Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Good Old Day’s

It seems no matter how old you are you can recount “The Good Old Day’s”. For many of us photographers here in Newfoundland we think of the arrival of the behemoths of the sea in the spring. Large icebergs would move down from the arctic via the Labrador Sea staging a grand show. It’s been so long since we’ve seen anything but a few drabs of ice in this part of Newfoundland we now talk as if we’ll never see the big bergs again.

King of the Sea
King of the Sea
…. taken in 1996

A lot of people might think Newfoundland is in the far north however I would like to point out that St John’s is at 47.561485 degrees north latitude, further south than our sister city of Vancouver, further south than Seattle Washington. Our climate is colder than these cities because of the path of the ocean currents. In eastern North America the warmer Gulf Stream from the Gulf of Mexico flows out into the middle of the North Atlantic missing Newfoundland, providing milder temperatures to Western Europe including Britain. London being further north at 51.5171 degrees N.

It’s about to turn April 2012 and there’s a bit of ice around, who knows maybe this will be the year? Maybe?

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! This is not an Iceberg!
ATTENTION! This is not an iceberg!
….  taken March 25, 2012. A friend told me you might call this an iceberg if you were from Toronto. :-)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twilight Sings the Blues

I just love the blue hour, its captivating rich colour and its ethereal glow. We are perhaps less familiar with its beauty because it is a fleeting light, never the same from one minute to the next. In eastern North America during the winter months it can last for just over one hour. As we near the poles it can last for weeks.
Twilight is the time between dawn and sunrise or between sunset and dusk. During twilight the sun is below the horizon and natural light is provided by the upper atmosphere, redirecting sunlight back towards the earth's surface.

The Battery Blues The Batttery Blues

I have been practicing night time photography for many years but it’s only in the last few that I’ve began to appreciate the twilight. One of the great things I’ve noticed is that there is a period of time where there is an equal balance of exposure between the natural light and "domestic lighting". What I mean by "domestic lighting" is the light emanating from households, buildings or street lighting. The period when the exposure is relatively equal is during the late morning or early evening twilight and will only last 10 minutes or so depending on the time of year.

Twilight Sings the Blues Twilight Sings the Blues

I had the idea for “Twilight Sings the Blues” while out on a photo hike, humming a blues tune and being captivated by the twilight. My model was unable to make it so it became a self-portrait.

And you don’t have to include the sky to appreciate those magnificent blue hues, during twilight they shine all around you as you can see here…………

Rhythm and Blues Rhythm and Blues
I should add I used a polarizer to deepen the blues in this image.

Yeah,  Twilight does indeed sing the Blues! Thanks for stopping by!