It looked like a very cold day to be out on the water of the Piscataqua River. It was frigid enough on the shore where this shot was taken…on the deck of The River House. The Moran Towing tugs brave the winter storm while The Old Ferry Landing deck is perched precariously over the river. The Middle Bridge and the Piscataqua River Bridge can be seen in the distance.
It’s easy to miss, but the steady stream of smoke from one of the gypsum plants (drywall) along the river always makes for an interesting shot. It’s just another element of Portsmouth’s dynamic waterfront, adjoined by the Moran Towing tugboats and the Granite State Minerals terminal and the State Pier. This night scene was captured with my Zeiss 21mm lens, that seems to do an incredible job at capturing a wide range of color and light, and hit the atmosphere of this scene nearly perfectly.
It’s no secret that I think much of Portsmouth’s charm comes from its working waterfront and active port. Here, you can see the sand/salt piles of the Granite State Minerals terminal on the waterfront and the reflections of its cranes and the Middle and Piscataqua River Bridges. This was one of the first set of brackets I fired off with my latest rental lens, the Carl Zeiss 21mm. The lens has incredible reviews for its sharpness and color rendition, with minimal distortion and high build quality. The scene wasn’t anything terribly remarkable, but made for a good test shot with the bricks in the foreground and the grey sky. It’s been a joy to use so far, and I look forward to a few more days of shooting before I have to ship it back out west to BorrowLenses.com.
Today I wanted to feature a few of my favorite bridges on this planet we share. Above, is one of my shots of the Brooklyn Bridge from a recent trip into the city. I wanted to get a somewhat fresh take on the bridge that thousands of people have photographed thousands of times..it’s definitely one of those shots on every photographer’s bucket list. I plan to get back and shoot more, but this was another one I’m happy with in the meantime…and I thought I’d give a bit of an antique treatment to honor the age and timelessness of the structure.
Below you can enjoy one of my simple shots of a beautiful late evening over the Piscataqua River. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the view…I enjoyed the deep blues in the evening sky with the faint hint of orange from the setting sun. The freighter and the lights on the bridges and the reflections add a peacefulness to the shot that keeps me coming back.
The Martingale Wharf building continues its growth out of the ground this week. The steel is being erected in the place of the former building that had to be torn down due to safety concerns. In the top shot of the two below, you can see the Middle Bridge and the Piscataqua River Bridge in the distance. The view won’t be around for much longer from this side of Bow Street once the project is complete. I just wanted to share a little status update for everyone who hasn’t been able to make it to this side of town recently – the floors seem to be going up quickly. I haven’t heard much around town about what target completion dates are for the project – or when we might see some tenants. As usual, stay tuned for more!
As I drive up Market Street towards work everyday, I wonder what I’ll see in the river (if anything). Friday turned out to be one of those lucky days when I saw the Memorial Bridge fully lifted…which usually means 2 things: 1) traffic; and 2) boats! I thought I could see what appeared to be a freighter making its way into port. As I was heading home on Friday night to catch the 207 program, it turns out the Tasman Sea from Hong Kong was in fact docked at the New Hampshire State Pier.