Clarity at Five Twenty

The beacon of Portsmouth stands tall against an interesting evening sky in this magnificently detailed image of the North Church clocktower.  I’m sure if I had a lens that would get me closer to the structure, I could have counted every last brick/board/molecule.

Boarded Up

This oceanfront home is closed for the season…with plywood sheathing its windows to fend off the cold and potential winter storms. It’s been an incredible winter, capped by some intense rain and melting this past week.  Looking forward to some consistent return of warmth to the weather pattern, so I can get out for some great sunset shoots again soon and so I can crack the windows in the house.

On the Shore

This is another experiment in long exposures…a single shot of about 2 minutes and 20 seconds….a familiar scene with the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in the distance hiding behind the trees, as seen from the shore of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion on Portsmouth’s back channel.  The little patches of rocks and the muted colors of a grey morning are nice elements, with a subtle softness to an otherwise boring (but pretty) scene.

Also – thanks to all the people who helped make this weekend a very special birthday weekend…I am so appreciative of all the wonderful, supportive, awesome people in my life.

Market Street by Hasselblad

This little piece of colorful Portsmouth scenery was provided courtesy of Hasselblad.  Today’s post is short and sweet, and the shot is simple and clean.  This is straight out of the camera – with all of its rich colors and crisp details.  I haven’t had a chance to get more of my traditional shots with this camera to properly test it out – but this was a nice bright first entree into what the medium format world would look like.

 

Breaking New Grounds « A Night in Market Square

One of the benefits of living in a large town with the benefits of a small city, is a nice dimly light downtown.  I don’t mean dimly lit in a dangerous or scary way, there are plenty of street lamps illuminating sidewalks and streets, but I mean dimly lit as in there is no Times Square/ridiculously lit areas.  Market Square, arguably the busiest intersection in all of Portsmouth, still has a cozy and intimate feeling at night.  I hate the yellow street lamps, it doesn’t make for great photographs, but it definitely makes for a distinctive feel.  Here the warmth of the interior of Breaking New Grounds spills out onto the brick patio of Market Square. This shot also marks the first over the next few days that will be taken on a Hasselblad that I’ll be demoing.  I received the H4D-31 (a 31-megapixel medium format digital camera)….a beautifully solid piece of machinery that captures a higher dynamic range on a larger sensor than my usual Canon 5d Mark II.  I can’t wait to get it out for some real hands-on shooting.

Empty

The bucket of the crane is empty.  It’s been unloading sand from the freighter Hera for days now….replenishing the nearly depleted supply on the Market Street terminal. I loved being out at night and watching how the lights on the massive cranes illuminate the scene…yet only enough to shed some light where it was needed to unload. I actually saw each of the four bays on the freighter being unloaded at various points throughout the week…with the sand/salt mountain looking pretty ominous all over again.

Phillips Exeter Academy

This world renowned institution is located right in our own backyard…and has been part of the education of many internationally recognized personalities. It certainly has that old world charm, with grassy expanses between its academic buildings – complete with a coating of New England snow in this particular shot.  As the sign clearly states, the institution was founded in 1781…quite a long time ago.

On the Coast | Black & White

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.