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Milky Way over Marblehead Neck

I've tried capturing stars and the Milky Way from within Marblehead a few times over the years but never could get the right mix of perfect conditions, a strong foreground and...aiming the camera in the right direction! Turns out the Milky Way was not quite where I had assumed and, with the naked eye, one can't see it anyway. In March, I headed out to Fort Beach and scouted out the location of the Milky Way over Marblehead Neck during each new moon taking place from Spring through Fall. As luck would have it, we had cloud cover in April [...]

By |2018-06-19T22:20:07+00:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

Moon and Star over Marblehead

On Wednesday morning, I left the house at dawn with two goals in mind - capturing the setting full moon over Marblehead and a few images using my new Phantom drone.  I started by crossing the causeway and saw the beautiful full moon in my rear view mirror.  I had charted out its descent the night before but, when faced with the moon that morning, I found myself struggling with the right shooting spot.  I ended up driving down Foster Street, up Harbor Avenue, down Corinthian Lane, back up Nahant Street, down Ocean Avenue and finally deciding on Harvard Street. [...]

By |2016-12-15T20:56:36+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

A Shining Beacon – Marblehead Light

On December 20th, a solar storm held the promise of a display of the Northern Lights over Marblehead.  Remembering this spot from my last capture of the aurora borealis in June of last year, I headed to Cove Lane and hoped to capture a similar scene with the added bonus of lights streaming down Marblehead Light. Despite the forecasts for a strong storm, no green or purple hues showed in the end.  I did manage to capture a nice image of Marblehead Light displayed as a shining beacon in the night sky thanks to those lights that decorate it twice [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:37+00:00March 15th, 2016|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

A Shining Star and Abbot Hall

Every December, a shining star appears atop a crane in Marblehead as one of many local markers of the holiday season.  I've shot this star from State Street, the causeway and Chandler Hovey Park trying to find interesting compositions.  One year, I found a spot where the star seemed to hang over Abbot Hall tower... This year, I ventured out on a very mild mid-December evening as a nice pink sunset formed over Marblehead Harbor.  I ended up walking the length of the causeway and stopped when I reached this point.  The position of the shining star to the right [...]

By |2016-02-10T20:29:18+00:00February 11th, 2016|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

See the Stars at Fort Sewall

In the early morning hours of April 18, I had gone out in search of the Milky Way and returned with several images of the night sky over Marblehead.  This image was taken just after the one from the edge of Fort Sewall and before the next location at Castle Rock. I had envisioned this view of stars seeming to explode in light around the great tree at Fort Sewall and found this spot at the bottom of the small hill from which to shoot it.  It took a bit of work to bring out the stars while keeping light [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:04+00:00June 4th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Under the Milky Way at Castle Rock

On Saturday at 2:30am, I left the house in hopes of capturing the Milky Way over Marblehead.  I started off by heading to Fort Sewall and already shared an image of the Milky Way over the harbor, neck and Marblehead Light's green beacon.  Once I finished there, I headed across the causeway hoping to find a spot with less light pollution. I ended up at Castle Rock at 4:00am and set about trying a few compositions.  A standard horizontal image couldn't quite take in the enormity of the scene so I rotated the camera and took seven vertical images that [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:07+00:00April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Milky Way over Marblehead Light

I never thought I would be able to capture the Milky Way over Marblehead.  With our proximity to Boston and the amount of light pollution in the night sky, shooting the Milky Way seemed to be a task reserved for photographers in Maine or the Cape.  However, after seeing some truly awesome images from last month's new moon of the Milky Way and with perfect conditions on Friday night/Saturday morning, I figured I would give it a shot. The first stop was borrowing the right lens for the task and I could not have picked a better person to reach out [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:07+00:00April 18th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Aurora over Marblehead

On Tuesday, March 17, the aurora borealis appeared in the sky over Marblehead, Massachusetts.  I shared another image from this outing earlier in the day with a mix of green glow and purple spikes from the incredible light display. This image was captured five minutes earlier and shows a much broader and deeper green glow.  I corrected the distortion in the lighthouse as it did not affect the aurora over Marblehead as in the other one.

By |2016-11-06T12:04:08+00:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Aurora Borealis over Marblehead Light

It finally happened!  I can't count how many times I have left the house late at night with the hope of capturing the aurora borealis over Marblehead Light.  The northern lights occur when charged particles enter the Earth's atmosphere.  On March 15, two coronal mass ejections sprouted from the Sun and headed towards Earth bringing with them a LOT of those charged particles.  The strength of the aurora is measured in Kp values and, in Marblehead, we need to hit at least a Kp of 7 for any hope of seeing the northern lights.  When the charged particles arrived on Earth [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:08+00:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Jophiel Asking for a Blessing – A Sculpture in Snow

There's no question that this Winter has been an incredible and soon an historic one with record amounts of snow and long durations of freezing temperatures.  I've tried to capture some of the beauty that comes with the cold and snow and, when I first learned that a local artist had produced a sculpture in snow of an angel, I hurried to photograph it.  Unfortunately I was too late (mother nature had destroyed her) but, for good or bad, more snow and continued cold meant that Jonathan Sherman had an opportunity to work on an even bigger piece. Starting with [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:10+00:00March 1st, 2015|Categories: Snow|Tags: , , , |0 Comments