Another image from the beginning of a new day at Great Island Common. Whaleback Lighthouse is seen on the horizon off to the right along with some crisp and vibrant reflections of the sky in the morning water.
New Castle is one of the new towns that is fortunate enough to claim the title of a coastal location along New Hampshire’s tiny coastline. This weekend I decided to venture over to Great Island Common to enjoy the sun climbing over the horizon. Whaleback Lighthouse can be seen on the horizon to the right of the large rock and the life saving station can be seen shielding the sun as it climbs over the horizon and spends its first minutes of the day basking the NH coast in sunlight.
Another image from a quick visit to Fort Foster this past weekend. Unlike yesterday’s post “Time”, this final image consists of 9 separate shots all combined to get the best lighting from each of the 9 different exposures. I love a nice misty feeling waterfront, yet the cool colors of the sunset and evening sky – that combined to produce a nice calm black & white image. Whaleback Light is featured in the distance along with the Kittery Life Saving Station that is long defunct.
I’d also like to wish my beloved Canon 5d Mark II a happy birthday! It recently turned 2 years old this past week, and has seen some great things in its very short lifespan…although, unfortunately cameras age more like dogs than humans – with new technology all the time, it will likely be an old man in a couple more years.
Great Island Common in New Castle, NH is a pretty gorgeous place. Overlooking where the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River meets, it also features the view of two perfectly New England lighthouses – Whaleback Lighthouse and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. Today’s post features the ring buoy (which I think is funny, because I can’t imagine someone being saved by this little guy – but I’m sure that I’ll be proven wrong (or already have been)) overlooking Whaleback Lighthouse as well as a closeup of the tower. The shot above is a handheld 3-exposure creation taken with my lovely Carl Zeiss 21mm.
The early morning sea was churning the waves out in Portsmouth Harbor. I was fortunate to have a 100mm-300mm lens to get a bit closer to the action as one of the waves did its best to rattle the massive stone lighthouse. I love the iconic scene…I would love to get out during an intense storm to snap a shot with some bigger waves, but I wouldn’t have such nice early morning light.
Also – thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets to raise money for The Music Hall and the Portsmouth Museum of Art. It’s important to support our local cultural destinations no matter how small the contributions.
I was fortunate to find some time this weekend to get up for a sunrise shoot at Fort Foster in Kittery and was greeted with a fantastic tide and some great early morning light. I was also lucky to have the chance to get together with talented photographers Chris Lazzery, Rich Williams and Justin Smith. These gents also have some fantastic shots from the morning so be sure check out their work. We had a coffee and a quick bagel sandwich at the new cafe at the old home of Kaffe Kilim on Daniel Street, Kaffe Vonsolln. More on that stop later in the week, but you should know that the coffee was deliciously rich & bold. A good sunrise does something for the soul. It also does something for fatigue, which is a bit more quantifiable….
More to follow from Sunday’s sunrise shoot in Maine later this week. ALSO – this is your first reminder about Thursday night’s event at The Music Hall: Scene @ Five | The Daily Portsmouth (A look back at 18 months of seacoast images).
I’m already reminiscing about those warm evenings where sunset wasn’t until after 7pm and it was so warm out that you could actually enjoy being out on a boat to enjoy the setting sun. This was taken on the Heritage during their sunset cruise…it was shot with a Zeiss 18mm lens that I rented for a week. The lens was quite stunning…wide angle to cover more territory within the frame, but the thing that made my jaw drop the most was the color rendition. This is a single exposure, with hardly any adjustments in post processing. While it’s a bit more muted than my usual style, I can’t help but enjoy soaking in the rich colors of sunset and feel like I’m back out on the harbor cruise. Looking forward to getting my hands back on another Zeiss lens in the near future.