Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Got a Shot up on

YEAAAH! This may not seem like a big deal to some, but I was checking my email this morning, and noticed that the photo of the day at was from ME!!! This is one of the largest shot of the day sites on the web, so it is some great exposure for me and my work. Some of the work that gets displayed there is from world famous photographers, like Marc Adamus, Will Burrard-Lucas, Ian Plant, Brett Cohen, and Stephen Oachs. The shot can be found here: - March 17th, 2010

If you have never been to Earthshots, check the place out and look at some of the work that has been posted there over the years. Some of the stuff there is from photographers linked off my blog, or my website. Enjoy.


Friday, March 12, 2010

What I've Been Up to the Last Six Months - Part 2

Hello again...I just wanted to finish part 2 of what I have been up to the last 6 months. Well on the last post, I left off heading into the Winter of 2009/10. It was kind of an odd winter here. We got missed on most of the snow storms that usually clobber New England. I snowed really bad only once this winter, and the rest of the snowfall was pretty benign. So in that time, I got a few things.

First we'll start at Stepstone Falls in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. You'll remember this falls from my last post, where I shot it in the fall. Well this time I was trying for something a little more intimate. So I framed these using a longer focal length to isolate the patterns in the ice near some of the cascades.

We'll move on to one of the weekend sunrise sessions that Ben Jacobsen and I went out on, to Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, Rhode Island. It seems like everytime we go here the sky either is clear, or all overcast. This morning looked like it had a lot of potential when we were setting up, but then the sky just lit up for a minute, then kind of flopped. So it was another strikeout at Sakonnet. Here are a couple from that morning. I did B&W on a lot of stuff here to salvage something from that morning. The thing about this place is it is the furthest away place you can drive to in Rhode Island. You actually have to go through Massachusetts to get to it in a reasonable amount of time in the morning.

By far the best sky I had all winter, and probably all year was this set from Beavertail State Park, in Jamestown, Rhode Island. It was a mostly cloudy afternoon, and I kept looking at the sky, and thinking, this is either going to be a flop, or an amazing sunset. So I told Katie I was going to go shoot, and went out. Glad I did. This will probably go down as one of the Top 5 sunsets of my life. Many people probably don't sit around counting sunsets or sunrises, but if you shoot them all the time, the good one's stick in your mind, and then you have the photographs as memories. So as the sun started to move towards the horizon, I started to think it was going to be a flop, then the sky just lit up, and it lasted for what seemed like forever. I took a lot of shots, and the great thing was I didn't have to do a lot post processing on these. The waves were up also which made for a good foreground.

The rest from this set can be found here:
Beavertail Lighthouse Set

One more morning session with the guys. We do this almost every weekend. You see the pattern yet?? Again we went to Beavertail State Park. I find myself shooting here a lot lately. The rock formations are really cool, and when the waves are up, it renders some really great seascapes, with a lot of interest.

More from this day can be found here:
Recent Work Page 4

And finally one more set from Watch Hill, Rhode Island. One of my favorite spots, especially for sunset, as East Beach faces Watch Hill, Lighthouse to the west, and is one of the few west facing spots in Rhode Island with a strong foreground and scene. Many time there are too many houses or stuff that ruins the scene. This was one of those nights when it all works out. Every shot had a histogram right in the center, the light was wonderful, the clouds were perfect, and the seas cooperated.

And the rest from this set can be found in here:

And in closing, I will be entering a Open Juried exhibition at the South County Art Association Gallery this weekend. It is for their annual Photography show. I am entering one of my favorite shots. Why is a favorite you may ask? I haven't been able to duplicate it, in all the times I have been there. I can never get the wave action the same, a comparable sky, or comparable light. So I guess it is a special and unique shot. Also I and the Naval Submarine School First Class Petty Officer Association are donating a print of this shot at a benefit dinner for Bryce Tarter. He is the son of my Division Officer. Bryce went missing after a party near Armstrong Atlantic University in Georgia on the 31st of January. The dinner is on the 20th of March at Subvets in Groton, CT. So if you are close, feel free to drop in, pay 8 dollars, eat some ziti, and buy tickets to some great things being raffled off, with the proceeds going to the Tarter Family in their search for Bryce.

The photo the FCPOA and I are donating, entitled Coming Storm. Printed at 16X24, on a "Float on Metal" mounting.

Also, you can find out more information about the search for Bryce Tarter here:
Bring Bryce Home
And they have a facebook page here:
Bring Bryce Home at Facebook

Thanks for reading, and keep checking back for new updates.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

What I've Been Up to for the Last Six Months - Part 1

Wow, been a busy 1, 2, 3... Whoops, six months since I posted. I guess I fell into the thing where someone starts a blog, posts once or twice, then forgets about it. So I will try to keep up on this now. Work, not the photographic kind either has been taking up a lot of time lately, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Well in that time I have had a few good chances to get out and shoot. Most of these have been sunrises, out with some of the photographers that are members over at New School Of Photography Forums
So what you see in this post will be a smattering of my work from the last 6 months. Some from all over New England.

My Mother-in-Law came out in late September, and along with her helping to paint Katie's and my bedroom, we took her up to Acadia National Park. Some of these shots are from the sunrise from the last morning up there, when I took Elaine, my Mother-in-Law up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, to watch sunrise from the first place in the United States to see sunrise everyday. Initially I wasn't too thrilled with that sunrise, as it was really foggy that morning, and obscured much of the view to the east.

I got a few other cool shots from that weekend. It was a mostly "meh" weekend as far as the weather goes, as it rained just about everyday, but we got to spend some time together, and Elaine, Katie, and Kaylin got to see one of America's National Parks. I had been there for the first time this last summer, and had maginally better weather. Maybe next year will be better for weather up there.

Along with a colorful fall in Acadia, I was able to get out with the creator of, and shoot in Arcadia State Park in Rhode Island, at a place called Stepstone Falls. The great things about Stepstone, is it is the only natural waterfall in Rhode Island, and it is only about 10 minutes from my house, so easy to get too, and there are a ton of good compositions there. Below is one. I used a longer shutter time here to get the streaks of the water through the shot. There are also a few other shots below it from other times I got there during Fall of 2009.

Stepstone Falls - Autumn 2009

Stepstone Falls - Autumn 2009

Ben, Eric (from NSOP) and I also got over to Ayers Gap in North Franklin, CT. Ayers is a small tract of land, owned by the Nature Conservancy. Basically about a mile long ravine, holding some of the best small waterfalls in the State of Connecticut.

I used an 8 second shutter time here to get the spin in the floating leaves. Really cool effect. The problem with it is using shutter speeds that long, can blow the highlights out in the waterfall itself, so you basically need to under-expose by about a 1/3 to a half a stop.

One more from Ayers - Autumn 2009

And one more great place this fall for me was Enders Falls, in East Granby, CT. I had been there before, and I got some of my best images from there, and it didn't dissapoint this time either.

Enders Falls - Autumn 2009

Enders Falls - Autumn 2009

Well at this point we moved into Winter, and I took a trip up to New Hampshire one late night to get a shot of Mt. Washington at sunrise. Well that plan didn't pan out, so I took that chance to shoot some waterfalls I had been meaning to get photos of. Sabbaday Falls was the first one. Conveniently right of the Kancamagus Highway, it is a hundred yard walk from the lot. Great waterfall, and you can get eye level with it due to the way it comes into the ravine it has cut out, and the "landings" the Park Service has setup for people to view it. You are literally 10-15 feet across from it where I took these:

Along with Sabbaday, I got up to Screw Auger Fall up in Grafton Notch, Maine. Very photogenic falls, and I was glad I got to shoot it.

In the interest of keeping you guys coming back, I will get part two of this post up at sometime this week. So stay tuned, I am going to start working this blog more. And I hope you enjoy what you see. The photos from this post can be found here:

Fall Color

Recent Work