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.

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

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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2014 Year in Preview

It sounds too early to be doing a year in review for 2014 already but I’m already sure I now know where it’s going. Embracing the “Dad with a camera” to it’s full potential.

Baby DesRoches

Elsie Dawn, Jan 2nd, 8:09pm, 8.8lbs