How I got these shots: Nikon D80, Nikkor 16-35mm lens.
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I work in Newport on weekends, something else for me to do and keep my own photography going! And after work one day, I decided not to jump back on the bridge and head over to the mainland, but to hang around Newport for a change and watch the sun set. So I took the scenic route along Ocean Drive and went to Castle Hill Light. I was lucky it wasn't the warmest of days and there weren't any major sailing events going on so no spectators hanging around the rocks. I had it all to myself. I camped out and took some shots as the sun started to set, lending me it's soft golden light. There was no spectacularly vibrant or neon pink sunset that day, as there often will be in the summer. The clouds were sparse and the water was calm. Sunset was a drama-free event and twilight was quiet with colors of baby blue and soft pink. As the sun fell lower and lower behind the horizon and out of sight, the temperature quickly began to drop. I finished up my last shots, took a deep breath of that salty and crisp ocean breeze, and finally made my way over the bridge back to the mainland.
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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.
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!
Prints available in the Aerial Collection