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!
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.
On a Veterans Day visit to Perkins Cove and the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, my brother and I were greeted with some fierce ocean waves and gorgeous sunlight. The waves were so big in fact, that when I set up my tripod in the parking lot, as I was framing a shot with my eye in the viewfinder – I was actually soaked with the spray from the waves hitting the rock wall. (Yes, soaked…so badly in fact that a couple walking by offered to get paper towels from their car to save my camera!)
The scenery didn’t lend itself to HDR imagery with the churning of the ocean, but the late day sunlight was so rich in color that I kept shooting and shooting with all the variety in the textures of the water and the coastline. Plenty of shots from this trip…hope to get back during sunrise some day to catch the gorgeous morning sunlight as it reaches the east coast.
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.