Easy Sundays, temps warming up, logging waves. Some black and white images from Higgins Beach this morning. Shooting with Canon glass on a Sony mirrorless body. Love the compactness of these mirrorless bodies. And the options to use different glass with adapters keeps it fun.
Winter is starting to wind down in the Northeast. We've had a few good storms come through New England this winter, lending itself to some good surf in the cold North Atlantic ocean.
Spent a morning with Tyler from Fluid Farms at their greenhouse in Dresden this summer. He walked me through their process of using aquaponics to grow their organic produce. They're raising tilapia and bass to grow organic lettuces and herbs. Beneficial insects battling the aphids, fish growing produce, all make up the healthy eco-system in their green house. See more of their local aquaponic operation at fluid farms.com
Winter goes on forever in Maine. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. Depends who you ask. For us, every season around here has it's pluses. These images are just a small sampling of what there is to love about winter in Maine.
Over the summer, local shaper, Josh Moody invited me up to check out his new work shop in Northport. Spent the day in the shop while Josh shaped a new board. Check his Facebook page to get in touch with him for your next board.
Old Orchard Beach considered "Maine's Premier Family Beach Destination." Tourists have been attracted to this seven mile piece of shore since 1631. Here we are, 2016, lively as ever. Bring back the Krazy Clam.
Spent a couple nights at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge earlier this Fall. The hotel is conveniently located with the T station a short walk away, making it really easy to get into downtown. The Charles River is right across the street from the hotel giving access to Boston skyline views. I packed up a canon dslr and also brought the Fuji X70 along. Still impressed with this camera, I ended shooting with the Fuji most of the time, it's such a small camera, making it packable, so you pretty much always have it on you.
BU Bridge from a recent trip to Cambridge and Boston. 3 shots from the spot. Stayed at the Kimpton Marlowe for two nights. Grabbed one of their complimentary bikes on the last morning and biked over to the bridge to grab a few shots.
Hermine blessed the coast with some swell for Labor Day weekend. Meet up with the Strong brothers for breakfast.
We recently added a drone to our kit. It opens up some great opportunities to grab some different angles of Maine and New England places that weren't always easily accessible without a drone. Before making the drone purchase, we spent some time doing some research about any rules and regulations regarding flying drones in Maine. Also researched what was needed in order to fly the drone for commercial purposes. Here's a quick guide to help you if you're interested in flying a drone in Maine. I ended up getting a DJI Phantom 3 4k for $599. I figured it had what I needed to get started with flying, and would be a good starting point for my first drone. So far I'm really enjoying the purchase, It shoots 12mp photos and can shoot video up to 4k. Here's a link to the DJI store to check out their line up of drones and accessories. If you're Unmanned Aircraft weighs between .55 and 55 lbs. then you need to register it. You can register online at registermyuas.faa.gov It was only $5 when I registered my drone, and it's good for 3 years. And it was a quick and easy process. Make sure you label you're drone with you're registration number once you register. If you're looking to fly you're drone for business then you should start at the Federal Aviation Administration website to see what's needed. The new Small UAS Rule (part 107) goes into effect Aug. 29th 2016. The B4UFLY app from the faa is a good resource to let you know on any flight restrictions or requirements in the area you intend to fly.
It’s summer, it’s hot, and you need something refreshing. With some local juice and smoothie spots popping up around Portland, you’ll be easily covered when it comes time refresh and nourish yourself with some healthy beverages. Here’s a short list of a few juice and smoothie bars around the Portland area:
Maine Squeeze Smoothie & Juice Cafe located at 5 1/2 Moulton St., & 28 Monument Sq. Portland, Maine.
Blake Orchard Juicery located at 19 Exchange St. Portland, Maine.
Farm Truck Juice located at 189 Brackett St. Portland, Maine.
Flying Fox Juice Bar located at 98 Washington Ave. Portland, Maine
We recently took a quick getaway to Atlanta for a weekend. We spent most of the first day at the Georgia Aquarium. Then spent the next day exploring around Ponce City Market. It is amazing to see the creative revitalization of the former Sears Roebuck building into such a great mixed use facility. Everything from the food, to the shops, was well thought out. We can't wait to go back. The only cameras I took on this trip were a Fuji X70 and my iPhone 6s. It was nice not having to carry around a camera bag with gear. The Fuji X70 was the perfect travel camera, I never once felt the need for anything else to shoot with during the trip.
Been some good days this Spring in Maine. Winter seemed short, then seemed to try and sneak back during the Spring. Here's a few shots of surf and waves from a couple days this Spring.
Some welcome swell crept through in December delivering some surf for the Maine coast.
Had the pleasure of observing the UNPACK installation from Andy Rosen this Fall on the waterfront in Portland."An exploration into the undoing of nature and its organic communities by humanity’s odd modern relationship with the built environment."
Fall sunsets are less crowded.
Don't let the fog hold you back from shooting.
A couple snaps from during a photo installation I had at MSU this August.
We recently partnered up with Fan Si Pan Outdoors to curate and host a photo show and fundraiser at Oxbow Blending and Bottling in Portland, Maine. We sent out 8 expired disposable cameras to 8 photographers across the country. They each shot of the roll, then the roll was rewound, reloaded, then sent off to 8 different photographers who then shot the rolls. Double exposed.Prints and prizes donated from out sponsors were raffled off, with all proceeds going to the Maine Surfrider Chapter. Thanks REDD, Grade Select, Blackpoint Surf Shop, All Speed Cyclery, Maine Surfers Union, and Oxbow. Check out the article on Fan Si Pan Outdoors blog for the full scoop.
Reggie McCafferty & Sam Shupe.
Ray Echevers & Sean Martin.
John Brodie/ Corey Twin & Blair Kemp.
Joe Radan & Jimmy Collins.
Christopher Martin & Calvin Cameron.