I’m still working away on the video piece. It’s getting extremely long (like 8 minutes) and can’t decide whether I want to weed it out into one short video or a three part series. Most likely will call it quits after this next swell and release something.
Stay tuned! In the meantime, here is some random shenanigans from the last few weeks. Enjoy.
This swell has been pretty disappointing, whether it was the funky sandbar or the wind not cooperating – something just didn’t pan out back home with Leslie. I had been in contact with a buddy from Maine named Tom and he was keen to get some shots up there with his buddy Miles who was visiting from Nantucket as well as another friend of mine and Rye local, Harrison.
Now to start, I had just recently been bugging a few old friends about a spot they had taken me back in high school. This spot was somewhere on the central Maine coast and I couldn’t remember, for the life of me where this place was. All I knew was that I had an image of the parking lot and entrance and it had a big metal gate that we couldn’t get past. Well funny enough, Tom gave me directions on where to meet him (1.5 hours south of his home – we would head there after) and as I arrived it all came back to me. Same spot, same friggin’ gate.
Unlike my previous winter visit, Maine is still in season I guess (lifeguards and all) and it was $6.50 for entrance fee. I pulled up and took a look while I waited for the boys to park another car at a nearby beach. It looked good, backlit morning green and the wind was offshore. I’d been driving around NH for the past few days and I was just stoked to see some real waves. (See photos below)
2 hours later we headed North up to Tom’s house, a beautiful home located on a mean looking left hand slab about an hour and thirty minutes North of Portland. The plan was to take his boat out to a remote island with another ledge, shoot from the boat at sunset and hopefully not die. Thankfully the word was that Tom’s Father Tom Sr., would captain the journey so I wouldn’t have to be multi-tasking in the boat. As we left the harbor the wind kicked up to about 35 knots. After a grueling, wet 15 minute journey out there we had arrived to the ledge. It was just blown to shreds, you could see a defined slab for sure but it just wasn’t working.
From skiing I’ve learned that if I don’t go and look or I don’t go up and check a spot, I’ll always be thinking – could it have been better? Was I missing out? Well, we scored down south and I had enough content to be happy…the wind and tide were looking good and the sky was still blue. It seemed like the right idea to head up and see if it was working, if it was it would be mental. If it wasn’t (%#%@!!!), well if it wasn’t I already had 20 gigs of content from earlier and I got a beautiful boat ride in a place I’ve never been.
So it was a long day but an awesome experience all in all. Thanks to Tom and his family, Miles, Harrison, Tim Horton’s magical Canadian fast food, my gear for not malfunctioning and especially Harry Fallon for letting me borrow his telephoto lens, if it wasn’t for him I would have been S.O.L. Thanks buddy! Promise I’m taking care of it haha.
Well I guess this isn’t a proper Wrap-Up without a video….I’ve got a bunch of footage stockpiled and cut up in the editor right now. I’m going to wait to release it on a whim that this next tropical swell is good to us. The video will include the Vacation Land trip as well as some random shenanigans around the Seacoast, sunrise stuff AND footage from Casey Lockwood and Matt Colby at Fox (Tuesday morning session). Thanks for checking out the site, spread the word!
More from Northern New England on Monday and Tuesday. More photos and a look back at Leslie in tomorrow’s post!!!! Thanks for checking out Alpine Live.
I’ll have an updated post towards the middle of the week, VACATION LAND!
Leslie was upgraded to a Hurricane yesterday afternoon, looking like we’ll see an extended period of swell reaching into next week. Lots of smiles today, stay tuned for more Hurricane Leslie content.
Nick and I filmed this video a few weeks back, it was my first Music Video and I’m pretty stoked on how it turned out. Hopefully you guys like it! Check it out, share it with friends or on facebook.
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Still waiting for waves…
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Tried to get some sunset shots the last few nights in the rain.
Hope everyone got a few waves yesterday morning, looks like the tropics might be starting to churn. I made the conversion to the dark side, as they say, and purchased a used Canon 7d. Here is the first round of photos from the dark side.
Side Note: Thanks to Johnny Grasso for 1) cleaning up the park today, and building it for that matter and 2) letting me borrow his kit lens so I could take these photos. J5 – you’re a legend.
I have never encountered so many gnats in my life. What a miserable shoot, it was nice to come home to these though.
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Hello riders! We have just arrived home to the Seacoast after an amazing weekend, thank you so much for coming to the festival, stopping by our tent or saying hello on the trails. We had an amazing weekend at our first VT MTB Fest and we’re hoping to have the photos from the weekend up this week, stay tuned for more details.
Looking like we may see some more small scale surf the next few days, keep your fingers crossed!
This past week I incidentally ran into a pretty wild lightning storm on my way home, I hadn’t taken any photos in a few days and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to try some long exposure stuff. After a few attempts at getting the clouds and the Hampton Beach lights in the frame, I decided to try shooting the lightning bolts. Lightning photography doesn’t require long exposure but instead a faster shutter to stop the lightning bolts as they strike. This was a particularly extensive undertaking as it turns out. I ended up trying to use the Reverse ND filter then putting it away, fussing with the ISO sensitivity then turning it back down to 100 (where it will forever stay)….and finally turning off the RAW photo processing, leaving me with FINE JPEG format photos. As any Lightroom user may know, it’s extremely painful getting photos your happy with when not in RAW format. All and all, I shot 1300 shutter clicks this particular evening, this isn’t the best practice regarding shutter lifetime but timing is everything with lightning and it’s almost impossible without continuous photo mode.
We have a few projects that are close to their final cut stage, keep an eye out for a Snap Infusion Energy Candy commercial and a video project for The White Mountains Attractions Association. Soon to be released! Please contact us for any photo/video inquiries : firstname.lastname@example.org
Some fun little waves came through this weekend, looks like it’ll stick around through the morning today – hope everybody got their surf fix!
We’ve been busy lately working on a variety of video projects, in our free time we’ve been shooting with Sasha Yakovleff…a college buddy who works at Burke Mountain in the winter as a ski coach and runs the outdoor bike park at Rye Airfield in the summer. Sash is super easy to work with and it’s been a real pleasure getting out on his trails and seeing how much work he puts into these jumps. We’re stoked to release this little trailer for a short film that will be released mid-July, titled ‘The Yakovleff Project’. This film will feature Sasha riding on his personal trail systems as well as urban and bike park settings. Enjoy!
In coming weeks we’ll also be releasing some of our most recent corporate projects, stay tuned!
May started out pretty miserable, lots of gloomy weather…although some scrap swells came through as we all waited for those Spring Noreasters that never came. This Spring was absurdly quiet, especially compared to last year. I can remember watching waves break during that April swell last season that I’ve never seen break before.
The tropics have been active though, today marks the official opening of Hurricane Season. We’ve already seen a few named storms, Tropical Storm Bertyl bounced around the South East before heading out to sea. On the bright side, it looks as though we may have a little action headed our way – in the form of a late season Noreaster. Without spreading too much hype….all those left hand points will be firing!
Well maybe not, the wind looks pretty unfavorable at this point so we’ll just have to wait it out. In light of the potential near future shooting opportunities, I filtered through all of my story boards from May and came up with a little clip (4 minutes little) with some of the local surfers. May started out pretty dismal, hoping June comes in roaring.
Check below for Part 1.
I had the wonderful pleasure of attending my Aunt’s wedding this past Friday night, the first wedding I’ve ever been to. What an amazing event, set in Sturbridge, MA at sunset. It was such a beautiful venue and I’m so glad I brought along my Nikon. Congrats to Scott and Mamie! Thank you so much for inviting me.
Also a big congratulations to my cousin Meaghan and her Fiancé Anthony on their recent engagement!
Some more photos from the 11th. In other news, we got a Kessler Crane this week! Very excited to try it out, stay tuned for video demo.
Some fun surf came through today, I got 30 minutes to shoot before work and about an hour after. I had forgotten that the big lens wasn’t cooperating lately – the auto focus wasn’t working. Well, manual focus sucks but it’s a challenge and I need to learn to shoot without it. Personally, with the Nikon DLSR it seems to be much more of a challenge with video – the live view screen is SHITE compared to the eye piece but maybe it’s just me. Have a look at what I came up with…
“Summer is just around the corner” seems to be a phrase that we’ve been saying for months now here on the east coast. The changing of the seasons will never be an easy transition for a ski bum..Nevertheless, summer swells are slowly building, along with our anticipation for a great summer filled with good friends, cold brews and hopefully some banger breaks. But until then…bask in the wintery goodness that is Rangeley, Maine. Huge thanks to Sonja and Eric, as well as Eric’s family for their amazing hospitality.[vimeo https://vimeo.com/41707459 w=640&h=340]
After a long week of speculation and anxiety, the wind finally switched and the right spots turned on. We had heard from the grapevine and seen some photos of this particular spot from the day before and it looked really good. After another blown sunrise attempt up in Maine and a long time in front of the webcam, we went for it. This video is an account of the afternoon, April 25, 2012. Short and sweet, enjoy!