April 04, 2018
When everyone heard there was another nor'easter on the way, only a couple weeks after Winter Storm Riley which delivered both damaging winds and amazing surf, there was a rush to buy bread and milk and prepare for the worst. To say Toby underdelivered here in Rhode Island would be an understatement. We got light rains, some decent winds, but not the forecasted 12–18 inches of snow or double overhead surf.
I had taken the short drive over the bridge to watch the weather roll in at Beavertail. I affixed my Lensbaby Spark
to my Nikon D750
to play with spot focus shooting for something a little bit different, but the waves were nowhere to be found really.
The following day, the weather had mostly cleared, and I ventured to the beaches in search of surf. I swapped out my Lensbaby Spark for my go-to surf kit including the 70–200mm VRII
with a 2x teleconverter
at the ready. We found some waves... sort of... but I played with photographing the water instead of the surfing most of the day. The glassy little waves, rolling up the beach at only 12" tall, were other-worldly, or perhaps made of glass. As the light faded and the dusky blues rolled in, I found them absolutely captivating.
Then for a third day, I ventured up to Massachusetts in search of whatever true waves might be lingering after Toby. The swell was sloppy and disorganized, but yet again as the dusky blues rolled in I was just captivated by the water. I was nestled into the side of a dune, so setting up a tripod was out of the question. But with a few well timed burst shots while holding my breath, I managed to capture a few abstracts. Handheld abstracts are certainly not advised since getting that horizon line just right can be a pain, but I made it work.
Prints available. See more under Recent Work
Leave a comment
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Also in Photography Journal
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.
April 30, 2019
I've been wanting to shoot more portraits lately, but in combination with the surf community that I've been so involved with the past year. My good friend, Kevin Tanner, behind Soudnings Surf Co creates some gorgeous handcrafted boards. He does all his own shaping, resin work, and glassing, and I wanted to photograph some beautiful boards to highlight his craftsmanship as well as portraits of my friends who ride them. I decided to do board portraits.
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.