In the Window | Alie Jewelers

Chances are – wherever you live, you’re walking the same streets time and time again, sometimes taking the time to look around and take in the scenery – and other times going through the motions.  I’m always keen to look out for cool reflections in windows, and have seen numerous good angles on the North Church in the past.  This particular day, the late afternoon sunlight was too inviting on the steeple to keep walking by.  The warm spring weather had me in good spirits, making a point to enjoy my walk before heading home for the day.

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A.E. Alie & Sons | Doors of Portsmouth

In the latest installment of The Doors of Portsmouth, here’s a glimpse of Alie Jewelers, one of the most recognizable storefronts in town….in the midst of a blizzard.  I think the intensity of the light and the snowflakes do a lot to up the drama of a normally lovely door.

Market Square | Wide Angle

This is one of my favorite shots of Market Square I’ve captured over the past couple years.  It’s a Christmas time panoramic shot featuring a wonderfully wide angle view of Market Street, Daniel Street, a glimpse of the Christmas Tree and of course, Breaking New Grounds.  The sunset this afternoon was just incredible with rich orange tones just reaching over the rooftops of the Congress Street buildings to illuminate the Alie Jewelers building and the Market Street rowhouses in the distance.  You can even see a little tiny bird flying just above the Market Street roadway in the upper left area.  This one will look gorgeous large-scale, and I plan to make some cool huge prints out of it for my house or office.  Hope you enjoy!

In case you’re in a pinch and still have to do some last minute shopping, please consider buying a few prints for your friends and family who love Portsmouth!  I have images from Portsmouth and many other spots throughout the US (NYC, Boston, Yellowstone…).  Happy Holidays to all. Visit http://philipcasecohen.com to review the full gallery…

Market Square | Then & Now

Today’s post features the focal point of Portsmouth (on land anyway…).  Market Square is probably the busiest area by square foot in all of the city….with outdoor cafes, window shoppers, outdoor benches, not to mention a pretty ridiculous intersection with cars coming from Daniel Street, Pleasant Street and Market Street.  I wanted to feature this vibrant spot with people going about their business, walking, driving, browsing…and also wanted to show what this hopping place looked like back in the day of horse & buggy carriages.  Fortunately I was able to locate this shot below.  You can clearly make out the Athenaeum, the Alie Jewelers building, the Market Square Jewelers building…the Daniel Street intersection, and of course Market Street itself.  I plan to have a few more of these Then & Now posts for everyone to enjoy.

The modern day Market Square shot was a 3-exposure composition….with a fair amount of movement between the three shots.  The software that I use for the exposure blending (Photomatix) now has a feature that lets you select areas of movement – so that you can pick the best image and freeze the motion to the one frame.  It makes for a beautiful shot and a more realistic appearance.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday Evening in Market Square

Another gorgeous evening on the Seacoast.  The sun is setting and is just grazing the buildings on High Street (to the left) and Breaking New Grounds, as seen from the brick apron of the North Church.  I’m really starting to enjoy the wide-angle lens I’m renting, beautiful optics and such great sweeping views.  Hope you are enjoying it too!  More to follow later in the weekend…