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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  1. Hey Brian, great blog. A lot of useful information and expertly presented, execellent avenue for a beginner (as myself) to learn the art! Some of your posts regarding lighting are in reference to available/ambient light; and after seeing your new portrait you added to FB, how about passing on some of your expert knowledge on the subject of studio portrait lighting. Maybe something on lighting setup/arrangement, choices (stobe/flash, softbox/umbrella), backgrounds, etc, or anything else that you feel would be beneficial. I know that this is a broad topic, just a suggestion though... looking forward to your response. Nice self portrait btw, great lighting! All the best, and thanks for the knowledge sharing in this blog.

  2. Thanks Dion that's a great idea. I hope to do posts on flash, flash/available light and ambient light. I've got some private classes scheduled on natural light portraiture and have been collecting a list of suggestions for it. Some great ideas and the great thing is this helps me too, so hopefully we'll all learn something. Hope to have something in the next few weeks on this. Thanks for visiting!


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