Chronicles of the Martingale Wharf

In today’s post we’ll feature two recent shots of the Martingale Wharf, the long awaited construction project currently underway on Bow Street on Portsmouth’s waterfront.  The building is finally getting its skin, with bricks being installed on the Bow Street facade…along with new windows and more inside that I can’t really see.  The good news is that we might actually have a streetscape on Bow St. like we used to in days gone by….a win for both locals and tourists.  I really dig the shot above – it feels very natural and realistic all at the same time.  Taken with the Zeiss Hasselblad 100mm….it seems to call out textures and lighting on objects that just seem to fall flat with other lenses (or maybe I’m just a bit crazy).  Below, the front of the building gets its new brick skin…

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Wires | Market Street

Another new lens arrived on the scene this week.  It’s somewhat of a freak of nature according to most people who have seen it in person….a vintage chrome Hasselblad Carl Zeiss 50mm lens….it certainly doesn’t look at home on the Canon 5d Mark II.  It’s completely manual focus and forces me to think more about each shot.  I’m still in the testing phase, and it’s still not as wide as I’d like it to be – but I decided to head over to the Market Street rowhouses on a cloudy afternoon to see how it handled the bright and varied colors of the building, and also the sharpness, etc.

I like this shot as it captures the feel of the streetscape and also happened to capture a few shoppers doing their thing on an otherwise quiet Market Street.  I’m also blown away every time I stop to realize just how many power lines still hang over our streets downtown (with all of the other infrastructure improvements we’ve had over the past few years).  What do you think of the textures and the new lens?  I’ll post what it looks like in the next day or two.  Thanks for checking in.

The Sagamore on Sagamore Creek

Saturday morning I was venturing around town with my camera and armed with the Hasselblad Zeiss glass.  It is a 100mm lens…which means that the focal plane of the lens is much further than what I’m used to.  I typically shoot in the 24mm range and love to shoot wider (meaning lower) whenever I rent a lens.  That’s what helps me get so much information and so much landscape goodness in my typical scenes.  When Steph and I ventured out running/cycling, I decided to stick with one lens – and brought the 100mm so I forced myself out of my comfort zone in an effort to sharpen my skills.  I’m also currently experiencing some serious computer heartburn, so I’m not able to survey the majority of my shots – but I was happy to come away with this quintessential New England seacoast scene.

This boat, “Sagamore” is moored on Sagamore Creek….an inlet stream from the Piscataqua River inland from Portsmouth Harbor.  Makes me want to hop on the boat and head out into the open ocean.