A chilly drive along the coast rewarded us with some beautiful seascape shots this weekend. The wind was so strong that each of the waves gave off a head of mist as it began to break rolling towards the coastline. I love this shot as the freighter is hiding out in the background on the horizon, just before it made its way up the Piscataqua to unload.
As summer vacations come to a close, I wanted to capture the essence one of the things that makes the summers so mesmerizing. I can remember as a little kid being fascinated by the ocean and the non stop waves that kept rolling onto shore. The late afternoon sun at Pirates Cove in Rye together with the clear crisp water made for a perfect representation of the ocean water, one of summer’s purest elements.
Every single time I head to the ocean, I find myself at peace and relax and in awe of the ridiculous size of the body of water. Waves fascinate me to no end, to the point that I often take a hundred photos of little nuances in the wave pattern as they roll, break, recede, etc. This shot was taken with the Hasselblad H4D-31 camera that I had the good fortune to demo – and this is a cropped version of a larger shot. The quality of the shot helped me bring out a ridiculous amount of detail in reaching the final image you see here. I hope you enjoy.
Sticking with trying new things….here are a couple ocean shots snapped in warmer days earlier this year during the summer. Two interesting shots taken minutes apart…tracking the evolution of a wave. The top shot was a fast shutter speed…while the image below was a long exposure where you can see the water retreating back into the ocean while another wave rolls towards the shoreline.
Today I’m featuring the same scene as shot by two very different cameras. As you can see, the light was simply gorgeous in the late afternoon on Veterans’ Day at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. The image above was taken with my uncle’s beloved Hasselblad camera, dating back to somewhere in the 1950s or 1960s. This medium format camera is the dream of many photographers, and I’m lucky and thankful to have the opportunity to use it. This image was one of my favorites from the first roll of color film I had developed – using one of the lovely Carl Zeiss lenses I’ve been shooting with and writing about lately. Below, you can see another wave in the afternoon light as shot with my modern day dream of a digital camera, the Canon 5d Mark II. It’s incredible what advancements can take place in technology, and despite all this – some people still prefer to stick to the tried and true….although at this point I think it’s safe to say that the majority of photographers are shooting on digital cameras. Now, if I could only get my hands on a digital Hasselblad!
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate your feedback and support. I’ve got an incredible amount to be thankful for this year, a wonderful family & new fiance, a great audience & community, and many milestones I’ve been thrilled and appreciative to record over the past year. Cheers to all & I hope you have a great day filled with thanks for all the things big & small that fill your days.
The early morning sea was churning the waves out in Portsmouth Harbor. I was fortunate to have a 100mm-300mm lens to get a bit closer to the action as one of the waves did its best to rattle the massive stone lighthouse. I love the iconic scene…I would love to get out during an intense storm to snap a shot with some bigger waves, but I wouldn’t have such nice early morning light.
Also – thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets to raise money for The Music Hall and the Portsmouth Museum of Art. It’s important to support our local cultural destinations no matter how small the contributions.
As Hurricane Earl heads up the Atlantic coastline – I thought I’d head to the beach to see what the waves were looking like (with all the talk about closing beaches, I figured it might be worth a visit). The waves were definitely churning powerfully – but they really weren’t anything too remarkable.
What I did find was a gorgeous sky, a nice cool breeze coming off the water, a thin fog, and a ton of people (& their dogs) enjoying being at the ocean on a summer night.
New Hampshire’s coast is the smallest in the country at ~13 miles. Gorgeous the whole way with majestic homes and a view of the horizon. The blue sky was inviting this weekend off the coast in Rye as the rainstorms decided to hold off for a day.
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