Welcome to part 3 of our New England adventure. Today’s theme is fog – and there was lots of it during this predawn shoot. You don’t normally associate fog with winter, but a few times a season, you’ll find the perfect conditions for fog along the banks of the Piscatiqua. This day was no exception – it was the coldest day of the season and the resulting difference in the temperature of the open water as compared to the air produced this frigid fog over the river. It sure made for some pretty unique photography conditions – and with the 15kt wind and 5F temperatures, it also reminded me of the value of gloves (which I neglected to bring).
The photo above was not taken on Halloween, is not from Europe, and does not depict a castle. Shocking, I know. In fact, this is the old prison located on the eastern tip of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Known in its time as the “Alcatraz of the East”, this turn of the century prison housed a wide variety of military prisoners (including U-boat crews) until it was decommissioned in 1974. You can read more about this fascinating structure here.
If you’ve been following our blog recently, you may recognize the lighthouse above. This is Whaleback Light – a granite block lighthouse constructed in 1829. About three years ago, I took a similar sunrise trip to this location under very similar conditions, and took a series of photos as the sun rose over the fog bank. That photo is one of two that National Geographic selected for their prestigious stock photography site. We’ll see how these do! Of course, there’s a nice selection of all my favorite shots from this shoot below. Enjoy!
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The lighthouse shot is glorious….
Thanks! It was a cold, cold morning – but sometimes its mornings like those that yield the best conditions (if you or your camera don’t freeze first!)