The complete opposite of the last shot - this was a really tough shot to get. It was really cold on this February evening, there was almost no light and we were all gathered between headstones at Old Burial Hill (with two newspaper photographers there as well). I had no room for a tripod so opened up the lens to its maximum aperture and adjusted the ISO so I could handhold and be assured of a sharp image. I used the lanterns as a focal point (partly because it was too dark to focus on anything else). With a shutter [...]
Earlier today, the sky seemed promising for a nice sunset so I made sure to get my gear in the car and headed out a little before 4pm with Crocker Park as my planned destination. I drove down Darling Street then to Front and could not find anywhere to park along the way. I continued to the State Street Landing where parking was plentiful and pulled in just as Glover's Regiment began marching towards me. I hadn't heard anything about an event but with, clouds thickening, quickly pivoted to this as plan B. I changed lenses and set up making [...]
The rain on Friday should have been my first clue but somehow the weekend came and went and it was only near the end of two picture perfect days that I remembered - this should have been the weekend of the carnival. I really love the carnival and have made it a point to shoot it each year. I remember being particularly excited for this year's event as I was told that Cushing Amusement had purchased a new taller ferris wheel that lit up and would have made a great centerpiece of any composition. I'm not sure if it helps [...]
It's been nearly a month since I last posted an image here (the epiphany bonfire). I had decided to take a break or at least slow down the photography and, as it happens, I chose to do so during the least photogenic winter in the past 10 years... Tonight, however, I headed out before 5pm to join Glover's Regiment annual march from Old Town House to Old Burial Hill on the anniversary of General John Glover's death (from hepatitis I learned tonight). I remembered how difficult it was to shoot the lantern procession and gathering at Old Burial Hill when [...]
After a rain delay, the annual Marblehead High School carnival opened last night and welcomed teenagers to hang out among the rides, games and carnival food at Devereux Beach. My son was among the mainly seventh and eighth graders who took their place in attending this timeless tradition. I showed up at 8pm and spent an hour walking around and capturing a few images using scattered puddles from the intermittent rain to make for more interesting compositions. This was my favorite image from last night with the Music Fest ride in full swing and the name reflected in the puddle [...]
I received an email this morning from the Glover's Regiment physician (and fellow Georgetown Medicine alumni) reminding me that the Regiment will be having their annual encampment on July 7th. That immediately reminded me of a few images I captured of a battle being reenacted with fighting along Front Street. As was typical back in the day, these soldiers lined up to fire their rifles and I was able to line up my shot with the lighthouse situated just behind the smoke and fire.
Last night, Glover's Regiment met in front of Old Town House before their annual memorial march to Old Burial Hill to commemorate the life of John Glover. I hadn't previously had the chance to join the Regiment on this march and was thrilled to take part this year under cool (but not miserable) conditions. There were two other photographers there shooting for the Reporter and Daily Item and the three of us tried to stay out of each other's shots as we walked ahead of the Regiment along Washington Street towards Glover's burial place. When we reached Old Burial Hill, [...]
Tonight's epiphany bonfire in the falling snow couldn't have been more magical and I almost gave up on shooting it... I made it home from work a little after 5 and had enough time to change and drop off my son at basketball practice before heading to Riverhead beach and the annual (though belated) epiphany bonfire. I arrived as the first flames rose from the pile of Christmas trees and turned into the Devereux parking lot only to find far more parked cars and far less room than I expected. I turned into what appeared to be the last open [...]
Another incredible Marblehead Christmas Walk is in the books and, as has been the case for the past few years, I set up along State Street to capture Glover's Regiment leading the annual parade. This year I decided to bring along a single 35mm lens and set it to its widest aperture in the hopes of focusing on just one part of the parade. As luck would have it, the drummer was on my side of the street and I captured this image of him drumming while the rest of the regiment was marching to the beat on State Street.
On Saturday morning, I drove my daughter to the State Street landing where she met with her fourth grade Marblehead Cheerleading team to take part in the annual Christmas Walk parade. I had missed out on shooting the festivities earlier in the day when Santa arrived by boat and was surprised to see a lobster trap tree built up on one of the sections leading toward the water. I don't recall seeing a lobster trap tree here in years past and wondered if it might be a new addition to this town's traditional parade and other downtown festivities. As it [...]