Sunset at Eastern Point

During the 4th of July weekend, Bob Lussier and I decided to go up to Gloucester, MA to try and catch the fireworks exploding over the lighthouse.  Well I decided, and dragged him with me.  Unfortunately, the fireworks ended up being too far away from the lighthouse, and thus too low in the sky.  I got some decent shots of the fireworks over the harbor, but not over the lighthouse as I had hoped.

We had planned for this possibility, however, and made sure that the trip wouldn’t be a total bust by getting there before sunset to at least get some images of the lighthouse in the late afternoon light.  In this regard, we were not disappointed.  The evening provided a colorful show for us, long before the fireworks started.  I slapped on the ultra-wide lens for this shot, and got as low as my tripod would allow to get the reflection of the lighthouse in this small pool of water.   In post, I chose to keep the scene somewhat dark to add a little moodiness to it.

P.S. For those of you keeping score at home, I did indeed remove the annoying antenna from the image.  I usually have a strict “don’t alter the scene” policy, but thought I could violate it just this once.


Eastern Sunset

Yes, I’m posting another image of Eastern Point Light in Gloucester.  I can’t help it.  And I’ll probably keep doing it.  This is such a photogenic lighthouse with limitless compositional possibilities, and I love getting up there to photograph it.  In particular, I really enjoy shooting from this side of it, where there are so many rocks and tide pools that you can use as a foreground interest or leading line to the lighthouse.


Eastern Point Light

Bob, Mike and I arrived early at Eastern Point Lighthouse on Sunday in order to shoot the sunset before the super moon (which unfortunately never materialized due to clouds).  But before the sun actually set and lit up the sky as seen here, it was casting a really nice warm light on the other side of the lighthouse and the surrounding beach, etc.  I wasn’t sure about this shot when I looked at the camera’s LCD, but started to like it a lot once I got it on the computer.  So considering we never got to shoot the super moon, the trip to Eastern Point still turned out to be quite productive.


Super Sunset

We had it all planned out.  Super moon.  Eastern Point Lighthouse.  We knew the time, the location, the moon’s position.  And then… clouds. Lots of them.

There would be no super moon this time around for Bob Lussier, Mike Tully and me.  Fortunately, we had a really nice sunset to shoot before the clouds robbed us of the moon.  It actually turned out to be one of the better sunsets I’ve seen at Eastern Point, so in the end the trip was worthwhile.  And in the process I created the name Super Sunset.  Let’s see if it catches on.