It had been quite some time since I last visited Nubble Light in York, ME, so I decided to make the short trip up there this afternoon to catch the sunset.

The tide was low and the water was as calm as I’ve seen it, but the sky made up for it with some nice color just before the sun went down. And having some of that warm sunlight shine directly on the lighthouse really made the scene special.


 

Vermont Foliage From Above

As I’m sure is the case with many photographers, fall in New England is my absolute favorite season.  Both for photography, and for just about everything else.  Cool, crisp air and beautiful foliage makes it an enjoyable time of year to be outside exploring. And Vermont is one of my favorite places to be during the season.  I spent two days in north central Vermont last week taking in as much of it as I possibly could, and came away with some images I’ll be sharing here on the blog.

Some online scouting resulted in the location for today’s image.  It’s a fantastic spot with unbelievable views of Cabot and the surrounding area.  The hike up is reasonably short, but is definitely a bit strenuous, climbing 300-400 feet in elevation over roughly half a mile.  Once at the top, however, the climb up becomes totally worthwhile.  To get this specific vantage point requires standing on a narrow rock ledge with a sheer vertical drop to the forest below, and is definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights.  I had hiked up hoping for a colorful sunset, but unfortunately the clouds were not present that evening.  With that said, the foliage below was stunning (and almost at peak), and the setting sun added some additional interest.  This will definitely be on my list to visit in the future whenever I get back to Vermont.


Sunset Over Boston

The sunset over the city of Boston last night was spectacular.  I had chosen a new vantage point for some skyline shots, and was on the observation deck of the Custom House tower.  This building is a Boston landmark, and appears in many if not most images of the the Boston skyline.  Aside from being a beautiful structure on its own, its observation deck provides some great views of the city and surrounding area.  The only challenge here is the fact that the deck is surrounded by a serious fence, and you need to conduct tripod gymnastics to get your camera to point through the fence.

This image is looking to the north towards the North End and Charlestown further in the distance.  The sky put on quite a show, and added great mood to this city skyline image.  I’ll have more images to share in later posts.


Pastel Sky

There are certain colors that you seem to only see in the summertime in New England, and the colors of the clouds at sunset are a perfect example.  Incredible pastels can light up the sky when the sun rises or sets.  On this particular night, the sunset I was hoping for didn’t materialize at my original destination.  So I decided to jump back in the car and head to the salt marsh house in Essex to see if the post-sunset sky would have anything to offer.  And as you can see, it certainly did.  The 500+ mosquitos and gnats per square inch was a steep price to pay for this shot, but definitely worth it.


 

Back Bay Storm

After the stormy weather moved through Boston this past weekend, we were left with windy conditions, and plenty of leftover clouds just as the sun was getting ready to set for the night.  In other words, ideal conditions for some long exposure photography.  While the sky was on fire to the west – the vantage point of my post from the other day – it was more pastel to the southwest where I was now aiming my camera over the Back Bay skyline.

Now the price you pay for having the streaking clouds and smooth water is of course the crazy movement in the trees.  And while some may disapprove, I actually really like this effect.  The contrast of the sharp buildings against the movement of just about everything else in the frame is a look I’m constantly searching for.  And on this night, I was treated to a brilliant opportunity to create such an image.


Fire Over the Bridge
On Saturday afternoon, some significant storms were moving through eastern Massachusetts, and it looked as though there could be potential for a nice sunset as the storm cleared out. Our plans for the night had kinda fallen apart, so I decided to head into Boston to see if the sunset would indeed materialize.
 
It certainly did. This is the bridge at the Boston Public Garden, and the sky behind was absolutely on fire. I had come to primarily shoot the city skyline, but the color was concentrated in the sky a little more to the west, so I quickly moved my position to get this shot. It was amazing how many people suddenly broke out their iPhones and iPads to get a shot of this incredible sky. Thankfully I was a bit better prepared than just my phone.

Lights Over Boston

Not much to say about this image.  Just that my love for both long exposures and the Boston skyline magically came together the other night just after the sun set.

It was incredibly windy, so there’s unfortunately a bit of blur in the buildings.  Certainly not enough to stop me from posting this shot, however.


 

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.


 

Block Island North Light

Over the Memorial Day weekend, my family and I had the opportunity to spend a few days on Block Island with some family and friends.  It’s a beautiful little island off the coast of Rhode Island, and has the quintessential look and feel of New England with its shingled homes, several beaches, lots of shops and restaurants, and of course, it’s two lighthouses.  Although this was a family trip, the lighthouses have been on my “to shoot” list for a while, so I made some time to get out and shoot.

This is the Block Island North Light, located as you can guess, at the northern end of the island.  The first lighthouse was built here in 1829, although it was replaced several times over the years due to storms and the need for more powerful lights.  The current granite and iron structure seen here went into service in 1868, and has undergone a recent restoration.

On our last night, our host for the weekend came along with me to visit the lighthouse so we could bring the kids with us as well.  And while they explored the area, I set up to grab some sunset images.  It was a fairly cloudy evening, and I grabbed this shot a short time before the sun went down.  I have some other images from this lighthouse, as well as some from the Block Island Southeast Light that I’ll post soon.


Boston Cold

It was a bitterly cold sunset when Bob, Mike and I visited Lo Presti Park in East Boston to shoot the Boston skyline.  Getting there a bit early only added to our enjoyment of early winter in Boston, but we stuck it out, and were rewarded with a pretty good sunset.  This spot has become one of my favorite places to photograph the skyline, with so many options for foreground interest in these old piers.