I’m Doing the Best I Can

Branded as the biggest thing David Suzuki has ever done, the Blue Dot Tour is quite likely David’s last cross-country project in one final effort to encourage change. Now 78, Suzuki’s message to his grandchildren is: “I’m doing the best I can”.

On Sept 29th 2014, the tour stopped in PEI with a clear and emotional message to encourage change. A change to ensure Canadians have a clean environment to live. And a change in laws at all levels of government to force responsible development. If we completely depend on clean air, clean water and clean food… why do we not value it as our top priority?

While the tour was in PEI, I offered my time and camera as part of the volunteer team.

Blue Dot Tour - David Suzuki

David Suzuki – Blue Dot Tour

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My Little Assistant

Learning to work with less camera gear can be beneficial because my newest camera backpack giggles and pulls hair.

Dad with a camera

She’s quick to let me know if I’ve been in the same place too long but failed to mention that I was still at 3200iso from the event I photographed the night before.

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My Biggest Weakness

I believe that one of my biggest weakness is a lack of patience for gear. Like many others, I lust over that new shiny piece of plastic, but my desire to add more tools is simply wishful thinking.

If I’m being truly honest with myself, I still only use the first lens I purchased 8 years ago. I have certainly added more since then and those tools can be very useful in some situations, but yet I’m sure that 80% of my work still comes from that original 17-40mm lens.

The fact is that I detest changing lenses. Why can’t I have a camera that fits in my pocket, has a range of 8 to 800mm and is super clean at 6400iso with 10-stops of image stabilization?

Several times last month, the camera bag has stayed home and I went with the basics. One lens, tripod and a bag of filters. It has been great.

Bellevue Cove

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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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