Pern's Ponderings

Check here periodically for my musings on photography. In this space, we'll explore how I achieved particular photographs, tips and tricks to get the most out of your camera or even just my thoughts on the world at large. 

Matt Iannucci

Matt is a local surfer who ripped up choice waves in Narragansett recently.

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Juan Heredia

Juan Heredia made the hike north from New York to hit one of Rhode Island’s best surf spots for the remnants left by Hurricane Michael.

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Dion Mattison

The leftovers of Hurricane Michael made for an epic day of surfing. Dion Mattison was stoked to get out on his six channel single fin shaped by Andrew Fisher.

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Ryan Campbell

The leftovers of Hurricane Michael pushed a nice swell up the East Coast to Rhode Island’s south shore on Oct. 12, and Ryan Campbell was among the many beneficiaries.

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Barrels at Dusk

There were so many days full of killer waves during September's storm season off Rhode Island's south coast, but this particular day was my favorite. While there may have been bigger swells on other days, none compared to the clean waves and gorgeous golden hour light of Sept. 13, 2017. 

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When September Ends Pt. 2

We're now more than a week into the month of October and I can't tell you how many people are still asking me about September's incredible surf conditions.

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By Popular Demand - Chris Maletta

I've never done this before, but because of the number of people who have contacted me about a shot from a previous blog, I'm devoting this gallery entirely to one surfer - Chris Maletta.

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When September Ends

There's no doubt this was a September to remember. New England was spared the worst as several storms stayed out to sea, but those storms sent massive swells to the southern Rhode Island coast. 

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Swell People

Tourists flock to Southern Rhode Island every summer to enjoy the weather, the quality restaurants, the local retail shops and, of course, the beautiful beaches. It is not, however, a typical location for flocks of wave chasers, surfers constantly chasing the next swell. 

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Crowd Control

Decent swells, great weather and a calamari festival brought out big crowds to Narragansett Pier on Saturday, including dozens of surfers at the Town Beach.

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Summer Surge

A strong summer swell kicked up some decent surf Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Narragansett, R.I., so grabbed my gear and headed to one of the local surf spots to capture the action.

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Storm Surge

  A surfer rips up the face of a double-overhead wave a day after Winter Storm Stella passed the Rhode Island shore. 

A surfer rips up the face of a double-overhead wave a day after Winter Storm Stella passed the Rhode Island shore. 

Winter Storm Stella was a dud from a snow perspective, but she brought with her a massive surge of double-overhead waves that sent barrel after barrel breaking off Monahan's Dock in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. At least two dozen surfers were in the water at any given time despite frigid temperatures that struggled to reach 20 degrees. One surfer left the water with ice covering his beard, but that didn't stop him from catching a few sweet rides. 

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Winter Swell

A half-dozen local surfers took advantage of some unseasonably warm temperatures and overhead winter swells last week, catching barrels off Monahan's Dock in the Narragansett Pier, R.I.

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Lesson Learned

When I first heard news about last year's Supermoon, I knew immediately the shot I wanted to make of it. I hoped to capture the massive moon rising behind Point Judith Light in Narragansett, Rhode Island. 

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Surf's up

With Tropical Storm Hermine sending a swell to the Rhode Island coast, I got out this morning and hit up some surf spots to shoot the locals while the were shooting the curl.

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Getting High

Mind-altering drugs have inspired many artists and visionaries - from H.R. Giger to Steve Jobs. For these creative talents, getting high was all about altering one's perspective to open his or her mind. For me, getting high has nothing at all to do with drugs (I've never done them), but rather my new addiction to drone photography. 

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Getting the Shot (Or Not)

The coyote crouches, tensing, waiting. Its fur ripples as the sinewy muscles prepare to fire, launching the canine 15 feet across the small creek. I square up the coyote in my viewfinder, my own muscles also tensed, ready to fire the shutter and capture the moment the coyote leaps across the abyss (OK, it was more of a small dropoff). 

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Wedding Day

Working primarily as a landscape and nature photographer, I am often able to singularly focus on capturing whatever it is I have set out to photograph. Whether it's creating a unique image of a well-known landmark or capturing the critical moment as an osprey swoops toward its prey, there is very little pressure to create any one particular image. If I miss an opportunity, I'm usually the only one who will know that I missed it. 

Wedding photography, as you can imagine, is an entirely different animal, and with it comes an entire set of challenges and pressures unique to the industry. I had the great fortune of experiencing these challenges earlier this month while shooting Bria and Bill's wedding.

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Post-Baby Blog Post

When I meet someone new, they often ask, "So what do you do?" And more often than not, my response is not "I am a photographer," but rather, "I am a dad." Of course, being a dad and photographer means there's some pressure to take great family photos, but it's the kind of stress I wouldn't trade for the world. 

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3 Minutes to Better Photos

There are a lot of things to think about when you put your eye to the viewfinder of you camera - Shutter speed, ISO, aperture, autofocus or manual focus, single shot or burst mode, etc., etc. 

But for all the settings a photographer must get correct to create a striking image, none of them matter without the proper foundations of composition. A properly exposed but poorly composed photograph is still a poor photograph. 

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by Brian Pernicone