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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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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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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Technology and Technique

I'm a gadget guy, always have been. I love the latest and greatest tech with all the bells and whistles, even if I end up never using half of them. So it's easy sometimes to look at all the amazing photography gear available and think, "Wow, I could make such a better photograph if I had just had Lens X or Lighting Y."

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by Brian Pernicone