Surf Related

Spring Verses | Part 4 & Incoming Swell

Well it’s been a roller coaster week, we did see some waves but it turned out to be disorganized and mushy at practically every spot in NH. MSW came through again with accurate models but the swell reaching the beach just wasn’t favorable, hopefully this upcoming swell (which is looking mighty fine for the north country) will fair a little bit better for the Northeast. In hope of getting some good surf I put together Part 4 of the Spring Verses series, mostly to clear out my folder so it’s nice an empty for some real surf footage.
I also made an attempt at using the new ND filter with a super wide angle lens – needless to say it doesn’t really work. Here is what I came up with, somewhere in Maine…

Side Note: Key phrase of the week is “petting the cat”….I would tell you what it was but I don’t even know – stay tuned cuz I’m gonna make Lockwood explain this shit to the camera.


ND Filter | Sunrise – April 14, 2011

(Updated 10:30pm)
After the sunrise I got some shots at the red carpet a.k.a. shit shacks.

I purchased a new photography tool called a Reverse Grad ND filter, it’s a pretty simple concept but I wouldn’t really be able to explain it very well. Basically the graduated tint in the filter allows me to place the filter along the horizon and block out some of the light from the sun, allowing the foreground to maintain a proper exposure. A lot of sunrise and direct sun photography will be blown out or over exposed in the foreground because of the sunlight. Here are my first attempts at using it:


Spring Reel 2011

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, I have given up on my ski season (not voluntarily but because of shin bang) and started transitioning over to the summertime. Yesterday was 70 degrees in Hampton and I felt like it was time to put together a Spring Reel for myself, a lot of the edits I’ve posted in the past 6 months are from one particular day and there is a ton of footage that gets lost in the editing process. I’d like to thank a few of my friends for helping with these shots including Lucas, Andy and Haleburger as well as my best friend – Nala.
Here’s to 80+ days on the hill this winter and some sick spring surfing. Cheers.
-Ryan

Spring Reel 2011 | Ryan Denning from Ryan Denning on Vimeo.

….edit to add a few photos from today:


Spring Verses | Part 3

Pretty tired right now and don’t feel like typing. Maybe some nice weather this weekend although the swell forecast is looking bleak.


Sneaky Spring Swell | April 7, 2011

Yes…an annoying alliteration, HA! Ok I’m done…today was another sneaky day — woke up and the tide was really drawn out – waist high at best. As the tide came in I was shooting at the wall with Ryan Schnell and Michael Sander, some larger sets started to come in and I witnessed the high tide push…it’s amazing how it jumps up 1-2ft just with a tide change.
I left the wall ’cause they got out and it was pretty bad, went home and grabbed a bite to eat — when I got back down to the beach Fox Hill was firing, only a few guys out. Toby and Casey both got some great waves as well as some other unknowns. If you unknowns are out there – nice surfing, contact me and we can work something out for your clips….not you Andy.


Spring Verses | Part 1 – April 6, 2011

Today was certainly nothing special, woke up this morning to thigh high mush. The report said it would be building throughout the morning but I saw nothing of the sort. I went into work for a while and drove back down around 3pm, winds were straight out of the west and the swell had jumped up a foot or two – and sure enough it built all afternoon. I put a smaller clip together because I’m planning on gettin at ‘er real early tomorrow.


April Fools Swell | 500 Frames Per Second

Testing out this new slow mo….it’s not working very well but slowly getting the hang of it – a little bit of sunrise stuff mixed in. Casey Lockwood in a mini barrel at 500 frames per second. Looking like a small swell coming through tomorrow, stay tuned.


The Motherland | Part 2 – April 2, 2011

Well when I mentioned that it was going to be a quick burst of energy I didn’t quite expect it to be that quick but the reports were pretty much spot on. Although, speaking with a fellow surfer of mine today we realized that MSW is all over the map. Well wait a minute, we didn’t just now realize that but with swells like these they are always pin-point accurate and when the summer comes and we’ve all been waiting for weeks and weeks on end for waves – their accuracy somehow disappears completely. Funny how that happens, well this was quite the quick one, top photo is at dusk last night and bottom photo is from first light this morning.

Note: Our favorite family resort, Bolton Valley, is staying open for another weekend – $29 tickets for Sat/Sun.