A long exposure at sunset captures the bare essence of the pier at Fort Foster. This coastal location is a great spot to visit and to photograph in all kinds of weather during all hours of the day.
I had a fantastic time in Cape Cod this past weekend. The weather was gorgeous, the light was great, food fresh and delicious and the company was perfect. One of the evenings we were away, we visited Chatham and had dinner at The Wequassett resort…a stunning waterfront location with a great vista for cape light at sunset. I can’t wait to go back to the Cape to explore more of the national seashore and find sand dunes and lighthouses.
This pier sits on the border of Prescott Park with nearly unparalleled views of the Memorial Bridge and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The shot was taken with my camera and a vintage Carl Zeiss Hasselblad 50mm lens, which has given this shot a soft out of focus blur in the background with a focal point in the lower right corner. Not the typical crispness I go for these days, but it feels a bit more story-like to me and for whatever reason, it works.
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.
Portsmouth’s waterfront location provides an incredible amount of opportunities to photograph. This pier, which I’ve featured before, is in Prescott Park overlooking the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. I love the symmetry that docks and piers provide, especially when bathed in soft morning light and interesting cloud cover.
As you may have heard – I’ll be spending the following week west of the Mississippi! I’m in San Francisco for a few days and will be heading to Yellowstone (and driving through Grand Teton National Park). My brothers and I headed out tonight with every intention of shooting the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island (across the bay from the Financial District)…however the fog had different plans for us. After exploring the area and some seriously windy roads, we decided to throw in the towel (thankfully – because my stomach couldn’t take it much longer). We decided to head to a calmer spot south of the city – Pacifica. Dave has some awesome shots of the pier at sunset….but we decided oceanfront and waves sounded pretty good….so today’s shots feature a couple night captures. Above I went for a different black & white treatment to play around with some different processing.
Below, I loved the evening sky and the stars and the stark contrast against our own planet’s beachfront. Looking forward to sharing more from the voyage throughout the week. Stay tuned!