Another early morning adventure, this time to the town of Jamestown on Aquidneck Island – the island more commonly also called Jamestown. Having spent the last several sunrise photo shoots centered around lighthouses, I wanted to capture the sunrise with a different Rhode Island landmark, this time, the Newport Bridge.
I went with my friend, and fellow camera buff, John Riley Sr. He’s accompanied me on the last several sunrise outings. We arrived in Jamestown a bit too early for the sunrise so we drove to Beavertail and took a few pre-dawn photos of the lighthouse there. We were there a couple weeks earlier and I was a bit disappointed that I was not able to capture the beam of light coming from the lighthouse. This time, I was more successful. It’s always great to start a photo shoot with a good image.
Soon, dawn was approaching, we left Beavertail and sped to the town center. We drove along the shoreline looking for a good location to set up and take some sunrise photos. We found a spot that would let us see both the bridge and sunrise and quickly got ourselves set up. There was not much time to waste. This photo is actually a composite. The lens I was using was not wide enough so, I turned my camera vertically and took a series of photos, turning slightly to the right with each shot. Then I stitched the images together, giving me that wider angle shot I wanted.
When taking photos, sometimes the best images are not always right in front of you. I’ve heard this quote before, ‘sometimes the best picture is behind you’. And it is true. i was so busy taking photos of the rising sun, I nearly forgot to look behind me. When I did turn my head, I saw how the sun was lighting up these stately homes behind me. I think if I was living in one of these homes, I would eagerly be awaiting the coming dawn.
After getting the sunrise photo I came to Jamestown for, I walked along the waterfront. The clouds were amazing, bright with vivid sunrise and awash with colors. As the clouds passed by, the skies were constantly changing, giving almost a new scene to photograph every few minutes. Looks so empty now. In a few months all the harbor will be filled with boats of every shape and size.
On the way home, we stopped at the old, historic Jamestown Windmill. This windmill was built in 1787 and in operation until 1896, the old Jamestown windmill stands high on Windmill Hill in the center of the island. It is a three-story octagonal structure with a domed cap that turns into the wind.On certain days of the year, it is open to visitors and sheets are put on the vanes, making the windmill operational.
Overall, I think it was a successful day. I got a lot of great images and some nice memories.