The people watching is about to get excellent…it is spring and the sunny warm weather is here, bringing the usual influx of people to the center of Portsmouth.
The Decks are a great way to spend an afternoon, whether you’re eating, drinking, catching up with old friends, or making new ones. It just so happens that the location of the sunset adds another dynamic to the scene each sunny evening, setting in the west somewhere near the salt piles, the tugboats or the bridges in the distance. When you happen to enjoy a spectacular sunset and a freighter is out in the river, it makes for the perfect scene. No freighter in this shot – I missed it by about an hour, but the sunset from The Decks was phenomenal all the same.
Once again I’m revisiting the archives from earlier this year when warmer weather prevailed. This shot never made it to the website, but I’ve always loved the angular presence of the Middle Bridge from this angle as it leads the eye towards one of the working terminals on Portsmouth’s waterfront. The New Hampshire State Pier is the closest terminal to the bridge, while the Granite State Minerals loading/unloading sand & salt platform is located just opposite the Sheraton. You can glimpse the North Church on the horizon in the distance, and the incredible sky this night just made for a mesmerizing sunset and blue hour.
I think I’ll let this one speak for itself. After grabbing some dinner at Poco’s on a warm summer evening, I decided to sneak out as the check was coming to see what the sky was doing. It had hints of greatness, but I couldn’t see it because of the canopy…when I got outside, this was a pleasant surprise. Shot from the landing above Harpoon Willy’s on Bow Street.
Believe it or not, this is a single exposure…without much additional editing aside from adding some light into the foreground so you can make out the buildings and the tugboats.
I haven’t had the chance to get out and shoot over the past few nights, so I dug through the archives a bit. I came across this shot, which I took near City Hall and South Mill Pond. I loved the rich sunlight blasting through the newly blossomed trees and the moody shadows cast on the green grass. This is actually just a single exposure, not the typical “bracketed” 3 shot composition I usually feature….but the colors of the tree and the grass were too good in a single shot to mess with too much.
I also want to thank everyone who came by 100 Market Street last night to see the show and all of the great artists and their artwork. I’m honored to be part of the show, and even more happy to be able to share that my photography was awarded the “Best in Show”! Check out some of the shots that local photographer Ron Risman took over at his flickr site here. I hope everyone has a chance to swing by the gallery…head in the revolving door at the corner of Market & Hanover Street and make your way to the 1st floor elevator.