I went out a few nights ago as Redd's Pond had frozen and skaters were enjoying the timeless joy of skating on the frozen water. I had hopes of capturing a similar scene to this one taken on February 1, 2019 but the light never quite matched the one in this shot. I had a hard time deciding whether to include this image because of the foreground element. I did a bit of research and learned about these 'pond stars' which are formed when snow covers a thin ice layer. My wife thought it looked too ominous against the backdrop [...]
On Sunday, I was working on my first Wednesdays in Marblehead talk set to take place at one of our yacht clubs this Wednesday. As I took a break from the slideshow, I turned to Facebook and realized that I had almost missed the fall regatta of model sailboats at Redd's Pond. Thanks to Kristen's Facebook photos, I quickly jumped in the car and made it to Redd's in time to capture the last few minutes of racing. The first thing I noticed was the foliage at Old Burial Hill and walked around the pond to find the composition which would [...]
I shared images from 2011 to 2013 last week and thought I would move forward to the 2014-2015 'To be Published' folder for the next two week. Today's image was captured on July 21, 2014 at just before 7pm when a soft fog created a perfect mood for quiet reflections at Redd's Pond.
This might be the longest stretch that I have gone without taking a photo of Marblehead in almost ten years. I had influenza for the first time in my life and finally appreciated just how awful that virus can be. We all receive the vaccine annually and, while it is nowhere near 100% effective, my wife and daughter did not get the flu so that was a small win. It took longer than expected to recover from that illness and I had absolutely no interest in venturing out during the recent arctic blast so I was content with letting the [...]
Today's image comes from my 'to-be-posted' archives from January 11, 2015. Many of my favorite images of Redd's come from the month of January when the ice is typically perfect for skating and snow has not yet fallen to affect the surface. I had gone to Redd's on this afternoon to check on conditions and was delighter to find the ice bustling with activity. There were kids and adults skating across the small pond and a pickup hockey game was taking place as well. I decided to set up near the hockey goal and used a slow shutter speed to [...]
This will be the last new image I share in 2018 (I think) as I plan to start my Top 10 of 2018 countdown on Monday. That will lead up to the annual New Years Day slideshow looking back at all of the images shared on Wednesdays in Marblehead in the past year. Today's image comes from the morning after yesterday's first snow of the season. We ended up getting quite a bit of snow that day and I was surprised to find Redd's Pond to have nearly frozen when I arrived to shoot the sunrise the next morning. As [...]
This Wednesday in Marblehead began with thick fog and I decided to explore a few favorite locations after dropping the kids at school. My first stop was Redd's Pond where the thick fog added a sense of isolation and calm - as though this little red house existed independently of neighbors. Standing across the water and composing this image on a foggy morning at Redd's Pond made for a nice start to the day.
Fresh snow in December is a magical thing...snow in March is nature's cruelest joke. With some forecasts of over a foot of snow due to arrive in Marblehead on Tuesday, March 13th, I struggled with an image to share today. This one of the red house named Pond View blanketed in white with the snow perfectly accentuating the branches on the trees was an instant favorite when I captured it just after dawn on December 10th. From the perfect snow to the partly frozen pond, the image had all of the elements I could hope for. Hopefully you find its [...]
I have had this image of pond skating at Redd's in mind for years and was so thrilled to have finally captured it. In 2010, Vincent Laforet captured an aerial image of skaters at Rockefeller center from a helicopter and what struck me about the shot was the shadows telling the story of what each skater was doing. I considered hiring my own helicopter or plane for a similar image over Redds Pond but that held too many complications and variables. A few years ago, drones came on the market but the early ones had cameras better suited for video [...]
When it came time to decide on my top 10 images of 2017, I found myself eyeing several recent images for inclusion and ended up with 4 of the top 10 having been taken in December. I can't decide if that is due to some bias on my end to favor photos taken recently and thereby still holding strong memories of the shoot or a unique effect this year with some truly picture perfect conditions. For #7, I decided on this photos of a truly perfect morning at Redd's Pond. I've captured Redd's partially frozen before but never with such [...]