One of my all time favorite outings happened on July 5, 2016 and I still have not finished sharing my 'keepers' from that night. We had incredible fog roll in as the sun set which created an almost cinematic appearance to the harbor. I shot from Chandler Hovey Park in every direction and have shared several favorite images already. Here a lone town class boat heads back into the harbor with the sail catching the light of the setting sun and the fog breaking around the edge of land in the background.
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). [...]
Don't miss out on watching the Boston Yacht Club's Jackson Cup race finish up racing inside Marblehead Harbor right now... I have shot the BYC's Jackson Cup race even almost every year as it tends to offer great views with racing inside the harbor and the timing in late April usually affords some nice flowering trees to help frame the shots. This image is from 2018 as I was out of town and unable to capture racing yesterday. Today's racing just started so head out to view some of the action if you can.
I had hoped to shoot the Marblehead Tech Dinghy Association again this weekend but the lack of light and coming rain cancelled my plans for that as well as the full moonrise. Instead here is another image from last weekend's outing under far better conditions. From my vantage point at the end of Parker Lane, I was able to capture scenes of these dinghy's passing by Abbot Hall, the BYC, Crocker, St Michaels and, as here, The Landing. From this position on the opposite end of the Neck, The Landing and Old North Church come into close proximity and the [...]
What a great way to kick off spring by dusting off the camera after 7 weeks without a single photo and heading out to the newly repaired public way at Parker Lane. The Marblehead Tech Dinghy Association is one of the bright spots of this COVID winter. With frostbite sailing sidelined due to restrictions on sailing and with these MIT one-design racers available, a new group of boats could be seen racing within Marblehead harbor. The Tech Dinghy was designed by a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1935. In November 2020, Jay Watt created the Marblehead Tech [...]
I am not a sailor. So when I was looking through my 'to be published' folder and spotted a bunch of small boats, I immediately thought 'oh, those must be Optis, I'll title this one Optis in the Wind'. I set up the post and then, something nagged at me so I zoomed in and saw a big C420 on the sails. Hmmm.... Well, the picture was still nice with the gathered boats under a nice cloud so I decided to go with it. The 'Opti' part of the title had to go so I was left with 'In the [...]
With everything going on, I wasn't sure if the Marblehead Junior Race week would be taking place. I was glad to see that, with some changes (Optis and Lasers only), we will have a chance to watch young sailors race around the harbor. This image of a young sailor making her boat ready was captured on July 22, 2015. If you have a chance, head out to watch these races Monday through Wednesday of next week.
Look what I found when digging through unpublished images from past Junes - that old tree at the Fort! At the time I didn't think much of this shot with a simple composition split between the tree and a solitary sailboat on its mooring. At the time, I was using the tree to help balance the focal point of the sailboat. Now, seven years after the image was taken in June 12, 2013, the view of the Giving Tree with its full canopy steals the eye and is a wonderful reminder of the majesty of this now lost symbol.
On Saturday, I received a new lens that I had been anticipating for months. It's primary role will actually be to help me capture shots of my kids but it will definitely serve double-duty as a landscape lens. With a new lens in hand, I decided that I had to venture out on Sunday to put it through its paces and see what it was capable of. I started off at the State Street Landing shooting across the harbor and happened upon a kid fishing off the dock. I shot a few images of him with the backdrop of Marblehead [...]
Late April in Marblehead can be cold and very un-spring-like but the annual Jackson Cup with boats sailing in the harbor is always a bright spot. I captured a few favorite images of the boats crossing in front of Abbot Hall and the Boston Yacht Club on April 28th but this was my favorite with the alternating red and yellow sails. For bringing a bit of color and warmth to a late April day, this image of the Jackson Cup is my fifth favorite of 2019.