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.
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.
This morning I got up at 1.00am and headed to Plum Island in Newburyport MA to shoot a sunrise. I had done some research and found several images by my friend Bob Ring that inspired me to try this area. After taking care of some housekeeping issues I arrived in Newburyport at about 3:40am. I tried a couple of locations and found that they were restricted or closed. When I tried to get into the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge I found the gates locked. Checking my location via Google I found Salisbury Beach State Reservation about 20 minutes away. I arrived to find the predawn sky already in progress. I had the beach to my self and set up with my two Nikons and remotes. The equipment worked well and I shot until 5:30 am. I was treated to a great sunrise and did my best to document it.Here are some of the images I captured.
I have been struggling lately. I am com ing to terms with my home life and have starting working evenings. My old body is having trouble adjusting to this change and the rollercoaster weather pattern has not helped.
I had an idea sitting in the back of my mind to go out after work and shoot some night images. I charged up all my batteries and set out after work Friday night to Narragansett to photograph from the Town Beach. It was freezing and the wind was blowing but I still managed to get some decent images. However the tide was low and I wanted something more. I looked at my work when I returned home and knew I had to go back.
Last Friday I went to work wearing my regular shorts and long sleeve shirt, not paying any attention to the weather forecast. After finishing up I headed south to shoot Narragansett at high tide. I had completely forgotten to bring my lined jeans, but felt that I would survive. When I arrived at my destination the wind was blowing at gale force and the temperature was in the low teens. The tide was coming in and almost at full high. The wind was on-shore and lifting the spray from the waves across the seawall. Being a typical photographer I set up my equipment and begain shooting. I lasted about twenty minutes on the west side of the Towers.
I got in the Jeep and with heater blasting I headed for the Town Beach to complete my self assignment. I lasted about one-half hour on the beach before the blowing sand and spray was too much. I was very grateful that my vehicle had heated seats and steering wheel and I headed home. Here are the results of my efforts.
As you all know when I get stressed I find relief through photography. My wife lost her battle with Parkinson’s Disease on March 1. I was having trouble dealing with the loss so I traveled to Worcester, MA on Saturday night to get some night landscape images. I have always been fascinated with Union Station. It is beautiful distinctive architecture. Looking for a spot to set up from I decided to try the roof of the parking garage.
It was perfect. Although pretty cold I managed to shoot for about three hours. The front of the Station was undergoing renovation and covered in plastic over scaffolding. So those shot will have to wait, but I captured the beautiful twin spires. It was well worth the trip and helped me clear my mind.