing images of Marblehead. With the moon up, I repositioned my tripod along the gangway at the Dolphin Yacht Club until I knew that the moon would pass perfectly behind Marblehead Light. With the position set, I adjusted my camera settings for this long exposure that would [...]

By |2019-04-28T21:05:20-04:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , |21 Comments