Showing posts from 2011

Ringing in the New Year with Surf

It's been a few weeks, I apologize!  The holidays came and went quite quickly for us here.  I don't know if it ever quite felt like Christmas, or even December.  Our days are still hovering around 40-50 degrees with sun and not a single hint of snow!  We were lucky enough to get flurries Christmas morning but it's hardly what I would call a white Christmas.  There was another huge swell this week, reminiscent of the surf during the last few days of November.  Another gorgeous day with little breeze and a bright warm sun, making it feel like 60 out if you sat still enough and faced south towards that ball of fire.  I went out to take some pictures down at Monahan's Dock, the sea wall in Narragansett, and then to Newport's First and Second Beaches.  No one on the island was out surfing, and with good reason too.  The beaches were all white wash and chop.  But there was an awful lot of traffic in the Monahan's swells.  Captured a few nice shots of the winter surfe…

On the Island

Well it was one of the last warm days of the year, this time for sure.  I was spending a good part of the afternoon on Jamestown and decided to make a quick trip to Beavertail to watch the sun go down.  Given the cloud cover, I was hoping for another stellar sunset like the ones that have been happening so frequently the past few weeks, but no such luck.  Don't get me wrong, it was still an incredible sunset!  Just not one of those violently pink and purple ones that make the sky light up neon  like some tribute to the 80s.  It was a nice and peaceful sundown with some deep shades of blue.  The sea was calm but the breeze was brisk, reminding us that winter is truly on its way.

Rain and Waves

A storm this past Tuesday brought some intense wind and rain through overnight.  I'm talking wicked heavy and horizontal rain at times!  As the storm passed offshore there was some really big surf generated for Rhode Island and I went to a local surf spot to watch a few friends and take some shots.  It was my first time shooting surfing, and luckily the break was close enough to shore that I could shoot from the beach rather effectively.  Like the kitesurfing though, I was very pleased with several shots and am glad to share!  I also went to Beavertail before the rain hit to take a dusk panorama as well.  I was hoping for another stellar sunset like the other day but no such luck with all of the cloud cover that started to move in.  Well, enjoy these images!  More to come I'm sure!

Snow Last Year

Sorry about the two weeks between blogging, I had a little bit of trouble posting last week.  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Anyway, we seem to be in an odd season right now, some sort of transition between summer and winter that's supposed to be Autumn seems to have transitioned right into a Spring.  The temperatures are mild, there's sun and some rain, but the typical indicators of Autumn are completely MIA.  Not that I'm complaining about the incredible weather and the ability to go outside without a jacket, but it is a little odd given we are just a few days away from December.  Perhaps Mother Nature is just making up for that blizzard on Halloween?

I got some time in shooting large format, but of course it'll be a little while before you all see what comes from those slides.  In the meantime, I went through my archive to see what I was shooting around this time last year, and I came up with some cross processed film from last December.  Snow in Wickford. …

From the RI Coast

More images from the beautiful Rhode Island coast, some sunsets and some activity out on the water!  Took my camera out two days in a row, two windy days, and captured some sunsets and windsurfing and kitesurfing.  It was quite the showing for the recreational folks, I counted about a dozen kite surfers on day one, with almost as many windsurfers.  Day two there was still quite a showing, although only about 6 kite surfers while I was out watching and taking pictures.

I have so many pictures of these kite surfers it's hard to select just a few to share!  But I'll do my best to give you a sampling that accurately represents the entire take from the two days.  It was quite the spectacle with some intense onshore wind, about 25 knots the first day, and some surf for everyone to play in, ride, jump off of... Made for some great watching, and with warmer weather and sun, I was able to sit out there for over an hour two days in a row!

Now see me in Cali!

That's right, my work is now going to be represented coast to coast!  Accepted works list came out for the Linus Gallery's Black and White Exhibition, to be displayed in their Long Beach gallery in California this December 9th.  First my work makes it into a NYC exhibition, now a show out in California, I couldn't be happier!  And not only did one of my images make the cut, but two!  See if you can pick them out of the lineup, hint, if you've perused my full website you should have come across both images.  Ok fine I'll tell you, they're the bird's nest and the rocks in the stream, both in row 7.  Ok fine I'll include them in the post so you can be sure.  If anyone out there in Cali wants to make the trip to Linus Gallery on December 9th, it looks like the whole exhibit will be a terrific showing of black and white imagery.  I don't think I'll be able to make the exhibit myself, so let me know how it goes!

Cold won't stop us!

Just because the summer temperatures are gone does not mean a lack of activity out on the water!  If it's a breezy day, no matter what the season, chances are you can see some of the locals out on the water either for frostbite sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, you name it.  There's even ice sailors once those ponds freeze over!  It was gorgeous autumn weather this weekend, and I took the trip to the beach to take pictures of some kite surfers.  I counted three going back and forth for a couple hours. I also got to try out my new lens for the first time, and there is a reason the Nikon 70-200mm VRII is one of the king Nikkor lenses!  It was a dream to work with, and on my Nikon D80 is was an effective 100-300mm lens.  Here's three shots from the day!

Film: It's been a while

I haven't been shooting as much the past couple months as I would like to.  I'm trying, but it's been rather busy and just getting out there with a camera is all I want to do and seems to be the hardest thing at the moment.  And going out with my large format camera is what I've been wanting to do the most.  I was looking over my past posts and I realized that I REALLY need to get out there with my 4x5, but I also need to share the little bit of large format work I've managed to do this past season.  So here's two shoots that I've done:  First is just a walk in the woods and what nature was so nice to give me for subjects.  Very happy with the bird's nest I happened across!  Second is a walk along the beach during those couple of weeks we had some serious fog rolling through the Rhode Island area in September/October.  Hoping to get back to the beach for some more 4x5 soon.

Autumn! In a Blast

Autumn has arrived!  Within the week the trees have started changing and the 70 degree weather has definitely subsided.  It's started to feel like fall again, and Halloween is this coming Monday.  I snapped this image as I was just walking down the street.  Of course with this wonderful season change we've also gotten a lot of rain all of a sudden, even snow in some parts!  I guess autumn has already come and gone?  I sure hope not... I would like it to stay just a few weeks longer!

The Rhode Island Sunrise

As the days are getting shorter and the sun starts coming up later in the morning, I decided to make the chilly trek down to my town beach to catch the sunrise this week.  It was a gorgeous morning, about 35 degrees outside, sea smoke, light clouds, and an incredible bright sunrise of pinks and blues.  I captured the breathtaking scene as best I could, but of course nothing is quite like actually witnessing it!  Unlike during summer months when watching a sunrise means waking up at ungodly hours in the morning, the autumnal sunrise seemed just perfect!  Over the next few weeks our gorgeous golden overseer will be shifting slowly further south, and I intend on witnessing some of that as well.  Enjoy!

New Recent Work Page!

New page added to the website!

I know there are people who follow the blog, and I post a lot of my most recent work and projects there (more to come, I promise!).  But I also made the decision to add a new "Recent Work" page to my website where you can view just about all the new images from the blog, and more, in one location!  I even made it a nice slideshow type style for some easy viewing.  Be sure to check it out!

Leaves Before the Change

A little over a month ago now I made the trip up into New Hampshire Franconia Notch State Park.  I experienced the incredible wonder of the flume and some of the surrounding area throughout the day, and I cannot wait to go back!  I brought my film camera with me and cross processed the E6 Slide film.  As a whole, I wasn't entirely satisfied with the film turnout, but that's the risk you take with cross processing.  There are a few images, however, that I was very pleased with and would like to share.

For anyone who wishes to venture into New Hampshire, I hear peak foliage is happening right now!  So I would pack up the hiking boots and bring a camera before the leaves completely turn and fall for the winter.  (I'm trying to get up there again soon too, like really soon.  Might miss peak foliage but it would definitely still be worth a trip.)

I also attended a seminar recently, hosted at EP Levine of Waltham.  The speaker, Colleen Wainwright, gave a talk about "Making …

After the Rain

I have to say I love a good rain, and Little Rhody saw some torrential downpours last week.  First there was the 40 ft. visibility fog, then the light rain, then the skies opened up for about half an hour, only to clear out just in time for a gorgeous sunset!  I grabbed my camera and went out to get some pictures during the wonderfully wicked New England weather.  It's been a busy weekend so just getting around to processing them now, but thought I'd share :)

Barefoot at the Beach

It's still summer, right?  Well technically I guess it isn't as of today, but we can still pretend.  I've had two sets of friends, two portrait sessions, at two different beaches, and loving it!  Getting sand between all of our toes and taking some pictures before the sun goes down.  It's been a while since I've done much portraiture, but it's nice to knock off any rust and have some fun!  Here's just a taste of some of the resulting images:

See me in New York!

The results are in! The winning images have been posted! The American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, hosts an annual photography contest, and I am pleased to announce an image from your very own made the cut for the image11 photo competition!  My photo, titled "Fish", was taken in January of this year during a trip to San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences.  This image in particular has already received recognition in the Photographic Resource Center's Student Exhibition in Boston this year, Creative Quarterly Issue #24, and Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery's "The Poetry of Shadows" Juried Exhibition. To add to the list, my image will be showcased in a gallery exhibition of all the winning image11 photographs as an Honorable Mention, Student Category.

Gallery location and dates TBD, I will keep you updated!

You can see all the wonderful winning images here: