Market Square | Then & Now

Today’s post features the focal point of Portsmouth (on land anyway…).  Market Square is probably the busiest area by square foot in all of the city….with outdoor cafes, window shoppers, outdoor benches, not to mention a pretty ridiculous intersection with cars coming from Daniel Street, Pleasant Street and Market Street.  I wanted to feature this vibrant spot with people going about their business, walking, driving, browsing…and also wanted to show what this hopping place looked like back in the day of horse & buggy carriages.  Fortunately I was able to locate this shot below.  You can clearly make out the Athenaeum, the Alie Jewelers building, the Market Square Jewelers building…the Daniel Street intersection, and of course Market Street itself.  I plan to have a few more of these Then & Now posts for everyone to enjoy.

The modern day Market Square shot was a 3-exposure composition….with a fair amount of movement between the three shots.  The software that I use for the exposure blending (Photomatix) now has a feature that lets you select areas of movement – so that you can pick the best image and freeze the motion to the one frame.  It makes for a beautiful shot and a more realistic appearance.  Hope you enjoy!

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