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.
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.
Some soft light on a well-known lighthouse in Newport, RI.
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 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.
Tidal pool in Halibut Point State Park, Rockport MA.
Cracked Rocks at Halibut Point State Park, Rockport MA.
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.
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.
Shot from the beach below the Aquinnah cliffs at night. The 3/4 moon was an overpowering light at this time and made star photography impossible, but allowed other possibilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Niles Beach in Gloucester, MA, taken a little before sunset.
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.
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.
Night photography is something I'd like to do a lot more of. This was shot with the full moon out, using a patch of clouds to lessen the intensity of the moon a little bit. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
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.
Some clouds and a full moon allow for dramatic night photography. This is at the only sand beach in Acadia National Park. Note: This image is no longer for sale.
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.
A minimalistic black & white image showing direction and isolated objects. I liked how the sky and ocean appeared seamless.
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.
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.