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Second Beach Abstracts

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I started playing around with "water panning" last year, a technique which involves a semi-slow shutter speed and camera movement following moving water.  While this kind of creative exploration was put on the back burner during the sailing season, I had to opportunity to try it once again this month!  
It was one of the very comfortable and sunny autumn days early this October, and I found myself at Second Beach in Newport, RI.  I used my super dark B+W #110 filter to capture the movement while the sun was still up, and I was very happy with the results!  The other panning abstracts I had tried involved more of a pastel dusk or pink cloud type of color palette, but this time I was able to capture more deep yellows and golds with the sunlight.
I will be printing some of my abstracts for the upcoming Wandering Shores Exhibition at Bill Krul Gallery this November.  Hope to see you there for the opening reception, Saturday, Nov 1st, 5-8pm!



Surface Experiment #2

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I have been wanting to get more shots from in the water for some time.  I quickly resold my "waterproof" Nikon 1 AW1 after serious build quality grievances (a discussion for another day) and had to reevaluate my affordable options for in-water-photography.  
I had a Lifeproof case for my iPhone 4, but after the daily wear and tear it quickly wore down and didn't seem safe to take in the water after 10 months of use.  With waterproof housings for my DSLRs still outside of my budget, I recently saw images from a local photographer who uses a Watershot Housing for his iPhone (along with a nice DSLR water housing).  I priced it out and it seemed the most affordable and durable option, especially considering my upgrade to an iPhone 5s with much better image quality compared to my older iPhone 4.
I sprung for the Watershot Pro with two lenses and jumped in the water within a week!  I loved every second of it!  And while I was a little clumsy getting used to the housing and th…

Wandering Shores Gallery Exhibition

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My first group workshop was hosted this past September in conjunction with the Wickford Art Association.  With a small group of eager students, we focused on seascape photography and long exposure techniques.  The workshop brought these new skills into the field with a group photowalk at Black Point in Scarborough for a beautiful late September dusk.  
The workshop will be exhibiting their work in a group photography exhibition at Bill Krul Gallery in Narragansett for the month of November.  We invite you all to join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, November 1st at 5-8pm!  Hope to see you there! 
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J24 Worlds 2014

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My last event for the summer sailing season was J24 Worlds hosted by Sail Newport, with the racing area 5 miles offshore of Brenton Point.  There were over 70 boats competing from all over the world in 5 days of racing.  I was on the water for Day One and it was quite the new experience.  With a strong 15 knot northwesterly breeze all day and huge 6-10 foot seas from the south, there was no refuge from the chop and swell.

The class requested a W5 course, which meant two and a half times around the race course with a finish at the top of the course, as opposed to the usual finishing where you started.  Two races were completed at about 80 minutes each, and for those of us at the bottom of the race course catching the action at the start and gate roundings, there was also a lot of waiting around and nothing to take your mind off the huge ocean swell rolling the boat underneath you.  Just about all of the Race Committee felt seasick, with several of us succumbing to the incessant offsh…

2015 Calendar Available for Pre-Order!

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2015 Calendar in the making!
This year I've gotten organized in time to put together a calendar featuring my photography.  All the images are scenic shots from southern Rhode Island, including the image below from beloved Wickford Village in summer.  
It will be a 8.5x11" Wire O-Ring Binding 12 Month calendar priced at $16.99 , terrific for the home, office or as a gift!
The calendars are currently in production and available for pre-order.  
To reserve your copy today email cate@catebrownphoto.com