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Just one great event after another this summer! The America's Cup in town, and now the Tall Ships just after the Fourth of July. That's right, the Tall Ships Festival was in Newport this past weekend, and certainly made it difficult to get to downtown Newport within a reasonable time frame. The streets were packed with families, visitors and even locals checking out the festivities and old ships from an era of sailing that is long past. These beautiful vessels are always gorgeous to look at. Little kids are yelling in excitement about pirates, salty sailors are checking out the square rigs... they never cease to interest or amaze a crowd. And especially since this festival doesn't happen every year, there is always a swarm of interested people eager to see them or get aboard for a day sail while they're in port. All of this aged Tall Ships has their own interesting history, and probably one of the most well known is the HMS Bounty which played a leading role in the Russel Crow movie "Master and Commander". While I didn't get to check out the whole festival or cool dockside events, I did make it out on the water on Monday to see the Parade of Sail, as all the ships lined up and sailed throughout Newport Harbor before heading back out to sea.
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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.
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