This is one of my favorite spots along the waterfront in Prescott Park. The little shack probably serves as a place to reserve a boat slip during warmer months, though I have never seen anyone inside…but this time of year it’s most definitely limited to being a good subject for photos and maybe a good place to dodge the wind. This very cold scene is one that will always remind me of my one of my absolute favorite places in the world to go for a walk. In the distance you can see the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as well.
In the latest installment of The Doors of Portsmouth, here’s a glimpse of Alie Jewelers, one of the most recognizable storefronts in town….in the midst of a blizzard. I think the intensity of the light and the snowflakes do a lot to up the drama of a normally lovely door.
One of the things I love most about an intense winter storm in Portsmouth, is the weather’s ability to turn the place into a ghost town. It’s really quite incredible how on the busiest weekends in the summer, you almost can’t walk on the sidewalks of Market Street, yet here in the midst of a winter storm, you can barely find a person unless they have a shovel. It’s a very stark contrast…and one that made me enjoy braving the elements that much more. I think it brings out the intrepid feeling that photographers have tucked away, the one that motivates us to get out of bed at sunrise, or climb just a little further towards the edge of a cliff, or find that unique angle that hasn’t quite been presented before. Either way, more storm photos for all! (Be sure to check back for the next few days – I got so many photos I’m excited about during the storm that I’ll be featuring them until I run out).
During any stormy day or any gorgeous sunset, I always find myself wondering what the Moran Towing tugboats might look like. Well, during the first blizzard of 2011…I made a point to endure some pretty ridiculous wind on Ceres Street and strolled on over. This is a familiar scene revisited from a winter storm just about one year ago….only 6 days off. I was eager to test out my new Zeiss lens…and it didn’t disappoint. It’s been a while since I’ve featured the tugboats, so it felt like time to share another dramatic waterfront scene.
Just look at the intensity of that water ready to splash the hulls of the tugs, and the thickness of the snow in the air…so thick that you can barely make out the Kittery, Maine waterfront on the other side of the river.
What a difference half a year makes! The shot above was taken during the afternoon lull in this week’s big winter storm, after most of the snow had fell…but the air was still frigid and the wind was still ridiculous as you can see on the surface of the water. This public dock is one of my favorites to shoot in Prescott Park and overlooks the Memorial Bridge…so sometimes it’s worth venturing down to see what I can come up with. Prescott Park is a pretty cool place regardless of season, and there’s a quiet element of magic after a fresh snowfall.
In a sharp contrast, the shot below was taken from the very same spot in June of 2010, with some rich colors from a beautiful sunset. Makes me appreciate Portsmouth that much more for its versatility. More great shots through the rest of the week from today’s fresh snowfall!
In the shortened hours of the day, winter presents a new challenge….finding scenes that are interesting and well-enough lit to capture something in a compelling way. If I had my choice of when I’d be out shooting – it would almost always be sunrise or sunset, but most of the time life has other plans. This is a great way to encourage myself to seek out new things to capture…and this particular evening I found my way to Pleasant Street and the interesting archways of Brazo with some bright red stoplights (those new tall behemoths on State Street) and the North Church.