One more image from last weekend's Jackson Cup before we turn towards the Marblehead High School carnival that starts tonight. This was another happy accident of having set my camera to an extended zoom/crop format and being able to compose a shot much tighter than I normally would have. With the sun out for a few minutes and the wind blowing, the sails of these boats reflected nicely in the water of Marblehead harbor. You can just make out a family watching from the benches at Crocker Park.
With a mix of sun and rain in the forecast for this weekend, I had a very specific shot in mind that I hoped to capture. On Saturday, I drove out to Hammond Park at a little past 5:00pm when the sun threatened to break through the rain clouds. I arrived just in time to see these three sailboats cross in front of Marblehead Light and managed to get my tripod set and click the shutter for this one shot before the light faded. I watched the race for a while and the sun never did reappear leaving very flat [...]
The Jackson Cup race took place this weekend in Marblehead Harbor and I went out on Saturday and Sunday hoping for a few new images of this favorite spring activity. I shot from Hammond Park on Saturday but switched to the Neck on Sunday. I was hoping for some sun to shine between the incoming rain clouds and lucked out with a few minutes of brilliant sunlight just before 10:00am. I'm normally very careful with my camera and settings and could sense that something was amiss as I took these shots but couldn't figure out what the problem was. It [...]
Spring is here! If all goes according to plan, I will be capturing the full moon setting on the spring equinox near Old North Church just as this post goes live in the morning. We are in peak frostbite sailing season but I haven't had a chance to make it out to capture the boats crossing in front of familiar landmarks this year. Between the morning plans and the lack of any recent frostbite sailing images, I thought this would make for a nice image to start the day.
While I was capturing scenes of the annual Halloween Race in Marblehead harbor, I spotted a couple of spectators one pier over at the Pleon watching as well. I recomposed the shot I had been taking with boats crossing in front of Abbot Hall to include these two guys watching the boats pass. As luck would have it, the sun came out just as a trio of boats came into the frame and I captured this multilayered image.
I don't recall the last time I captured an image intending to convert it to black and white. As I captured boats racing on Sunday inside Marblehead Harbor, I had to wait for the sun to poke through clouds. It illuminated both boats and the backdrop most of the time but, during one stretch, the light seemed focused on the boats while Abbot Hall was left in relative darkness under ominous clouds. With light playing center stage in this image, I did not want the colorful sails to distract the viewers eye and so I converted the color image to [...]
With Saturday's Nor'Easter, I had just about given up on capturing foliage in Marblehead. With a shortened schedule for the EYC's annual Halloween Race, I headed across the causeway and set up along the Eastern's pier to capture scenes of the colorful boats passing by Crocker Park toward Abbot Hall. As the sun poked through the clouds, Crocker Park lit up behind the boats and I spotted some colorful leaves in the background. I ended up with at least a dozen 'keepers' in the hour or so spent shooting the race but this image of the boats passing by Crocker [...]
The annual Eastern Yacht Club Halloween Race took place in Marblehead Harbor today and the clouds broke apart just long enough for me to come home with several keepers. The normally two-day event was cut to one by yesterdays Nor'Easter and so sailing took place longer than usual on this last Sunday in October. I had just dropped off my daughter and headed across the Neck where I set up in front of the Eastern Yacht Club for this prime viewing location. I had to wait for the intermittent bursts of light but was thrilled to capture not only the [...]
With sailboats crisscrossing Marblehead Harbor and flying colorful sails, is it any wonder that I have many photos to share from a late April afternoon shooting the Jackson Cup? As the sailboats moved in their lanes back and forth in front of the Boston Yacht Club, I tried to time the shutter and composition to include boats at various positions in the frame while including as much of the BYC's nameplate as possible. This frame accomplished that task and seems to capture the beauty of racing inside our harbor.
On the last weekend in April, I headed across to the Neck and captured these one design boats vying for the Jackson Cup. The sailboats crossed in front of familiar landmarks such as St. Michael's steeple and the Grace Community Church while competing inside of Marblehead Harbor. The harbor has started to fill with boats just in the past week. Can't wait to start shooting sunrises and sunsets over moorings finally filled with boats for the season.