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.

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.

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, share, like, comment or send feedback.

PEI eBook

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.