Downtown Bristol, Rhode Island Street Photography: Documenting the end of 2020 with a 50mm lens.

Having used a 35 mm lens for the majority of my photography, having documented this small town that is Bristol, RI with an ultra wide lens for story telling experimentation, and having still the fifty- nifty go-to staple lens by my side, it would be a shame not to share the images taken with this lens which has produced some of my favourite photos.

First off,

Happy New Years everyone!

To start off 2021 I thought it’d be a good idea to address everyone who follows my blog and latest posts.

Thank you so, so much.

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Bristol Street Photogtaphy After Dark ( + Holiday photos!)

Hey there,

The other week I took to the streets of downtown Bristol after dark with my camera and trusty tripod. Taking photos at night is a much more technical process than day photography, but I found it to be a great learning experience and I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.

-Photos taken sometime in late November/ early December, 2020.

– Bristol, Rhode Island

Following the evening light to Bristol Harbor

South R.I. 114
76 State Street, Nacho Mammas
Bristol House of Pizza: see menu
Judge Roy Bean Saloon: see menu
“closed for the season”

Quito’s Restaurant & Bar: see menu

Stone Harbour Marina

Happy Holidays

Bristol Common holiday decorations
” Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone” – Frosty

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Happy Holidays guys


Early Evening Winter Walk in Downtown Bristol, Rhode Island

Photos taken December 17, 2020

Bristol, RI

Second snowfall



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Photos taken late September, 2020

Canon ae-1 program

Kodak Tri-X 400 b&w film

Boston, Massachusetts


Brookeline

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Boston Street Photography Part 3: Exploring Boston on Colored Film

Hey guys, I took the commuter rail from Providence, RI to South Station in Boston, MA. With me I brought: Canon ae-1 program 35-104mm f/3.5 lens One roll of fujifilm superia xtra400 One roll of Tri-X 400 b&w (Part 4 coming soon) If you guys haven’t checked out the previous Boston Street Photography photo collections […]

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Boston Street Photography Part 3: Exploring Boston on Colored Film

Hey guys,

I took the commuter rail from Providence, RI to South Station in Boston, MA.

With me I brought:

  • Canon ae-1 program
  • 35-104mm f/3.5 lens
  • One roll of fujifilm superia xtra400
  • One roll of Tri-X 400 b&w (Part 4 coming soon)

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Part 1
Part 2


Photos taken late September, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts


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Clean Your Camera’s Sensor

Hey guys,

This article is a friendly reminder, from one photographer to another, to clean your camera’s sensor.

If you haven’t cleaned your sensor since you bought your camera the chances are your images have spots, smudges and blots.

Look how bad my sensor was a few weeks ago:

I was out shooting in Boston when I saw a bunch of lines and smudges in the sky. When I got home I imported my SD card and the majority of the photos were unusable.

I tried cleaning my sensor with what I had laying around the house only to make it 100% worse.

How to Clean your Camera’s Sensor Properly

Honestly, it doesn’t take much.

I should’ve cleaned my sensor forever ago. It literally takes 5 minutes.

Hopefully you don’t make the same mistake I did.

A DSLR sensor cleaning kit costs anywhere between $10-50 USD on Amazon. I bought a full frame kit that came with,

  1. swabs
  2. cleaner
  3. blower
  4. microfibre brush
  5. dry+wet cloths

It cost me like $17 dollars.

When buying your sensor cleaning kit, make sure you buy the right size swabs. It makes cleaning the sensor that much quicker.

To properly clean your sensor, go into your camera’s settings and click “manually clean sensor.”

Once it’s open tilt your camera down and use the blower to puff out any floating particles. Then, use the microfibre brush and lightly go over the sensor a few times. I like to repeat this atleast twice.

Now, the last part to properly clean your sensor is wetting ONE side of your swab with the cleaner and making sure to gently pass to the other side and back in one motion. It’s important to note to use the dry side of the swab to pass back over the sensor.

And that’s it.

Make sure you throw the swab away after using it. If you want to pass over it again use a new swab.

ahhh nice and clean.

Before/ After

If you bring your camera to a local shop for a cleaning it’ll cost you somewhere near $100. It’s not worth doing considering the materials are cheap and it should only take you 10 minutes tops to fully clean.

Even if your sensor isn’t as bad as mine was, I think its a good habit to start cleaning your camera sensor at least once every month or so.


My Phone’s Camera Roll Photos #2

Hey guys, I hope you’re doing well out there!

For this photoblog I scrolled through my phones camera roll and picked out 8 photos I wanted to share with you today. These photos aren’t necessarily my favorite, or best capture, but they’e meaningful to me and I think you’ll like them!

Camera roll stories


I took this photo while walking around downtown Bristol, RI. It’s actually composed of two photos. I used a picture I took of a blue cloudy sky to frame the group of friends watching sunset. I then used a white border to bring it all together. I’ve been finding it interesting all the ways you can compliment a photo using borders and frames.
This is the canon ae-1 program I picked up last week. For those of you who don’t know, the canon ae-1 was a popular film SLR back in the 80’s. When I did my research for what camera I should buy a lot of people recommended I start with the ae-1 for its price and simplicity. I’ve only shot with it a handful of times but so far I’m having so much fun with it.
Another example of how I’ve been experimenting with borders lately. I took both photos a few years back in Pico, Azores and I used a shot of the ocean to frame my subject throwing up a peace sign. The ocean picture alone is boring, but when paired with the second I think it really brings out a cool aesthetic.
The sign reads, “Wall of Lost Soles”
I stayed at a cottage over the weekend down near Cape Cod, MA and our neighbor had a wall full of lost &found sandals, flip flops, crocs, and swim shoes. On my last day there, I lost my own slides trying to cross over to the beach. I hope they too end up on the Wall of Lost Soles one day.
I took this photo on a camping trip to upstate New York this past summer. Pictured is my Uncle and Auntie overlooking Lake George from one of the many viewpoints at Prospect Mountain.
When I was staying in Buzzards Bay, MA, the cape cod canal was perfect to walk and get good exercise. A lot of the times I’d bring my camera with me and take pictures along the way. There’s always a bunch of people camping, fishing and doing outdoor activities which makes for awesome scenes to photograph.
A few more:

# 7

I took this photo while I was visiting my brother in North Dakota. I found Minot beautiful in its own empty way. On my walks I would get to a certain point where for miles and miles all I could see was fields and winding hills.

Another shot at sunset:

#8

For the last photo I picked this one of me waiting at the airport. Long layovers are the worst.

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August Memories from Buzzard’s Bay, MA

Photos taken early August, 2020

Buzzards Bay

Massachusetts


Nikon one-touch 100

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