Snowy South End

This has long been one of my favorite vantage points of the historic South End neighborhood.  In this image, a snowy south end basks in soft early morning light a few days after the first storms of the season.

South End Street

 

The South End of Portsmouth has always had a special place in my heart.  Tiny streets, old houses, historic clapboards, charm.  It makes me love our dynamic downtown that much more, and appreciate the unchanged wcharacter of this area as well.  Lucky for these residents, the city has invested significantly in its infrastructure – repaving and adding brick sidewalks whenever possible.

Sanders Lobster Pound

I love the streets of the South End in the springtime.  The brick sidewalks and the trees adorning yards make for a very inviting stroll when everything is in bloom.

After the Storm

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!

Clapboards of the South End

These pristine homes are old and wise and overlook the waterfront in the South End.  I shot this series at F/16, bringing the clarity of the shots and the depth of field to a level that I don’t always feature here at The Daily Portsmouth.  I’ve been waiting to feature this profile for a very long time….but I’ve shot them time and time again without any remarkable results. The wide angle approach I’d been taking at the widest end of my 24-105mm lens, and I didn’t have the symmetry I usually like – and it was too broad with the color range.  The moody grey/blue of the sky was a great complement to the rich historic yellow and the vibrant red of the home next door.  I love that you get the feel of the street from looking at the angle the houses are facing along with the flow of the rooflines and the crispness of the clapboards.  It’d be amazing to watch the river traffic from one of these homes, and to get some great shots from the other side of the walls. Until then, I’ll just admire the view I can afford.