Category Archives: Ships and Boats

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!


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

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.


The Perfect Photo – Gloucester, MA

Ok, I know the image today isn’t the perfect photo, if there even exists such a thing, but I couldn’t resist the name.  If you didn’t put the two together, Gloucester is the location for the movie “The Perfect Storm.”   You see?  I love disaster movies. I can, and usually do, watch “The Towering Inferno,” “Poseidon Adventure,” “Earthquake,” etc., every time they’re on TV.  I think I like them because I like putting myself into the different, crazy situations and wonder what I would do. I get so mad when they make stupid decisions, but love to guess how I’d react to the same thing. How would you handle the screaming, out-of-control women who are always in these flicks?

They also tend to have happy endings. Well, maybe not happy as mostly everyone dies other than the main character(s), but at least a heroic story of survival concludes most of them.

“The Perfect Storm” is different for a disaster movie, however.  First, it is based on a true story.  Of course poetic license is used to create a script that Hollywood would go for, but the movie mimics the real life disaster that Gloucester-based lobster boat, The Andrea Gail, had to deal with back in 1991. The other reason it’s different, and makes that last point even more important: The boat was never found and there was no happy ending.  Every time I watch, I wonder what it was really like for those seaport families as they waited anxiously for their loved ones to come home and then the realization that they wouldn’t be.  It would be different if it was just a script, but the reality behind it changes that.


The Perfect Photo – Gloucester, MA

So, a few years ago, when a friend invited me to his place in York, Maine for the night, I decided to take him up on it and also turn it into a mini photo trip.  I took off early from work on Friday September 30th, 2010. Once I left CT, I jumped off the highway and road the coastline north towards Maine.  I wasn’t too sure how long anything would take, so I never planned out where i would stop. Just noted some possibilities that looked good on a map. This freed me from worrying about time whenever I did stop (rushing to take a photo seldom works out great), but I saw that Gloucester was along the way, so I made sure that there would be time for that.

The weather wasn’t great that day, so I passed over some of the earlier stops I had circled.  When I made it to Gloucester, I had more than enough time to explore. Unfortunately, the weather still wasn’t the greatest, but I thought that to be appropriate for the first time I visited the town once devastated by bad weather so many years earlier.

I drove around for a while until I found a good place to park and then grabbed my gear and went off on foot.  I needed my umbrella to keep everything dry, and of course make everything harder to carry, but eventually found a bridge that allowed me to look out over all the boats in the water and houses along the sides.  I couldn’t help but to think back to that earlier time…

The Perfect Photo - Gloucester, MA

Tomorrow I will continue this 24 hour trip to Maine with an image of Nubble Lighthouse.