A portrait of a shoe store.  That description doesn’t seem to fit the visual content of the photo for me…but it’s what it is.  There isn’t anything tremendously eye catching or stunning about this photo, yet I find that I’m drawn to it.  It’s captured winter and the effects of a storm, footprints in the unshoveled sidewalk, awning blowing in the wind, water spray on the windows, a desolate street and lonely parking meter, and a grey-washed sky to pull it all together.  I love the location of the elements in the frame, and I’m happy with my composition here.  It makes an otherwise simple portrait of a store into a storytelling opportunity, courtesy of some winter weather and some glass.

A Cold Day Upriver

It looked like a very cold day to be out on the water of the Piscataqua River.  It was frigid enough on the shore where this shot was taken…on the deck of The River House.  The Moran Towing tugs brave the winter storm while The Old Ferry Landing deck is perched precariously over the river.  The Middle Bridge and the Piscataqua River Bridge can be seen in the distance.

Paths in Prescott Park

A peaceful scene in Prescott Park from the first blizzard of 2011…footprints lead the way from Marcy Street to the waterfront….framed by this lovely set of trees.  The Oracle House can be seen in the distance…and is currently for sale if you have $1 million or so burning a hole in your pocket.

Calmness Returns

After the blizzard came and went last week, the wind calmed down somewhat and the skies remained overcast…but the sense of calm after the assault of the snow and sleet was a welcomed feeling.  This lone green light at Brewster’s Bait and Tackle adds an element to the otherwise typical shot that I wouldn’t be as excited to post.  Hope you enjoy!

The Shack

This is one of my favorite spots along the waterfront in Prescott Park.  The little shack probably serves as a place to reserve a boat slip during warmer months, though I have never seen anyone inside…but this time of year it’s most definitely limited to being a good subject for photos and maybe a good place to dodge the wind.  This very cold scene is one that will always remind me of my one of my absolute favorite places in the world to go for a walk.  In the distance you can see the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as well.

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.

While the Snow Flies

One of the things I love most about an intense winter storm in Portsmouth, is the weather’s ability to turn the place into a ghost town.  It’s really quite incredible how on the busiest weekends in the summer, you almost can’t walk on the sidewalks of Market Street, yet here in the midst of a winter storm, you can barely find a person unless they have a shovel.  It’s a very stark contrast…and one that made me enjoy braving the elements that much more.  I think it brings out the intrepid feeling that photographers have tucked away, the one that motivates us to get out of bed at sunrise, or climb just a little further towards the edge of a cliff, or find that unique angle that hasn’t quite been presented before.  Either way, more storm photos for all! (Be sure to check back for the next few days – I got so many photos I’m excited about during the storm that I’ll be featuring them until I run out).

Tugboats in the Blizzard

During any stormy day or any gorgeous sunset, I always find myself wondering what the Moran Towing tugboats might look like.  Well, during the first blizzard of 2011…I made a point to endure some pretty ridiculous wind on Ceres Street and strolled on over.  This is a familiar scene revisited from a winter storm just about one year ago….only 6 days off.  I was eager to test out my new Zeiss lens…and it didn’t disappoint.  It’s been a while since I’ve featured the tugboats, so it felt like time to share another dramatic waterfront scene.

Just look at the intensity of that water ready to splash the hulls of the tugs, and the thickness of the snow in the air…so thick that you can barely make out the Kittery, Maine waterfront on the other side of the river.

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!

In the Middle of Market Street

I think the view down Market Street is one of the coolest streetscapes in Portsmouth.  It’s not often that the traffic is mild enough during the day to stop in the crosswalk to snap a few images.  This particular shot was handheld and consists of 3 exposures…I didn’t have time for much more, as a car turned the corner seconds after this was taken….so a tripod setup is basically out of the question.

For everyone in Portsmouth, enjoy the insanity of the blizzard I’ve been hearing about – it should make for an interesting downtown…with awesome opportunity to take photos and hopefully quiet streets.  As I’m still in Florida after the holiday, I’ll have to live vicariously through everyone for a few more days. Stay safe and enjoy some hot chocolate!