Neowise visits Marblehead Light

Last week, I started to see more and more images of the comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) posted by my photography friends. Most were in much darker locations but I wondered if I might have a chance of capturing the comet against the backdrop of a local landmark. I found an app called GoSkyWatch Planetarium that seemed very simple to use and helped me locate Neowise in the sky. Once that was done, I headed out on Thursday night and tried to plan out a shoot for when the clouds lifted. I thought my best chance might be at Chandler Hovey [...]

By |2020-07-19T22:04:41-04:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Night|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cold Moon over State Street

Yesterday offered picture perfect conditions in Marblehead with about an inch of snow sticking to every branch and partly cloudy skies. It was a perfect day to explore Marblehead on a Wednesday and yet, I had to work (covering for a colleague). I actually drove home from my Salem office at lunch to grab my camera in the hopes of catching the moonrise but arrived at my chosen spot too late for the shot I had in mind. As a trade off for having to cover Wednesday, I had today free and so I got up a bit early and [...]

By |2019-12-12T08:04:06-05:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Lunar Eclipse over Marblehead

A full blood moon lunar eclipse is set to take place tonight just past midnight (peak at 1/21/2019 12:16am EST). I'm hopeful that this front over us will disappear by then but it is also bringing along sub-arctic air as it passes. I looked back at the last time I captured a lunar eclipse over Marblehead - September 27, 2015. I had shared an image from this night with Abbot Hall in the frame but had also captured the view of a red moon surrounded by stars with a borrowed super telephoto lens. Thought I would share it this morning [...]

By |2019-01-20T09:24:25-05:00January 20th, 2019|Categories: moon|Tags: , , |9 Comments

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 |2018-06-19T22:20:07-04:00June 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 |2016-12-15T20:56:36-05:00December 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 |2016-11-06T12:03:37-05:00March 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 |2016-02-10T20:29:18-05:00February 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 |2016-11-06T12:04:04-05:00June 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 |2016-11-06T12:04:07-05:00April 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 |2016-11-06T12:04:07-05:00April 18th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments