The Silent Tower

Following up on yesterday’s image, The Flag, here is a wider view of the early morning scene at Boynton Beach in Florida.  The lifeguard tower stands poised over the oceanfront in this serene image.

Happy New Year to everyone – have a wonderful time ringing in the new year, I’m looking forward to new adventures and new images in 2011!

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The Flag | After Sunrise

Minutes after sunrise on the beach in Boynton Beach, FL, the lifeguard on duty posted this singular red flag in the sand.  This was part of their notification system to let beach visitors know that the water wasn’t swimmable.  I thought it was an awesome scene, almost like a moon landscape with the American Flag posted in the sand…and believe it or not, it was quite cold.  I think the temperature was in the mid 30s, and the ocean was fogging in the early morning light…and the cool colors of the ocean with the warm clouds in the distance and the starkly red flag made this a solid shot for me.

A Boston Landmark | The Zakim Bridge

One of the most recent additions to the Boston skyline was the Leonard P. Zakim | Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (named after civil rights activist Lenny Zakim), which is the widest cable stay bridge in the world.  The bridge has two prominent towers that the cable stays protrude from, which were meant to mimic the Bunker Hill Memorial nearby.  The opening of this bridge was symbolic as the infamous Big Dig project neared completion and Boston roadways were changed for what is likely to be centuries to come.  I love the modern and distinctive feel of the structure, and think it’s cool that it has become synonymous with Boston and the recent blockbuster movies that have featured it (The Departed, The Town….and the fact that any Boston interview on a news station seems to be broadcast in front of it).

In any event, I was lucky to have a ride to the airport so I could snap this shot through the sunroof on the way to my first Christmas in Florida.  More to follow on that later in the week…hope you enjoy this architectural gem.

The Friendly Toast

This must be one of the most colorful storefronts on Congress Street.  This breakfast institution is well known for its funky interior, previously featured HERE…and is basically non-stop visual stimulation.  I dig the sign on the front of the building and the contrast of the bright yellow and blue lettering.  The bench looks like it could use a little love in this shot….but the tree shadow adds a nice element.

In the Middle of Market Street

I think the view down Market Street is one of the coolest streetscapes in Portsmouth.  It’s not often that the traffic is mild enough during the day to stop in the crosswalk to snap a few images.  This particular shot was handheld and consists of 3 exposures…I didn’t have time for much more, as a car turned the corner seconds after this was taken….so a tripod setup is basically out of the question.

For everyone in Portsmouth, enjoy the insanity of the blizzard I’ve been hearing about – it should make for an interesting downtown…with awesome opportunity to take photos and hopefully quiet streets.  As I’m still in Florida after the holiday, I’ll have to live vicariously through everyone for a few more days. Stay safe and enjoy some hot chocolate!

Portsmouth's Working Waterfront (At Night)

It’s easy to miss, but the steady stream of smoke from one of the gypsum plants (drywall) along the river always makes for an interesting shot.  It’s just another element of Portsmouth’s dynamic waterfront, adjoined by the Moran Towing tugboats and the Granite State Minerals terminal and the State Pier.  This night scene was captured with my Zeiss 21mm lens, that seems to do an incredible job at capturing a wide range of color and light, and hit the atmosphere of this scene nearly perfectly.

Rockefeller Center

Today I’d like to wish everyone who celebrates it, a very Merry Christmas!  Today’s image is of one of the most recognizable Christmas icons in all of the US – the tree in Rockefeller Center. We ventured down last weekend (yes, the last weekend before Christmas) to check it out – and it was most definitely a ridiculously crowded and unique experience.  This is using words that are really more kind than the event deserves, it was more like battle trying to dodge people trying to make their aggressive way through the immense crowd, but despite all the mayhem I was incredibly thankful for the experience and to share it with some very special loved ones.  The tree was fairly far off in the distance, but it was a pretty cool scene (and everyone else thought so too, which prompted many stop-on-the-sidewalk-and-gawk sort of looks).  Next time I think we’ll pick a weekend earlier in the year, but I’m glad to celebrate this holiday season with a trip to NYC to see the tree in Rockefeller Center.