Evening Skyline

This may be a cliche shot of the Boston skyline, but you can try to make it your own by shooting it under different lighting conditions.  On this particular night, there were just enough clouds still visible in the sky to add some additional interest to the image.  They also had a nice glow to them which became more evident once I started to process the shot.

BTW, I’m a little embarrassed that my private yacht ended up being such a prominent part of the image on the right side, but I just didn’t feel like Photoshopping it out.  🙂

Peaceful Cove

Today’s image was taken along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME.  As I mentioned the other day, Bob Lussier and I were there last week to help a friend teach a photography workshop.  It started in the afternoon, but I decided to head up early to do some sunrise shooting and spend the whole day.  I was once again treated with another cloudless sunrise, so I decided to minimize the sky as much as possible, and play with some long exposures of the gentle waves over the rocks.

Salem Sunrise

Today’s image is from Salem Willows Park in Salem, MA.  I took this shot about a year ago, and although the color was good, it just wasn’t working so I had left it for dead in the caverns of my Lightroom catalog.  That is until last night.  I was looking for something to post for today, and came across this series of images.  When I looked closely at this particular one, I saw a composition that merely required some cropping and cloning that I hadn’t envisioned when I first took the shot.

Sometimes I find it just as rewarding to repurpose an old image as it is producing a new one.

Fire in the Sky

I know this is a cliche blog post title, but it’s the only one that seemed appropriate for this image.  Last night after dinner I looked outside to see some amazing storm clouds and decided to make a quick trip to catch some of it as the sun set.  I left my house about 15 minutes before sunset, and found the closest spot I could in Lawrence that had a good view of the sky, as well as some other points of interest like the mills and Merrimack River.

It’s been a summer full of thunderstorms, and this image makes up for several recent nights where I kicked myself for not heading outside to photograph them at sunset.  Be sure to click on the image for a larger view.

Dusk in Marblehead

I went out to do some sunset shooting the other night, and decided to make a trip to Marblehead, MA to shoot Marblehead Light.  I got there a little early and was amazed at how many people were picnicking on the lawn or just hanging out in chairs, etc.  It had been a while since I’d been there, and I guess I forgot what a beautiful place this is to just hang out and enjoy the incredible views.

So to pass the time until the sun went down, and also in an effort to avoid having lighthouse images full of people, I climbed down the rocks to the side of the lighthouse to grab some long exposures of the rocks and tide pools.  The late afternoon sun was still hitting the rocks, which added some really nice light to the image.

Later on I did manage to get a few lighthouse shots that I liked which I’ll post starting tomorrow.  And by the way, is it just me, or does that grayish rock in the middle look a little like a deformed dolphin?

Stone Long Exposure

After our recent Historic Mills photo walk around the Lawrence mills, I spent a little time trying some long exposures with the Stone Mill.  It was mid-day, but there were some great clouds moving quickly over the mill which looked to have potential.  I experimented with a variety of shutter speeds to finally get the look I wanted, and knew I was going to convert to black and white based on the harsh light.

And speaking of Historic Mills photo walks, we just so happen to have one coming up in a few weeks on July 27th.  Please visit our site for more information about this free event, as well as several other great events coming up in the next few months.  Between now and October, we have a full-day workshop, a photo walk for the Essex Heritage Trails and Sails event, and a new night time/light painting workshop that we’re very excited about.


Although most of my mill images were taken in Lawrence, I have been spending some time recently exploring Lowell, another mill city not not too far away.  And like Lawrence, Lowell was a textile center during the Industrial Revolution, and is full of many beautiful old mills.

This image was taken this past weekend on a photo walk in Lowell with a small group of like-minded local photographers.  The heat and humidity kept the walk short, but I did come away with a few images I like, including this one.  The high clouds were moving fairly quickly, so I decided to throw on the 10 stop ND to try for some long exposure mill magic.  I wish I could have exposed this longer than 13 seconds, but the sky was just too bright.  Maybe next time.

Harbor Glow

It’s back to Rockport, MA and Motif #1 for today’s post.  I know I’ve probably posted too many shots of this iconic location, but you’ll have to indulge me another one.  This was taken this past winter on one of those cold and very crisp evenings when the sun seems to set just after lunch.  I used a long exposure to smooth the water and sky, and to add that depth of color that results from extended exposures.


Night at the Pacific

Expecting a nighttime shot of the ocean, weren’t you?  Well you’ll have to settle for a night shot of the Pacific Mill instead.  I’ve probably said this before, but the Pacific Mill complex is my favorite mill to shoot from the outside.  There are many different buildings to shoot, with these great connecting bridges going in all different directions.   The light and shadows throughout the day and night are also tremendous.

Have I peaked your interest?  Then I hope you’ll join Bob Lussier and I for our first Historic Mills Photo Walk on June 8th.  It’s free, and we’ll be walking around many of the mills that you may have seen on our respective blogs.  Please check out our site for more information or to register.

Have a great weekend, everyone.