Category Archives: Cape Cod

Nauset Sunrise

I know I know… I haven’t posted in forever.  These cold winter days make me wish for days like this!  One of my favorite places in the world!  Nauset Beach in Cape Cod!!

Mill Creek

I love Cape Cod! If you’ve seen my other posts, that is clear. There is something about the ocean that always makes things feel better. I’m heading there to visit my parents tomorrow and couldn’t be in more need of that salt water therapy. Everything seems to be more difficult lately and I’m hopeful for a few days of nothing but R&R!

Mill Creek, Yarmouth Port, MA

One drive that I take frequently when I’m in the Cape is in Yarmouth Port. It starts down Keveney Ln and winds down a narrow road with beautiful houses that eventually lead to a bridge overlooking Mill Creek. The bridge is a good stopping point to photograph and I have many good images from there, but if you continue onward to Mill Ln, Water St, and then to Wharf Ln., you will will be rewarded with even more amazing views of the waterway. This is just one of the many photos I have from that area but always one of my favorites. It’s very simple, but has that relaxing quality to it that always de-stresses me. I’m sure I’ll visit the area again this weekend, along with a few other spots I know of that will have the same effect. Hopefully I will have some good images to share in the weeks to come. Blog750_58_20100808-0216-Edit

Happy New Year!

2013 was quite a year for me and that’s putting it mildly. For the most part, photography took a back seat throughout the year, but it never fully left. I took on a few personal projects in the Photoshop composite realm to prepare for a new service I’d like to offer in New England. I’ll have more on this soon…


Proud Dad Moment!

I want to give a shout out to my oldest daughter!  She placed Best in Show for juniors in a local photography contest in September! She inspires me to not only be a better photographer, but a better person, every single day. I couldn’t be prouder of my Goose!


Gray’s Beach Follow-up

I wrote in my last post (Gray’s Beach – Bass Hole Boardwalk) that I’d be posting more of Gray’s Beach to show off why I like going there so much. So… To make up for my lack of posting recently and to honor that commitment… Here are some of my favorites:













Cheers to a happy 2014! Looking forward to seeing what it has in store!


Gray’s Beach – Bass Hole Boardwalk

As a follow up to my last post, I want to share a little more about Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth Port, MA.  I have been visiting this spot ever since my parents purchased a condo, just 5 minutes down the road from there, a few years ago.

There are nicer beaches in the area for swimming and sunbathing, but none have the photo opportunities that Gray’s Beach hold.   Everywhere you look is another perfect “Cape Cod View”.  I won’t go into much detail now, but I have many images over the years that should explain what I mean.  I will be posting my favorites in the next few posts.


The Bass Hole Boardwalk

The signature photo-op of this bayside beach is the boardwalk that extends out over the surrounding salt marsh.  If you go into any nature artist’s gallery in Cape Cod, you will more than likely find a painting or a photograph of this seemingly endless structure.This is my favorite image of the boardwalk.  It was early on a beautiful August morning.  I remember I loved the way the sun was hitting the boardwalk and making the grass glow, but in my first test shot, I could tell the contrast between the sky and shadow areas was too high.  Luckily, HDR exists to help deal with such problems.  I set up my camera to bracket +-2 stops and fired off a few sets.  Once I found the composition I liked the most, I processed the three images in Photomatix and made further edits in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Color Efex Pro until I was happy with the final image.

Bass Hole Boardwalk


Cape Cod Vacation 2013

I don’t know how many times I have vacationed in Cape Cod, but it’s a lot, and minus the sometimes awful traffic, it’s always a great trip!  I needed to get away, but my budget wasn’t going to allow for much this year.  A relaxing trip to my parents’ condo in Dennis fit my needs perfectly!

The one photo treat I planned for myself was a whale watch. I had never been before, so I didn’t know quite what to expect.  It turned out to be a perfect day out on the water!  The number of whales I saw wasn’t anything to write home about, but one in particular female resurfaced over and over allowing me, and all the other camera toting passengers, to have many attempts at capturing the massively sized mammal in her own environment. This photo is one of my favorites from the trip.  The boat ads a little perspective to the size of the whale, while the fishermen’s lack of response shows just how common this occurrence is.  I still think I would be freaked out being in such a small boat compared to the whale, even if I was out there every day!Cape Cod Vacation 2013 - Whale Watch


Gray’s Beach Before Sunrise

The entire week was extremely hot and humid, so I didn’t have too much desire to do any photographing other than the whale watch.  I spent the days at the beach and the nights relaxing.  I went out one morning very early; about thirty minutes before sunrise and the impending ninety degree heat.  I headed to one of my favorite spots near my parents’ place that always yields nice images…

I have to admit, I intended to stay longer and wait for sunrise, but the bugs were overwhelming that morning and after ten minutes of shooting in the predawn light, I couldn’t take it anymore. I packed up and headed for another location.  This is my favorite from that mini session and my repayment for dealing with the pesky flies as long as I did!

Gray's Beach Before Sunrise

Happy Fourth of July

With the nation celebrating its independence today, there are sure to be firework displays in your area at some time during the week. I have been photographing these lighted spectacles for many years and always look forward to shooting the next one.

Getting a good final image isn’t a difficult task, but it does require a few things for success. Here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned over the years:

  • Plan: If you have been to the same place in previous years, you are already at an advantage. Think about where you can photograph (with a tripod…see next tip) to capture something interesting to go along with the fireworks. Reflections, spectators, boats, etc… If you haven’t been to the location before, get there early and find out where they will be launched from and then explore for a good spot where you can get that good foreground detail along with the exploding lights.
  • Use a tripod: You can photograph fireworks without one, but your options are limited and you need to be pretty close to the action. I like to get some details in the foreground from the ambient light. That requires a long exposure as does trying to capture many bursts in order to fill up the frame.
  • Be prepared to move: If your location isn’t packed full of people, be prepared to move if the fireworks aren’t going off in the spot you originally thought. Look around before they begin so you know of a couple alternative locations just in case.
  • Take a lot of photos: fireworks are chaotic by nature. It is hard to predict exactly when and where they will explode, so even having a perfect exposure won’t guarantee a good photograph. The length of most events is less than 30 minutes. I tend to shoot between 150 to 200 shots in that time. It may sound like overkill, but it insures enough choices in edit for me to be happy with the results.
  • Settings: Getting the settings right in the camera usually only takes a few photos at the beginning. I always shoot fireworks in manual mode and begin at f/8 for the aperture and use the “bulb” setting for the speed. This setting allows me to use a remote control to trigger when the shutter opens and when it closes so I can decide when I think there has been enough illumination to get a good exposure. It takes some trial and error, but a quick glance at the LCD screen gives a good idea of how long to keep the shutter open for the next shot. If I think the shot needs more foreground exposure, I will dial the f-stop down or increase the shutter length. If the fireworks are too bright and blown out, I will increase the f-stop or shorten the shutter speed.
  • Have fun: There is a lot to think about when shooting fireworks. Don’t forget to stand back and enjoy what’s happening in front of you. Some practice will help make that more achievable, but unless it’s a paying assignment, there is no reason to let the show go off without your attention to the true beauty going on in person. You can get some magical shots, but it will be hard to convey how dynamic they truly are.


Fireworks in the Cape

After a long day at the beach back on July 3rd, 2011, I ventured off for some scenic sunset shots over the bay from Gray’s Beach in Dennis, MA. I was already planning some firework shots for the following day, but was pleasantly surprised when some started going off somewhere near Chaipin Beach Road to my east. Anytime you can be near water for fireworks is a bonus. The reflections help to complete the composition and fill the frame.

Cape Cod Fireworks

Have a great day everyone! Happy shooting!



We see them every day.  Some just don’t listen!


Sunset On The Bay

Every once in a while, someone will ask me why I don’t go into photography full time.  My answer is usually something short about how I like where I work and what I do.  That is true, but it leaves out how much I love the people I work with.  Sure, we have a few knuckleheads in the mix as my friend and coworker Adam would call them, but what family doesn’t?  And yes, we are a family; which makes today an especially difficult one for us.  We lost a brother; a father; and a friend, and we are left to be there for each other and try to make sense of the senseless.


Sunset On The Bay – Cape Cod

How can anyone give up the chance to see another one of these?




Corporation Beach Sunset

39 years ago today I entered this world and for that, I am taking a day off from writing.

Hope you enjoy this photo from Corporation Beach in Dennis, MA.  Always a great spot for sunsets!

Corporation Beech Sunset

Sesuit Harbor

Who to Follow – Scott Kelby

If you work in Photoshop at all, chances are that you already know who Scott Kelby is. I think of him first as the president of NAPP, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, but lately he has been blowing me away with his photos of NFL football games. The reason I thought to highlight him this week was from seeing his photos of the NFC championship game this past Sunday. On Facebook, he posted the results from 4 simultaneous photos of Falcon’s Cornerback Asante Samuel as he came out of the tunnel. They all look really cool, but what I like even more is that he explains, with photos, how he set it all up. He’s always teaching and if you have an itch to learn photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other Adobe Creative Suite product, Scott should be on your list to follow. His main website/blog is and if you are truly serious about Photoshop, visit NAPP today.


Sesuit Harbor, East Dennis, MA

When the weather didn’t cooperate for an ocean side sunrise, I headed back towards the bay to photograph the Sesuit Harbor.  I stayed around the boats for a while, getting in close and capturing different crews as they headed out for the day and then the sun started to break through the clouds.  I walked a few hundred feet north and found this beautiful site before me. I took 10 to 15 photos of the scene and a few more of an old dune fence before heading back to the family.  It was another fine start to the day!

Sesuit Harbor


Tomorrow: Setting the mood for the weekend.