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.

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.

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?

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.

Hampton Rocks

Happy Friday everyone.  Here’s another black and white long exposure, but this time from Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.  I met up with Bob Lussier for an impromptu shoot two weeks ago, and we had about an hour in the area to see what we could find.  These rocks immediately caught our eye, and we spent most of our time trying various long exposure compositions.  To get this 60 second exposure, I had to stop down quite a bit, and also stack a polarizer and my ND10.  Not an ideal set-up, but I still like how it turned out.

Have a great weekend.


I spent a freezing cold sunrise at Nubble Light in York, Maine this past weekend hoping for some early morning magic.  Unfortunately it was a cloudless morning, so I only got a few images of the lighthouse that I liked, which I’ll share later this week.  So since the sky wasn’t cooperating, I decided to focus on the churning water and breaking waves for some  close-up shots instead.  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to get just the right timing and exposure of a wave crashing on the rocks, which usually ends up being a lot of trial and error.  These are the days I’m forever thankful for digital cameras and large capacity memory cards.

River Stones

Today’s image comes from the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, NH.  This river provides so many great photo opportunities as it’s full of stones and boulders like these which can really add to a shot.  I was initially trying to find a more grand view of the river when I was up there last year, but couldn’t find one that suited me.  So instead I found this more intimate scene and threw on the trusty ND10 for a little long exposure goodness.

Annisquam RocksBefore we made our way to the Cape Ann Tool Company this past weekend, Bob, Mike and I started our morning shooting at Annisquam Light in Gloucester.  I’ve shot this lighthouse many times, and my streak of being there with either clear or completely cloudy skies was still intact after this visit.  So instead of nice sunrise colors, I decided to try some long exposures, and also try to find some unique compositions as I did with this image.  I wanted to use this strip of lighter-colored rocks as a leading line to the lighthouse, and although they don’t lead directly to the light, I still like the effect.


Sometimes an ordinary scene like a simple beach can look a lot more interesting just by changing your perspective.  For this shot I put my camera on the ground and focused on the immediate foreground with a relatively wide aperture to limit depth of field and to exaggerate the size of the tiny pebbles and shells. Anytime my creativity or inspiration with a scene seems stalled, my default is to always go low as a way to get the juices flowing again.

Today’s image is another shot of the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Maine.  This is the lighthouse made famous in Forrest Gump which I previously posted about here.  You know how much I dig lighthouses, and this is definitely one of my favorites with it’s long walkway out to the tower, and its stunning location.  The weather wasn’t stunning that morning, but that’s what B&W is for.