At the Portsmouth Brewery (Behind the Scenes)

Today’s adventures brought me behind the scenes at the Portsmouth Brewery.  Many thanks to longtime friend Tyler Jones, who is the Assistant Brewer and to Tod Mott (Head Brewer) for hosting me for a quick visit this afternoon during lunch.  These two fellas are some of the finest gentlemen you’ll find in the seacoast.

It was awesome to get a close up of the innerworkings of the brewing process, particularly since they were in the process of using some wet hops to (60 lbs. to be exact!) brew a batch of Hop Harvest.  It smelled incredibly robust, and I can’t wait to have a taste of the product in a couple weeks.  If you’ve ever been to the brewery, you’ve seen where the magic happens in the back – with the large vats behind the glass windows.  It’s a cozy space, so I don’t have too many shots at this point – but here’s a glimpse of what I saw.  These folks are the very same who bring you the world famous Kate The Great – the award winning beer (named Best Beer in America by Beer Advocate) that has people traveling from all over the country to have a taste.

The first shot is the traditional brewing room – with the second shot featuring the cold storage room with lots of goodies and richly colored wires.  The final shot was just a cool shot with some interesting textures and gloves….I enjoyed the peek behind the scenes and hope you do too!

Downstairs at the Portsmouth Brewery

Atlantic Cozumel | Panama

As I mentioned yesterday – summer seems to be officially winding down.  While this obviously makes me sad – it’s always nice to get a welcomed surprise, like the return of freighters to our busy riverfront port.  The Atlantic Cozumel from Panama was in town today and must have arrived sometime during the Labor Day weekend – greeting me on the way to work in the morning.  On the way home I had to stop to capture some of the late day sun on its hull.  I love seeing these working ships doing their thing…and maybe the salt piles will shrink a bit before growing for the winter season…I didn’t spend enough time today to see whether the ship was loading or unloading.

Ode to Summer

Labor Day commemorates the end of the summer season as school starts back up and the weather takes a turn for the cooler.  While this past weekend was gorgeous, I’m wondering where summer went?  This summer was perfect by nearly all measures…except that the shots from the past week represent my only trip to the beach this year.  Fitting that the last post for the summer season is the sun setting over a couple beachfront homes in Rye, NH.  Hopefully we’ll have some great warm days before it’s officially autumn and the leaves start to fall…and even though I’m eager for the cooler nights…I’ll miss the long days filled with air conditioning and sandals.

Beneath the Pier

Today’s post is a return to the gorgeous summer sunset captured last weekend during my trip along the Maine coastline.  This is another take on the pier that jets out into the Piscataqua River from Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.  A lovely piece of coastal construction – the pier presents an insane amount of opportunity for shooting.  I’ve always enjoyed the symmetry in a scene – with this pier’s underbelly being the perfect example of a mesmerizing and interesting pattern….that ultimately supports such a long structure.  The sun soaked evening light helped to make this scene a memorable one for me.

Check out the previous post of the Pier for another take on the scene.

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!

Sunset at the Beach

As Hurricane Earl heads up the Atlantic coastline – I thought I’d head to the beach to see what the waves were looking like (with all the talk about closing beaches, I figured it might be worth a visit).  The waves were definitely churning powerfully – but they really weren’t anything too remarkable.

What I did find was a gorgeous sky, a nice cool breeze coming off the water, a thin fog, and a ton of people (& their dogs) enjoying being at the ocean on a summer night.

Waterfront Vistas

Today I’ll feature two photos – taken mere minutes apart, with a feel so different that you might not believe they were both taken on the same planet (nevermind on the same beach a few feet away).

The first photo was shot later in the evening once the sun had nearly fully retreated for the day.  The photo below was taken earlier in the evening, as I was struck by the interesting patterns the outgoing tide was creating in the sand.  It was a gorgeous night with all sorts of great colors in the sky and a nice serene feeling, which I think you can get in each photo despite their drastically different results.

In the Blockhouse | Fort McClary

Fort McClary was one of the military’s defensive fortifications (primarily throughout the 19th century) along the Atlantic Coastline, and is located in Kittery Point on the Maine side of the Piscataqua River.  The site is gorgeously located at the top of a hill, now overlooking a marina of some sort – creating a serene waterfront view.

I decided to venture up into the cool blockhouse that was built in the 1880s (and has since been renovated) before heading up to Fort Foster for sunset.  The blockhouse is pretty awesome, and I stumbled upon this beauty of a scene…with the cannon mounted in the window (and coincidentally aimed directly at a peaceful sailboat).  Loved the visit here… and got some beautiful shots that might make an appearance here at The Daily Portsmouth.  Thanks for visiting and Happy September!