February 10, 2020
I had been eagerly awaiting this winter season. Here in New England, the winter months can be rather frigid, but for those of us who don’t mind the exhaustive work of climbing into 6 mil wetsuits or ice-cream-headache cold waters, it’s the eagerly anticipated winter months that bring the biggest swells. We had snow before the New Year and water temps quickly started approaching 40°F. But in typical fashion, as soon as the long awaited winter months arrived, I was craving a break from the cold gray in favor of a warm water reprieve.
March 26, 2019
A lot of us enjoy the warm weather, but a select few of us still enjoy (or perhaps tolerate) the cold weather. And nothing quite says winter like a fresh snowfall! On the rare occasion Rhode Island experiences more than one inch of snow while there's swell in the water, you can find a select few of dedicated riders on the shore eager to have a snow session.
March 12, 2019
Some days I just don't feel like swimming. Some days I don't feel like shooting with a 7lb telephoto setup on the beach. Those days are perfectly suited for drone shots, should the wind be accommodating enough.
I've only had a couple drone flights this winter, one during a sunny but cold morning at the beach, and a second during a slightly windier day at Point Judith lighthouse. It's always a refreshing perspective!
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February 21, 2019
If you talk to anyway wave hunting lately, most everyone is pretty annoyed with this season's swell. We usually expect big nor'easter storms to roll thru in the winter months, generating big waves and heavy offshore winds. Last season we were totally spoiled with head to overhead 6-8'+ days regularly occurring once a week. This season has been a little different, but perhaps that's a good thing to get me more accustomed to swimming in cold conditions.
February 05, 2019
I haven't been in the water for sunset in a while. But the opportunity finally presented itself a couple weeks ago. The sky was clear for once, there was a bump of swell in the water but apparently no one really deemed it worthwhile because the lineup was empty. Fellow photographer friend Gus Potter grabbed his board instead of a camera, and the two of us hopped in with only half an hour or so before sunset to catch a few with the one other soul already in the water.
It was a little windy and wonky, and certainly cold, but it was one of my favorite sessions this month. You just can't beat that dusky light!
January 29, 2019
Shorebreak is a specific phenomenon. When the change in bottom contours is so significant, and the wave action is high enough, these specific beach waves get jacked up and come crashing down right on the shoreline in a big way. There is obviously the danger -- if the swell is heavy enough -- of getting caught in the impact zone just like any another wave, and having a massive force of water come crashing down on your head. But perhaps the bigger shorebreak danger is getting sucked over the falls. These waves are characterized by breaking on the shore, which means next to no water upon impact if you get sucked up and over and the wave slams you into the beach. Now take all of that, and go swimming with a 7lb water housing.
January 22, 2019
Before the holidays truly kicked in, I took a weekend trip up to Maine to visit with some friends. But in true photographer fashion, I had to bring my cameras and find time on the drive up and back to do some photographing. It was on the drive back when the sun was out, the wind was low, and I made several stops to explore the coastline and take a drone flight.
January 15, 2019
I've been rather caught up with shooting in the water recently. Swimming can be rather addicting, but it's not the only way to photograph the ocean. For years I was forced to find multiple ways to photograph waves from land before I braved the waters with a water housing.
January 08, 2019
I started my photography by shooting film before I was a teenager. The analog process continues to this day because there's something about its execution, its developments, and its aesthetic that captures the hearts of thousands of people across the globe. My affinity for film photography remains despite my heavily digital workflow. I even keep an "emergency" film camera in my car at all times.
January 01, 2019
Happy New Year!! Last year was quite a whirlwind of new adventures, and I think it might have just been my best year yet! I can't wait to see what 2019 has in store, but first a look back at my Top 9 Instagram shots from last year.
First up is the low altitude beach Aerials that everyone seems to have enjoyed! I often will get so caught up in shooting direct overhead "birds eye view" type shots I forget there's all sorts of other compositions that aerial drone photography can offer. You all seem to have enjoyed these photos thoroughly, and they are all actually sunrise shots too!
December 27, 2018
Happy Holidays! It's the week of Christmas, and I feel like I'm still catching up from a busy season of late summer surf and fall travel. Right before I left for Ireland there were back to back swells that just seemed too perfect to pass up. It was mostly knee high or die, and I was out there swimming at golden hour with friends for two of my favorite sessions of the whole season! Plus a day of 75° and sunny in late September left us all thinking back to last year's incredible Indian Summer.