I’m home from our honeymoon in St. Lucia following an amazing wedding. Everything worked out ridiculously perfectly, with much of the day captured by wedding photographer extraordinaire Kate McElwee! See Part I and Part II to enjoy a glimpse of our day. Following a great morning spent with family and friends, my brother drove us to Boston for the afternoon on Sunday, where we spent a night before flying out at dawn to the beautiful tropical destination of St. Lucia. For a few days I’ll be featuring some of the sights we enjoyed while away.
Here’s a shot of Mrs. Cohen lounging by the ocean. Thanks for your patience, I hope you enjoy some of the new goodies!
The Wentworth Marina must be one of the most luxurious looking and feeling places on the seacoast. This glimpse of the Marina earlier this year when was when the weather was warmer overnight than it gets during the day these days, and the boats were out to prove it. I’m starting to play around with a few various sizes and crops outside my standard 3×2 full frame camera sensor ratio. Sometimes you can’t beat a panoramic feel for a scene, and I’m reviewing some classic shots to see if they might be more compelling without the extraneous info that the large camera sensor originally captured. This shot was taken with a Carl Zeiss 18mm lens…what do you think? I always find myself drawn to the rich and natural colors created when using my Zeiss rentals.
As I promised earlier in the week, I’ll begin to feature the “evolved” look of State Street. The sidewalks have been jazzed up with bricks all the way from the Memorial Bridge entrance and near Prescott Park down to the Pleasant Street intersection at The Rusty Hammer and all the way to my parking spot at 325 State Street. Without question it’s a new look, complete with street lamps (all freshly adorned with pine wreaths for the holidays), sidewalk trees and nice bumpouts to moderate the flow of traffic – all which result in a handsome new look for the streetscape. I hope all the merchants are feeling good and enjoy some peace and quiet after the long year everyone has had…and that 2011 will reap some of the benefits. I almost can’t believe it’s been as long as it has, but also can’t believe how much has really been accomplished. Now when are we going to bury those overhead powerlines?
Marcy Street links the Prescott Park area with the South End along the waterfront of the Piscataqua River. The historic architecture defines the feel of the neighborhoods in this part of town, with some gorgeous structures and some sidewalks that still feel like historic walkways with their well worn bricks. I’ve always liked this house, but never stopped to photograph it in the past…its front gate has tons of character. It’s somehow both welcoming (almost like the house is smiling) yet a warning to anyone who feels like exploring.
Consider this a preview of a series I’ll be embarking on in the next week or so…in which I’ll detail the nearly completed State Street improvement project. This instantly recognizable door some (or remarkably unrecognizable for others) is located on State Street towards the Memorial Bridge and Prescott Park. I’ve always enjoyed this nondescript yet withered door, and loved the play of light/shadow on it in the early afternoon sunlight.
Today features something a bit out of the ordinary for The Daily Portsmouth. I’m renting a pair of Carl Zeiss lenses this week…a wide angle 21mm lens and a 50mm makro lens, and today’s shot was taken with the 21mm. These lenses have wonderful color reproduction with minimal editing, and have a razor thin depth of field. While a portion of the field close to the lens is sharply in focus, in this case the wood grain of the bench – the focus falls off incredibly quickly fading into a soft background with rich color. This is normally an instantly recognizable landmark…but I like that the shot forces you to examine the elements to distinguish the location. Any guesses? I’ll have the lenses for a few more days and hope to do some experimenting with their capabilities, and see how they handle more of my typical shooting. How do you like today’s image?
Today I’m featuring the same scene as shot by two very different cameras. As you can see, the light was simply gorgeous in the late afternoon on Veterans’ Day at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. The image above was taken with my uncle’s beloved Hasselblad camera, dating back to somewhere in the 1950s or 1960s. This medium format camera is the dream of many photographers, and I’m lucky and thankful to have the opportunity to use it. This image was one of my favorites from the first roll of color film I had developed – using one of the lovely Carl Zeiss lenses I’ve been shooting with and writing about lately. Below, you can see another wave in the afternoon light as shot with my modern day dream of a digital camera, the Canon 5d Mark II. It’s incredible what advancements can take place in technology, and despite all this – some people still prefer to stick to the tried and true….although at this point I think it’s safe to say that the majority of photographers are shooting on digital cameras. Now, if I could only get my hands on a digital Hasselblad!
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate your feedback and support. I’ve got an incredible amount to be thankful for this year, a wonderful family & new fiance, a great audience & community, and many milestones I’ve been thrilled and appreciative to record over the past year. Cheers to all & I hope you have a great day filled with thanks for all the things big & small that fill your days.
I’m already reminiscing about those warm evenings where sunset wasn’t until after 7pm and it was so warm out that you could actually enjoy being out on a boat to enjoy the setting sun. This was taken on the Heritage during their sunset cruise…it was shot with a Zeiss 18mm lens that I rented for a week. The lens was quite stunning…wide angle to cover more territory within the frame, but the thing that made my jaw drop the most was the color rendition. This is a single exposure, with hardly any adjustments in post processing. While it’s a bit more muted than my usual style, I can’t help but enjoy soaking in the rich colors of sunset and feel like I’m back out on the harbor cruise. Looking forward to getting my hands back on another Zeiss lens in the near future.
I’m always afraid to overdo any particular subject here at The Daily Portsmouth. Sometimes, I can’t help myself…in the late afternoon recently I had the chance to stroll down Ceres Street and the lighting was just awesome. It’s been an appropriate amount of time since the last tugboat photo – so even though I overdo the tugs (nobody seems to mind too much), I thought I’d share a new take on the workers. The Moran Towing tugboats are serious pieces of machinery, and they’ve gotten busy again with the arrival of fall and freighters unloading sand and salt. I love the grittiness of the shot and the textures that seem to pop off of the frame, highlighting the ruggedness of the vessel. I think it’s a nice change from the usual sunset/waterfront shots that usually feature them.
I’ve always been drawn to the waterfront. Today features two different bodies of water in New England…the image above was taken from the Oyster River and looks out towards Little Bay (the body of water leading into the much discussed and troubled Great Bay). The image below was snapped moments after the sun retreated behind a private pond in remote northern Maine. Very different scenes with immense beauty (in my mind at least).