Showing posts from November, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving in Instas

A celebration of New England and some autumn wanderings at local farms courtesy of my Instagram feed.  Fresh and local produce, the best you can ask for!  Respect your food, grow your own and buy local!
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Windsurfing Salty Brine

Winter storms and winter swell means cold days at the beach for me and cold days in the water for water sports enthusiasts like Andrew, here.  New Englanders are interestingly adapted to sports of every season, from the warm summer days of sun and small swell, to the winter days of 50 something degree water, 7mm wetsuits, and heavy storm breezes.  This day in particular was one of the windiest I had seen in ages, blowing about 30+ knots steadily.  
I went down to Salty Brine Beach where some windsurfing was happening, and kitesurfers were attempting to go out (but actually didn't make it because it was too windy!).  Sitting on a dry sandy beach in those winds made me feel like I was in a sahara / tundra, and sand began to bury me up as soon as I sat down.  I didn't stay for more than an hour or so as the wind was unbearably cold and the sideways sands were downright annoying.  Chewing on bits of sand is probably one of my least favorite sensations ever.  But, it was a good da…

Water Panning

I didn't want my winter photography to become stale.  As exciting as it is getting up before the sun in the dead of winter, I needed a new project to work on.  After seeing photography of individuals like David Orias and Bryce Johnson, I came across a photographic technique that piqued my interest. This is called water panning, where the camera moves for a fraction of a second with the wave as it forms. This slightly longer shutter speed (mine was at about 1/10th second) can create some beautiful smooth effects as the wave builds and moves towards the shoreline.  A tripod can help stabilize the vertical movement of the camera, allowing for only lateral movement and motion blur, just like the wave.
Here is my first attempt at the technique, during dusk hours at Second Beach in Newport.  I love it and I can't wait toget back to trying this water panning during different times of day, with and without surfers in frame, and with different colored light. Stay tuned as I explore…

First Seascapes of the Seasons

Summer's gone and the cold weather is moving in.  But while the weather was pleasant enough to venture outside without a third coat, I made a trip through South County to shoot my first seascapes of the season.  First up was Matunuck beach on a cold and windy day.  Even though sunset was a couple hours away, the cloudy conditions reduced the sunlight enough to allow me to shoot some long exposures.  I'm still hoping for that B+W #110 though!
Then, on the way home, the sky cleared just a little bit and turned a beautiful royal blue just after sundown.  I stopped by Narragansett Beach to capture some of the wonderful lighting conditions.  With little time to set up and shoot it's not necessarily my favorite work but I'm still very glad I made the stop!
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Instas of Block

So my DSLR isn't the only camera I have on my person.  Like a lot of other people, my "phone" doubles as a pocket camera that also can make calls, and I found myself pulling it out and using the popular app Instagram to take some different shots during my recent trip to Block Island with Profundo Journeys.  Some people think the filters and effects are tacky, but sometimes it's nice to just take a shot on a whim and give it a little pop!  It's on-the-fly post-processing, and I feel that it gives me the freedom to explore my creativity and just go take some pictures.

"The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."                                                                                            –Ansel Adams
For those of you who have been following my Block Island blog posts, some of these locations may look rather familiar.  But taking away all of the camera controls and cerebral requirements often demanded by DSL…

The Last of Block Island

The last shots from Block Island and Profundo Journeys...  After our Cormorant Cove morning shoot, we had an afternoon hike through Dorry's Cove on the west side of the island.  I was trekking for almost an hour across the beach, stopping every now and again to take some high noon long exposures with that B+W #110 heavy duty neutral density filter.  The longer daytime exposures certainly amped up the color, which I actually had to reduce some once I got into Lightroom!

It was a long afternoon and I certainly broke a sweat, but we all had enough energy for a sunset shoot across the road from our Inn at the Spring House, a well known hotel on the island.  I took some shots of the surrounding area, not just the building, enjoying the B+W #110 which was allowing me to create 2 minute exposures in the dusk light, creating some very cool effects with motion blurred clouds!

There was one more morning shoot which I decide to skip and give my sore and tired body a break.  Two sunrise shoot…

Cormorant Cove

Our last morning on Block Island was spent at Cormorant Cove for a sunrise shoot where there were ample shooting opportunities for views towards and away from the rising sun.  I chose a location along a dock to capture the morning light, and setting my camera to Daylight White Balance, everything was warmed up rather nicely!  We walked the mile or so stretch of dirt road up the hill to a nearby property where one of our workshop members was friends with the property owner.  We were granted access to walk through the rolling fields and spend more time in the early sunlight.  I played around with my 50mm lens and a shallow depth of field to capture some of the wildflowers and flora.
The afternoon was spent with another hike around Dorry's Cove on the west side of the island, sunset at the Spring House across from our Inn, and a walk on the farm!  Those photos to come.