The Staircase at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Photography is all about conveying a sense of place, emotion, storytelling, etc.  I love this shot as it almost immediately suggests some mystique and a story.  Curious to hear your reactions to the image – taken in the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.

Creole Miss | Working on The Bridge

The Creole Miss of Riverside and Pickering Marine is working on the early demolition of the Memorial Bridge on a sunny winter afternoon.  This view will be an ever changing scene for the next year and a half…and this site provides an opportunity to watch it all unfold: http://www.portsmouthwebcam.com/index.php/memorial-bridge/ – I highly recommend watching the time lapse of the day’s activity.

Looking forward to documenting the evolution of the bridge’s demise and reconstruction.

A Memorial Bridge Morning

With interesting weather and light, one of my favorite things to do is find a wide open vista to capture all of the grand intricacies.  The Memorial Bridge seems a bit more grandiose when it’s sandwiched in between beautiful reflections on the Piscataqua and interesting cloud cover above.  The lift span is now up, and has been for more than a week at this point – and I hope to find some inviting conditions to get back and capture a few more images before the span is floated out at the end of January.

Three Bridges

With Portsmouth’s bridges being one of the most talked about items of the past few years, I thought I’d take a moment to feature them from a different angle.  Often – I take for granted that Maine probably has the best view of Portsmouth, from the various shorelines in Kittery. 

I’ve shot the three bridges before, from Peirce Island, but this vantage point from the other side of the river provides a glimpse of the Piscataqua River Bridge (high-level), the Middle Bridge, with the Memorial Bridge in the far distance.  Once the new bridge has been constructed, it will look more like the Middle Bridge’s twin.  The shot isn’t overly dramatic, just a nice peaceful glimpse of the river…so I hope to be back with some more outrageous sky conditions someday.

Sunrise from Portwalk

The North End of Portsmouth was once filled with residential homes.  That once upon a time was a long time ago – and in the place of the once bustling neighborhood – a new development has taken shape.  Portwalk Place is well underway, with its first two phases complete.  This sunrise was taken from the rooftop of the Residences at Portwalk building, looking back towards Market Square.  The cloud formation rolling in past the North Church was amazing and a nice treat on an early morning.

The Commercial Fishing Fleet

One of the key parts of Portsmouth’s working waterfront is the fishing fleet that makes its home at the commercial fish pier off Peirce Island.  It’s pretty neat seeing the boats all stacked up sideways on the pier, maximizing the space.  I’ve mostly featured the other side of the pier as seen from Prescott Park – but I like the different vantage point and the moody and muted colors of the scene.

Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

The holidays are a distant memory at this point, but I love this image taken on the grounds of Strawbery Banke during their annual Candlelight Stroll.  The subtle lighting along the pathways that navigate guests through the museum adds a nice element, especially at dusk and during the evenings.

Sunset from Kittery

The Piscataqua River Bridge is the dominant feature in this image taken from Great Cove Boat Club in Kittery, Maine.  The sunset was a fiery one and the late day blue light just barely illuminates the boats in the foreground as the bridge silhouette stands tall in the distance.

Foggy Portsmouth Waterfront

With the snowy weather of the past week and the drastic changes in temperature we’ve been having, the weather ends up giving us a few gems in terms of scenes with interesting light and dynamics. The sun was peeking out mid-day while the fog over the Middle Bridge and the downtown area was still strong.  The glassy look to the water helps make this mirrored scene a bit more interesting while the fog made sure it still had a few elements of mystery.