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Jun 20, 2017
On Friday three photographers arrived at the Mainstay Hotel in Newport for the start of a weekend workshop with Ronald Wilson and Bob Bergeron.
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Art of Landscape Photography presentation
This was mostly a review of the presentation with some new image examples added as the photographers were all returning workshop attendees.
BEAVERTAIL POINT STATE PARK on CONANICUT ISLAND
This rocky windswept peninsula looks south to the open Atlantic at the tip of Conanicut Island. Friday evening sunset was 8:16, allowing us plenty of time to shoot in the best light of the day. Here is a site where it is possible to shoot both sunrise and sunset. The sun rises on the left and sets on the right.
A brief sun shower, followed by a double rainbow, only added to our anticipation of what was to come.
For more than an hour we witnessed moments of spectacular light, being in the right place at the right time. All the elements for compelling imagery were there for us to capture. The drama of the site with pounding surf crashing over rocky headlands. The movement of the clouds created an ever changing interplay of light and dark.
High Tide: 3:50am
Low tide: 10:20am
High Tide: 4:25pm
We met in the lobby of the Mainstay Hotel
SACHUEST POINT WILDLIFE SANCTUARY in MIDDLETOWN
Arriving about 40 minutes before sunrise, gave us time to walk to a small cove. High tide was 3:50 am. The tide filled the cove, giving shape to the clutter of rocks. While the pale tone of the rocks near the shore reflected light, the darker rocks soaked up the light, creating contrast.
The slab-like rocks leaning against each other and inclined at many angles, seemed to erupt from the beach. It was chaos and finding order in the chaos was the challenge we faced.
PURGATORY CHASM in MIDDLETOWN
This unique landscape features a 10' wide by 50' deep and 120' long chasm. Facing east the sweeping view looks down on third beach and the ocean.
The puddingstone we stood on, is a conglomerate consisting of distinctly rounded stones, the color contrasting with the finer grained, often sandy, natural cement surrounding them.
By 8:30 after nearly four hours in the field, there was one thing on our minds and that was breakfast at The Hungry Monkey in Newport. It's a full day and then some and we all needed time to refresh - recharge - regroup before meeting back in the classroom at 11:00 where images from the field sessions were edited, viewed and critiqued in a group setting.
NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY in MIDDLETOWN
Ridges & forest, thickets & fields, ponds & marsh, encompass the 325 acres of the sanctuary. The Sanctuary closed at 5:00, limiting our window of opportunity, but it didn't keep Dan from hustling up Hanging Rock and capturing this image from an elevation of 70' with a view of the ocean.
Deb took a different approach with a macro image framing the subject tightly around the rhthym of a small stream.
BEAVERTAIL POINT STATE PARK on CONNANICUT ISLAND
Saturday night at Beavertail Point felt like date night, when we returned for another sunset. While some of the magic of the evening before was missing, the feel of light was ever present as it played off the water and large slabs of rocks.
High Tide: 4:50am
Low tide: 10:49am
BEAVERTAIL POINT STATE PARK on CONANICUT ISLAND
In the pre dawn hour we looked for vantage points facing east and worked in the magic hour before sunrise when the light settles softly over everything. That changed as the sun rose with dramatic effect, washing the layered rock faces with light.
FORT WETHERILL on CONANICUT ISLAND
From the tantalizing height of the 100' high granite cliffs overlooking sheltered coves and cobble stone beaches on Narragansett Bay, we looked down and framed the view. For a definite change of pace, we explored the graffiti covered walls of the former coastal artillery fort, that dates back to colonial days.
We put away our camera gear and stopped for breakfast in Jamestown.
Back to classroom at 11:00 for viewing, editing and critiquing images. Much can be learned from viewing the images of the each other, images that were captured hours earlier at sites we experienced together.
Everyone has something to contribute and we learn from each other, and that goes both ways. A feeling of cooperation among participants and instructors develops in an atmosphere that values the input of each and every participant.
Contact: The Cape Cod Art Association
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