Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life.

Or Lack Thereof…

At the hours I’m normally out with camera and tripod in hand, there is rarely another soul in sight.

Case in point, this photo looking into Market Square in beautiful Portsmouth, NH.

Notice the clock on the steeple, 6:20. And that’s a.m. which is actually a late morning for me.

In a few hours, this picturesque area of Portsmouth will become alive with the hustle and bustle of cars and pedestrians, tourists and locals alike. Thus creating an entirely different atmosphere than the peace of early morning.

Misty Morning Market Square.

Sunday’s Hidden Treasure.

Here’s wishing you all Happy Holidays.

This weeks “Hidden Treasure” wasn’t really hidden, or forgotten.

 But being of a very seasonal nature it hasn’t been looked at since I shared a very similar image this time last year.

Night time scene depicting Market Square in Portsmouth, NH. A cast iron street lamp, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and the well lit steeple of the North Church are all in this vertical image.

 

Market Square in Portsmouth, NH

Canon EOS 40D

Tamron 17-50 f2.8

ISO 100, 17mm, 15 sec. @ f16

BUY LOCAL ART!!

Night time photo of the north church in Portsmouth, NH. Vertical image of the well lit steeple in the background, and a nicely decorated Christmas tree in the foreground.

Give the gift that lasts all year long.

It’s that time of year again, the time for holiday gift giving. What better way to do it than to give the gift of local art. Since nobody really wants to fight the crowds on “Black Friday,” just to buy the same gift a thousand others have bought (do they?), why not give a unique, one of a kind piece of art from a local artist or crafts-person?

Starting today, November 20, and lasting through December 10, I’m offering 20% off site wide with the coupon code: BLACK20. That’s 21 days of Black Friday savings!

Thank you, BUT…

Here’s the important part. While I would be very appreciative should you choose to give one of my images as a gift this Holiday season, the main point of this post is this:

BUY LOCAL ART!!

Support your local photographer, painter, woodworker, sculptor, well you get the idea. Avoid the Mall and the Big Box stores, support the arts and BUY LOCAL!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

As Urban As I Get.

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Urban.” Since I had already made plans to head into Portsmouth, NH today (Saturday) anyway, I was in luck. Also, since I would rather have a root canal than step foot into a “real” city, Portsmouth would have to do.

The weather wasn’t completely cooperative this morning, and fog prevented me from getting several of the photos I was hoping for. All in all, still worth the effort.

Portsmouth is an “artsy” town, even the graffiti is top-notch.

Street art painting of a girl with a black cat on her shoulders, painted on the red stucco exterior of an ice cream shop on State St. in Portsmouth, NH.

Okay, maybe not ALL the graffiti is top-notch.

Graffiti on doors in alley

Nothing says New England…

…like a towering white steeple above downtown. Unfortunately the fog made for less than inspiring skies as a backdrop.

bright red plants and ornamental grasses in a downtown garden stand in the foreground, with the white steeple of Portsmouth, NH's North Church towering in the background.

Not a bad way to get around town.

scooter parked on the brick sidewalk  in front of the yellow exterior of a State Street, Portsmouth, NH business..

 

I hope these images were “Urban” enough for you.