Sunrise from Peirce Island

Here is another shot from sunrise on Saturday morning this past weekend.  Even though the forecasts called for clear skies…we were gifted with some interesting clouds that continued to change through the early morning light.

This shot was taken from the Peirce Island boat ramp, which is one of my favorite places to shoot from…and one of my favorite shots.  Even though getting up for sunrise is easily one of the crazier things I’ve done…it’s right in line with the early morning crew practices I used to do without hesitation – and I’m often rewarded with a decent shot or two, and the satisfaction that I got up to do something meaningful (even if it’s only meaningful to me).

Details: Rope & Buoys

The South End of Portsmouth is filled with historic seaside traits.  Above, from Peirce Island, the ropeactually connects to a dinghy located in Portsmouth’s back channel.  Below, the detail of a garage/shed in the South End is adorned with buoys and boasts a distinctive seacoast feel.

The South End from Peirce Island

Here’s another shot from the boat ramp on Peirce Island (easily one of my favorite spots to shoot from), what’s not to like with the historic South End across the water?  I thought I’d shoot the dock from a different angle for a change.  I liked the more pastel colors in this shot, it felt appropriate with the arrival of spring.

The Peirce Island Boat Ramp

Today’s post poses a question, to HDR or not to HDR?  HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and I’ve begun to use the abbreviation as a verb with friends & family as we joke about the process (which uses multiple exposures overlaid on top of each other to reach a broader dynamic light range)….but as you can tell from scrolling through the website, it’s something that I truly enjoy doing – as I find that it’s similar to the darkroom black & white processing I learned to do in college.  The digital post processing is still the romantic part to me (although shooting the scene is still most important), where it is up to you to create your vision.  I use it mostly to try and replicate what I saw with my eyes when I was taking the photos.  A single exposure often feels too flat to me, still beautiful – but short of the memory I have of the particular scene/experience.

To serve as an example, I’ve posted two versions of one of my all-time favorite images – the sunrise shot taken of the Peirce Island Boat Ramp.  The first is the “HDR” version, while the image below is nearly “out of the camera” with minimal additional tweaking.  Regardless – it was clearly a beautiful scene, but I’m curious to hear – which do you prefer?

LaCava's Wharf


In the late afternoon I decided to visit the usual spots before trying to inspire myself to shoot in some less traveled areas. On my way out of town, I decided to check out the late afternoon light in the South End at Prescott Park. On the Peirce Island Road Bridge I saw the sun glinting directly in my direction, which can make for some terrible photos – but being the stubborn person I am, decided to try anyway to see what I could come up with. The shot above is the end result, which I happen to like because of the sun streaks and the muted colors – yet the character of the neighborhood still stands out.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Estab. 1800

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is located in Kittery, Maine and is one of the drivers of the area’s economy, employing thousands (yes, thousands) of local workers [visit the official site for more Facts].  This staple of the regional economy has been in operation since 1800 when the facility’s primary task was constructing the 74-gun warship, the USS Washington.  This is a common angle to view the shipyard to those who frequent the dog park, where I learned this weekend a lot of folks like to visit and walk their dogs.  This also looks familiar to visitors of the site, as it makes frequent appearances from my shots in Prescott Park.

Peirce Island Boat Ramp | Sunrise & Sunset

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The Peirce Island boat ramp makes for an awesome shot with homes from the South End in the distance and the Piscataqua River in between.  The shot posted above was taken in the early hours of the morning while the shot below was taken in the late afternoon just before sunset.  I thought it was interesting to see how the light hits the scene during each time of day.

Which shot is your favorite?

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Peirce Island Boat Ramp | Sunrise & Sunset

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The Peirce Island boat ramp makes for an awesome shot with homes from the South End in the distance and the Piscataqua River in between.  The shot posted above was taken in the early hours of the morning while the shot below was taken in the late afternoon just before sunset.  I thought it was interesting to see how the light hits the scene during each time of day.

Which shot is your favorite?

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