There is something soothing about going for a drive along the coastline. I went for a drive this past weekend and was greeted with misty weather, a bit raw and cooler along the stormy waves – so it was the perfect opportunity to break out the neutral density filter and calm the water down in-camera. The colors were very muted, although a hint of blue sky can be found despite the cloud activity on the horizon.
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.
It’s close to the end for the Memorial Bridge – or so it seems. It was announced this week that the bridge would be closed for 4-6 weeks for repair, or even indefinitely according to Foster’s. I don’t think this surprises anyone ’round these parts, but it’s sort of a sad moment. Things will get better and the bridge will eventually be replaced with either a very similar looking one, or a drastic departure if some of the initial design critics get their way. One thing is sure, this original lift span bridge with all of its character isn’t really safe for vehicles anymore. It’s going to be damn cool for photographers and pedestrians to enjoy its architecture and some steady decks for a while (you can’t get a sharp image with dozens of cars driving through).