Fall in the White Mountains

Fall in New England is wonderful and I recently spent a few day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I was greeted with a variety of weather conditions making for some great photography and leaf peeping.

 People view the Presidential Range at one of the scenic overlooks along the Kancamagus Highway.

People view the Presidential Range at one of the scenic overlooks along the Kancamagus Highway.

 Sabbaday Brook in Waterville Valley, NH

Sabbaday Brook in Waterville Valley, NH

 Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains, NH

Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains, NH

 Sabbaday Falls in Waterville Valley, NH

Sabbaday Falls in Waterville Valley, NH

 Sawyer Pond Trail in the White Mountains, NH

Sawyer Pond Trail in the White Mountains, NH

 Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains, NH

Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains, NH

 Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains, NH

Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains, NH

 White Mountains, NH

White Mountains, NH

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands might arguably be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Here are a few images from my recent trip to the British owned island. 

 An arial view of the island upon landing.

An arial view of the island upon landing.

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 Walking through the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park felt like you were in a whole new world. I was amazed by all the different types of plant species the island had to offer.

Walking through the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park felt like you were in a whole new world. I was amazed by all the different types of plant species the island had to offer.

 A close up of a sea turtle shell.

A close up of a sea turtle shell.

 Sea turtle

Sea turtle

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 Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

 Cayman Shoe Tree

Cayman Shoe Tree

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 Cruise ship port in George Town

Cruise ship port in George Town

NESNE Spring Awards Celebration

I was honored last night during the (NESNE) New England Society of News Editors spring awards celebration at the Boston Globe where one of my sports photographs was selected as a finalist in the Best Sports / Feature Photo category. I love knowing that some of the images I capture standout and I appreciate being recognized for the work I love to do. 

 Nikon D4s, 1/1600 @ f/2.8, ISO 6400, 300mm  Lincoln-Sudbury's Andre Kotikian and Landon DeCesare-Fousek get tripped up by Somerville's Edwin Mejia Sanchez as they battle for a loose ball during their north division 1 game at Manning Field in Lynn, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. [Wicked Local Photo by David Sokol]

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Lincoln-Sudbury's Andre Kotikian and Landon DeCesare-Fousek get tripped up by Somerville's Edwin Mejia Sanchez as they battle for a loose ball during their north division 1 game at Manning Field in Lynn, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. [Wicked Local Photo by David Sokol]

 Photo Credit: Amaris Castillo / Lowell Sun

Photo Credit: Amaris Castillo / Lowell Sun

Active Shooter Training

"Block your ears" was all I heard before a piercing gunshot rang out.

I was assigned to cover an active shooter training inside the abandoned Osgood Landing site in North Andover with officers from the North Andover and Lawrence Police Departments. It's an honor to be invited to these types of training exercises and be given the opportunity to document the important work that goes into ensuring the publics safety.

 Nikon D4s, 1/1,000 @ f/4, ISO 10,000  North Andover police officer Ashley Kneeland, left, and officer Jason Wedge, right, take part in an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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North Andover police officer Ashley Kneeland, left, and officer Jason Wedge, right, take part in an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D4s, 1/1,000 @ f/4, ISO 12,800  Lawrence patrolman Keith Salach, left, and patrolman Carlos Vieira, right, take part in an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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Lawrence patrolman Keith Salach, left, and patrolman Carlos Vieira, right, take part in an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D4s, 1/1,000 @ f/4, ISO 18,000  North Andover police officer Jason Wedge checks on a victim as Sergeant Fredy Almanzar and officer Ashley Kneeland provide coverage during an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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North Andover police officer Jason Wedge checks on a victim as Sergeant Fredy Almanzar and officer Ashley Kneeland provide coverage during an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D4s, 1/1,000 @ f/4, ISO 18,000  North Andover police Sergeant Fredy Almanzar, left, officer Jason Wedge, center, and Ashley Kneeland, right, take part in an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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North Andover police Sergeant Fredy Almanzar, left, officer Jason Wedge, center, and Ashley Kneeland, right, take part in an active shooter training at Osgood Landing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2017 Photojournalist of the Year!!

I was honored to be named the 2017 Photojournalist of the Year in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association Better Newspaper Competition. Below are my winning entries for 2017. I had a great time celebrating with my colleagues last night at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, congratulations to all the nominees.  

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 1st Place, Spot News Photo  A Salem police officer, left, holds a switchblade knife, which was allegedly found on this man, near Washington and Essex Street on Halloween night in Salem on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

1st Place, Spot News Photo

A Salem police officer, left, holds a switchblade knife, which was allegedly found on this man, near Washington and Essex Street on Halloween night in Salem on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

 1st Place, Sports Photo  Lincoln-Sudbury's Andre Kotikian and Landon DeCesare-Fousek get tripped up Somerville's Edwin Mejia Sanchez as they battle for a loose ball during their north division 1 game at Manning Field in Lynn on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

1st Place, Sports Photo

Lincoln-Sudbury's Andre Kotikian and Landon DeCesare-Fousek get tripped up Somerville's Edwin Mejia Sanchez as they battle for a loose ball during their north division 1 game at Manning Field in Lynn on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

 1st Place, Photo Illustration  A green crab rests on the top of a glass of beer inside the Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table to promote Ipswich Cask and Clam week, to be held May 8th-13th, 2017.

1st Place, Photo Illustration

A green crab rests on the top of a glass of beer inside the Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table to promote Ipswich Cask and Clam week, to be held May 8th-13th, 2017.

 1st Place, Personality Photo  Arabella Pelekoudas, 7, and Aspen Ridge, of Sciencetellers, react after using pressure in one of their science experiments during the Sciencetellers program, "Power and Energy" at the Swampscott Public Library on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

1st Place, Personality Photo

Arabella Pelekoudas, 7, and Aspen Ridge, of Sciencetellers, react after using pressure in one of their science experiments during the Sciencetellers program, "Power and Energy" at the Swampscott Public Library on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

 1st Place, News Feature Photo  People enjoy a fireworks display and music at Patton Park in Hamilton at the conclusion of the Community Block Party, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

1st Place, News Feature Photo

People enjoy a fireworks display and music at Patton Park in Hamilton at the conclusion of the Community Block Party, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

 2nd Place, Pictorial Photo  November's supermoon rises near Thatcher Island as seen from Long Beach in Gloucester, Sunday on Nov. 13, 2016.

2nd Place, Pictorial Photo

November's supermoon rises near Thatcher Island as seen from Long Beach in Gloucester, Sunday on Nov. 13, 2016.

 2nd Place, Photo Illustration  Kerrie Bates, Director of Ipswich ReCreation and Culture, blows colored powder cornstarch into the air at Crane Beach to promote the upcoming Ipswich Spring Equinox Extravaganza at Crane Beach on Monday, March 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2nd Place, Photo Illustration

Kerrie Bates, Director of Ipswich ReCreation and Culture, blows colored powder cornstarch into the air at Crane Beach to promote the upcoming Ipswich Spring Equinox Extravaganza at Crane Beach on Monday, March 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 2nd Place, Portrait Photo  Zach "The Shark Attack" Calmus inside Private Jewels Fitness in Lynn where he is training for his fight in the Golden Gloves tournament in Lowell, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

2nd Place, Portrait Photo

Zach "The Shark Attack" Calmus inside Private Jewels Fitness in Lynn where he is training for his fight in the Golden Gloves tournament in Lowell, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

 2nd, News Feature Photo  Nico Altoniaa, 10, takes a close look at his hand of cards during a cribbage game between students from the Village School and seniors from the Senior Center at the Old Town House on Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2nd, News Feature Photo

Nico Altoniaa, 10, takes a close look at his hand of cards during a cribbage game between students from the Village School and seniors from the Senior Center at the Old Town House on Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 3rd Place, Portrait Photo  John Goldsberry and his longtime friend John Finlay pose for a photo supporting their former prep school, Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill, MA, inside the Residence at Riverbend. The two friends were out of touch for 70 years and have recently reunited at the residence Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

3rd Place, Portrait Photo

John Goldsberry and his longtime friend John Finlay pose for a photo supporting their former prep school, Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill, MA, inside the Residence at Riverbend. The two friends were out of touch for 70 years and have recently reunited at the residence Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

 3rd, General News Photo  Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose on Friday, May 12, 2017.

3rd, General News Photo

Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose on Friday, May 12, 2017.

 3rd, Sports Photo  Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

3rd, Sports Photo

Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

 3rd, Personality Photo  Marblehead High School METCO students Essence Townes, Shanazi Jackson, and Tiara Greene talk about their high school experiences inside the Marblehead High School library, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

3rd, Personality Photo

Marblehead High School METCO students Essence Townes, Shanazi Jackson, and Tiara Greene talk about their high school experiences inside the Marblehead High School library, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Joe Biden American Promise Tour

Photographing celebrities or high end officials usually comes with some restrictions. This time was much different, I was graciously invited inside (after a pat-down, of course) and for the most part was given access to freely walk around the auditorium while Vice President Biden spoke.   

Former Vice-President Joe Biden answers a question asked by Samantha Power, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, during their conversation as part of the Joe Biden American Promise Tour at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

 Nikon D4s, 1/200 @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, 70-200mm

Nikon D4s, 1/200 @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, 70-200mm

 Nikon D500, 1/200 @ f/5, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

Nikon D500, 1/200 @ f/5, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

 Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/4, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/4, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

Army National Guard Deployment

I was assigned to cover the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard deployed recently. The group will be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months and held a deployment ceremony at Reading High School. These assignments usually present opportunities to capture raw emotion but you need to be in the right place at the right time because moments like these don't last to long.

 Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, 17-35mm  Sergeant Briama Massaquoi, of Cambridge, recieves a hug from Shakyla Platt at the conclusion of the 151st Regional Support Group Deployment Ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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Sergeant Briama Massaquoi, of Cambridge, recieves a hug from Shakyla Platt at the conclusion of the 151st Regional Support Group Deployment Ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/4, ISO 2500, 70-200mm  Nora Charony, 2, plays with her father Omid Charony's, of Hanscom, hat at the conclusion of the 151st Regional Support Group Deployment Ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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Nora Charony, 2, plays with her father Omid Charony's, of Hanscom, hat at the conclusion of the 151st Regional Support Group Deployment Ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/4, ISO 2200, 17-35mm  Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard, embrace at the conclusion of a deployment ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard, embrace at the conclusion of a deployment ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/4, ISO 7200, 70-200mm  Specialist Ben Delisle, of South Bridge, holds his son Theadore, 11 months, at the conclusion of a deployment ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

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Specialist Ben Delisle, of South Bridge, holds his son Theadore, 11 months, at the conclusion of a deployment ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2017 Sports Photos of the Year

Take a look at some of my favorite sports images of 2017.

 Beverly fans react to an out of bounds ball being chased by Justin Roberto of Danvers during their game at Beverly High School, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Beverly fans react to an out of bounds ball being chased by Justin Roberto of Danvers during their game at Beverly High School, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Steeve Tremblay competes in the steer wrestling competition of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Steeve Tremblay competes in the steer wrestling competition of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Ryan Fitzpatrick of Wakefield gets checked by Tom Adams of Beverly during their Division 2 North championship game loss, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Ryan Fitzpatrick of Wakefield gets checked by Tom Adams of Beverly during their Division 2 North championship game loss, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Members of the Gloucester All Star team react as the final out of the game is called during their Little League All Stars State Final loss to Holden, 13-9, at the Benevento Complex in North Reading, Sunday, July 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Members of the Gloucester All Star team react as the final out of the game is called during their Little League All Stars State Final loss to Holden, 13-9, at the Benevento Complex in North Reading, Sunday, July 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Athletes head out of the Atlantic Ocean after completing a half mile swim during the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Athletes head out of the Atlantic Ocean after completing a half mile swim during the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 An athlete heads down Argilla Road towards the finish line after completing the 9 mile bike portion of the the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

An athlete heads down Argilla Road towards the finish line after completing the 9 mile bike portion of the the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with team mates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with team mates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Arlington goal keeper Claire Ewen makes this save as she gets tangled up with Regan Pratt and Olivia Bonacorso of Masconomet during their 2-0 MIAA North Division 2 game win at Masconomet High School, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Arlington goal keeper Claire Ewen makes this save as she gets tangled up with Regan Pratt and Olivia Bonacorso of Masconomet during their 2-0 MIAA North Division 2 game win at Masconomet High School, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Riley Baker and Abby Cash of Danvers celebrate the teams only goal during their 1-0 MIAA Div. 2 North Sectional Finals win over Winchester at Manning Field in Lynn, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Riley Baker and Abby Cash of Danvers celebrate the teams only goal during their 1-0 MIAA Div. 2 North Sectional Finals win over Winchester at Manning Field in Lynn, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Members of Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Members of Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2017 General News Photos of the Year!!

Here is a small selection of some of my favorite news photos of 2017.

 Dog walker and trainer Nicole Maggio walks her clients dogs at the Mount Hood Golf Club, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Dog walker and trainer Nicole Maggio walks her clients dogs at the Mount Hood Golf Club, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nathaniel Averill, executive director and co-owner, views some of the drying cannabis inside their drying room at Healthy Pharms medical marijuana facility in Georgetown, Friday, March 24, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nathaniel Averill, executive director and co-owner, views some of the drying cannabis inside their drying room at Healthy Pharms medical marijuana facility in Georgetown, Friday, March 24, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nicholas Dube, 9, of Cub Scout Pack 11, carries a trash bag full of old marsh debris known as "marsh vomit" while cleaning up the marsh around Goldthwait Reservation, Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nicholas Dube, 9, of Cub Scout Pack 11, carries a trash bag full of old marsh debris known as "marsh vomit" while cleaning up the marsh around Goldthwait Reservation, Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Miss Vera Vain looks up at her handler while showing in the toy group during the June Strawberry Classic AKC Dog Show at the Grand Prix Polo Fields of Myopia Polo Club in Hamilton, Sunday, June 18, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Miss Vera Vain looks up at her handler while showing in the toy group during the June Strawberry Classic AKC Dog Show at the Grand Prix Polo Fields of Myopia Polo Club in Hamilton, Sunday, June 18, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 People enjoy a fireworks display and music at Patton Park in Hamilton at the conclusion of the Community Block Party, Sunday, June 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

People enjoy a fireworks display and music at Patton Park in Hamilton at the conclusion of the Community Block Party, Sunday, June 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Benjamin Smith, 4, plays a game of "Mega 4 In Line" during the Danvers Family Festival Field Day & Scoop-ah-bowl at Plains Park, Saturday, July 1, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Benjamin Smith, 4, plays a game of "Mega 4 In Line" during the Danvers Family Festival Field Day & Scoop-ah-bowl at Plains Park, Saturday, July 1, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Jessica Cargile holds her daughter Zoey's, 3, hand while she pushes a carriage with her sleeping son Liam, 1, towards the finish line during the 50th Annual Beverly Yankee 5K Road Race at Lynch Park, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Jessica Cargile holds her daughter Zoey's, 3, hand while she pushes a carriage with her sleeping son Liam, 1, towards the finish line during the 50th Annual Beverly Yankee 5K Road Race at Lynch Park, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Danielle Dedeo, Adventure Camp councilor, gets soaked in the Dunk Tank during the Kids Carnival at Lynch Park, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Danielle Dedeo, Adventure Camp councilor, gets soaked in the Dunk Tank during the Kids Carnival at Lynch Park, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Musicians in the Beverly High School marching band are reflected in the bell of a sousaphone during band camp at Beverly High School, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Musicians in the Beverly High School marching band are reflected in the bell of a sousaphone during band camp at Beverly High School, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 A counter-protester falls on the ground in front of Boston Police as they try to secure Boylston Street after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

A counter-protester falls on the ground in front of Boston Police as they try to secure Boylston Street after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Allyson Nowak and her brother Christopher look on during funeral services for their mother, Boxford and Middleton Police Officer Michele Nowak, outside the St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Danvers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Allyson Nowak and her brother Christopher look on during funeral services for their mother, Boxford and Middleton Police Officer Michele Nowak, outside the St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Danvers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Richard Marino talks about his restaurant Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Richard Marino talks about his restaurant Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Lighthouses and Sea Smoke

It's not often I have an opportunity to photograph sea smoke. I was lucky yesterday as mist rose from the 45 degree ocean into the 3 degree air. The only way to capture striking images is go out into the cold and check and scout for locations. Landscape photography benefits greatly from severe weather conditions, so pay attention to the forecast and plan wisely. It took me two days of early mornings, planning, and the right conditions to capture these images.

 Nikon D500, 1/125 @ f/10, ISO 100, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter  Straitsmouth Island Light

Nikon D500, 1/125 @ f/10, ISO 100, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter

Straitsmouth Island Light

 Nikon D500, 1/125 @ f/10, ISO 160, 70-200mm  Thacher Island Lighthouse

Nikon D500, 1/125 @ f/10, ISO 160, 70-200mm

Thacher Island Lighthouse

 Nikon D500, 1/125 @ f/10, ISO 100, 70-200mm  Thacher Island Lighthouses

Nikon D500, 1/125 @ f/10, ISO 100, 70-200mm

Thacher Island Lighthouses

Birds of Prey at Parker River

I was fortunate to have found a Snowy Owl as well as a Northern Harrier at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge while out photographing on Plum Island. You never know what you'll find when you head out to look for wildlife. There have been many hours spent in the field where I come up with no photographs. Sometimes you spend hours looking and hoping to find something but it doesn't always works in your favor. I know one thing, you'll never be able to capture images of wildlife if you never venture outside.

 Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4.5, ISO 2000, 500mm

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4.5, ISO 2000, 500mm

 Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4.5, ISO 2000, 500mm

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4.5, ISO 2000, 500mm

 Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4.5, ISO 2000, 500mm

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4.5, ISO 2000, 500mm

 Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 500, 500mm

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 500, 500mm

 Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 1100, 500mm

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 1100, 500mm

Arizona from Up Above

I don't see the earth from 30,000 feet everyday, so when I take a plane ride I like to look for different patterns in the landscape. On a recent trip to Arizona I photographed these mountains while on my plane ride back home. As soon as I saw the landscape I knew I had a short opportunity to try and capture the interesting lines and details on the ground below me before my opportunity had past. I like to photograph in color but with a hazy view out a dirty airplane window muted the colors so I was already pre-visualizing in black and white.

 Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/7.1, ISO 250, 18-55mm 

Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/7.1, ISO 250, 18-55mm 

 Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/6.4, ISO 500, 18-55mm

Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/6.4, ISO 500, 18-55mm

Boston Bruins Shop at Walmart

The entire Boston Bruins team took a little bit of time out of their days to shop for gifts to be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home. This event is part of the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus. The players had full run of the store and were scattered throughout all the different departments. It was nice to have complete access to the players and be able to photograph them on their shopping spree.

 Nikon D4s, 1/200 @ f/5.6, ISO 2000, 17-35mm  David Backes, Bruins right wing player, has his arms full of gifts during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/200 @ f/5.6, ISO 2000, 17-35mm

David Backes, Bruins right wing player, has his arms full of gifts during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/4, ISO 3200, 70-200mm  Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins defenseman, peaks at the cashiers register screen as he checks out after shopping at Walmart in Saugus during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/4, ISO 3200, 70-200mm

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins defenseman, peaks at the cashiers register screen as he checks out after shopping at Walmart in Saugus during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 3200, 17-35mm  Kevan Miller, Boston Bruins defenseman, smiles as he check-out during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

Kevan Miller, Boston Bruins defenseman, smiles as he check-out during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fenway Gridiron Series

I never thought I'd be photographing a football game at Fenway Park. Masconomet and Everett High School competed as part of the Fenway Gridiron Series. Since the location of the game was special I spent some time looking for a vantage point to show the stadium including the famous "Green Monster." The game ended with Everett winning 36-20.

 Nikon D4s, 1/640 @ f/7.1, ISO 8000, 17-35mm  Athletes on the Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/640 @ f/7.1, ISO 8000, 17-35mm

Athletes on the Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D4s, 1/1600 @ f/3.5, ISO 4000, 300mm  Jack Seymour of Masconomet holds onto the ball as he is wrapped up by Jhamal Siomon and Kevin Brown of Everett during their 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/1600 @ f/3.5, ISO 4000, 300mm

Jack Seymour of Masconomet holds onto the ball as he is wrapped up by Jhamal Siomon and Kevin Brown of Everett during their 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Mid-Fall Update

Shown below is a small selection of images from assignments around the North Shore mostly from the past few months. 

 Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/3.2, ISO 1100, 70-200mm  Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/3.2, ISO 1100, 70-200mm

Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

 Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 17-35mm  Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen, 89, is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 17-35mm

Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen, 89, is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

 Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.5, ISO 160, 300mm  Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.5, ISO 160, 300mm

Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

 Nikon D500, 1/800 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 70-200mm  Allyson Nowak and her brother Christopher look on during funeral services for their mother, Boxford and Middleton Police Officer Michele Nowak, outside the St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Danvers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/800 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 70-200mm

Allyson Nowak and her brother Christopher look on during funeral services for their mother, Boxford and Middleton Police Officer Michele Nowak, outside the St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Danvers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

 Nikon D4s, 1/400 @ f/8, ISO 200, 17-35mm  Professional artist Mark Shasha uses oil paints as he works on a painting looking over a marsh along Argilla Road in Ipswich, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/400 @ f/8, ISO 200, 17-35mm

Professional artist Mark Shasha uses oil paints as he works on a painting looking over a marsh along Argilla Road in Ipswich, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

 Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 2000, 70-200mm  Richard Marino owner of Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 2000, 70-200mm

Richard Marino owner of Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

 Nikon D500, 1/1250 @ f/4, ISO 2000, 70-200mm with a 1.4x  Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/1250 @ f/4, ISO 2000, 70-200mm with a 1.4x

Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

 Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/8, ISO 1400, 17-35mm  Georgetown and Hamilton cross country athletes compete in Hamilton during their cross country meet, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/8, ISO 1400, 17-35mm

Georgetown and Hamilton cross country athletes compete in Hamilton during their cross country meet, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. 

 Nikon D4s, 1/13 @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, 17-35mm  A person dressed as a witch scares people along Front Street during the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade in downtown Salem, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/13 @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

A person dressed as a witch scares people along Front Street during the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade in downtown Salem, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

 Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm  Isaac Seide of Melrose breaks free from a tackle while running the ball during their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm

Isaac Seide of Melrose breaks free from a tackle while running the ball during their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

 Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm  Louis Izzi Jr. and Colin Kiernan of Melrose celebrate at the conclusion of their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm

Louis Izzi Jr. and Colin Kiernan of Melrose celebrate at the conclusion of their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

 Nikon D500, 1/320 @f/3.2, ISO 4000, 70-200mm  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addresses community members as he endorses Our Revolution Somerville at the ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. 

Nikon D500, 1/320 @f/3.2, ISO 4000, 70-200mm

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addresses community members as he endorses Our Revolution Somerville at the ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. 

 Nikon D4s, 1/10 @ f/2.8, ISO 1600, 24-70mm  Dan Nadeau, from Salem, makes his way down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall dressed as a ghoul on Halloween night in downtown Salem, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/10 @ f/2.8, ISO 1600, 24-70mm

Dan Nadeau, from Salem, makes his way down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall dressed as a ghoul on Halloween night in downtown Salem, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. 

 Nikon D4s, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 12800, 70-200mm  Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with teammates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 12800, 70-200mm

Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with teammates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. 

Sawyer Pond Backpacking Trip

I recently went on my annual backpacking trip to Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The images displayed below were all taken at sunrise on very cold autumn mornings. The frigid mornings created a thin mist of fog that rolled off the water making for dramatic images as the sun peered over the summit of Owls Head Mountain. 

 Fuji X-T2, 1/60 @ f/8, ISO 200, 18-55mm

Fuji X-T2, 1/60 @ f/8, ISO 200, 18-55mm

 Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 320, 18-55mm

Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 320, 18-55mm

 Fuji X-T2, 1/60 @ f/6.4, ISO 6400, 18-55mm

Fuji X-T2, 1/60 @ f/6.4, ISO 6400, 18-55mm

 Fuji X-T2, 1/100 @ f/8, ISO 500, 18-55mm

Fuji X-T2, 1/100 @ f/8, ISO 500, 18-55mm

President Calvin Coolidge Summer White House

I was assigned the Northshore Magazine's 12th annual Best of the North Shore party. This is an event for business owners around the Northshore who were awarded with a party at the Swampscott White Court Estate which was the former Summer White House for 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge in 1925.

 Nikon D42, 1/100 @ f/2.8, ISO 2500, 17-35mm  Guests are seen leaving the Swampscott White Court Estate after the Northshore Magazine's annual Best of the North Shore event, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D42, 1/100 @ f/2.8, ISO 2500, 17-35mm

Guests are seen leaving the Swampscott White Court Estate after the Northshore Magazine's annual Best of the North Shore event, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D42, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 720, 17-35mm

Nikon D42, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 720, 17-35mm

Solar Eclipse

Dozens of people witnessed the partial solar eclipse, about 65% at peak, from the observatory at Salem State University. The atmosphere on the observation deck was electric and full of excitement and curiosity. What a wonderful way to view such an incredible celestial event. 

 Nikon D4s, 1/160 @ f/6.3, ISO 125, 17-35mm  Chris Nzuka, left, and Brian Helman, right, view the partial solar elcipse during a free public solar-eclipse viewing party at Salem State University, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/160 @ f/6.3, ISO 125, 17-35mm

Chris Nzuka, left, and Brian Helman, right, view the partial solar elcipse during a free public solar-eclipse viewing party at Salem State University, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Nikon D3s, 1/640 @ f/6.3, ISO 320, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter and 16 stops of ND filter

Nikon D3s, 1/640 @ f/6.3, ISO 320, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter and 16 stops of ND filter

"Free Speech" rally in Boston

I attended the rather peaceful "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common today. After the rally was shut down police had to push back counter-protesters along Boylston Street to clear a path for the police paddy wagons full of "Free Speech" activists. This was when emotions started to get tense. Most of the counter-protesters refused to move and things ramped up pretty quickly as the police started to advance on the counter-protesters. Several arrests were made as police eventually cleared a path for the "Free Speech" activists to safely leave the scene. 

These photos show only a very small portion of what was a much larger and very peaceful event. I attended the rally as a spectator on my own free time and wanted to witness and photograph history being made in Boston. I was not assigned to cover the rally.

 Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/5, ISO 1250, 18-55mm  Boston Police meet up with counter-protesters as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/5, ISO 1250, 18-55mm

Boston Police meet up with counter-protesters as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/6.4, ISO 3200, 18-55mm  A counter-protester falls on the ground in front of Boston Police as they try to secure Boylston Street after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/6.4, ISO 3200, 18-55mm

A counter-protester falls on the ground in front of Boston Police as they try to secure Boylston Street after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/5, ISO 1250, 18-55mm  Boston Police push back counter-protesters as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fuji X-T2, 1/250 @ f/5, ISO 1250, 18-55mm

Boston Police push back counter-protesters as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Fuji X-T2, 1/500 @ f/5, ISO 640, 18-55mm  Boston Police push back counter-protesters as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fuji X-T2, 1/500 @ f/5, ISO 640, 18-55mm

Boston Police push back counter-protesters as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

 Fuji X-T2, 1/500 @ f/5, ISO 1250, 18-55mm  A counter-protesters moves to avoid a Boston Police officers as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fuji X-T2, 1/500 @ f/5, ISO 1250, 18-55mm

A counter-protesters moves to avoid a Boston Police officers as they try to secure the scene after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Band Camp

Band camp is a sure sign that summer is on the way out and fall is right around the corner. As a photographer reflections can lead to interesting images, so when I saw shiny sousaphones I knew an image could be made. The musicians were running through drills which gave me an opportunity to walk among them on the field. If given the opportunity I always like to get right in the middle of the action.

 Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 220  Musicians in the Beverly High School marching band are reflected in the bell of a sousaphone during band camp at Beverly High School, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 220

Musicians in the Beverly High School marching band are reflected in the bell of a sousaphone during band camp at Beverly High School, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]