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Sunrise through the Cloudbank

The temperatures on Saturday, October 17 threatened to dip below freezing overnight and I thought there might be a chance of seeing seasmoke in the harbor.  I had to be in Portsmouth for a conference at 8:15am but figured I would have just enough time to capture the sunrise from Front Street. As I drove, the temperature on my car's thermometer displayed a cold 32F on this mid-October day and I remained with high hopes until I reached Front Street.  There was no seasmoke to see though the cold air above warm water did combine to form a nice cloud [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:58+00:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rays of Light over Marblehead Harbor

Today's image was taken on Tuesday, August 18 from the pier at the Pleon Yacht Club.  I had set up early for sunset figuring the clouds in the sky might offer a decent show.  As it happened, the clouds served to create these beautiful rays of light while the sun was still fairly high above the horizon. The clouds then thickened as the sun descended and caused the sunset to fizzle out.  I saw the lackluster show developing and so I packed up my camera and tripod and headed to the car.  It was then that I noticed the Eastern [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:00+00:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Light Up the Trees

So as luck would have it, this image was waiting in line next to yesterday's image of the lifeguard chair on an empty beach.  I went back to view all images taken on this day and remembered there was a "smoky sou'wester" that explained this phenomenon.  I had never heard the term until a gentleman floating in the waters of Doliber Cove shared it with me. Anyway, this image of a flag planted near a small grave marker at Old Burial Hill came from a walk around Marblehead exploring the foggy conditions.  The angle of the sun and fog served [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:02+00:00July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Cemetery|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sun Rays through Cherry Blossoms

The past month has been a brutal one with a record amount of snow and more on the way.  With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to post a 'warm' photo and nothing matches cherry blossoms for the feeling of a warm Spring day. This image was captured on April 25th, 2014.  So we only have two months to go until the snow melts and the beauty of Spring erupts.

By |2016-11-06T12:04:11+00:00February 13th, 2015|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sun Rays over Abbot Hall and The Importance of Backups

This morning, while at work, I received this automated email message from my backup software: "This file or folder is sitting on a bad section of hard disk media and is unrecoverable. Delete this item (i.e. in the Finder) and restore it from a known good backup, then try the backup task again." The files it was referring to (15 in all) were on my main external hard drive that holds all of my images from Wednesdays in Marblehead as well as every image of my children.  In fact, there are almost 100,000 images housed on that drive which is [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:04:30+00:00May 13th, 2014|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rays of Light over Marblehead

On Saturday, the first Arts Fusion event took place at Abbot Hall as a fundraiser for the Marblehead Art Association and Marblehead Festival of Arts.  I had donated a framed print and copy of my to-be-published book and was excited to see the work on display. Before heading over there though, I noted clouds forming over the town and they seemed to be breaking up just enough to let some rays of light pass through.  I decided to drive out to Marblehead Neck to see if my hunch was right and discovered this scene from a vantage point on Corinthian [...]

Rays of Light over Goldthwait Beach

Continuing with the great light featured this week, this is a shot from the afternoon of Sept 13th.  Storms seem to be missing us to the north and south on this particular day and I headed out in hopes of capturing the storms from a distance.  I started off at Devereux Beach where I shot under the cover of the picnic table structure. The clouds kept forming and braking and, at this point, broke at just the right spot to let in the rays of light from the sun.  You can just make out a spot of blue sky above [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:05:50+00:00September 26th, 2013|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Anticrepuscular Rays at Sunset over Little Harbor

On July 4th, I had decided to shoot the fireworks from a new vantage point overlooking little harbor.  I had been excited about a possible bonus sunset shot during the day as great big clouds kept forming overhead.  Those had dissipated by sunset and I figured I would have to 'settle' for an incredible fireworks display.  Beginning at 8:15pm, I started to notice a very odd triangle of light in the sky seeming to emanate from near the lighthouse.  As the sun set, the triangle became rays of light that reached their peak with this image.  At the time, I was floored [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:05:55+00:00July 7th, 2013|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Long Exposure – Sun Rays over Marblehead Harbor

Today's long exposure image was taken back in April 2012.  The Spring is a great time to photograph the harbor as clouds are not an uncommon site and the waters remain free of boats allowing for longer exposures.  With a full harbor, the odds of keeping boats sharp with exposures stretching to seconds and minutes become very small.  On this day, I only needed to contend with one boat and tried to time this 5 second exposure when the winds calmed and the harbor was relatively still.  The sun rays were the clear focal point of the image and I [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:01+00:00February 26th, 2013|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

First Light on an Icy Castle Rock

Back to some recent images taken before the January thaw.  On this particular morning, I again headed out in hopes of capturing some sea smoke.  It turned out that my search was in vain but I did not come away empty handed.  In fact, I witness (and captured) and incredible early dawn image that I'll share in the next few days (you'll understand why later) and then headed here to Castle Rock.  I was surprised to see the tide pools had turned to ice and I quickly scampered down to the rocks as the sun began to rise.  By positioning [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:03+00:00February 4th, 2013|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments