Ready for the Season

Back to the sunset on March 18th and my first stop along Foster Street. I had shot toward Abbot and the lighthouse but decided to try this composition of the two cranes at the end of the pier just as the sun dipped under a cloud. I closed the aperture as small as it would go and managed to pull out a few sun rays against the cloud while also maximizing focus throughout the frame.  The two cranes seem ready for the season and to start filling Marblehead Harbor with boats. Won't be long now before those moorings fill up...

By |2022-03-29T21:31:07-04:00March 30th, 2022|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , |0 Comments

About Last Night

So last night had all the makings of a great sunset which was even more remarkable due to the paucity of nice sunset light in the past month. And yet, despite the weather predictions and staring up at the sky on my evening walk with the dog, I just couldn't make it out. Thankfully, a quick trip to the 'to be posted' folder reminded me of an equally nice sunset that took place on July 19, 2019 off the Village Street pier. This is the last 'keeper' from that outing and the sixth image I captured that night. Each one [...]

By |2021-08-03T22:12:49-04:00August 4th, 2021|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , |13 Comments

Summer Sunset from Village Street

I went out twice yesterday to capture photos with the second outing being a hope of a decent sunset that never did materialize. I came home and started scrolling through my archives trying to remember what a vivid sunset actually looked like after endless days of grey and found this gem from July 19, 2019. I still remember driving home with my son as the sky began to light up and then making an impromptu turn onto Village Street where I quite literally pulled over for this.  I came away with more compositions than I could share that night and [...]

By |2020-04-06T21:19:41-04:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2019 – #2 – Fire in the Sky

On July 19th, Marblehead was facing its first heat wave of 2019 and, luckily, we had been invited onto a friend's boat. We motored around the harbor and ate dinner as the temperature rose and any wind dropped. At around 7:30pm, we arrived back at the dock on the Salem Harbor side of Marblehead and hung out for a bit there. As luck would have it, my son was invited to hang out with friends and I offered to drive him home. As we drove, I noticed the sky building in color and, when we hit Village Street, I made [...]

By |2019-12-25T12:26:58-05:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Fire in the Sky – Heat Wave is Coming

I had missed out on a surprisingly vibrant sunset on Wednesday night and made up for it with tonight's fire in the sky that erupted over the Village street pier. We had been out on a friend's new boat for a tour around the harbor and just returned when I spotted the makings of a nice sunset. At exactly the same moment, my son asked for a ride home so he could meet up with friends. I had my camera with me for shooting the harbor and drove back with an eye to the sky the entire time. As we [...]

By |2019-07-19T21:10:28-04:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , |40 Comments

Spring Sunsets in Marblehead

There's just something about the light in April that makes for incredible colors at dawn (as in yesterday's post from Sunday morning) and gorgeous spring sunsets (as in this shot from Saturday night).  I had gone out at 6pm after a warm spring day as the clouds promised a decent chance for a solid sunset.  As I headed across the causeway, I glanced in my rearview mirror and continued to look back toward the town as I drove up Foster Street.  When I reached the public way at Parker Lane, I knew I had the perfect spot and pulled over. [...]

By |2019-04-15T20:21:23-04:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Public Way, Sunset|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Sun Pillar over Marblehead Harbor

In over ten years of living in and photographing the town of Marblehead, I had never before captured a sun pillar. When I was out on March 4th to shoot the sunset after a snowfall, I thought I had scored with images of Abbot and Crocker Park as well as another of the Neck (I'll share that one on Wednesday).  In fact, the way the clouds were breaking, I was about ready to pack up my gear until I spotted the vertical shaft of light forming a sun pillar. I had to look up the phenomenon and realized why I [...]

By |2019-03-10T20:37:02-04:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Pancake Ice at Stramski Beach

On Tuesday night I decided to head out to Stramski Beach before sunset hoping to capture images of a frozen Salem harbor only to find picture perfect pancake ice all around me. I spent an hour exploring compositions including the Stramski pier and close ups of the ice.  As the sun set and the temperature dipped to single digits, the sky lit up with a beautiful and incredibly long sunset. I shot frame after frame but was immediately drawn to this one with the pier and bare trees framing the scene and the pancake ice reflecting the colors of sunset. [...]

By |2018-01-03T22:00:11-05:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

Piers of Gold in Marblehead Harbor

I apologize if the Sting song 'Fields of Gold' becomes stuck in your head when reading this image title but Piers of Gold just fit too well to pass up.  This is the third image shared so far from last Thursday's flight over Marblehead Harbor.  As the sun dipped lower toward the horizon, the golden hour washed Marblehead Neck in perfect light.  I maneuvered the Phantom 4 Pro over these two docks and composed the image to include the Neck circling toward the Corinthian and Marblehead Light beyond while including the boats in the harbor reflecting the light of sunset.

By |2017-06-25T20:22:47-04:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Framed by the Pier House

This weekend, frostbite sailing took place in Marblehead harbor under Spring-like conditions and I couldn't pass up the chance to capture images of the sailboats maneuvering inside of the harbor.  In between closeups of the boats against familiar backdrops and shots taken by drone, I spotted sailboats passing through the open door of the Eastern Yacht Club pier house. I quickly recomposed my shot to include the whole of the EYC pier house just as a sailboat passed through the door opening.  The sun poked out from behind the clouds for a brief moment to add a warm glow to [...]

By |2017-02-20T21:05:55-05:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , |5 Comments