Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spring is in the Air

Spring is just around the corner and in celebration I'm giving away a print. It's a 30 x 40 inch print of one of my most popular images “Another Rainy Day in the City of 10,000 Colours” or as I sometimes call it “The Lady in the Red Coat”. The print is on lustre paper un-mounted and I will cover the costs of shipping anywhere in the world.

Well here it is, a photo of me(s) with the print and the me on the left is pointing to “The Lady in the Red Coat”. :-)

Brian Carey
Another Rainy Day in the City of 10,000 Colours or The Lady in the Red Coat

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The draw date is the Wednesday March 20 the First Day of Spring 2013, the spring equinox. If you like to view this or my other work please click here to visit my website.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Top 5 places for Night Photography in St John's Newfoundland

As a photographer one important thing I've come to learn is that when equipment is convenient to use there is a higher likelihood I will use it. It's all relative and things have to be practical to the job at hand. I have lots of cool gadgets but if they are hard to set up or difficult to carry I am less likely to use them. It's about work-flow.

The same goes for location shooting. The best locations, the ones you will most likely use and rely on are usually easy to get to and convenient. For sure exotic locations are fabulous but for repeated visits a drive of an hour or less is a bonus.

With this in mind it's not surprising that my top 5 places for night photography in the St John's area are not far from where I live, here they are .............

Cape Spear

What a location. The most easterly point in Canada and as you look east you can see nothing but open ocean, the only light pollution will be from aircraft and ships if they are in the area. If you look north you will see St John's, the light from the city will cloud the night sky. With this in mind, one way to control this “ambient” light is through image stacking as I did with “Heavens Gate at Cape Spear”.

Cape Spear Newfoundland Photography
Heavens Gate at Cape Spear

Signal Hill

It's a challenge to do any night photography here because of the glow of the city lights, traffic etc. However you can use the lighting from moving traffic to enhance your images.

St John's Newfoundland Photography
Riding the Light at Cabot Tower Drive

Bidgoods Park in Goulds

This must be a surprise but it's a great location for night photography. The only part of the sky with any light pollution is unfortunately the north sky but the view is quite good east, west and south.

St John's Newfoundland Photography
Journey to Jupiter

The Harbour Front

There are many great areas to take night photos around our small harbour. You can photograph the Battery from across the narrows or the city from the southside as I did here.

St John's Newfoundland Photography
Kruzenshtern at St John's Newfoundland


This image was taken on a section of the East Coast Trail in the community of Flatrock just minutes from St John's. If you want to find one of the best places in the world to photograph the night sky then the East Coast Trail is an idea location, of course the more remote the better.

Flatrock Newfoundland Photography
Twilight at Flatrock Falls

I know there are many more, I guess I got to get out more :-) Do you have a favorite place for night photography?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Defining Moment

It would be a lot to say as a photographer that one image was a defining moment after-all our abilities and skills improve and evolve over time but I can confess one image did help me see new light as a photographer.

One of the most foundational and important compositional tools for photographers and artists is no doubt the "Rule of Thirds" and it's remarkable strength is reflected in “Heading out this Morning (into the sun)”

Heading out
this Morning
Heading out this Morning (into the sun)

Certainly the boat in the bottom left of the image was planned however the soaring bird in the top right third was a fortunate addition further strengthening the composition.

But while the composition is strong this photograph taught me because of the beauty and adventure at hand it was possible to extend photography beyond reality, beyond magic and onto imagination.

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