Too Many Sharing Platforms

It’s easy to judge the interest level of social sharing sites relative to those who are already using it. Starting over with a new service is boring if you are in the room all alone. It’s a reason why Facebook and Twitter has staying power.

But over time, seeing what your internet friends are doing is hijacked by marketers and companies trying to sell product. It becomes a constant stream of revenue driven posts that we grow tired of.

I have been very resistant to the idea of Instagram because of its mobile only limitation. The restriction to only sharing photos from your iPhone was a deal breaker and painfully frustrating to use. But more and more friends have migrated to that platform and has encouraged giving it a chance for a fair review.

I’m very late to this party but my first impression is pleasantly peaceful, calm and still having the pure feeling Facebook and Twitter once had. There are no inline ads and there is little marketing. It’s simply a stream of images with little text and without resharing or linking out. The content starts and ends with Instagram.

So here I am, launching the start of my Instagram account and a growing acceptance of the square format and funky auto filters. If you have one, share your Instagram link below.

instagram.com/stephendesroches

Brackley Beach Bay

Today’s Image – Before the Rain

Chasing storm clouds has never been my strong point. It can be infuriating at just how terrible I really am but on the rare occasion, I’ll find myself in a decent location at the right time.

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Looking With Purpose

Landscape photography and traveling go hand in hand. We can’t help but dream while running towards the setting sun in exotic places looking for that magical moment that will become our pride and joy printed on paper. At best, this is an effort of hope and wishes based on pre-visualization and expectations.

Before I became interested in photography, I took my home here on Prince Edward Island very much for granted. With nothing more than farm fields and beaches, it felt small and uninteresting. I failed to understand why tourism was so popular.

This problematic way of thinking was so strong that I was in my late 20′s before making my first visit to the eastern side of PEI.

Looking with purpose is a different way of seeing and my discovery of photography as an art has changed what and how I see. My desire to travel and experience other locations continues to be greater than ever but photographically speaking, I’m growing more and more content close to home.

I choose to believe that I am not simply trying to make myself feel better for not living in the mountains but close to home truly isn’t bad when you give it the attention it deserves. Take the time and stop waiting for the next travel adventure when there is so much to explore just outside the front door.

Cavendish Wave

Today’s Image – Cavendish Ocean View

I don’t know if I’ll ever truly appreciate the power of coastal erosion. It is nothing short of incredible knowing that you can return to the same location over and over again while watching the landscape literally change shape from the brute force of the tides.

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Mid Summer Update

There has been no shortage of projects to keep me busy this year but they are unfortunately all at the expense of keeping this website updated. It is August already but it has been an incredible past 7 months in every way.

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Adventures in Light eBooks

I’m trying something new and releasing a free PDF ebook over in the new Adventures in Light photography store. This small 45 page digital-only book is listed in their travel and pictorial section and is a collection of my favourite images of Prince Edward Island created over the past few years. This ebook is what I like to call “close to home”.

It’s a simple portfolio collection with a small amount of text.

And it’s yours to download for free.

PEI eBook

It’s free to download, share, like, comment, send feedback, or what ever you wish. Maybe next, I’ll create a book that places more focus on how each image was created.

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A Little Bit of Local Press

If you happened to pick up the local PEI newspaper this morning, and pulled out the Island Weekend section — you might have noticed a full page front cover feature with my mug shot. If you did not happen to see it in print, it can also be found online at theguardian.pe.ca.

It’s a nice little feature and interview with Mary MacKay about an ebook titled: A Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island.

The PDF book is all about photography but even more about exploring Canada’s smallest province — suitable for any traveller.

Guardian Feature

The 95 page ebook with over 45 location suggestions is available for download at www.photographersguidetopei.com.

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Kayaking on Prince Edward Island

Today was the first official day of spring and it arrived with howling winds, a little bit of snow in the morning and torrential rain into the evening. But the sunshine is coming and the boats will soon come out of hibernation. I don’t hate winter but I do look forward to getting back on the water soon.

Here are a few images from last fall during a project for tourism. Isolated away from all traffic, life on the pond is incredibly peaceful.

Prince Edward Island Kayaking

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Staying Active

If I’m not careful, my daily activity can easily fall into the pattern of waking up in the morning, becoming focused on the days tasks, and before I realize, it is 5 PM and I have hardly moved away from the computer screen all day.

Last summer I started using a stand up desk which has reduced my anxiety of that uncomfortable feeling from sitting all day. That slight movement that occurs while standing can feel so much better at the end of a long day at the computer. But it is still not enough.

I believe the theory of 10,000 daily steps required to be healthy is more motivation than scientific but what exactly is 10,000 steps? It sounds like a really big number.

About a week ago, I purchased a Fitbit to track movement. The device loosely measures daily steps, stairs climbed and overall distance. Not only does it record and report my shameful daily activity, but it also reports these numbers to my friends, coworkers and clients. A competition that I’m losing. Measuring activity and seeing real numbers is scary but I have learned that 10,000 steps is actually not very many. It’s roughly 7.5 kilometres but that can still be a surprisingly hard goal to achieve — depending on your daily routines — and my daily routine is far from that of a letter carrier.

But the dog’s walking schedule is increasing and I’m sure the grass will be cut much more frequently this summer. As I write this, it has me thinking about the days when I collected shopping carts across a parking lot for 7 hour shifts — every day of the week. What were those numbers like?

Staying physically active within a career focused around screen time is challenging but landscape and nature photography is a big part of my solution. It creates a nice compliment to staying artistic but also away from a desk. It keeps me outside, moving, and exploring. Although I admit — cold winter mornings makes it a bit harder.

PEI Winter Beach

Today’s Image – Winter on the Beach

A small half day snowshoe expedition along the north coastline of PEI was an easy way to reach 10,000 steps.

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A Photographer’s Guide to PEI

From an idea hatched over lunch in February 2011 – to now see this project in it’s final published status almost exactly 3 years later – it comes with great pride and excitement to make this announcement and release it to the world.

A Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island is a 95 page ebook created by John Sylvester and myself from 30 years of experience photographing this island we call home. Prince Edward Island is a great place for the landscape photographer. It may be Canada’s smallest province, but there’s a remarkable diversity of scenery from it’s red cliffs, green fields and blue water.

Packed full of images, we designed this guide to take the reader on a visual tour of more than 40 of our favourite locations across Prince Edward Island. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, photographer or not, the contents of this ebook is our photographic tour for you, highlighting some of the most scenic stops from coast to coast.

It was a joy to work on this project together with John. I truly hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

Prince Edward Island Photography Guide eBook

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Photographing Nature at Home

For the past two fall seasons, I have taken home – at random – a selection of leaves as they fell off the trees. After a year of life in a shoebox, they have become very brittle but have curled in some interesting ways that might make for some interesting photographs during the cold winter months. In an effort to do something now, instead of procrastinating for another year, Darwin & Sam challenged me to one of their oopoomoo projects.

So in 2014, I’m dusting off some unused macro equipment and trying something different.

Macro Tree Leaf - © Stephen DesRoches

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