Continuing with the morning of January 15th, when the sun rose behind Tinker's Island it created incredible backlight on the smoke rising from the Atlantic Ocean. Once the sun had risen high enough in the sky, I tried to capture more images of the smoke coming off of each wave as it approached the shore. Here I lucked out with a lone bird whose feathers are backlit by the risen sun.
What a morning - and I thought it was cold on Tuesday... So on Tuesday the 11th, I had gone out before work to capture sea smoke and found just a hint of it to be found from along Front Street. With this morning's projected temperatures to be even lower, I thought I had a better chance despite the predictions for high winds. This time I headed for Devereux Beach knowing that the sun would rise over Tinker's Island and serve to backlight the rising steam from the Atlantic ocean. I arrived at 7am and dound some really nice sea [...]
This was not what I had envisioned shooting this morning... I had set out early in the hopes of capturing the setting moon as the cloud predictions suggested a break near the horizon line but as I sat and watched the sky lighten, I realized the moon was not going to show. I had stopped at Devereux Beach on Wednesday midway between shooting the sunrise from Front Street and the second part of the sunrise from across the causeway. When I did, I had spotted the sun behind Tinker's Island and that led me to pull over at the parking [...]
On Wednesday night, I headed to Riverhead Beach as a storm approached Marblehead. I started off shooting the harbor at low tide but kept looking over my shoulder at dark storm clouds over Tinkers Island and the interesting tendrils underneath. I did some research after returning home and discovered these are called stratus fractus for their fractured appearance. The contrast between the dark clouds and dark ocean separated by the waning light of day behind Tinkers Island impressed me while standing on the causeway and was fun to process when I returned home.
While I waited for the moon to rise on July 4th, I decided to look out from the back side of Castle Rock towards Tinkers Island. From there I spotted a young man standing between waves coming ashore and fishing off the Neck. When the waves broke just right, they helped bring the man into contrast and I tried to time this shot to maximize the effect. With Tinkers blurred slightly by the wide open aperture and picking up the last light of sunset, the photo had the feeling of a painting as soon as I clicked the shutter button.
This may well be the single worst title I have every come up with for a post in the nearly 10 years of Wednesdays in Marblehead. I'm not sure if it's the quarantine or the fact that no one could tell me what type of clouds these were (stratocumulus???). In any event, if you audibly groaned at the title, you have my apologies. What's a bit more interesting is that I've held off posting this shot since I captured it on May 12, 2015. I looked back to its spot in my catalogue and immediately remembered the night from the [...]
With warnings of wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour, today's predicted storm put me in mind of this outing on March 3, 2018 when a raging storm hurled waves across the causeway. In this shot, you can judge the height of the splash over as it rises higher than the lamp posts on the causeway and you can make out one of the structures on Tinkers Island in the distance. Even the causeway had white caps on this wind swept day.
Each year on New Years Day, I wake before dawn without an alarm clock and head out to capture the first sunrise of the year. I had missed out on a great sunrise the day before (the last one of 2018) and hoped for a repeat performance. With temperatures in the upper 40's, I figured no matter what the morning brought, it would be nice to be out shooting for the first time since the Christmas moon. I drove down Atlantic Avenue and decided to stop at Devereux Beach. The tide was high (and rising) and I had figured out [...]
In late January, I noted some kite surfers at Devereux Beach as I drove across the causeway and made a beeline for home to grab my gear in order to capture images of them jumping waves and catching air. With my new camera, I also captured some video and ended up sharing that before any stills. As it happened, storm after storm followed and I am only now sharing the first image of this surfer flying over Tinkers Island.
That was a surprisingly nice moonrise. I had little hope for seeing let alone capturing the full worm moon tonight given the cloud cover and timing of the moonrise (5:17pm). I left my Danvers office at 5:00pm and drove straight to Surf Street where I had mapped out the moon rise to take place over Tinkers Island. As luck would have it, I hit every green light and arrived at my location at 5:29pm just as the full moon was rising above the cloud cover. I had enough time to setup my camera with its longest lens on the tripod [...]