The Blue Gate at Rye | At Water's Edge

This image will be the first in a new series featuring the oceanfront during winter – At Water’s Edge.  This shot is fitting as the opener, as this blue gate is what greets beachgoers when they first arrive at Pirate’s Cove.  I’d never really noticed this gate before, nevermind be compelled to take a photo of it – but when I got to the ocean just after the midweek storm (that promised to deliver up to two feet in two days), the blue stood in contrast against the white snow on the ground and the otherwise colorless sky.  I hope you’ll enjoy the series, I’ve enjoyed venturing down to the water despite the weather. (I’ve also been inspired by friend and talented photographer, Bob Lussier, with his latest series “Off Season”).

Meanwhile..check back later today for some exciting news about a show opening at 100 Market Street!

The Life of A Wave

Sticking with trying new things….here are a couple ocean shots snapped in warmer days earlier this year during the summer.  Two interesting shots taken minutes apart…tracking the evolution of a wave.  The top shot was a fast shutter speed…while the image below was a long exposure where you can see the water retreating back into the ocean while another wave rolls towards the shoreline.

Reflections on the Beach

If you’ve been a regular visitor, you know that it’s rare that I feature people or animals….this particular afternoon at the beach, I couldn’t help but admire the simple beauty of the happy dog running in the sand in the ridiculously nice afternoon light.  The reflections of the water and the snow on the rooftops add a context to an otherwise typical beach scene…and something I never make the time to appreciate.  Sometimes it’s nice to make exceptions! (Be sure to check this one out in large format by clicking the image…you can see just how crisp that doggie is against the water and the blue sky/water)

Sunrise | Fort Foster

And so another week begins.  And as each work week begins with a Monday…each day starts with a sunrise.  I was glad to witness this gorgeous sunrise at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine…with some nice waves as high tide rolled in with the day.  It’s really something else to witness the first rays of light creep over the horizon.

Coastal Waves | New & Old

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.

The Marginal Way | Ogunquit, Maine

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.

Sunset at the Beach

As Hurricane Earl heads up the Atlantic coastline – I thought I’d head to the beach to see what the waves were looking like (with all the talk about closing beaches, I figured it might be worth a visit).  The waves were definitely churning powerfully – but they really weren’t anything too remarkable.

What I did find was a gorgeous sky, a nice cool breeze coming off the water, a thin fog, and a ton of people (& their dogs) enjoying being at the ocean on a summer night.

Portsmouth Harbor Light

One of my absolute favorite things in the world is the fresh scent of saltwater blowing briskly in the air.  This is a good spot to enjoy it on Great Island Common in New Castle, NH.  With the tide lower you can see the seaweed exposed on the rocks in the foreground.

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