The Maori Maiden was a very interesting freighter, thanks to its bright green and yellow decking and baby blue exhaust tower. Looking forward to tracking a new set of ships that will be in and out of Portsmouth through the winter months. The salt piles are currently tall, but will wane as the winter weather begins to rear its ugly head, which can only mean more river traffic. It’s a nice distraction during what becomes a long and cold march towards spring.
The Portsmouth Brewery is one of the city’s restaurant and beer icons. It’s been here for more than 20 years, with an inviting and vibrant storefront and a tremendous following for its excellent beers and atmosphere. One of my favorite things is to head into town after a massive snow storm, and snap a shot of the skis/poles of people that decided to cross country ski into town to enjoy a pint.
The Wentworth By The Sea is one of the truly majestic hotels in New England. This beauty sits atop a hillside that overlooks Newcastle, the Atlantic Ocean, and is a close distance to a ton of my favorite places to shoot. The building is gorgeous with its distinct red roof, and is true to its origins with its luxurious renovations that saved it from severe disrepair not long ago. This close up and the ridiculous amount of detail is courtesy of the Hasselblad H4D-31 that I demoed earlier in the year.
I thought a good series to work on over the coming year would be Freighters of Portsmouth. These behemoths come to our little port here in New Hampshire from all over the world, to load/unload sand, salt and scrap metal at the various terminals. I’ll always be fascinated when I time an arrival/departure and get to witness the ship navigate under one of our lift span bridges, and watch as the tugs try to coerce the vessel into port. In this shot, the Maori Maiden visits from its home in Manila. I like this shot a little more than usual since I took it on my birthday back in March.
Today features the tugboats from a less familiar angle – from behind. I’ve usually shot the tugs from the Portsmouth Harbor Cruise vista or from the front at the Oar House Dock, but this vantage point comes courtesy of the city’s new public park along the waterfront. Be sure to click this one to see it larger – as it features incredible detail of the worn hulls of the vessel thanks to countless hours of work on the Piscataqua in the incredible tide alongside the massive freighters. The Maori Maiden from Manila can be seen in the background. The ridiculous detail comes courtesy of the demo Hasselblad H4D-31 that I had the good fortune to try for a few days.
Another beachfront image from the serene coast in Rye, New Hampshire (courtesy of the Hasselblad). I love the subtle and natural tones of this shot, and the rich contrasty details – all set off nicely by the smurf-blue house with the oceanfront view. I was going back and forth with what to post for the image today…and decided to stick with this week’s decidedly “water” theme. I hope you enjoy – and stay tuned for some architecture and streetscape images next week.