Milky Way over Marblehead Neck

I've tried capturing stars and the Milky Way from within Marblehead a few times over the years but never could get the right mix of perfect conditions, a strong foreground and...aiming the camera in the right direction! Turns out the Milky Way was not quite where I had assumed and, with the naked eye, one can't see it anyway. In March, I headed out to Fort Beach and scouted out the location of the Milky Way over Marblehead Neck during each new moon taking place from Spring through Fall. As luck would have it, we had cloud cover in April [...]

By |2018-06-19T22:20:07-04:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

A Shining Beacon – Marblehead Light

On December 20th, a solar storm held the promise of a display of the Northern Lights over Marblehead.  Remembering this spot from my last capture of the aurora borealis in June of last year, I headed to Cove Lane and hoped to capture a similar scene with the added bonus of lights streaming down Marblehead Light. Despite the forecasts for a strong storm, no green or purple hues showed in the end.  I did manage to capture a nice image of Marblehead Light displayed as a shining beacon in the night sky thanks to those lights that decorate it twice [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:37-05:00March 15th, 2016|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

See the Stars at Fort Sewall

In the early morning hours of April 18, I had gone out in search of the Milky Way and returned with several images of the night sky over Marblehead.  This image was taken just after the one from the edge of Fort Sewall and before the next location at Castle Rock. I had envisioned this view of stars seeming to explode in light around the great tree at Fort Sewall and found this spot at the bottom of the small hill from which to shoot it.  It took a bit of work to bring out the stars while keeping light [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:04-05:00June 4th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Night of the Carnival

It's here!  The annual Devereux Beach carnival is this weekend and it looks like we'll finally have good weather for the entire duration of it.  While the children of Marblehead will no doubt be thrilled to enjoy the carnival on what promises to be a rain-free weekend, I can't help but look back to images from last year when the weather was perfect for this photographer. We had rain and fog on this first weekend in May and the carnival was fairly empty at night due to the conditions.  While others stayed home, I had the run of the small [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:06-05:00April 30th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Under the Milky Way at Castle Rock

On Saturday at 2:30am, I left the house in hopes of capturing the Milky Way over Marblehead.  I started off by heading to Fort Sewall and already shared an image of the Milky Way over the harbor, neck and Marblehead Light's green beacon.  Once I finished there, I headed across the causeway hoping to find a spot with less light pollution. I ended up at Castle Rock at 4:00am and set about trying a few compositions.  A standard horizontal image couldn't quite take in the enormity of the scene so I rotated the camera and took seven vertical images that [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:07-05:00April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Milky Way over Marblehead Light

I never thought I would be able to capture the Milky Way over Marblehead.  With our proximity to Boston and the amount of light pollution in the night sky, shooting the Milky Way seemed to be a task reserved for photographers in Maine or the Cape.  However, after seeing some truly awesome images from last month's new moon of the Milky Way and with perfect conditions on Friday night/Saturday morning, I figured I would give it a shot. The first stop was borrowing the right lens for the task and I could not have picked a better person to reach out [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:07-05:00April 18th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Aurora over Marblehead

On Tuesday, March 17, the aurora borealis appeared in the sky over Marblehead, Massachusetts.  I shared another image from this outing earlier in the day with a mix of green glow and purple spikes from the incredible light display. This image was captured five minutes earlier and shows a much broader and deeper green glow.  I corrected the distortion in the lighthouse as it did not affect the aurora over Marblehead as in the other one.

By |2016-11-06T12:04:08-05:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Jophiel Asking for a Blessing – A Sculpture in Snow

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 [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:10-05:00March 1st, 2015|Categories: Snow|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Marblehead Light Under the Stars

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I had gone out to Chandler Hovey park on Sunday at sunset hoping to catch the tail end of a large coronal mass ejection with promises of auroras in the night sky.  I was fortunate that a nice sunset developed and, after capturing it, returned to the car to warm up (it was in the 30s but the wind was whipping across the water) and change to my wide angle lens.  I then set up this composition and waited. The tricky part with stars is that the camera is able to capture much more [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:00-05:00March 20th, 2013|Categories: Chandler Hovey park|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Marblehead’s Marine Aviation Celebration Begins

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the first flight of a marine plane and the mark of marine aviation's beginning.  As part of the celebration, four marine helicopters arrived in town today and will make the Village School their home for the weekend.  I captured one as it circled Abbot Hall prior to landing and then visited the helicopters with my son in the afternoon.  After seeing them displayed, I decided to try my luck at photographing them at sunset. The grounds were still well attended as the sun went down and I waited patiently (drenched in DEET and [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:12-05:00August 4th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments