Market Street by Hasselblad

This little piece of colorful Portsmouth scenery was provided courtesy of Hasselblad.  Today’s post is short and sweet, and the shot is simple and clean.  This is straight out of the camera – with all of its rich colors and crisp details.  I haven’t had a chance to get more of my traditional shots with this camera to properly test it out – but this was a nice bright first entree into what the medium format world would look like.

 

Rejuvenation | State Street

As I promised earlier in the week, I’ll begin to feature the “evolved” look of State Street.  The sidewalks have been jazzed up with bricks all the way from the Memorial Bridge entrance and near Prescott Park down to the Pleasant Street intersection at The Rusty Hammer and all the way to my parking spot at 325 State Street.  Without question it’s a new look, complete with street lamps (all freshly adorned with pine wreaths for the holidays), sidewalk trees and nice bumpouts to moderate the flow of traffic – all which result in a handsome new look for the streetscape.  I hope all the merchants are feeling good and enjoy some peace and quiet after the long year everyone has had…and that 2011 will reap some of the benefits.  I almost can’t believe it’s been as long as it has, but also can’t believe how much has really been accomplished.  Now when are we going to bury those overhead powerlines?

Fresh Pavement on Market Street

One of the many projects that the City has taken on since the start of the Spring was the replacement of the sidewalks on Market Street with new brick sidewalks.  I think that some of the older sidewalks were brick anyway, but thankfully this month marked the completion of the project in this section of town – with fancy new brick sidewalks for all to enjoy, and more importantly, a smooth road surface (with new yellow lines to keep everyone on their side).   Things are looking good on this section of Market and the sidewalks are currently being replaced and widened next to the salt piles and the Sheraton.  I can’t wait for everything to be complete and for all the orange cones to be retired for the season.

Shopping Along Market Street

In the spirit of the holiday season, here’s a shot of one of Portsmouth’s busiest shopping streets with a satisfied customer making her way along the brick sidewalk. I love the reflections and the activity of the street, it has a great feel. I plan on getting back in better lighting conditions, but had to share in the meantime.

State Street & Fleet Street | (The View from My Office)

State Street is coming along in the broader Portsmouth picture, having served its time as a seedy location with housing for the town drunks a long time ago in the rowhouses closer to The Common Man, Googie’s, Agave and Dos Amigos, making way for new condominiums, fancier restaurants soon to be complimented by some new period lighting and fancier sidewalks.

My office on the 1st floor at Ocean Bank looks out to this corner at State and Fleet Street, and often I’m fortunate to hear the horns of cars warning those who don’t realize that State Street is still a One Way Street.  Sometimes entertaining, sometimes obnoxious.  On this particular afternoon a ridiculous thunderstorm was making its way across the seacoast, with some sunshine visible on the drive-up to the left along with the rain still moist on the window.

State Street & Fleet Street | (The View from My Office)

State Street is coming along in the broader Portsmouth picture, having served its time as a seedy location with housing for the town drunks a long time ago in the rowhouses closer to The Common Man, Googie’s, Agave and Dos Amigos, making way for new condominiums, fancier restaurants soon to be complimented by some new period lighting and fancier sidewalks.

My office on the 1st floor at Ocean Bank looks out to this corner at State and Fleet Street, and often I’m fortunate to hear the horns of cars warning those who don’t realize that State Street is still a One Way Street.  Sometimes entertaining, sometimes obnoxious.  On this particular afternoon a ridiculous thunderstorm was making its way across the seacoast, with some sunshine visible on the drive-up to the left along with the rain still moist on the window.