Stormy Motif

When you’re in a creative rut like I’ve been for the past few months, any old photo subject will do.  Even one that happens to be one of the most photographed and painted structures on the east coast, Motif #1 in Rockport, MA.  This thing has been documented to death, yet it’s still great place to go when you need a slam dunk, no-brainer photo subject.

The fact that we had some major clouds and wind made things perfect for long exposures like this image.  Same old structure; perhaps somewhat unique image (thanks clouds!).


Frozen Sunrise

Sunrise photography in the winter can be a double-edge sword.  On the one hand, you’ve got the sun coming up past 7 am, which means sleeping a bit later than you would for a summer sunrise.  The other hand is of course a cold hand.  As in freezing cold temperatures.

We’ve had some really cold weather here in the northeast the past few days, but I decided to get up this past weekend to see if I could catch a nice sunrise.  This image was taken near Loblolly Cove in Rockport, MA, and those two structures you see in the distance are the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island.  I had to climb over and around some icy rocks to get to this spot, but was rewarded with really nice color in the sky just before the sun rose.   This is not a multi-image panorama, but rather a cropped image that just looked better with these dimensions.  Please click on the image for a larger view.



Yacht Club

This building/shed at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport caught my eye the other day while I was there photographing the harbor. Those are sailboat masts in the background, and I was drawn to the various lines and textures that this scene provided.  The light was very flat, so I decided to convert to B&W.


Morning Fog

Just a quick post for today.  My son was kind enough to wake up my wife and I around 4:30 the other morning.  So instead of going back to sleep, I decided to grab my gear and head out to catch a sunrise.  As much as I was disappointed that the area was socked in with weather, I really love images of small fishing harbors in the morning fog, and came home with this shot of Rockport harbor that I’m very pleased with.


Rockport Fireworks

As I mentioned the other day, Rockport, MA held its first fireworks show a few weeks ago on a picture perfect night.  This was the first time they’ve done them here, and I wasn’t sure exactly how far away they would be visible.  I took a chance with this location so I could get the fireworks exploding over Motif #1 as opposed to just the fireworks alone against the sky.  Not only was I able to get the foreground element I wanted with the fireworks above it, I was also just about the only person watching from this spot, and definitely the only one with a tripod.  Can you say exclusive?

Have a great holiday weekend.


Rockport Harbor

While most people (myself included) typically aim their cameras at the iconic Motif #1 while shooting at Rockport Harbor, the view in the other direction ain’t so bad either.  This was taken a few weeks ago on the night that Rockport held it’s first ever public fireworks display.  I’m saving the images from that for later this week.


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.