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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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Coastline in the Fog - Wave Foam on the Neck
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/27/coastline-in-the-fog-wave-foam-on-the-neck/
On Saturday, February 25th, I woke to find Marblehead enveloped in fog as a result of the Spring-like weather that had offered us several days of warmth.  I ended up chasing the light and fog from Little Harbor to the Neck and came away with enough favorites to share a new foggy image of Marblehead every day this week.
Today’s image is my second favorite and comes from the outcropping at Castle Rock.  I had just taken what would be my favorite image of the day and walked behind the large rock to explore the view of this section of coastline in the fog.  The waves were creating the perfect amount of wave foam as the water met sand at this private beach on Marblehead Neck.  The bright but diffused sunlight served to blur the boundary of ocean and sky and added a wonderful golden glow to the scene.

#CastleRock, #Fog, #Ocean
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The Neverending Sunset - Abbot Hall Streaked with Light
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/24/the-neverending-sunset-abbot-hall-streaked-with-light/
This is another image from the incredible sunset of February 18th.  I mentioned previously that the sunset seemed to last forever and so, as a child of the 80’s, I couldn’t help but title it the Neverending Sunset.  At this point, the light had left the clouds overhead and become concentrated near the horizon.  I zoomed in and composed this image to include Abbot Hall with streaks of light overhead.

#AbbotHall, #Sunset
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Framed by the Pier House
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/23/framed-by-the-pier-house/
This weekend, frostbite sailing took place in Marblehead harbor under Spring-like conditions and I couldn’t pass up the chance to capture images of the sailboats maneuvering inside of the harbor.  In between closeups of the boats against familiar backdrops and shots taken by drone, I spotted sailboats passing through the open door of the Eastern Yacht Club pier house.
I quickly recomposed my shot to include the whole of the EYC pier house just as a sailboat passed through the door opening.  The sun poked out from behind the clouds for a brief moment to add a warm glow to the scene.

#EasternYachtClub, #Pier, #Sailboat
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Brilliant Sunset on an Empty Harbor
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/22/brilliant-sunset-on-an-empty-harbor/
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I had left the house on February 18th with the hopes of catching a solid sunset.  As you can see, this brilliant sunset far exceeded my expectations.  There’s something different about the Winter sun and its accompanying sunsets that makes for these intense pinks when the clouds break just right.
As luck would have it, I had positioned myself at Corinthian Lane and was able to capture this brilliant sunset reflecting on an empty Marblehead harbor with a private pier breaking up the foreground and Marblehead’s skyline positioned in the lower third of the frame.  The sunset continued to offer photo opportunities for the next 10 minutes and I have one more shot to share from this night later this week.

#MarbleheadHarbor, #Pier, #Sunset
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Golden Light on Redd's Pond
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/21/golden-light-on-redds-pond/
On February 18, conditions seemed perfect for a beautiful Winter sunset and I left the house just after 4:00 to explore the possibilities.  I started off at this familiar spot and made it here just in time as the sun’s angle was spilling golden light on Redd’s Pond.  I shot three frames with my camera before heading back to the car to grab the Phantom 4 Pro.  It wasn’t long before I found the composition I wanted which showcased the close proximity of Redd’s Pond to Old Burial Hill, Gerry Island, Fort Sewall and Marblehead Neck.
One of my favorite aspects of incorporating aerial photography is the chance to explore Marblehead’s neighborhoods from above and easily see how close they are to each other.  It literally affords me a whole new perspective on this beautiful town.
From Redd’s, I made my way across the causeway as the sun dipped lower in the evening sky.  As luck would have it, the sunset exceeded all of my expectations.  I’ll share that one tomorrow…

#Aerial, #Redd'SPond, #Snow
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Frostbite Sailing in Marblehead Harbor - A Fifty Foot View
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/20/frostbite-sailing-in-marblehead-harbor-a-fifty-foot-view/
Yesterday was my 42nd birthday and I was fortunate to start it with a homemade breakfast with my wife and kids and end it with a great dinner out.  In the middle of the day, I couldn’t think of anything more fun than enjoying the Spring-like weather and flying my Phantom 4 Pro drone over Marblehead Harbor to capture scenes of frostbite sailing.
The conditions were perfect for sailing with light winds and intermittently great for photography with cloudy skies and occasional breaks of brilliant light.  I took turns shooting stills and video with the drone and switching to the real camera when I burned through a battery pack.  I have a few good images from the hours spent watching the sailboats maneuvering in the harbor but this was my favorite.
The best part of frostbite sailing for me is its location within the protected waters of Marblehead Harbor and the opportunity to capture boats racing in front of Abbot Hall and other familiar landmarks.  With the drone, I was able to find a new vantage point from fifty feet above the action and create this composition focusing on the boats working through tight turns as the whole of Marblehead created a perfect backdrop.
I put together a video of the clips which you can catch below:
https://youtu.be/GszSyRW48TI

#Aerial, #Frostbite, #MarbleheadHarbor, #Sailboat, #Sailing
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Frostbite Sailing in Marblehead Harbor - aerial video
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/19/frostbite-sailing-in-marblehead-harbor-aerial-video/
We had incredible conditions for today’s frostbite sailing session. It felt like Spring out and I was excited to fly my drone over Marblehead harbor as the boats raced below.  Here is a video made up of a few clips as I hovered overhead and captured the sailboats racing in the protected waters of our harbor.
https://youtu.be/GszSyRW48TI
Music: Ben Howard

#Aerial, #Video
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Breakfast after the Blizzard at the Driftwood
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/17/breakfast-after-the-blizzard-at-the-driftwood/
In February 2013, a blizzard passed through Marblehead and I ventured out to capture scenes of the historic downtown distract in its aftermath.  Whether it was great timing or dumb luck, I ended up in front of a familiar red restaurant as the good light passed – just in time to grab breakfast after the blizzard at the Driftwood.

#DriftwoodRestaurant, #Snow
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Rime Ice at the Corinthian
https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/02/16/rime-ice-at-the-corinthian/
Last Valentine’s Day was the coldest of the entire Winter and resulted in incredible sea smoke conditions within Marblehead Harbor.  I captured numerous scenes that morning and ended up at the Corinthian just before 8am where I found rime ice had formed over the rocks near the base of the yacht club.
I composed this image to include the rime ice in the foreground, sea smoke over the water (which had turned into confluent fog at that point) and Abbot Hall in the distance.  Thankfully, this Valentine’s Day was much warmer than the one in 2016.

#AbbotHall, #CorinthianYachtClub, #SeaSmoke
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