I love the details at the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel in New Castle. The grand hotel is an impressive and imposing structure standing tall next to the roadway that leads through town.
Every single time I head to the ocean, I find myself at peace and relax and in awe of the ridiculous size of the body of water. Waves fascinate me to no end, to the point that I often take a hundred photos of little nuances in the wave pattern as they roll, break, recede, etc. This shot was taken with the Hasselblad H4D-31 camera that I had the good fortune to demo – and this is a cropped version of a larger shot. The quality of the shot helped me bring out a ridiculous amount of detail in reaching the final image you see here. I hope you enjoy.
If you’re a dessert lover, you owe it to yourself to pay Popovers a visit. During my last stop in for a treat on the weekend…I was lucky to have the Hasselblad demo with me, capturing all of the deliciousness that’s trapped inside these cupcakes. I love the depth of field in this shot (which is straight out of the camera with no additional processing). The quality of the camera was truly amazing, and the cupcakes looked truly tempting. For only $1.95 you can find out for yourself…but I’m usually a sucker for a chocolate mousse cup or a chocolate covered macaroon.
The beacon of Portsmouth stands tall against an interesting evening sky in this magnificently detailed image of the North Church clocktower. I’m sure if I had a lens that would get me closer to the structure, I could have counted every last brick/board/molecule.
This little piece of colorful Portsmouth scenery was provided courtesy of Hasselblad. Today’s post is short and sweet, and the shot is simple and clean. This is straight out of the camera – with all of its rich colors and crisp details. I haven’t had a chance to get more of my traditional shots with this camera to properly test it out – but this was a nice bright first entree into what the medium format world would look like.
One of the benefits of living in a large town with the benefits of a small city, is a nice dimly light downtown. I don’t mean dimly lit in a dangerous or scary way, there are plenty of street lamps illuminating sidewalks and streets, but I mean dimly lit as in there is no Times Square/ridiculously lit areas. Market Square, arguably the busiest intersection in all of Portsmouth, still has a cozy and intimate feeling at night. I hate the yellow street lamps, it doesn’t make for great photographs, but it definitely makes for a distinctive feel. Here the warmth of the interior of Breaking New Grounds spills out onto the brick patio of Market Square. This shot also marks the first over the next few days that will be taken on a Hasselblad that I’ll be demoing. I received the H4D-31 (a 31-megapixel medium format digital camera)….a beautifully solid piece of machinery that captures a higher dynamic range on a larger sensor than my usual Canon 5d Mark II. I can’t wait to get it out for some real hands-on shooting.
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!