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Aerials in Newport Harbor

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Some days you don't have a plan.  Some days you just want to go for a shoot!  Last week that's exactly what happened when Steve Cloutier (@BlockIslandSteve) called me up and asked if I wanted to tag along for some droning in Newport Harbor.  Who was I to say no!  A quick hour charge for the batteries and we were on our way.
Logistics can be one of the hardest things about photographing sailing.  You usually need to find a boat and boat driver in order to get on the water and close to the action.  But in Newport, a lot of the smaller fleets will have their starting line just between Goat and Rose Island, making it easy to just photograph from land nearby.  Steve and I were out on a Tuesday evening, and arrived just as a group of Ensigns started their sail upwind toward Clingstone.  While they sailed south in a beautiful 7+ knots, we played around in the middle of the harbor. Apparently from where we were standing, Rose Island light is about 1 km away, and at the very end of my…

SUP Adventures

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It's summer!  The season is halfway over, and when I'm not out on the water photographing sailing, I've been taking time to get on the water for some paddle boarding.  I've had some adventures with friends, some paddles and yoga by myself, and all the while playing with various cameras.

My GoPro has been a handy little companion for quickly attaching to the board and hitting the water, but I've also recently acquired my new Liquid Eye Water Housing for my DSLR!  While I'm still getting used to the ergonomics of this big housing, I have plans to take it in the water for some sailing photos, surf, and of course some in-water abstracts.  I could also use my old school Nikonos waterproof film camera, or the Watershot for my iPhone.  But of course my DSLR will always get the best image quality out of the whole bunch!

More water photography to come while the water is so nice and warm :)

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NBYA Junior Race Week 2017

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Last week was the Narragansett Bay Yacht Association's Junior Race Week, an annual regatta hosted for all the junior sailors on Narragansett Bay. This year, hosted by Sail Newport, was also the area qualifier for the single and double handed championships, so the event drew even more boats compared to previous years.

I was on the water for race days 1 and 2, with fair weather and strong currents as junior sailors competed in 420s, Lasers, Open Bic, and Optimists. First day had lighter breezes, hot muggy weather, and a brief morning postponement before racing was underway. I tagged along on the 420 circle to photograph the action. Day 2 was windier, with gusts around 15 knots. I hung out with the Opti circles for the second day of racing, and watched as sailors age 8-13 battled winds and chop!

See the results at http://nbya.org/juniors/racewe...

Full Photo Gallery at http://catebrownphoto.photoshe...

Lighthouses of RI // Lessons in Composition

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I recently had the privilege of hosting my first photography tour through Local Captures, a platform built on connecting photographers and photography enthusiasts for tours and workshops throughout New England.  Local Captures focuses on utilizing tour guides with local knowledge to help travelers (and locals) make the most of new locations, while gaining confidence and technique for their photography.

My tour covers the Lighthouses of Southern Rhode Island, with the option for tackling 4 locations in an afternoon, or a more technical workshop of just 2 locations with advanced discussions on technique and composition.  Jim Schubert was my first student, and he opted for the more advanced tour so we tackled Beavertail and Castle Hill in a 4 hour workshop.  Read more about Jim's experience through his Local Captures testimonial.

It was mid-afternoon when we got underway at Beavertail Lighthouse.  The sun was out, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the temperature was just rig…

Partner Yoga // Jessie & Erica

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They say we are more likely to reach our fitness goals when we bring along a friend.  I know personally I'm much more likely to be active when I have someone to join me.  And while yoga is about spirit as much as it is about a healthy active lifestyle, having a friend can help bring your practice to a new level!
While I've been exploring yoga photography, I had the concept of partner yoga.  Not necessarily acroyoga with elevated acrobatic poses of superior strength and balance, but just the concept of yoga with a friend through a combination of assisted and mirrored poses.
Jessie has been my yogi model for several photoshoots now, and she suggested bringing her friend Erica along for this shoot.  We met up at Third Beach in Newport for a sunset session edging towards dusk, and just started to play in the sand!
While we started with a slow warm up and vinyasa, we moved through basic seated poses and bends to create beautiful shapes and space, while attempting some advanced ass…

Wickford Regatta 2017

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​The Wickford Regatta has been hosted annually by Wickford Yacht Club in the spirit of early-season one-design fun!  This year's classes included Lasers, Club 420, International 420, F18 catamarans, 505s, J/22s, and new this year were 29ers.  Both days were well into the 80s and low 90s, but we were blessed with beautiful breeze all weekend.  Racing kicked off on Day 1 around noon, with Alpha Circle running trapezoid courses for the Lasers and 420s.  Bravo Circle was built for the bigger and faster boats, running Windward-Leeward races of various lengths to compensate for the size and speed differences ranging from the 29ers to the F18s.  Earlier on in the day the wind was at a steady 15 knots with gusts near 20 knots until it tapered off ever so slightly later in the day. The second day of racing was forecasted to be even hotter, with a small craft advisory expected around 2pm, but I think the meteorologists had it backwards.  It was still sunny, hot, and windy, but not quite as…