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 [...]
We have had an incredibly dry Summer in Marblehead which has translated into very few opportunities for chasing rainbows. I have only had once chance thus far when a storm cloud passed through town (conveniently on a Wednesday evening) and I ran out of the house to the nearest vantage point. I arrived at the edge of Bass Rocks Lane as the light began to fade and had only seconds to capture this view of a rainbow, storm clouds and the white haze of falling rain over the ocean and Tinkers Island. I'm hoping for a few more chances to chase rainbows [...]
In the Summer of 2012, we were invited by friends to their rental home on the Neck. As I walked the grounds, I spotted this view of Tinker's Island framed by an archway. I had left my tripod at home thinking I would only take photos of my kids so I braced myself against a wall and fired off two shots (one for Tinker's Island in the distance and the other for the archway). I later blended the two together so that both were in focus in the final image.
The third entry in this week's Where in Marblehead series is easily the toughest yet as it was taken from the backyard of a private residence (with permission) on a cold Winter morning. Any guesses where this cold dawn image in Marblehead was taken from? Answer: