I have been struggling lately. I am com ing to terms with my home life and have starting working evenings. My old body is having trouble adjusting to this change and the rollercoaster weather pattern has not helped.
I had an idea sitting in the back of my mind to go out after work and shoot some night images. I charged up all my batteries and set out after work Friday night to Narragansett to photograph from the Town Beach. It was freezing and the wind was blowing but I still managed to get some decent images. However the tide was low and I wanted something more. I looked at my work when I returned home and knew I had to go back.
Last Friday I went to work wearing my regular shorts and long sleeve shirt, not paying any attention to the weather forecast. After finishing up I headed south to shoot Narragansett at high tide. I had completely forgotten to bring my lined jeans, but felt that I would survive. When I arrived at my destination the wind was blowing at gale force and the temperature was in the low teens. The tide was coming in and almost at full high. The wind was on-shore and lifting the spray from the waves across the seawall. Being a typical photographer I set up my equipment and begain shooting. I lasted about twenty minutes on the west side of the Towers.
I got in the Jeep and with heater blasting I headed for the Town Beach to complete my self assignment. I lasted about one-half hour on the beach before the blowing sand and spray was too much. I was very grateful that my vehicle had heated seats and steering wheel and I headed home. Here are the results of my efforts.
As you all know when I get stressed I find relief through photography. My wife lost her battle with Parkinson’s Disease on March 1. I was having trouble dealing with the loss so I traveled to Worcester, MA on Saturday night to get some night landscape images. I have always been fascinated with Union Station. It is beautiful distinctive architecture. Looking for a spot to set up from I decided to try the roof of the parking garage.
It was perfect. Although pretty cold I managed to shoot for about three hours. The front of the Station was undergoing renovation and covered in plastic over scaffolding. So those shot will have to wait, but I captured the beautiful twin spires. It was well worth the trip and helped me clear my mind.
On Thursday night after work I traveled to New Bedford Massachusetts to photography the city skyline. It was very cold and not too windy. I located a parking garage and drove up to the roof level. The top level was still covered in frozen slush from the storm earlier in the week. It was like driving on RR tracks, but the Jeep handled it well. I shot for a couple of hours until I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes and then left. I also discovered that when you shoot after midnight the camera automatically changes the date on the files. Hopefully you will enjoy my efforts and I will continue to travel to different areas to continue my project.
I currently have two images on exhibit in the Newport Public Library which were taken during our summer photo walks. The photo of the MGTD was taken near the Jane Picken’s Theater in Newport and the Wickford Harbor shot was taken in Wickford.
Additionally I have two works in the Newport Art Museum Photo Guild Exhibit at the Museum starting September 29. The image of the Nauset Light in Fog and the Misty Fjords taken in Ketchikan Alaska. I hope you can view these works in person.
On our second day in Anchorage my granddaughter Livvie wanted to go horseback riding. I had never been on a horse in my sixty plus years and my wife had not been riding in years. I probably caused this request when I talked about my trip to Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park and seeing the horses trail riding. Denise went on line and contacted Megan Scott at Painted Mustangs. Megan agreed to take us out in the Park the next afternoon . We arrived at the Park and were greeted by Megan and her sister leading our mounts. I was assigned to K and Megan was very patient as was K as I attempted to mount the horse. After a few attempts I managed to get into the saddle. Denise and Livvie got mounted and off we went onto the trails of Chugach. The views were spectacular and after a short period of instruction I became very comfortable with my horse. We had a great two and half hour trail ride up the mountain and then back down. It was a great experience and all of us agreed that it was one of the highlights of our trip. I can hardly wait to try riding again. Here are some of the images I captured and one that Megan took of our group. Megan can be contacted at Painted Mustangs.com.