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Wednesdays in Marblehead
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An Exploration of the Beauty of Marblehead, Massachusetts
An Exploration of the Beauty of Marblehead, Massachusetts

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Canvas Wraps on Sale and New Float Frame Option
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/24/canvas-wraps-on-sale-and-new-float-frame-option/
My photo lab has made two recent changes to their canvas wraps – a new premium museum quality canvas material and optional float frames.  In celebration, they are offering 20% off canvas prints and I’m passing that savings on to you.  The image below will take you to the Canvas Wrap section of my store where you can choose the size of print and decide on canvas or framed options.  Enter the title of the image in the Note section on checkout and use code canvas20 to receive 20% off until June 1st.

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Low Tide at Brown's Island
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/22/low-tide-at-browns-island/
Yesterday offered perfect conditions for flying over Marblehead and exploring familiar locations from a new vantage point.  I spent some time at Redd’s and Black Joe’s before driving down to Grace Oliver Beach and setting off to explore Brown’s island.
I have a favorite image of Brown’s Island in my Wednesdays in Marblehead book captured from a friend’s boat as we turned the corner and spotted Marblehead Light in the distance.  I wanted to capture a similar feel on this picture perfect day and flew to almost the same spot (but a few hundred feet above water level) for this image.
The tide was low and the sun overhead which helped illuminate the shallow waters surrounding the island.  A single boat was moored just off the land mass and countless boats were active in Marblehead Harbor just a bit further out.  I could make out small sailboats taking part in races at the mouth of the harbor but decided to stay at this spot over Doliber’s Cove and take in the quiet and picturesque scene.

#Aerial, #BrownSIsland, #Phantom4Pro
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Good Day for a Row through the Harbor
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/19/good-day-for-a-row-through-the-harbor/
Although today’s image was taken a few years ago (2011) and in a month you wouldn’t expect (December), it seemed like the perfect shot to bring out of the ‘to be posted’ folder and share on this picture-perfect Friday.  I’ve shot the boats tied to their lines on Fort Beach countless times and in varying compositions but the light on this particular day was too good to pass up.
With the clear, calm water, the scene seems to beckon the viewer in on a good day for a row through the harbor.

#FortBeach
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Stacking Rocks on the Causeway
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/18/stacking-rocks-on-the-causeway/
Today’s image is a bit of a throwback to 2013 and the Summer of stacking rocks.  Does anyone remember when new formations of stacked rocks would appear along the causeway?  It seemed that we had new ones form on an almost daily basis until the Neck end was nearly filled with these zen-like temporary sculptures.
I’m not sure if they have shown up again since then…

#Causeway, #Rocks
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Beacon of Light at Chandler Hovey Park
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/17/beacon-of-light-at-chandler-hovey-park/
Whenever possible, I’ve tried to include the green beacon of light atop our lighthouse in images of Chandler Hovey Park.  And so when I had chased a sunset to this familiar spot and flew the Phantom 4 Pro for some aerial images, I was delighted to see the familiar green light shining against the darkening sky.
I composed this image bisecting the lighthouse with Marblehead’s skyline and made sure to include the Boston skyline as well.  With the dark cloud in the sky, the beacon of light shone even brighter in the final image.  It’s amazing that only two months later, the harbor has rapidly filled with boats and, instead of sunset at 5:46pm as on this night, we have officially crossed into an 8:00pm sunset time.

#Aerial, #ChandlerHoveyPark, #Lighthouse, #Phantom4Pro
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Riding out the Storm
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/15/riding-out-the-storm/
For the second time this May, Marblehead was drenched by a long-lasting rain storm.  In between trying to protect the foundation of our new addition (it made it through fine both times), I spent most of today taking care of errands and tried to let my wife enjoy her mother’s day.  As the day neared its end, I noted the clearing and brightening skies and left the house for a bit hoping to catch a rainbow or solid sunset.
I drove out to Chandler Hovey Park but wasn’t thrilled with the light and ended up crossing the causeway again and parking at Devereux Beach.  Once there I was surprised to find a number of surfers in the water but then spotted a few catching nice waves and understood the draw of riding out the storm.
This image was captured at the peak of light and I was happy to have a lone surfer catch a modest wave and ride it close to shore.  This seemed like the perfect shot to start the week with the expected warm up into the high 80’s!

#DevereuxBeach, #Ocean, #Surfing
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Carnival by the Sea
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/10/carnival-by-the-sea/
Another year has come and gone and with it the annual Marblehead carnival by the sea.  This year’s carnival brought with it the usual inclement weather but a break in the rain and fog on Saturday night brought kids of all ages to explore rides and games.  I arrived just before sunset and flew the Phantom 4 Pro over the parked trucks in order to capture the carnival as I hadn’t been able to in years past.
I had always envisioned this image of the chair swing spinning with the ocean spread out beyond to help display the perfect setting of the annual senior carnival.  I had tried to capture this from atop the ferris wheel and the super slide in years past but failed to find the right composition. This year, I was able to position my camera exactly where I needed it for this final image of the carnival lights highlighting rides and games on an early May evening by the ocean.

#Aerial, #Carnival, #DevereuxBeach, #Phantom4Pro
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Rowing through Marblehead Harbor
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/09/rowing-through-marblehead-harbor/
As we head further into May and warm weather beckons, boats begin to fill Marblehead harbor’s prized moorings.  It won’t be long before warm summer sunset take shape overhead and reflect on the still water as on this evening in September when I captured a lone kayak rowing through Marblehead harbor.

#MarbleheadHarbor, #People, #Reflection, #Sunset
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Jackson Cup Racing in Marblehead Harbor
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/05/08/jackson-cup-racing-in-marblehead-harbor/
The Jackson Cup took place last weekend and I decided to capture it from an aerial perspective rather than my prior attempts from Hammond Park and the Pleon/Eastern yacht clubs.  I was so thrilled with the video I captured that day that I promptly forgot about the still images.
This was my favorite image of Jackson Cup racing in Marblehead harbor from last Sunday.  The boats were racing deeper in the harbor than they had been previously and they had broken up into a linear formation.  In this way, I was able to pull back a bit and capture the full backdrop of Marblehead from Abbot Hall and the Boston Yacht Club across Crocker Park and to the Landing.
The chase boats, rather than taking away from the scene, added immensely to it with their curving wakes.  With warm weather slowly making its way into town and the trees filling out for the season, it really feels like Spring is here and Summer isn’t far behind.

#AbbotHall, #Aerial, #MarbleheadHarbor, #Phantom4Pro, #Racing, #Sailboat, #Sailing
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