Badger’s Island is a little slice of Maine that sits in the middle of the Piscataqua River and is connected to Kittery to the north and Portsmouth to the south by the Memorial Bridge. This little gem of a photo was taken with a medium format lens designed for use on the Hasselblad 500 series camera and is manufactured by Carl Zeiss. I’ve learned to love this 100mm piece of glass…which seems to bring a nostalgic look and a unique texture to images taken on my Canon 5d Mark II. I look forward to getting back out in warmer weather and taking the older lenses for more test drives.
The Who’s Who of Portsmouth as far as State Street Improvements are concerned can be seen below in the ceremonious Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on Friday afternoon at 3pm at the intersection of Pleasant and State Streets. Above, Mayor Tom Ferrini’s hands can be seen holding the grand improvement plans as signed by many of the folks involved…along with the ribbon.
Below, the City Manager (John Bohenko), Mayor Tom Ferrini, owner of Puttin’ on the Glitz Assiah Russel and Assistant Mayor Nancy Novelline-Clayburgh (one of the owners of Cava can be seen in the background) can all be seen enjoying the big moment. I must say, it’s pretty cool and a relief to see this long in-the-works project come to its final phase. There was an awesome turnout of people who shared the same sentiment, who came to celebrate. I’m very excited for the Portsmouth Art Exchange at 220 State Street, who has been very eager to see its sidewalks take shape – and where I have a good amount of work available for sale. Stop in to see Jane and tell her I sent you – she’s a sweetheart.
Below, something a little different….the sun climbs over the hill at Fort Foster on the seacoast in Kittery, Maine. I love this little tree and the bench that sit overlooking the waterfront. If my memory serves me correctly, the shot was taken with my Hasselblad Carl Zeiss 100mm lens…definitely a beauty. Have a great weekend!
Along with the fall comes cooler weather, falling leaves and a need for sand and salt. Recently the Cynthia Pioneer returned to the Granite State Minerals terminal in downtown Portsmouth to unload some materials for the imminent inclement weather. While I’m not quite ready for snowstorms and ice, I’m enjoying the cool mornings and the increase in river traffic. I’m sure I’m not the only one – time to get the skis ready for the season (or book the plane tickets to Florida if you’re not a winter person…).
In today’s post we’ll feature two recent shots of the Martingale Wharf, the long awaited construction project currently underway on Bow Street on Portsmouth’s waterfront. The building is finally getting its skin, with bricks being installed on the Bow Street facade…along with new windows and more inside that I can’t really see. The good news is that we might actually have a streetscape on Bow St. like we used to in days gone by….a win for both locals and tourists. I really dig the shot above – it feels very natural and realistic all at the same time. Taken with the Zeiss Hasselblad 100mm….it seems to call out textures and lighting on objects that just seem to fall flat with other lenses (or maybe I’m just a bit crazy). Below, the front of the building gets its new brick skin…
Portsmouth is a cool place during October. In addition to the New Hampshire Film Festival, Portsmouth also hosts Scarecrows of the Port (awesome scarecrows posted around downtown…my favorite is above Jumpin’ Jay’s this year…and will be featured next week)….including the little guy seen here hanging from the clock at 49 Market Street (donated by Summerwind Jewelers). This shot was taken with my Carl Zeiss 100mm Hasselblad lens, with some beautiful clarity on the clock…falling off in the background to a nice soft view of the Athenaeum building and the North Church.
In addition to today’s photo – you MUST head over to my Flickr gallery HERE in order to check out more shots from the 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival.
Today’s post returns to a waterfront vista after all of the portraits and interiors featured over the past few days. This isn’t the most dramatic shot you’ve ever seen of the South End Waterfront, but it’s a lovely representation nonetheless. Rich blue sky and rippling blue water…who wouldn’t want this view? The South Ward Meetinghouse can be seen off to the left above a cool looking red truck parked on the pier. I love the character that little corner lends to this scene – a working historic waterfront. Be sure to click the image to see it LARGE!
It’s rare lately that I get to spend a good chunk of time roaming the seacoast, but I was lucky to do so last month. I went out cycling and meandered through Portsmouth and New Castle when I wanted to be sure to capture a couple of my favorite scenes along the coast. The shot above is of the (former?) Piscataqua Cafe on the back channel of the Piscataqua River in New Castle (previously featured HERE with its quaint front porch). Below, a couple quiet boats sit docked on the shore of Sagamore Creek. Mornings are getting colder and colder, which means they’ll be nice and peaceful for some interesting material through the next couple months.
I thought it might be time to revisit the old and decrepit, yet still frightening, Naval Shipyard Prison. The sky was about as crystal clear as you could ask for – which isn’t a good thing for my intentions here…but it highlighted the contrast of the structure against the moving Piscataqua River and the sky above. I imagine this was a pretty horrific place to be holed up as either a guard or a prisoner, and as I learn each time I take a harbor cruise – there were reportedly commands to shoot any escapees on sight as they fled the prison. (Sounds like a pretty rugged place to me).
I love the textures and the atmosphere that this lens is giving to each shot….it’s been a challenge and a pleasure to try and find appropriate subjects to shoot with it, and good conditions that either make for good drama or just something to make your eyes happy. I’m sad to see the days shortening – but it should make for some good night photography as I’m forced once again out of my comfort zone while out shooting.