Monday, April 23, 2012

Hope You Enjoy the Sunrise

Sunrises are like snowflakes no two are alike. But what might be surprising is that this is not only a day to day observation for a sunrise will change dramatically from one minute to the next, for example …

Below are 5 photo’s taken yesterday over a 14 minute period at Cape Spear Newfoundland, each unique in its own way. Hope you enjoy the sunrise!

Cape Spear Sunrise 5:51am Cape Spear St John's Newfoundland Photography

Cape Spear Sunrise 5:53 am Cape Spear St John's Newfoundland Photography

Cape Spear Sunrise 5:55am Cape Spear St John's Newfoundland Photography

Cape Spear Sunrise 6:00am Cape Spear St John's Newfoundland Photography

Cape Spear Sunrise 6:05am Cape Spear St John's Newfoundland Photography

With each sunrise we begin a new day, with new opportunities.

I don’t know if anyone ever said it better than the Philosopher King, Marcus Aurelius. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love”.

Hope you enjoyed the sunrise! :-)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spaceship Earth

There is a lot of great night sky photography out there. Its beauty can inspire others to learn more about the immense and complex beauty of the cosmos.

Amazingly we are travelling through the vastness of space on Spaceship Earth.

Spaceship Earth is spinning on it's axis at 1,800 kph and revolving around the Sun at 54,000 kph. Our Solar System is moving throughout our Milky Way Galaxy at 180,000 kph. And our Milky Way Galaxy is moving in our local group of galaxies at 1,080,000 kph. Sorry I don't know how fast our group of galaxies are moving throughout the universe! And perhaps the universe is moving too?

It's funny how sometimes we might be driving down the street at 60kph and feel we are driving fast! :-)

Cabot Tower - Spinning Through Space 
Cabot Tower - Spinning Through Space

Photography can teach those of us who are fortunate enough to call ourselves photographers so much. But we can also use it as a means to share and bring to others this beauty and wonder. To inspire people, in this way more will learn to appreciate and care for this wonderful planet. After all the Earth is our home!

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Thursday, April 5, 2012


The eyes can say so much about a person, they are the window to the soul. The eyes are also an open book for photographers. The revealing catchlights contain a lot of information about how the subject is being lit because the catchlights are a reflection of the main light source. Catchlights can reveal some very important information including the direction, shape and relative size of the lighting source among other things.

The creative photographer can mould or create a style of catchlight. Also, many manufacturers of light modifying equipment offer umbrellas with covered ribs so that they would appear less noticeable, as they can look like unattractive veins in people’s eyes. Some manufacturers offer attachments for soft boxes to make the resulting catchlights look like a window. What you do and how you do it is a matter of your imagination. 

In this example as you can see despite the fact that the umbrella ribs are hidden behind the fabric they can be seen. However when this portrait is viewed at a normal viewing distance the lines are hardly noticeable and the lighting quite large and pleasing.


Personally I like the light source at 10 or 2 o’clock. When lighting a person be careful not to raise the light to high, darkening the eye sockets, leaving the eyes in shadow creating a raccoon effect. The eyes can say so much! 

These are just some of my thoughts on flash photography, what are yours?