Winter at the Marina

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.

Out on The Porch | Ode to HDR

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.

Sunset at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

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.

Lounging at The Wentworth

The grounds of the Wentworth By The Sea are gorgeous.  I was back in this neck of the woods this afternoon, so decided to see if I could find some new things to snap shots of.  Despite being here numerous times before, I never wander too far from the bottom of the hill where I’ve captured a few shots of the hotel that I have really liked.  I stumbled across these adirondack chairs that I’m sure have been there for a very long time, but until this afternoon I hadn’t ever seen them – and today I could definitely appreciate the luxury they provide to those who plop down in them to relax for a few.  Looking forward to when I can unwind in one of these!

Tree in Blossom | Wentworth by the Sea

Today’s photo is another shot taken at the Wentworth by the Sea resort in New Castle, NH.  I wanted to get up close to capture the overwhelmingness of this tree doing its thing in the spring….with bright vibrant leaves sprouting & dropping off its limbs, with branches growing in seemingly every direction.  I think it’s gorgeous..and it’s a bit different than my typical architecture/scenery type stuff, so I hope you enjoy the bit of variety!

Portsmouth in Bloom | Market Square & The Wentworth

As spring proves to us that it’s still only April, with some rain/hail/snow this week – I thought I’d share a shot of the gorgeous flowers planted in Market Square and at the Wentworth By The Sea.  Each shot was taken in very different circumstances, with the shot above taken in Wednesday evening’s rain – and the shot below taken during a subtle sunset last week.  Landscaping is back in style!  Time to get to work on my yard…

The Wentworth By The Sea | Spring 2010

The Wentworth By The Sea is a beautiful architectural gem of the seacoast, located in New Castle, NH.  The structure, originally built in 1874, and later bought by the brewing magnate Frank Jones and expanded in 1879. Above is one of the gorgeous trees on the property in bloom this spring, while below you can see the structure sitting prominently on the top of the hill.