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!
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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!
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…
In this early evening shot, a pair of motorcycles approach the intersection of Fleet Street and Congress Street. I like the softness of the clouds above against the grit of the pavement in the foreground. Here’s a view of Market Square that you don’t see quite as often. I think it’s cool to see the lines of the architecture of the brick buildings as they lead you up towards the square.
Here’s a view of Market Square and Congress Street from in front of the “Popovers Building” and next to the North Church. The new building at 6-16 Congress Street was built in the middle of the last decade, opening sometime around 2006/2007. The building’s varied brick exterior certainly blends in with its surroundings, and has been a vibrant addition to the business offerings of Congress Street, including River Run Bookstore, Popovers on the Square, Olde Port Properties, Life is Good..etc. etc. (As well as some residential condos).
I’ll feature more of the building itself in the future…but for today I wanted to share the brooding sky and the steeple with Breaking New Grounds looming in the distance. I must admit though, I miss Eagle Photo being located in the very spot where Popovers sits…it would be so convenient to buy photo gear…oh well, at least the tables and chairs will soon be out and occupied in the warmer weather!
Be sure to click on the image to see this one in a larger size.
The Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce’s information kiosk sits just outside of Breaking New Grounds on the brick patio of Market Square. This shot was taken on December 18th, which explains why no tables & chairs remain outside….with the day’s high temperatures clocking in at 23 degrees.
Here’s another shot of the area during warmer times in the late afternoon: Breaking New Grounds | MARKET SQUARE
Market Square’s large brick patio in downtown Portsmouth is quite an inviting spot any time of day…for a conversation on the benches or to enjoy some high quality people watching. This shot is an ode to summer…when the evenings were still a bit warmer and the sun stayed out a bit longer.