I have been slacking lately, so I decided to travel to Colt State Park in Bristol RI to do some night photography. Finding the Park locked up tight I went to Plan B and set up near the Yacht Club. The moon was bright and the sky was clear to help me capture these images of the Harbor as well as the Yacht Club. It felt good to be back on the road again doing what I enjoy.
Friday was a hectic day for me with several chores that had to be done. I was on a four day mini-vacation from work and trying to catch up. In the late afternoon after checking the forecast I decided to head down to Beavertail Light to shoot sunset and then the night skies.
The sky was slightly misty with a wispy look to the clouds
as I proceeded to capture some sunset images. Then I moved to the other side of the lighthouse to wait for the magic of Blue Hour.
Slowly the clouds began to clear and the stars appear. I began to work the camera trying different setting and compositions. I wanted to include the lighthouse but tried to minimize the impact of the beacon on the images.
Several vehicles were also driving through the perimeter road which raised havoc with my long exposure attempts.
As usual I don’t like to quit once I get started. The night was cool and there was a great breeze off the water which kept the bugs at bay. Here are some of the images that resulted.
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.
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.
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.