I was pretty happy after capturing the double rainbow over the causeway but, since the clouds were sticking around, I figured I would wait until the sun set. Exactly 30 minutes after shooting the panorama from the causeway, I was rewarded for my patience with an incredible sunset. You can just make out the last remnants of the rainbow touching the clouds which had reached what I thought was peak color over the Atlantic ocean. I packed up after this shot thinking the light was done and headed back home only to make one more stop when the clouds exploded [...]
For anyone with a boat, this would likely be a familiar view but as someone who doesn't get out on the water very much, I was in awe the first time I spotted the Neck appearing as its own perfect island. This image was capture on July 16, 2013 as we approached Marblehead Harbor from a sunset outing. Between the silhouette of Marblehead Light and the various levels of clouds reflecting different colors of light, I was struck by the simple beauty of the scene before me.
Today we go back 7 years to July 15, 2013 and this moonlit sunset over Devereux Beach. I had decided to push the exposure time to 6 seconds by lowering the ISO to 50 and the aperture of the lens to f/22 which served to turn the ocean water into a perfectly calm canvas for reflecting the soft pink light of sunset. The half moon was a nice bonus to break up that patch of sky over the clouds.
In ten years of capturing images of Marblehead, a few outings stand out and near the top of the list is July 5, 2016. I took 40 images that night that I marked as keepers which is just an insane number of images but the light changed so fast and I was able to shoot such varied compositions from a few vantage points that, even with today's image, I'm only halfway through the pile... With the fog rolling into the harbor at sunset, I was treated to soft pastel colors breaking up the view around Abbot Hall. Hope you agree [...]
So this is a perfect example of what happens when I go out for a shoot and have decent light to play with. I shared one image from Wednesday night's outing yesterday and here is another captured 7 minutes later. I normally would have shared one favorite from this shoot and put the other in the 'to be published' archive where it might sit for weeks, months or years. Seeing the two images one after the other, it's interesting to note how different the scene appears from the same exact location but having dropped down to the waters edge here [...]
Last night was my first outing in weeks and this is the first 'new' photo I've been able to share since the shot of a sailboat at Redd's several weeks ago (the others have all been pulled from my to-be-published folder). I couldn't decide if tonight's sky might break at the last minute and give way to a nice sunset so I took a chance and threw my bag in the car. I quickly noticed the western sky held more promise than the view east and crossed the causeway. I kept watch on the clouds as I drove up the [...]
As May comes to a close I looked back and found four more images captured in Mays gone by that had yet to see the light of day. This one was taken on May 16, 2019 when I lucked out with a passing storm at sunset leading to a nice mix of pink clouds and darker blues that brought to mind cotton candy in the evening sky.
As I looked through my archive for today's image I stopped when I hit this shot from August 1, 2018 and instantly knew the title had to be 'Blinded by the Light'. On this summer evening, the sun was perfectly positive behind Abbot Hall as it slowly set and I used the tower to break up the light and keep the scene from being blinded by the strong sunlight. Even better, the lyrics to the song include this bit: Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun But mama, that's where the fun is Seemed [...]
After nearly ten years of Wednesdays in Marblehead, I've lost count of how many times I've shot the same scene - like this one of boats gathered at the mouth of the harbor as viewed from Fort Beach. But all it takes is one element to dramatically change the composition as in this one where the same scene changes under the cloud bathed in perfect golden light. Rather than focusing on the familiar boats, the eye wanders up to the sky and appreciates the texture and color of the cloud in a familiar landscape. Just goes to show why capturing [...]
Sometimes as I go through my 'to be posted' archive, I come across an image and wonder why it didn't make the cut initially. In this case, I looked back and found that I had been playing with reflections of the lighthouse in a puddle of water from a recent rain and then later was treated to an even nicer sunset sky. B0th of those images were shared shortly after this outing on July 18, 2017 but this one stayed back. Looking at it now, all of the elements of summer nights in Marblehead seem to be perfectly captured in [...]