Up North – Fine Art Shoots from North of FL: Fresh Snowfall at Dawn in NH

2013 12 Fine NH Winter Sunrise 14 - Whaleback Light at Sunrise

And now for the final post from New Hampshire.  After the great snowfall from the previous day, and with temperatures threatening to rise over the next several days, I new the following morning was my best opportunity to capture the freshly fallen snow around coastal New Hampshire.  So, I set my alarm for much earlier than I care to get up, managed to drag myself out of bed, and set out for New Castle Common – a favorite location to capture the sunrise.  I arrived about an hour before sunrise to capture all the deep predawn colors that are most vibrant well before sunrise.  The temperature was cold – about 15 degrees – but not quite cold enough for the dramatic ocean fog that appears when the temps are 10 or so degrees colder.

2013 12 Fine NH Winter Sunrise 10 - Whaleback Light at Dawn with Tugboat

As I waited for the sun to rise, I was treated to a great little show – with one of the famous Portsmouth tugs (above) heading out to help guide a large barge into the safety of the harbor and up the Piscatiqua River.  As the sunrise quickly approached, I chose my spot based on some research I had done the night before, fine tuned it a few feet as the first rays of light appeared just above the distant fog bank, and began to snap away, capturing images like you saw at the top of this post.  Once the sun rose out of frame, I headed toward Portsmouth to capture a few photos of the historic town in the early morning light.  The water there was glass-calm and made for some wonderful opportunities, like the one below.

2013 12 Fine NH Winter Sunrise 19 - Portsmouth NH Lobster Boat

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Up North – Fine Art Shoots from North of FL: A Snowy Coastal New Hampshire

2013 12 Fine NH Winter 20 - Strawberry Banke North Church Snow

Here’s the second post from our adventures this winter.  Today’s post is mostly from a shoot last week, just after Christmas.  As the snow began to fall, I hopped in our trusty Honda and began to work my way toward the New Hampshire seacoast to capture some of my favorite spots (like Strawberry Banke – above) as the snow was falling.  I also explored a bit and managed to find some new spots that I’ll undoubtedly return to over the years.  There is something so mystical about falling snow – the slowly falling snowflakes flitting about as they tumble to the ground – its such a magical time to photograph!

2013 12 Fine NH Winter 19 - Portsmouth Lobster Boats Snow

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Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – 3 Million Legos Make History!

2013 07 Fine Art New England 65 Manchester Lego Mill

Our next stop on the great museum tour of 2013 was in Manchester, NH.  The SEE Science Center, housed inside one of the old turn-of-the-century Amoskeag mill buildings, has a fascinating collection of hands-on science for all ages, not to mention a gigantic Lego model of Manchester and her mills, built to represent what you would see in 1900. Over three million Lego bricks, and who knows how many thousands of hours went into building this massive cityscape that includes over 8,000 Lego People, is over 70 feet long, 25 feet wide and has two working rail systems.  If, like myself, you spent much of your childhood assembling, destroying and rebuilding Lego creations, a visit to SEE is certainly a treat.

2013 07 Fine Art New England 58 Manchester Lego Mill

A bit about the mills that this awesome Lego model showcases:
The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, founded in 1810 (the same year Derryfield changed its name to Manchester, after the English town known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution), would eventually build the world’s largest textile company with over 20 mills lining the shores and canals of the Merrimack River.  At its peak, it employed over 17,000 people, had 5.8 million square feet of floorspace, and boasted the world’s largest single cotton mill, stretching over 900 feet long and containing 4000 looms.*   Unfortunately, with the end of “The War to End all War” (Spoiler – it didn’t), the decline of the US economy, and the rise of labor, the mill slowly died, and in 1935, closed its doors for the last time.  As if this were not enough, the great flood of ’36 ended any hopes of a revival of the textile trade in Manchester.

2013 07 Fine Art New England 72 Manchester Lego Mill

But doom and gloom aside, Manchester survived, and the mills, which stood laregely abandoned for decades, have become upscale housing, retail, and even museums – not unlike the SEE Science Center.  But the real burning question is; since the model of the mills is in one of the mills, does the model have a model in it?  The world may never know!  As always, enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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*Statistics courtesy Wikipedia
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Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – NH Sunset & Stars

2013 07 Fine Art New England 51 Portsmouth Memorial Bridge

With a wet and dreary couple of days giving way to Florida-style hot and humid weather, we headed back into Portsmouth, NH for a rather warm and sticky evening.  Thankfully, we were sufficiently distracted by photographing the progress on the new Memorial Bridge (above) and capturing one of the city’s great summertime traditions – an evening play (this year was Annie) put on by the Prescott Park Arts Festival (below).   While sweat may or may not have been pouring down my forehead, I ventured out onto the docks to capture some long time exposures of the Memorial Bridge, cast in brilliant light by an amazing sunset.  Once the sun set, I rejoined my family at the play, and took some time to capture the very talented cast at work.  I have to say, for a guy that could really do without musicals, I quite enjoyed the show.  If you find yourself in the New Hampshire seacoast area this summer, you should definitely check it out.

2013 07 Fine Art New England 57 Portsmouth Prescott Annie

As always, enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Dive! Dive! Dive!

2013 07 Fine Art New England 32 Albacore NH

After our extended time in Rangeley, we headed back to our home base in the New Hampshire seacoast region.  The first few days back were wet and rather dreary, but that didn’t stop us from taking a picnic lunch out to one of our favorite spots (Great Island Common – New Castle, NH) and enjoying Portsmouth’s famous Moe’s subs while watching the fog roll in and out along the Piscatiqua River.  From there, we ventured to the USS Albacore Museum, a great place I hadn’t toured since my childhood.  The testbed Albacore represents a massive change in submarine design.  Through World War II, submarines were primarily surface ships that would occasionally dive when attacking or evading attack.  This resulted in submarines that looked a lot like surface ships and had a top speed under water of only a few knots.  But after the war, the Navy began taking cues from the streamlining movement that had swept the aviation industry, and for the first time, developed a vessel that would be built from the ground up to live under water.   This new design resulted in a vessel that could achieve 27 knots underwater and handled more like a fighter jet than a boat – so much so that the pilot’s chair was equipped with aircraft-like controls and a seat belt (pictured below)!

2013 07 Fine Art New England 38 Albacore NH

After years of service and a bevy of revolutionary developments, the Albacore was retired from service in 1972 and mothballed in Philadelphia.  In the 1980s, a push was made to make the vessel a museum, and in 1985 she was moved to her permanent home (after moving a few roadways and a rail trellis to float her in) just a few miles from where she was launched 32 years earlier.  Below is a large selection of photos from our day at Albacore.  As always, enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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Memorial Bridge – Rediscovering a 90 Year Old Panorama

So, I’ve always been a big history fan.  Recently, this has manifested itself in a borderline obsession with the Memorial Bridge, in Portsmouth, NH.  In researching the building of the bridge at The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s website, I found a large archive of photos from the construction process (see the video I created below from 1920’s news reel and photos during the construction of the bridge).   But what really peaked my interest was a series of 6 photos, taken from the same vantage point (the top of the North Tower) and seeming to have been designed to be displayed together in a primitive sort of panorama.

And that got me wondering – would it be possible to stitch these 90 year old photos together into a modern panorama?  First, I tried our commercial stitching program, but due to slight differences in the images and limited overlap, it wasn’t coming together as I hoped.  So much for the easy way!  But by this point I was determined – and started to stitch the photos together manually using Photoshop.  After about an hour, I had a pretty presentable final product (above).

I still get a kick out of the idea that 90 year old images, taken with a comparatively rudimentary camera, were able to be turned into a modern panorama.  Pretty exciting stuff – Enjoy!

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Remembering the Memorial Bridge

Today, I found out from a friend that they have begun to dismantle the Memorial Bridge.  If you’re not from the Seacoast of New Hampshire, its just another old bridge, well past its prime, but for those who grew up around this iconic bridge, it feels like the end of an era.

The bridge fist began to take shape during the summer of 1920, and on August 17, 1923 the bridge opened for traffic.  When built, it had the world’s longest lifting span, at 300ft and was dedicated as a “”Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919.”

Autobiographically, I can still remember the sensation of riding my 10 speed across the grating, heart racing as I tried to stay on two wheels while riding on the steel grating of the center span.  I was always quite relieved to make it to the other side in one piece.  But that was the joy of the bridge – it was a bit of an adventure.  As I got older, I moved from two wheels to four – and driving my old Triumph TR-6 over the bridge – with the towers rising high above and the water rushing below is still a very visceral memory.

However, over the last several years, the bridge has not fared well.  At nearly 90 years old, the bridge was beginning to crack and break despite the efforts of NH and ME work crews to keep her up.  In the end, the decision was made to dismantle the bridge and replace it with something more modern.  Really, there was no other choice.

Thankfully, over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to photograph the bridge.  Here are some of my favorites – in 1080P and perfect for your desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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