Happy Independence Day from Portsmouth

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Happy Birthday America!  Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday.  Thank you to those who continue to fight for our freedom and for ensuring that all Americans can continue to enjoy life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The Gundalow and The Prison

Most of the time it’s about being in the right place at the right time.  Usually this means that I’m running around a coastline somewhere trying to get a great angle on a sunset/sunrise.  On this particular afternoon, it was a drive back from the beach with my wife…and luckily I was in the passenger seat, so I could grab my camera in just enough time to grab this image of the newly constructed Gundalow sailing past the Portsmouth Naval Prison.  Two icons from times gone by.  Given the scene, I thought a black and white processing would suit it well.

The Pier & The Prison

The Memorial Bridge provides a great bird’s eye view of a few parts of Portsmouth.  Prescott Park suddenly appears miniature along with the piers that reach over the Piscataqua River, and the Shipyard looms in the distance. In this shot, the fast moving river has been smoothed out thanks to some neutral density filtering, while the Naval Prison stands on the horizon looking like the big hulking ominous structure that it is.  I went with a more vintage style processing here because it looked good with the dark contrasting colors of the pier and pilings in the foreground.

The Portsmouth Naval Prison

In Portsmouth, we have the best of all worlds.  Some people even have more than that….as a Portsmouth guy – I’m thrilled we have historical landmarks such as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and places all along various bodies of water to view them from.  The folks who happen to own this gorgeous parcel of land thought they’d take advantage of having the best of all worlds – and plopped some adirondack chairs along the waterfront to sit and watch the boats and the inactivity at the naval prison.  This particular afternoon didn’t warrant much lounging outside, but it didn’t stop me from daydreaming about it (and taking this picture).

Route 1B | Portsmouth, NH

This shot was taken on Route 1B (Portsmouth Avenue) looking back towards Portsmouth and the Naval Shipyard off to the right.  This narrow roadway leads to and from the island of New Castle, and off to the right (out of frame) sits the Portsmouth Naval Prison.  Taken at dusk, some lasting rays of sunlight can be seen on the horizon with some wispy rain clouds in the distance, with a few cars motoring by.

Treat yourself to the full size image, posted on black HERE.

Route 1B | Portsmouth, NH

This shot was taken on Route 1B (Portsmouth Avenue) looking back towards Portsmouth and the Naval Shipyard off to the right.  This narrow roadway leads to and from the island of New Castle, and off to the right (out of frame) sits the Portsmouth Naval Prison.  Taken at dusk, some lasting rays of sunlight can be seen on the horizon with some wispy rain clouds in the distance, with a few cars motoring by.

Treat yourself to the full size image, posted on black HERE.