NEWBURYPORT SUNRISE

Saturday morning 2:30 am and once again I am heading to shoot sunrise. Newburyport MA was my target because it has been a long time since I visited . It is a great summertime location and beautiful area. It was a little cool and very dark when I arrived , but the clouds promised a great platform for a sunrise. Setting up my equipment I was surprised by the many early morning walkers and jobs looking to share the experience. Several dog walkers stopped by to offer encouragement for my efforts.
I had trouble selecting images as each was more beautiful than the next. I hope you enjoy my choices.

RIVERFRONT PARK LAWRENCE MASS

This morning I got up at 3.00am to travel to Lawrence Massachusetts to photograph the sunrise. I arrived at Riverfront State Park to find that the access to the boat-launch area was gated off. I managed to carry both of my 
cameras and tripods down to the Merrimack River past the 
barriers. As I set up I managed to anger a group of geese that were sleeping at one end of the ramp. Moving to the opposite side of the launch seemed to calm them down.

I began to shoot across the River to catch the illuminated skyline of the City. I continued to shoot while waiting for the sun to poke out. The weather forecast was for clear skies and was totally incorrect. While I continued to shoot the clouds continued to increase. Sometimes the best laid plans just do not work out. 

However I did manage to get some great images of the skyline as well as the geese and ducks. Maybe next timeĀ 
the sun will make an appearance.

PORTSMOUTH AFTER DARK

On Monday night I arrived at work to find out that I wasn’t needed. Thanks to Amy S I took a vacation day and travelled up to Portsmouth New Hampshire to do some night shooting. 
The city is beautiful at night and was very busy. I wanted to get some images of the new Memorial Bridge. I went over to Pierce Island and Four Tree Park and found a great view of the Bridge as well as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. I spent a couple of hours moving and shooting. 
Then I went downtown and found some areas that were interesting. The hour was getting late as I continued to move from one area to another and the police officer on patrol was starting to become concerned. 
I finished up at a little area of sidewalk picnic areas and small restaurants. It was a night well spent.

KETTLE COVE/ PORTLAND AFTER DARK

After checking the weather forecast for the weekend I decided to make the trip Friday to Portland Maine to shoot sunset and the city. My friend Rick Berk suggested that I try Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth for the best sunset images. 
I made the mistake of traveling on the busiest time and weekend. It seemed to take forever to get where I wanted to go. I finally arrived and took the last parking place in the lot. The location was as good as advertised. 

I took my equipment over to a grassy area with several benches and set up. There were several other people there to enjoy the sunset. I spent some time talking with a very lovely lady about my photography and shared some images that were from my previous work. It was great to share a conversation and the sunset with such a great lady. I hope that she enjoys the images that she suggested i capture.

As it became darker, I travelled down to Downtown Portland to shoot some city images. The streets were loaded with people enjoying the restaurant and bars. I found a parking garage that wasn’t full and drove up to the roof where I spent a couple of hours documenting the Friday night crowd. 

Finally I drove over to Bug Light Park and shot some images across the Harbor. I looked at my watch and realized that It was much later than I thought so I shut down and headed home. I hope you enjoy the images that resulted.

FOURTH OF JULY /MT HOPE BRIDGE

I wanted to photograph the Mt. Hope Bridge in Bristol in its Fourth of July splendor. Friday morning I went down around 4.00am and explored both sides of the Bridge. I decided to shoot from a spot on the Warren RI side. The DOT workers were taking down the giant American Flag from the center pillar as I went past but the Bridge looked great in its Red, White, and Blue necklace lights. The air was very still and the mosquitos were out in force. I spayed myself down and set up. I was shooting away trying different angles and compositions when I looked over my shoulder.

Remembering the mantra from my mentor Don Toothaker always look behind you. I saw a foggy sunrise beginning to develop. I moved over to the old pier and starting shooting the sky and surrounding landscape.I was going back and forth as the sunrise developed and the sky turned pick and orange all around me. I tried to show how beautiful and still the scene presented itself to me. I was joined on the pier by two fisherman who were determined to try their luck.It was a great start to a great day.