Sunday, September 20, 2009

2009 Chief's Pinning Ceremony

Last Wednesday I photographed the 2009 NAVSUBSCOL Chief Petty Officer's Pinning Ceremony. This is the annual transition where selected First Class Petty Officers are made Navy Chief's. This is arguably the biggest rank transition in the US Military. There is a lot of tradition behind it all, part of it I don't know anything about as I am still a First Class, but hoping to change that some year in the near future, and go through the transition to Chief myself. So enjoy these photos of one of the most important transitions in the US Military.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ugh, I hope the highlights don't look as bad on the three shots from my last post as they do on my monitor here. I know they weren't blown on my processing monitor. I think it is compression from Smugmug. It does funny stuff sometimes.

Well, here is my newest work. Only one shot process three different ways. It was a really "blue" morning when I took this last week, and I had trouble telling what was the "correct" tempature for this shot. Anyway it was taken with the K7 at Newton Rocks, in Narragansett (Surprise, Surprise). My personal preference is the last one, and the Black and White. Enjoy.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

27th Annual Lime Rock Antique Weekend

I had to work again on Saturday, Sept. 5th. Work involved going up to Lime Rock Park, as a chaperone for the US Naval Submarine School Silver Dolphins Honor Guard, so they could present the national colors for the Pre Race National Anthem. I am the Public Affairs Officer for them now, so if there are any events during my duty week, outside 50 miles from base, we have to go with them. What they do takes about a half hour all told, so the rest of the day was spent looking at vintage race cars, and getting rides in a few after the racing was over.This was the showcase car for the day. Mercedes Benz W154 Silver Arrow. The car is virtually priceless. I'll let you guys read about it. Anyway it is about the loudest car I have ever heard. Pic's 1-10 are of it. Yeah I shot a lot of shots of it, but wouldn't you?, here is video of the thing. When they first start it, I get all weak in the knees.
The pics above are the preview. The rest can be found here:

While everyone is waiting for some new stuff from me, here is some stuff from the aftermath of Hurricane Bill passing by New England. The waves that day were the biggest I have seen in 13 years of living in New England. It made for some very dramatic scenes, and some very wet legs. By the end of the morning of shooting, I was wet up to my knees from the numerous waves that had broke where it is normally dry. My friend Ben decided to take a chance by going up on the big rock outcropping to the right in most of these shots. Most of the time it is safe up there. Well after a few minutes of shooting up there, a huge wave broke and basically soaked Ben, and his Canon 5D MkII. Luckily he had just insured his entire photo kit a few months back, and it paid for itself that day. I have also had insurance for a few months now, and after seeing that, I intend to keep it. Here is some advice to any budding photographers out there, no matter what the genre of photography. Get insurance for your kit. The whole thing. Not just homeowners or renters insurance. That will only cover your kit against fire and theft. Valuble Property insurance is what my insurance is called. It covers against stupidity, which 9 times out of 10 is how stuff gets damaged. So onto the photos:

Some of these were taken on Saturday, and some on Sunday. The Saturday ones are really dreary, as it was foggy, but it put the focus on the waves breaking on the rock out in the middle. The Sunday ones we had a way better sky, as the Hurricane was breaking up and heading northeast. I got home and found out a kid had been swept into the sea up in Acadia National Park. Without even hearing the story, I knew right where she had gone in (near Thunder Hole). I had been there about 2 months ago, and when the surf is up, it can get pretty treacherous, and too many people don't take heed of how powerful the waves can be. Well enjoy these, and this is just he beginning of what I have to offer.

Hello and Welcome to the Northeast Light Photography blog. Here I will blog what I shoot. Usually I am out on some Rhode Island or Connecticut shoreline photographing, and I will post the week's results here. So stay tuned, and while you are waiting, you can check out my work at, or at my photoshelter site,

So sit back, relax, and enjoy what I am going to show you!

-Andrew Stockwell