Friday, July 24, 2009

High Surf Advisory

Yup, that's what I woke up to on the radio this morning. Just to make sure, I went to Weather Underground and read the surf forecast; same advisory up. So as soon as breakfast and morning chores were done I went straight down to Ruggles Ave. It was a bit of a disappointment; the waves weren't very high - maybe 3 to 5 feet (and 5 feet would be pushing it) - but there was some action. I stayed for about 2 hours, moving around to get better angles. These are the best of today's shoot.





© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger

13 comments:

  1. Roy they're great, were you 'on' the water if not what sort of lens did you use? Did you use a tripod, they're very in focus. Fantastic shots.

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  2. Thanks, Baino. No, I wasn't in the water with them, I was up on the Cliff Walk shooting. I use a Canon S5 IS, not quite a SLR but a whole lot more than a point-and-shoot (and it's digital, of course), and it takes some sorts of lens attachments. Today I was using the Raynox DCR-2020Pro 2.2x telephoto lens, which I love. No tripod, although I had it with me. That section of the Cliff Walk has a metal rail just about at elbow height, and experience has taught me that it gives enough support that I don't need the tripod.

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  3. ...it really does look like you were down there. I assumed you were at least on the beach. Very cool...(looks cold!).

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  4. Kelly, the water temp now is 67º F/19º C, which if you're just swimming at the beach is nice and balmy. But if you're gonna be out there in the water for hours at a time, you really need the wetsuits!

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  5. We've had high surf here too. Just in time for the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Serendipity.

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  6. Roy, no tripod use? Even better. I'm not that steady with a camera. Great shots! And...surf Rhode Island? Never knew that! And the temp sounds just right for a short swim :)

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  7. Great photographs. They make you feel part of the action which is always a good sign. Anything which can transport me a few thousand miles across the ocean and take me surfing off Rhode Island must be good.

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  8. Fabulous shots and subjects! I shudder to think of swimming in water that is 67 degrees! Brrr! Guess I'm used to the 85 degree Gulf of Mexico. Now that's balmy.

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  9. Hi Megan! Heh, heh! I wondered if I was gonna hear from the other coast. Mostly what I hear from Californians is "What? You call that surf?"

    Subby, that spot off Ruggles Ave. is a surfer's mecca throughout New England; the reefs off Ochre Point can really kick up some good wave action that's famous in the NE surfing community.

    Thanks Alan!

    Marguerite, when you've been swimming in the waters off Maine or in mountain streams where water temps barely make it to 50º in August, 67º is balmy. By the end of August the water temps at the beaches will be around 75º at most, and we consider that downright tropical around here!

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  10. Roy, thanks for the heads-up on this. 'Course I bet they'd just love to ride some the waves we did, whilst I was in the Navy!

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  11. Great shots- I bet these guys would love to have copies.

    Looks exhilerating!

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  12. Wow, those pics are so cool!

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  13. that was definitely worth the time! most awesome!

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