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.


Frozen Sunrise

Between the crazy winter we’ve had here in Massachusetts, and the craziness going on at work, I’ve unfortunately had little time to get out and shoot.   And less time to blog about my lack of shooting.  So I decided to remedy this, at least temporarily, by getting up early this past Sunday to photograph the sunrise.  I had my plan all set – get out to Eastern Point Light in Gloucester to photograph the lighthouse with the sun rising behind it.  All was good, until I neared the end of the road that leads to the lighthouse and discovered that the last half mile or so hadn’t been plowed in at least a few weeks.

So with no way to access the lighthouse, I turned to plan B, which was to drive around and pray that I could find something interesting to salvage the morning.  I could see that the colors were going to be nice, and candidly, I would’ve used a trash can as my photo subject just to get the sky behind it.  Luckily, I came across this small bridge which crosses a tidal river to the beach.  It was the perfect foreground subject, and allowed me to capture the sky and its colors reflected on the bridge and the snow.  And the bonus is that you can see the twin lights of Thacher Island in the distant background on the left of the image, so I still got my lighthouse shot.  Success.



Sunset Reflection

The glow of sunset reflected in the window of a shed is one of the scenes that makes New England what it is.  There are no signs or anything that would indicate where this was taken, but you can bet it was somewhere along the coast of MA, ME, NH, CT or RI (sorry Vermont).  This one happens to be in Gloucester, MA.  I tried a few different angles to get the right view of the sunset color reflected in the window, and arrived at this one.  And while only  a small detail,  being able to see part of the window on the other side of the shed made the image complete.  Well at least to me.




Gloucester Sunset

Another sunset, another image from Gloucester.  This is part of Wingaersheek Beach which is located in the western part of Gloucester.  It runs along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay, and is a great family beach.  There’s a sandbar off the beach that’s exposed at low tide, allowing you to walk hundreds of yards out.  And large rocks like these can be found at one end of the beach, which provide beautiful tide pools as the tide comes in and out.  It’s definitely one of my favorite local beaches.


Red Elevator

This is one of the images I made while at the abandoned Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory in Gloucester a few weeks back.  I probably wouldn’t have found this composition myself, but my kind tourguide from Ocean Alliance mentioned that he really liked this view through the open doorway and how the red elevator door (yes, that’s an elevator in there) stood out among the walls and floors.  And I’m glad he suggested it, because this turned out to be one of my favorites from my brief, but memorable, shoot there.

Have a great weekend.


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.


Ocean Urbex

This may very well be my first image that was taken while leaning out a window and hanging out over the ocean.  I’ll go through my archives to confirm, but I’m pretty sure this is the first.

I took this shot from the renovated office space located next to the former Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory.  All of the office windows had screens except this one, and my new friend at Ocean Alliance allowed my to open it to grab a shot of the side of the old factory which is otherwise only visible by boat (or a pretty big telephoto lens from across the harbor).  Looking at the outside, you can get a sense of the danger inside, and why I was only allowed in there for a short and supervised time.  A fun time nonetheless.

Have a great weekend.