It’s pretty cool how the contours of so many buildings downtown match their surroundings. You can see how the building at the corner of Market & Ladd Streets curves around Ladd Street (where the Old Stove Bakery is located). The row houses on Market Street are similar along with several others I can’t think of at the moment…and you can’t go wrong with so many bricks. Add in a dose of early evening light and some electricity – and you get a pretty cool scene.
I thought I’d mix it up a bit today and feature one of my favorite hanging signs. The Common Man took over the former Victory Restaurant at 96 State Street during 2009, in the historic district near Prescott Park and the Memorial Bridge. I just love the size of the sign and the blue of the sky against the bricks of the building and the subtlety of the lighting on the sign. This one is an interesting contrast to the neon sign (another favorite) of The Rosa just across the street – which I’ve included below.
A view down Market Street on a Friday evening. In the distance you can see the cranes of the freighter docked in town hovering over the colored facades of the Market Street rowhouses. In the foreground you can see Kennedy Studios custom framing & gallery at the corner of Commercial Alley – and the Portsmouth Brewery can be seen across the street. A quiet scene before downtown was greeted by its many guests on Friday night. Below is a view in the opposite direction on a spring afternoon with a very cool sky.
Here is a street scape view of Bow Street, to complement the post from earlier this week that depicted the waterside view. There is no shortage of hanging signs on this side of the buildings – prime advertising for the businesses lucky enough to have such a great spot. Only a few more weeks until the newly configured decks will be open for business. Below is another shot of Bow Street taken from 100 Market Street, where you can see the curve of the street.
Today’s post poses a question, to HDR or not to HDR? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and I’ve begun to use the abbreviation as a verb with friends & family as we joke about the process (which uses multiple exposures overlaid on top of each other to reach a broader dynamic light range)….but as you can tell from scrolling through the website, it’s something that I truly enjoy doing – as I find that it’s similar to the darkroom black & white processing I learned to do in college. The digital post processing is still the romantic part to me (although shooting the scene is still most important), where it is up to you to create your vision. I use it mostly to try and replicate what I saw with my eyes when I was taking the photos. A single exposure often feels too flat to me, still beautiful – but short of the memory I have of the particular scene/experience.
To serve as an example, I’ve posted two versions of one of my all-time favorite images – the sunrise shot taken of the Peirce Island Boat Ramp. The first is the “HDR” version, while the image below is nearly “out of the camera” with minimal additional tweaking. Regardless – it was clearly a beautiful scene, but I’m curious to hear – which do you prefer?
Today’s post features a glimpse of an alleyway on Ladd Street, found next to the UBS office and its neighbor, a brick building (with a white painted face) that appears to house Moe’s (yes, the famous sandwich Moe’s) HQ in Portsmouth. I love all the bricks nestled in the little alleyway, highlighted by the green door in the distance.
Also, in contrast to the bright morning shot above, here are two very different takes of the North Church from the past week. The first shot was taken during the most snowy part of Tuesday night’s storm, while the second shot was taken on Friday evening – beautiful & simple and complimented by the crescent moon in the night sky.
In keeping with yesterday’s post, here are a couple fun shots from yesterday’s heavy snow storm. Above you can see the reflection of Market Street and the North Church in the glass of the storefront, along with some folks enjoying a stroll in the storm. Below you can see the moody sky after the snow quieted down for the night, as seen from my 2nd story window.
Over near the city’s parking garage on High Street/Hanover Street you’ll find Ladd Street, which is inhabited by several cool little shops. Included in these shops are Federal Cigar, which has one of my favorite hanging signs of all of downtown – as well as the Old Stove Bakery (further up the street), which sells delicious cupcakes among other sugary treats. Snapped this shot during an early morning visit downtown and loved the light peeking out from in between the Federal Cigar building and its neighbor.
Three buildings located on Market Street all stand side to side, and each building is easily distinguished by its own unique brick textures and colors. Solari Salon & Spa can be seen at the lower right, with its subtly lit exposed brick walls, next to it on the left stands the former home of Ganesh Imports, and closest to the North Church with the curved roofline is the building that houses the soon to be opened Bella Sol restaurant (with the bright red border above its door).