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. 

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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So long 2014

As the sun sets on 2014, it's been fun going through my archives and thinking about all that has happened during past year. This year has been an exciting time for Pernicone Photography, both personally and professionally.

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by Brian Pernicone

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

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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Serenity

Serenity. Silence. Peace. Isolation. Any or all of these words could describe this image of a steel canoe as it sits apparently motionless on the glassy waters of a salt pond. The word one chooses depends, of course, upon the viewer's perspective.

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Ship to Scrapyard

The U.S.S. Saratoga is towed out of Narragansett Bay past the Point Judith Lighthouse as it begins its journey toward Texas, where it will be scrapped.

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Personality of Place

The wide eyes of a toddler or the cracked, craggy skin of an old fisherman can both tell a story about the person being captured in a portrait. Letting the subject's personality emerge through the image is essential to portrait photography, but it also applies to other disciplines of photography, such as nature, landscape and street photography.

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Ah, the glamour

Evidence that the life of a photographer is not all glamour and fashion models. Sometimes it's dumpsters and garbage trucks.

At least the photo I captured here didn't capture the stink, too!

by Brian Pernicone

Active Anticipation

"Write what you know" is a well-known maxim encouraging authors to draw upon their experience to infuse their writing with authenticity. "Shoot what you know" could be considered an equally important bit of advice for photographers. 

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Winging it

We've all done it. We've all bought a fancy new electronic device and then tossed the instruction manual aside to start playing with it. Inevitably, we get comfortable using the most common features and end up forgetting about the rest. 

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by Brian Pernicone

Out of Darkness

Light and dark, highlight and shadow. They're the building blocks of any great image, and they also present some of the greatest challenges to a photographer when they stand in stark contrast to each other. 

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by Brian Pernicone

Riding High Among the Waves

I like to keep my camera with me as often as possible, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of daily life make it easy to leave your gear behind as you walk out the door.

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by Brian Pernicone

Playing With Light

When I go out shooting photographs, I try to have a shot in mind that I want to create before I leave the house. It helps give me focus and make the most efficient use of my time. That said, one of the first lessons I learned about photography way back in the 6th grade was to keep your eyes open and "work the scene."

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Happy birthday, America!

My favorite guy having fun in the yard on my favorite holiday (2013). Life doesn't get much better than this. 

Happy Independence Day, everyone! 

by Brian Pernicone

Blown away (nearly)

Poor weather can make it difficult to capture an image, but it can also create just the right conditions to get a great shot. 

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Honeymoon

For a photographer, vacations are more than a chance to relax. They often take us to places we might not ordinarily be able to photograph.

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by Brian Pernicone