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. 

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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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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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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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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Pictures That Pop

When I release the shutter on my camera, I have a very specific vision of the image I'm trying to create. And when I capture an image I'm proud of, the next step is bringing it to life through various printing and mounting processes so the image hanging on the wall matches the vision I had when I captured it. 

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Foul Weather Photography Fun

Photographers are accustomed to aiming for the sweet spot of the "Golden Hour" - the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset - to make their best photos. The light is gorgeous and makes your subjects pop. 

And while shooting under ideal conditions can often lead to the best photographs, it's important to remember never to pass up an opportunity, even if the conditions aren't exactly favorable.

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Action on the water

The surf was up this weekend in Narragansett, R.I., and I knew there would be a good opportunity to get some action shots of the local wave riders. I headed out to an easily accessible surf spot with one of the better breaks in the area hoping to get some nice shots in the Golden Hour. 

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Under the Sparkling Sky

Summer time in New England can't be beat when it comes to the weather, and there are countless opportunities to create amazing photographs. But as the summer gives way to fall and the humidity gives way to crisp air, new opportunities arise on land, sea and sky. 

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