The Wentworth By The Sea grand hotel sits on the shore of the Piscataqua River and the Atlantic Ocean in New Castle, NH. The gorgeous historic building basks in the glow of the late fall light. The Wentworth Marina can be seen in the foreground with its warm weather seasonal visitors mostly gone for the year.
A warm, inviting entrance to a grand hotel. The pavers and the covered entrance to the Wentworth By the Sea make guests feel stately and at home as they arrive to check in. The scene takes on a different feel in the evening, more cozy than the clean and stately white lines of the architecture during the day, though it’s elegant in all settings.
The Wentworth By The Sea is one of the truly majestic hotels in New England. This beauty sits atop a hillside that overlooks Newcastle, the Atlantic Ocean, and is a close distance to a ton of my favorite places to shoot. The building is gorgeous with its distinct red roof, and is true to its origins with its luxurious renovations that saved it from severe disrepair not long ago. This close up and the ridiculous amount of detail is courtesy of the Hasselblad H4D-31 that I demoed earlier in the year.
It’s a beautiful time of year. Spring has officially sprung and a few warm days have finally shown up here on the seacoast. This beautiful tree on the grounds of the Wentworth By The Sea grand hotel in New Castle is just mesmerizing. I love the colors of the leaves along with the natural color of the grass and bark.
This is another experiment in long exposures…a single shot of about 2 minutes and 20 seconds….a familiar scene with the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in the distance hiding behind the trees, as seen from the shore of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion on Portsmouth’s back channel. The little patches of rocks and the muted colors of a grey morning are nice elements, with a subtle softness to an otherwise boring (but pretty) scene.
Also – thanks to all the people who helped make this weekend a very special birthday weekend…I am so appreciative of all the wonderful, supportive, awesome people in my life.
Today features a return to the New Hampshire Seacoast with a post of the Wentworth by the Sea Marina in the winter season. The marina appears abnormally desolate with all the yachts and sailboats away until the spring and summer season. It’s good to be back in New Hampshire and featuring some home soil after a great vacation.
If you have visited The Daily Portsmouth before today, it’s no secret that I love HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. There’s something about the process that reminds me of the days I spent learning how to develop black & white film in the darkroom in my days at UNH. It’s a very intimate process where you’re selecting where you want certain portions of the image to be overexposed, saturated with color, masked, etc. It’s the process of creating the image you’ve envisioned while out on site and admiring a view of a landscape, a building, or in this case – a porch. Obviously – you don’t have to use HDR processing to reach this vision, but there’s something about it that excites me as I wait for the image to present itself after blending my exposures (brackets) before I get to do my final tweaking…similar to waiting for the image to take hold while the paper sits in the developer.
As I was editing this photo (and admittedly going through the motions), I realized that the ceiling of this porch was actually painted a baby blue color and not the pure white that I had always assumed it had been. It’s probably because my eyes always quickly darted through the scene while I was standing there, and I never thought to take stock of what was above me, as I was struck by the pure New England feel of the setting…so when I realized the colors were that much more varied and subtle…my appreciation for the process of editing and the modern day “developing” my digital film grew that much more. I hope you’re out exploring scenes both familiar and unfamiliar, and appreciating what surrounds you.
One of my favorite places to visit on a warm summer evening is the Wentworth-Coolidge mansion on the waterfront of Portsmouth’s back channel. It’s almost always delightfully quiet….with the gorgeous colors of a sunset and the rich colors of the grass and the home – it’s rarely a disappointing stop. The little boat on the mooring added another element to the shot – and the Wentworth By The Sea is peeking out from the trees in the distance.