I was treated to one of the best sunrises I've ever seen at this obscure public-access location in Rockport. This image is a pano of two shots allowing increased resolution.
This lighthouse is one of the most photographed and recognizable icons of Acadia National Park. It works well both for sunrise and sunset (with very different results). This particular shot was during sunrise, which allows for the rocks and lighthouse to be well-lit from this angle. The sunset view would put a more dramatic sky behind, but reduce many of the rocks and trees to near-silhouettes.
My first time at Beavertail State Park. I've heard a lot about this place and seen a lot of impressive images, so it was time for a visit. It did not disappoint. It was a challenging place to shoot, though, mostly because where you might want to be is often inaccessible due to the cliffs. My usual strategy of getting low to the water was giving me some trouble, but I did eventually find a spot where I could do this. I think next time I may simply try and approach the shot differently.
Recently I revisited an old composition from 2009. The old piers from this view work really well with the city. I ended up with a pretty spectacular sunset, something I was not able to get the previous time.
A view of Boston from the Longfellow Bridge across the Charles River. This was taken just before sunset in order to maximize the color contrast between blue and orange.
A view of Boston from the Longfellow Bridge across the Charles River. Taken just after sunset, the natural and artificial lighting reached an equilibrium.
A view of some epic clouds near sunset from the top of Bunker Hill. The famous Bunker Hill Monument (a smaller version of the Washington Monument) is just behind the view here.
A shot of the smaller Carter Lake looking roughly south at sunrise. This was the morning in the middle of a 2-day backpacking trip.
This was shot about 20 minutes after sunrise, toward Wildcat Mountain. The larger Carter Dome, behind in this shot, casts the shadow on the cliffs. A gibbous moon is overhead.
Some soft light on a well-known lighthouse in Newport, RI.
A chilly sunrise at Castle Rock Park in Marblehead, MA.
This is my 4th time visiting this park in Marblehead, and I finally got the results I've wanted for a long time. A breathtaking sunrise broke over the ocean here.
This one of several bodies of water near Mount Monadnock, a very popular hiking mountain in southern New Hampshire. It turned out to be a little too far from the mountain, but I still liked the sky and reflection that evening.
The piers in East Boston at low tide catch the setting sun.
Echo Lake is a swimming spot located just north of Franconia Notch. The beach itself was not very interesting, so I chose to compose for the sky.
Echo Lake is a swimming spot located just north of Franconia Notch. Here I used a combination of filters to get a longer exposure on the clouds, also giving a color cast to the whole scene.
Ethan Pond is a beautiful high-altitude body of water located in the White Mountains, just below the upper half of Mount Willey. This view looks west into the heart of the Pemigewassett Wilderness.
This image was taken at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, MA. This is a long peninsula, or arguably an island barely connected by a sandbar. The beach is a chaos of boulders.
Near Bright Angel Campground. Prickly Pear Cactus with only the inner gorge of the canyon visible. Colorado River is just below the wall.
A large and spiny cactus near Indian Garden campground in the Grand Canyon.
This was taken in Indian Garden, located about halfway between the top and bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Taken near Indian Garden campground in Grand Canyon, at sunset. In photography, you should always look for interesting ways in which the natural lines of the scene converge, in order to great interesting compositions.
Taken near Mojave Point at sunset. Sometimes luck can play a big role in photography, as was the case here. I had arrived a couple hours before sunset and quickly saw the potential in this composition with this tree, which has undoubtedly been photographed many times. Some incredible atmospheric conditions give this shot a quality far beyond what I had originally expected.
Shot near Mather Point on the South Rim. This view is popular and I've seen many images from this spot, but the light here was fairly exceptional, and I can't say I've seen this location in this kind of light before.
Shot just east of Pima Point. Many trees on the rim of the canyon are long since dead. In this case, it appears lightning may have ended this one. The blackening near the end is actually there. It is not from filters.
This location is called The Abyss for some reason. It's actually just as deep everywhere else in the canyon. I was particularly drawn to the angle of the walls here, and I correctly guessed that the light at sunset would be amazing here.
A variation on Grand Canyon Rim 1. This one has colors that are a bit warmer than the other one.
Taken at Pima Point at sunset. Shooting toward the sunset here is challenging, and usually requires some blending in post-processing in order to bring out details in the canyon.
A sunrise shot at Yaki Point, looking down into the area the South Kaibab Trail runs through, with Bright Angel Campground just on the other side of the river. It did not take me long after finding this tree to know that this was where I was going to shoot from this morning.
Tidal pool in Halibut Point State Park, Rockport MA.
Cracked Rocks at Halibut Point State Park, Rockport MA.
A scenic pond located in the southwestern part of Boston. This particular tree had some interesting branches reaching out over the water, and I thought they served well as a silhouette in front of the sunset.
Jordan Pond is one of the most picturesque locations in Acadia National Park, due to the dramatic Bubble Mountains that rise across, and the high ridges on either side. There are many interesting boulders along the water's edge.
Kittery Point is in the southern coast of Maine, and has some nice rocks. For this shot I got hit by a big wave. It's really the only way to capture a splash like this.
A longer exposure at Kittery Point in Maine. This was taken a bit before sunrise.
This shows a long stretch of the rocky coastline at Kittery Point in Maine. There were some pretty good waves this day.
Loblolly Point in Rockport, MA. Although the sunrise forecast was pretty solid here, at first I was worried because I saw only clear sky. These clouds swept in pretty fast, though, and it ended up being pretty interesting. Originally my intention was to get closer to the water and get some of that wave-crashing good stuff. But the water was pretty mild despite the wind, and I saw these pools that appeared to complement the clouds pretty well, so this is what I went with. I'm pretty happy with the result.
There are two Long Ponds in Acadia National Park. The larger one is on the western part of the island and is pretty huge. This one is on the eastern side and is much smaller. It is located south of Sargent Mountain, with only a narrow strip between it and the beach.
A small water supply reservoir in Fitchburg, MA, at sunrise. This is very near where I grew up. This remains one of the most spectacular sunrises I've ever seen. This shot has been re-edited from it's previous version for added clarity and vibrant color. New purchases will look different from previous versions sold, but they are still in the same limited edition.
The vivid sunrise over this Fitchburg, MA reservoir made a good subject for reflection in the still water.
A small water supply reservoir in Fitchburg, MA, showing brilliant autumn foliage.
Chandler-Hovey Park in Marblehead, MA. The park is a knob of chunky rock sticking out into the ocean. There is a small chasm that can be climbed into if the tide is right, as it was for this shot.
Some filter-assisted colors at Chandler-Hovey Park in Marblehead, MA.
Chandler-Hovey Park is out at the end of a long peninsula southeast of the main town of Marblehead, MA. I'm not sure if the rock is actually a type of marble or not, but it's definitely a bit different from most of the rocky coast I've seen in the area.
Sunrise in Marblehead, MA. This is a spot known as Castle Rock, visible on the left. But what really drew me to this composition was the way the smooth wet rocks were reflecting the pre-dawn light.
Sunrise in Marblehead, MA The waves had a pretty impressive reach at this beach, and a long enough exposure was able to turn them into broad fan-shapes across the pebble beach.
Sunrise in Marblehead, MA. The churning waves cause the water to be filled with small air bubbles, which refract the light differently, causing it to appear especially blue-green. I thought it was a nice contrast with the morning sky colors. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
A view from the beach below the cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard. This was one of the most dramatic sunsets I've seen.
A view from the top of the cliffs across to the mainland in the far distance. A lighthouse helps anchor the composition and picks up some of the last light of day.
Minot Beach in Scituate, MA. These rocks are unusually smooth for New England beach rock (other than small loose rocks which are often very smooth). This is pre-dawn light. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
A small trail of water runoff leading out to the ocean seemed the perfect compositional element for this shot taken just minutes before the sun came up.
A brilliant sunrise over Well Rock at Minot Beach in Scituate, MA.
Sunset on Mount Monadnock, from Bald Rock. I'd love to shoot here again. It's a fantastic spot.
Sunset viewed from Mount Monadnock at Bald Rock. The crossing lines of the slopes here combine nicely with the blazing inferno of a sunset.
A view in mid-October of Mount Monadnock behind Perkins Pond during sunrise. The chilly morning brought some mist rising off the water.
Nahant, an island north of Boston connected by a narrow sandbar to the mainland, has a number of photographic opportunities. Almost the entire island is rocky on the coast. This was taken at Bass Head, a section with some high walls near Bailey's Hill. The moon is visible over Boston on the horizon.
The northern side of the long sandbar connecting Nahant to the mainland is very gradually sloped. This means waves have a very long reach, and you can get out pretty far without even getting over your knees. The houses here pick up the sunset light nicely.
At the very end of Nahant is some of the best coastal rock in all of Massachusetts. There are many places where the rock drops off 30 feet or more into the churning water below.
For this shot, taken at the end of Nahant, MA, I wanted to use the light just minutes before sunset to illuminate the rocks in a warm glow. I was fortunate to pick up a nice horizon glow as well.
Taken a while after sunset, the rocks here at the end of Nahant, MA, are lit only by the general afterglow on the horizon.
A scene north of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The lupines were a bit light this year, this just meant a different approach to composing the image.
Lupines and Wild Parsnips make for an amazing show of color in front of the northern Presidential Range in New Hampshire.
Newport Cove is the name of the small bay that Sandy Beach is located within. There are a lot of small cliffs here that make for a great scene to photograph at sunrise. This place is normally crawling with tourists during the day.
Just south of Boston, on the northern shore of Quincy, MA there is a small park called Chapel Rock & Nickerson Beach. The rock is a puddingstone type that reaches out into the water. I have yet to get a photo from there, but I suspect it would work great at sunrise. Nickerson Beach, where I shot this, is at the other end.
Just south of Boston, on the northern shore of Quincy, MA there is a small park called Chapel Rock & Nickerson Beach. This part is Nickerson Beach, where large blocks of ice during the winter collect on the shore.
A warm sunset unfolds over Nickerson Beach in Quincy, Ma. This beach has some of the most unique rock formations in New England. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
A dramatic sunset unfolds over Nickerson Beach in Quincy, Ma. This beach has some of the most unique rock formations in New England, with the rocks in this image being composed of puddingstone (like a natural concrete full of smaller rounded stones). Elsewhere, the beach is made of flat shale bedrock turned at an angle that results in angular wedges protruding from the pebbles.
An early sunset shot at Niles Beach in Gloucester, MA. Niles beach has some great rock and is one of the few such places where sunset can be decently viewed over the water.
A rock catching the last light of day at Niles Beach in Gloucester, MA.
An epic sunset at Niles Beach in Gloucester, MA.
The last light of day, as seen from Niles Beach in Gloucester, MA. I particularly liked this composition because of the way the flat planes of rock were reflecting the light.
This is one of those must-have locations for sunrise in Acadia National Park. The light hits the wall and boulders here perfectly. The cliffs are quite high around the corner, and people use the area for top-roped rock climbing.
This was shot at the inner-most part of Otter Cove, a beach composed of mostly small rounded boulders and pebbles. This spot is actually quite muddy, but it gives a good view of Cadillac Mountain at sunset.
On my way to climb many peaks in the White Mountains, I've seen this old rail bridge over the Pemigewassett River many times. You can actually see the newer, less attractive Route 93 bridge in the back here. This area of the river is very slow-moving, and the northern shore is also very shallow, making it easy to shoot from.
I tend to visit a lot of random beaches in Massachusetts, if I think they look interesting in the Google Maps view. I was originally drawn to Phillips Beach because of the rocks in the background, but I wasn't able to get close enough to them for my liking. I lucked out, finding these two boulders embedded in the sand, and even a fortuitous piece of kelp. I used a solid ND filter here to get a longer exposure, also adding a bit of color cast.
A hike up the steep trail to the rocky summit of Pine Mountain proved quite rewarding, with one of the very best sunsets I have ever had the luck of photographing. In the distance is Mount Madison, and just behind it to the left is Mount Washington. A broken vein of brilliantly gleaming white quartz makes for an interesting foreground.
In June, I hiked the high point of New York State, Mt Marcy. There was some pretty decent light before sunset by the pond below the trailhead. The mountain in the cloud is not Mt. Marcy but a smaller peak.
A sunrise captured at the rocks at Rafe's Chasm Park, in Gloucester. While there is actually a deep chasm that the park is named after, it's not accessible as it is on private land next to the park. Go figure.
Past Newport, RI, there is a long arm of wind-exposed land reaching into the ocean. This is Sachuest Point. The area features a good combination of bedrock, large loose rocks, and pebbles. No sand, though.
Salem Willows is a park area on the western end of Salem. There are a few beaches with sand and scattered rocks. On this particular day, the tide was low and left many pools of reflective water. Many shells were in the area, including several ridges composed entirely of shells. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
Salem Willows is a park area on the western end of Salem. This beach had ripples in the sand formed by water currents when the tide was higher. As I shot in this area, the tide had started coming in, and it came fast. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
A pier in Salem Willows at sunrise.
This is the only sand beach in Acadia National Park. However, the sand is actually composed of bits of shell, not rock. This was a particularly nice sunset. The biggest challenge here is people getting in the shots. Try not to include too much of the upper beach and, with a little patience, you should be okay.
The water from a small creek carves new intricate lines in the sand every time the tide goes out. The warm light of the setting sun can illuminate these lines.
Singing Beach is in Manchester, MA. Most of the beach is sand, except for the edges. For this shot, I used a bit of water runoff leading into the ocean to reflect the morning light.
This is a classic view on the southern end of Singing Beach, showing the rocks and a dramatic sunrise.
One of my most favorite images of all time, showing a sandy tidal pool with rippled sand waves, at Singing Beach during a breathtaking sunrise.
Singing Beach is in Manchester, MA. Most of the beach is sand, except for the edges. The brilliant sunrise lit up not only the sky, but also the rocks, and careful timing allowed capture of the wave in dramatic form.
Singing Beach is in Manchester, MA. Most of the beach is sand, except for the edges. This was an especially dramatic sunrise. Snow is still visible on the parts of the rocks that are always above the water.
A delicately carved line in the sand during a fine sunrise at Singing Beach.
Dramatic light at Singing Beach, with a cool-to-warm color contrast.
At the northern terminus of Boston's Red Line train, there is bike path that continues for miles, passing by this pond after about a 20-minute walk. There were a couple nice rocks here to use as foreground.
Swallow Cave is a rare East Coast sea cave, which has several openings. It is located in a secluded area on the far Eastern part of Nahant, MA. Here, the warm sunset light illuminates the wall, with the cave all but hidden as a dark opening on the left side of the image.
A view from the rocks near Swallow Cave in Nahant. Black and white processing enhances the contrast for visual drama.
A sunset gone full-nuclear over Boston, as viewed from the rocks near Swallow Cave in Nahant, MA. In the largest print version, horizon details can be seen quite clearly, including the individual skyscrapers of Boston and the Tobin Bridge.
Here's a classic view of one of the northeast's most impressive waterfalls. Sometimes it is claimed that this is the highest waterfall in the region, but this is not true. However, it may be the highest freefall plunge. This was shot just before sunrise (with the sun behind me and slightly to the left), to use the soft ambient light to illuminate the autumn foliage.
Sometimes you come across an unexpected scene that you realize you have to shoot. As I was leaving the base of Taughannock Falls, I noticed the gorge lit by the sun which had just risen, reflected in a slow moving stretch of the outflow from the waterfall.
This is another shot from Gooseberry Island. This was taken a bit before the sunset. The clouds were just amazing, so I knew I had to start shooting early rather than just wait around for sun to go down. Since the sunset colors hadn't arrived yet, I felt a monochrome would work well at bringing out the textures in the pebbles and clouds.
Gooseberry Island is a challenging place to shoot. It has numerous large boulders, but it is very chaotic and hard to draw the eye meaningfully. Hopefully this composition is pleasing to the eye.
This is a private beach in the town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod. Fortunately, I can get access to the beach because I have relatives that live there. The boulders pictured here have been painted by artists in the neighborhood for years.
A dramatic breaking cloud after sunset creates unique lighting over a small beach in Woods Hole, MA.
Sea grass at a secluded beach in Woods Hole, MA. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
View of a secluded beach in Woods Hole, MA. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
I managed another opportunity to shoot this beach at Thanksgiving last year. There were strong waves this day, and this shot was taken at the very last bit of direct sunlight hitting the jumble of boulders on the shore here. Although it looks like the open ocean, about 7 miles across Buzzards Bay is Rhode Island. The width of this bay makes this area one of the few spots to get great sunset shots over the ocean.