Tugboats at Night | Eugenia Moran

It was so warm out after work on Monday evening that I decided to watch a freighter come up the river and enjoy the sights of the waterfront for a while (and I wasn’t even wearing any gloves).  Quite a beautiful night.  I was particularly digging the reflection of the Eugenia Moran in the Piscataqua.  This 3-exposure composition had a nice long exposure for the third shot so I was able to get some nice tones in the reflective water.  The Decks were looking pretty sharp in preparation for their opening next month! More to follow on that later in the week.

The Bow Street Waterfront | Portsmouth, NH

Two views of the Portsmouth Waterfront both depict the buildings of Bow Street earlier this year during the fall.  In both shots the former Martingale Wharf building can be seen in between the steel beams of the new structures built up around it.  The building has since come down, and is in the process of being rebuilt. I’ve always enjoyed the changing colors of the water and the sky and how the beautiful & varied brick buildings on Bow Street always stand out.  In the shot below, you can see the North Church glowing next to the St. John’s tower.

In other news, my camera should be fixed and returned within a week – and I hope everyone survived the insane winds and rain of last night!  My basement is a little worse for the wear…

South End Rooftops & Sheafe Warehouse

More shots from the South End at sunset. I love the way the light is grazing rooftops and the newly renovated steeple of the South Ward Meetinghouse aka The Children’s Museum.  As I’ve mentioned before, the Sheafe Warehouse is one of those really old structures that I’ve always loved, and that I picture located in town a couple hundred years ago when it was still a young structure.  Nothing too exciting about these shots, just beautiful old architecture and some nice afternoon light.

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?

Winter at The Wentworth By the Sea

Here’s a colder take on the Wentworth by the Sea, which I’d previously posted with some fall decor, which you can see here: Wentworth with Pumpkins and a more eerie shot here: A Wentworth Evening.

This grand hotel is one of the treasures of the seacoast now that it has been carefully restored from its decrepit stint during the 1990s.  Let me know if you have photos prior to the restoration you’d like to share.

Wagon Hill | Durham, NH

Wagon Hill gets its namesake from the wagon that sits atop this gorgeous field in Durham, NH just off of route 4 …the major route from Portsmouth to Durham, NH and the University of New Hampshire. You can just barely spot the wagon just to the left of the shrub at center picture (click the photo for a larger view).

I thought we could all use a nice sunny picture to remember what it feels like in warmer weather.

Wagon Hill | Durham, NH

Wagon Hill gets its namesake from the wagon that sits atop this gorgeous field in Durham, NH just off of route 4 …the major route from Portsmouth to Durham, NH and the University of New Hampshire. You can just barely spot the wagon just to the left of the shrub at center picture (click the photo for a larger view).

I thought we could all use a nice sunny picture to remember what it feels like in warmer weather.