Showing posts from November, 2012

Sachuest Point at Sunset

Well here it is, my second attempt at a seascape at Sachuest Point.  And this time I went for a sunset instead of sunrise, so I was able to navigate the terrain in bright sunlight in order to find my preferred photo spot!  Of course it was high tide, which posed a problem, and it was an incoming tide with high surf from a low pressure system swirling somewhere offshore.  I walked all the way to the point in order to see the setting sun.  I know shooting into the sun isn't alway ideal but given the light cloud cover that day, I liked my chances.  It's hard to predict when the sunsets will be lackluster versus brilliant and vibrant.  Or perhaps this kind of prediction is an acquired skill... either way, I'm practicing my sunset prediction skills!  Like I said, the incoming high tide posed a problem, and I wasn't able to set up as close as I wanted to a big rock with swirling water and crashing waves.  I had to set myself much further back from water's edge, but at l…


I've been thinking about producing a new photobook for a few months now.  I've been very happy with some of the work produced this summer and my new seascapes, and I really wanted to incorporate them into an approachable medium before the year was out.  The answer:  a softcover photobook offering over 20 pages of wonderful photography in an non-intimidating and nicely portable 7x7" medium.  I put together a collection of my favoriate images, about 75% from this year alone, and Oceanview was born!  I also wanted to incorporate some quotes I've found throughout the years that have deeply inspired me or forced a deeper reflection upon myself, my work and my subject matter.  I've included quotes from notable photographers and minds such as E.E. Cummings, Dorothea Lange, and even John F. Kennedy.

I wanted to keep the book small and approachable, starting with a 7x7" softcover reasonably priced at $23.36 ($25 after RI sales tax for any of you here in state!).  But …

More Summer Holgas

Hurricane, Nor'easter, first snow... We've had a rough transition into November and I'm sure everyone can feel winter around the corner.  I've been breaking out winter coats and boots, but I long for the warm summer weather.  Well, in the spirit of warmer weather and summer sunshine I took a look back at some of the Holga film I took towards the end of the summer.  Although all three of these frames exhibit cooler tones and color casts, I hope you can still remember that warm and sunny summer that just passed us by!  The following are best enjoyed sunbathing in flip flops, perhaps with a cool cocktail in hand... but if such conditions are unavailable, a warm blanket, cozy fire and piping hot chocolate will do.

Shooting through Darkness

Night is always so mysterious, especially the darkest nights when the moon is absent.  I've always been intrigued by night time shooting.  I idolize and admire the galactic photographers capturing incredible images of the night sky and Milky Way from the remote regions of desert where light pollution cannot reach.  Those pictures always make you stop and stare, thinking about life elsewhere in the universe or your small role to play in everything out there.  As part of my recent seascape project I haven't discounted nighttime shooting.  And no sooner had I set this assignment upon myself that a new moon arrived and I had the perfect opportunity.  So I drove down to Black Point Park in Scarborough and began my shoot with a precarious climb down rocks and trails in the dark.  
Camera on my back, sturdy tripod in hand, small flashlight in the other, and no moonlight to see by.  I could hear the childhood me wide eyed and breathless at the sound of every leaf and breaking branch,…

PJ Sunrise

Also on my list of places to visit has been Point Judith Light for a morning long exposure shoot.  After coming across, greatly admiring, and then meeting seascape photographer Ed King of 02809 Photography, I have been deeply inspired to further practice and refine my own seascape shooting.  I headed to PJ the morning after our first frost.  I headed down the beach to find my best vantage point.  Although I would have preferred low tide, it was unfortunately peak high tide when it was time for the sun to break the horizon.  Here's my happy result though!  I'm waiting on my Graduated ND filter in the mail so this was a composite to combine sky and foreground exposures.  I was using my 16-35mm at the lowest ISO possible!  By the time the sun was breaking the horizon I was well into fractions of a second instead of the preferred 1 second or longer.  I'll be sure to revisit for low tide and with a new filter and see how different of a shot I can make!