I have long been fascinated with nighttime and lights. This sort of composition would have posed a serious challenge in film days. What you see here is a blend of two photographs in Photoshop.
As tonight’s six inch storm was winding down I walked the nearly empty Main Street of Wakefield looking for photographs. Imagine my surprise when a snow plow disguised as an alien spacecraft passed me by. A police office pulled over, rolled down his window, and showed off a great photo of he had just taken with his phone of a home decorated in a pretty Christmas display. He said that he would later remove the utility wires in Photoshop. No mention of the spacecraft. A few minutes later a fellow approached me to show off the photos he had just taken with his phone. He was dispatching them immediately to friends at home in Turkey. I also admired some images he had made a week earlier in Bermuda. A plow driver waved hello and suggested that I not stand in the middle of the street. Another terrific hour in the snow.
I was alone on Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA on December 3 hoping to photograph the Milky Way over Ipswich Bay. Instead, I captured the gentle waves, Annisquam light to stage right, and the glow of Newburyport’s abundant city lights on stage left. The exposure was 15 seconds. Click the image for a full-screen view. Feel free to contact me about purchasing signed prints or to license any of my photographs for commercial use.
Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts is a year round mecca for tourists but traffic slows down considerably by mid November. It’s a bit like Provincetown, MA in minature and much more intimate and approachable.
Even though the streetlights along the boulevard of Western Avenue in Gloucester, MA are excessively bright, their reflections in the calm harbor do have a magical quality.
A 20 second exposure records the misty seascape illuminated by the full moon. The constellation Orion is visible above the horizon.