As we approach the annual winter parking ban, I've begun to plan out early morning trips to capture views of historic downtown Marblehead's streets without parked cars in the frame. The absence of cars helps to remove a sense of time from the images as the views of these hundred year old homes could conceivably have been captured decades ago. Today's image comes from mid December 2016 when I had only had the Phantom 4 pro drone for a few months. I had flown about 100 feet over Washington Street and caught the warm glow of the morning sun bathing the [...]
Prior to purchasing the Phantom 4 Pro drone, I could only achieve these types of views from select spots around town. One of them was Abbot Hall and I was fortunate to be allowed on the scaffolding during the work to restore it a few years ago. Even with the freedom of the scaffolding, I still didn't have the freedom to compose as I do with this aerial camera and had missed out on these types of view. Historic downtown Marblehead (Old Town to some) is a treasure of architecture, locally owned stores, historic homes dating back hundreds of years [...]
As I flew over historic downtown Marblehead on the Wednesday morning after a blizzard, I couldn't help but stop at the intersection of Washington and Hooper to take in the view. I had an image of St Michaels steeple in mind from this intersection but, with a slight adjustment, was able to take in the Lee Mansion, St Michaels, Grace and numerous examples of classic architecture from this one spot in the sky. The gentle curve of Washington Street and the stark contrast between the black asphalt of the road and undisturbed snow from the blizzard made for a perfect [...]
So this is a first - my favorite image of 2016 is a brand new one that I am sharing in the countdown for the first time. On the morning of Wednesday December 14th, I headed out of the house eager to capture aerial images of Marblehead with my new Phantom drone. I had purchased the flying camera a week earlier and was just starting to get the hang of it but had not yet been able to shoot under great light. On this morning, the conditions seemed promising and I headed out towards Abbot Hall. I brought the phantom [...]
Having captured the annual Christmas Walk parade, my son and I stopped at Mino's for lunch before heading out to Gillette Stadium to catch the Marblehead football game. As we walked to the car, we spotted the Okommakamesit or Oko of Marblehead parked in front of the house where it is normally stationed. This old handtub has participated in musters for over a hundred years and, as part of the Christmas Walk, the Okos had opened up their place on the corner of Washington and State Streets to visitors. We headed inside and took in the small museum on the [...]
I usually like to wait a little while after taking and sharing an image to decide if it has 'legs' and will remain a favorite for years to come. In the case of this image of Mud Puddle Toys and the corner of Pleasant and Washington Streets, I knew the moment I clicked the shutter. The response to the image was overwhelming and confirmed my early feelings. Here is #10 in the Top 10 of 2015 Countdown.
Time for another entry in the 'From the Rooftops Thursday' theme and back to the cupola of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion. For this image, I decided to move the camera as close to the window as possible and compose an image of Bank Square seen below and Marblehead Harbor beyond with the sun's light diffused by a large cloud. This is how my eyes took in the scene and how I envisioned it but for technical reasons, the image needed to be composed of two shots with different focus points. A bit on the technical aspects of the image: This [...]
For those who might be new to the site, I have been running a Keep it Local Friday theme for the past few years. The goal was and remains to highlight the great local businesses that reside within the town of Marblehead. My preference has been to capture timeless photos of the storefronts which means trying to do so without cars parked in front. And that has meant that I typically capture these scenes at dawn during the Winter months when the parking ban is in effect. This year's Keep it Local images were put on hold as I recovered [...]
It's hard to believe that the Marblehead Festival of Arts took place two weeks ago. On July 6th, I walked with my family around the streets of Old Town to shop and look at the many varied exhibits. As we made our way from the Unitarian Universalist Church towards Old Town House, I looked to my right and noted the abundance of patriotism on display. These house are situated at the corner of Mugford and Harris Streets and, between the bright colors, beautiful landscaping and Betsy Ross flag on display, the scene was too nice to pass up. The photo [...]
On December 22nd, the Gerry 5 opened its doors and showed off the great miniaturized town of Marblehead. I headed down with my kids as we had missed this in years past and we all gazed at the incredible work that lay before us. There were a half dozen readily recognizable scenes of Marblehead and a train (seen in the background above) to recreate life as it was decades ago. If you missed this next year, make sure you visit next December. And look below for two more images from the town.