I went out last night in the hopes of capturing a nice sunset in historic downtown Marblehead. I drove down Washington Street and then turned around after Old North Church where I spotted this scene of flags on homes and businesses hanging in the pre-sunset light. I quickly set up this composition just down from the Harbor Light Inn and managed to get just enough of Abbot Hall to recognize it jutting up over the distant building. The sunset was fairly muted in the end but did help add a bit of light and interest to this view of Washington [...]
As we approach the annual winter parking ban, I've begun to plan out early morning trips to capture views of historic downtown Marblehead's streets without parked cars in the frame. The absence of cars helps to remove a sense of time from the images as the views of these hundred year old homes could conceivably have been captured decades ago. Today's image comes from mid December 2016 when I had only had the Phantom 4 pro drone for a few months. I had flown about 100 feet over Washington Street and caught the warm glow of the morning sun bathing the [...]
The blizzard conveniently ended on a Wednesday and I set an alarm to capture first light on Washington Street covered in snow. I knew from my house that the snow would like have stuck to the branches of trees and sides of houses and was not disappointed to find this scene of historic downtown laid out before me. I passed this spot earlier as I started off flying my drone up to Abbot Hall for an image of the clock face caked in snow. After landing, I decided to walk up State Street and across Washington Street to find equally [...]
Here it is - the last new image I will share in 2017. Next week, I plan on doing my top 10 of 2017 countdown culminating with the annual New Years Day slideshow looking back at all 169 images of Marblehead that I've shared in the past year. Today's image was one of the last I took on Sunday morning as I went from one area in town to another capturing images after the first snowfall of the season. There's something magical about that first snow and this year's was no exception with sticky snow and little wind leading to [...]
Today's image came about as a lucky accident as I had another image in mind when I launched the drone over historic downtown Marblehead. Taking care to keep vertical over the launch area and keep the drone in site the entire time, I found Abbot Hall quite literally shining below me with all of 'Old Town' spread out beyond. I could not have asked for better light and lucked out with the angle of the late Summer sun shining on the red brick facade of this beautiful building.
We were away last week during the school vacation having decided to drive down to Washington, DC and explore the city where we lived for several years before moving to Marblehead. As we drove down, the trees filled in and flowers began to appear on trees. DC itself was in full Spring bloom and pollen literally caked our car within a few days. On our return, I drove around town looking for signs of Spring in Marblehead. I was disappointed to find my favorite patch of cherry blossoms had not started to bloom but found this tree along Washington Street [...]
The Marblehead Festival of Arts is upon us and two of my prints are hanging up at the Old Town House this weekend. I was honored to receive an Honorable Mention award for 'Lunar Eclipse and Abbot Hall'. As in years past, the public gets to vote of their favorite image which is then awarded the Peoples Choice Award. I would greatly appreciate your vote if you make it through the photography exhibit on Friday (2-7pm), Saturday (10-5pm) or Sunday (12-5pm). Today's image comes from that same sunset and incredible light show of last Thursday night. In fact, this was [...]
In late November 2014, as Abbot Hall tower was nearing the end of its much needed repairs, I was invited atop the scaffolding to help document the work that was taking place. With a perfect vantage point from which to capture images of historic downtown and the harbor, I couldn't help but shoot the nearly endless compositions that presented themselves. For this shot, I decided to have a bit of fun with it and introduce a selective focus (much like one would get with a tilt-shift lens). The result accentuates the effect of shooting from above and transforms Marblehead into [...]
I usually like to wait a little while after taking and sharing an image to decide if it has 'legs' and will remain a favorite for years to come. In the case of this image of Mud Puddle Toys and the corner of Pleasant and Washington Streets, I knew the moment I clicked the shutter. The response to the image was overwhelming and confirmed my early feelings. Here is #10 in the Top 10 of 2015 Countdown.
With the parking ban in effect and unseasonably warm temperatures, I've wanted to capture images of historic downtown Marblehead for a while now. Unfortunately, the light has been terrible with heavy cloud cover blocking any semblance of light on the streets. Finally on Saturday morning, the weather looked promising and I left the house at 6:00am hoping for the best. This week I plan to share images of historic downtown Marblehead captured on this early morning. My very first stop was this one on the sidewalk in front of Haley's Cafe to capture the intersection of Pleasant and Washington Streets. [...]