This is one of my favorite images from a morning that I spent on Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport enjoying a sunrise at the atlantic ocean. In the distance, homes dotting the shoreline are just beginning to get hit with the orange glow of the sunrise while others are still in the early morning dark. The sailboats and the cloud movement from the long exposure gave the scene an element of vibrancy among the eerie quiet of the morning.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is a huge part of the seacoast economy. The place employs an incredible amount of people with an equally impressive payroll that pumps money back into the local economy. From across the Piscataqua, the Shipyard looks like a calm and empty destination. I love the industrial look and feel of the shipyard’s waterfront from Prescott Park, a study in contrast where people are free to enjoy walking around the grassy waterfront land.
On the coast in Rye, NH, land meets sea. The little point of land that juts out into the ocean was just barely accessible at high tide, and many people were there taking advantage. You can find traces of human amidst the frame here as people wandered about and enjoyed being in the midst of the ocean. The long exposure lends an airiness and emptiness to the scene.
The Lower Falls off the Kancamangus Highway are a beautiful force of nature. With a few extra hours to spare, the decision was made to head north to enjoy some of New Hampshire’s world famous fall foliage. It was a gorgeous day on Saturday, and we took full advantage – traveling on meandering tree-lined roads, finding a lake, doing a spontaneous photo shoot at the falls, and finishing the day with a meal at the Mount Washington Hotel. More photos to follow throughout the week!
This is another experiment in long exposures…a single shot of about 2 minutes and 20 seconds….a familiar scene with the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in the distance hiding behind the trees, as seen from the shore of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion on Portsmouth’s back channel. The little patches of rocks and the muted colors of a grey morning are nice elements, with a subtle softness to an otherwise boring (but pretty) scene.
Also – thanks to all the people who helped make this weekend a very special birthday weekend…I am so appreciative of all the wonderful, supportive, awesome people in my life.
It’s easy to forget that a photograph is a period of time captured and immortalized. I always strive to make a good photograph – something that conveys a sense of place, a feeling, an emotion or elicits a reaction. There are definitely an infinite number of ways to approach a shot, a scene, or a moment…and I often gravitate to the ways I have become most comfortable with. This shot definitely does not fall within that range…it’s two minutes and sixteen seconds of recorded time at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine during a muted sunset over the pier and Portsmouth in the distance. When you’re using tools to experiment with capturing a scene, it can be stressful…especially when so much time is at risk and you’re on the sidelines until the exposure is complete. I happen to love the shot and the overall softness of the scene…and with the unfamiliar texture of the water, thanks to the duration of 2 minute and 16 seconds of setting sun and rolling waves at high tide.
This interesting landscape/cloudscape is courteous of my 24-105/L lens and a 10-stop neutral density filter. The clouds are moving through the frame, in what is about a 2-minute single exposure. The morning had been pretty gray, and I thought would be a total wash…but luckily, there were a few minutes of interesting color as the sun rose over the horizon and lit up the sky above the clouds. This longer exposure captures some cloud movement and the soft morning light on the Memorial Bridge and what looks like a very calm Piscataqua River.