The coastline has many gorgeous nooks and crannies. Usually I turn my attention to the short and rocky coastline for images, but I’ve been dying to get a nice shot of a marsh with a glorious sunrise or sunset behind it. The afternoon I made it out to shoot most recently only had clouds and mist to share…so I had to make due. I love the dark mood of the shot, still vibrant thanks to the lush greenery throughout the frame.
Great Island Common is one of my favorite coastal destinations. I went out one misty and stormy afternoon to find some waves in Rye, and after getting a few shots I was pleased with, I decided to pack it up and head home. On my way, Great Island Common was calling out to me, so I had to swing by to check out the scene. Whaleback light was lovely in the distance, and the waterfront was interesting with a foggy presence in the air. Portsmouth Harbor Light was the winning shot from the afternoon, with a processing that seemed to fit the weather.
Another freighter has arrived to unload windmill blades at the State Pier. After a delicious meal downtown, Steph and I decided to wander down to the new deck of the Martingale to enjoy an unobstructed view of the waterfront. The swift moving tide made for some interesting longer exposures alongside the orange glow of the alley on Ceres Street and the blasting light of the freighter on the horizon. I like how the cranes are nuzzled against one another from this vantage point and the cranes of the freighter are in opposite directions, and then the abutments of the Middle Bridge stand tall in the distance. Everything comes in pairs in this one – the tugboats, the cranes, the freighter cranes, the abutments, and the photographer.
This is my favorite building in New York City – The Chrysler Building. There is a fascinating story behind how the crown was secretly constructed inside the building, and then erected once the spire was completed, so it could become the tallest building without its competitors being aware of its final height.
I love this shot because it was taken on the fly. Sometimes you don’t have enough time to hit the spots you want to in order to keep on schedule with an appointment. That led me to shooting this building repeatedly through the sunroof of my wife’s car as we blazed down Lexington Avenue. I love a good challenge, and am pleased with the clarity and the presence in this shot, despite not having either of my feet on the ground and without having a tripod. I look forward to getting back to the city for a more traditional shoot.
As I’ve written before, I’ve enjoyed the dialogue that has erupted in town over the Portsmouth Museum of Art’s Street AKA Museum exhibit currently in the museum and adorning building walls throughout town.
I noticed recently that the piece by Herakut on State Street (the one that features a man reading a newspaper along with a little girl) was created with an authentic Wall Street Journal, and that the paper has begun to peel away from the wall. The textures of the newspaper along with the painted wall and drawing made for a fascinating shot, one that I chose to present in black & white to focus on the textures itself instead of the vibrant colors of the scene. I’ll be interested to see what happens in another month when the exhibit is scheduled to close….which pieces will stay, which will go?
In keeping with my promise to shoot as much of the Memorial Bridge as humanly possible until its demise, today I want to share a simple sunset image. It seems like we have a ridiculous amount of gorgeous sunsets here on the seacoasts, and the toughest decision is usually where to shoot it from. I happened to be at Prescott Park with my wife enjoying a bit of the Wizard of Oz, and the skies continued to clear as the sun retreated behind Harbour Place and the horizon, but not before the sun could generate some gorgeous bursts of light rays. The golden hue of the sky reflected beautifully in the water with a few boats giving the shot more depth thanks to the summer visitors.
The Memorial Bridge provides a great bird’s eye view of a few parts of Portsmouth. Prescott Park suddenly appears miniature along with the piers that reach over the Piscataqua River, and the Shipyard looms in the distance. In this shot, the fast moving river has been smoothed out thanks to some neutral density filtering, while the Naval Prison stands on the horizon looking like the big hulking ominous structure that it is. I went with a more vintage style processing here because it looked good with the dark contrasting colors of the pier and pilings in the foreground.