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Canola at the Springbrook Lookout

To call the lookout over the fields in Springbrook slightly famous would be an understatement. With the great dunes of the Cavendish Sand spit in the distant horizon, this view defines Prince Edward Island in so many ways but that’s no secret. At any given time, the roadside is filled with locals and tourists setup to photograph this iconic scene that would even rival a bear jam in Jasper. Add that to the relatively new rotation of canola on PEI, and you build a recipe for yellow chasing photographers.

I made several visits this summer but found myself never alone. On a few occasions, I had to simply keep on driving to avoid the crowd. Although looking back at the situation now, my one regret was not taking a photo of the photographers line along the ditches.

This year was canola. Last year the field was unfarmed. The year before was potatoes. What colours and textures will the 2013 season bring?

On this particular night, I could see the storm clouds building to the west of Charlottetown. My ability to predict is terrible but ideally, you can position yourself on the edge of the cloud front with an opening behind you for the sun to illuminate the deep shadows typically found during heavy rain clouds. This night just happened to be in my favor and it happened to be Springbrook where I found my shot.

Springbrook PEI Storm

At this time the canola had already been cut down. The next few images show the difference from earlier in the summer.

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Atlantic Canada Air Show 2012

A couple weeks ago, the Atlantic Canada International Air Show returned to Prince Edward Island for a two day display of ground and air performances headlined by the US Navy Blue Angels and the RCAF Snowbirds — one of only two shows to feature both in 2012. My small obsession for flying had me camped out at the Slemon Park Airfield for the full weekend. Maybe my love for flying, aerials and mapping software accounts for why I approach my landscape photographs often with a very wide angle looking for the big picture scene.

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Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

On Saturday, October 13th 2012, the 5th annual worldwide photo walk will take place around the world in over 1000 locations. The concept is simple. A group of 50 people from as many cities as possible, create images during a 2 hour period.

The first walk was back in 2008 where I participated in downtown Vancouver but since then, I added and kept PEI on the map as the volunteer leader for the past 3 summers. We have walked the streets of Charlottetown, the trails and beaches of Cavendish, and on one occasion, had the Fathers of Confederation join us for some added fun — but I’ve run out of new ideas. It has been a very busy year for me and although I made the decision to pass on a fourth term of leadership, it was not before making sure I had a replacement to ensure PEI would still be represented for this 5th year.

Whether you’re local to PEI or not, find a location and participate.

2010 Worldwide Photo Walk Group Photo

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Gold Cup and Saucer Race

The sounds of snapping whips and loud cheering crowds filled the air to a full house at the Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Saturday night to end a full week of harness racing.

Crowds gather at the Charlottetown Driving Park for the 53rd edition of the Gold Cup and Saucer Race. Regardless of what you think of the sport, it continues to hold it’s popularity. At least for me, I brace myself for each and every lap praying not to witness a deadly accident.

The following are some more images from the past few years.

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Askja and Víti

One of the most memorable days from our Iceland trip was a 12 hour round trip adventure to the Askja volcano, Viti crater and Öskjuvatn lake. It was the most off-road driving we had. It involved driving over sand, gravel, lava, snow, and through rivers. It’s no secret my style is attracted to warm light on the edges of daylight so this was not about creating sunset or sunrise images — because I came home with none. The rewards were all about the experience.

Askja and Víti

The Askja stratovolcano is located in a remote part of the central highlands of Iceland. This crater and geothermal lake was formed in an 1875 eruption but getting here was not easy. With special permits and the guides from Fjallasýn, we rocked the cross country driving.

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Past and Present Book Now Available

After several months of anticipation, I’m pleased to announce that in honour of the park’s 75th anniversary, PEI National Park, Parks and People Association and The Acorn Press released a new book this past Wednesday night to a full house at Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site — a 77 page picture-heavy book produced primarily with John Sylvester’s images from his 28 years of photographing the park.

During the creation of the book, I was approached by Parks & People and PEI National Park to participate in this anniversary publication with the inclusion of some of my own images which I easily agreed to.

Thanks to all who attended Wednesday night where both John and I were available for book signings. If I was a guessing man, I would not be surprised if we signed 100 or more books. It felt like a successful first day and I was pleasantly surprised just how many mentioned they were familiar with this website.

You can buy the book online for only $17.80 CND or pick it up at any Parks and People boutique / bookstore.

PEI National Park: Past and Present Book

Today’s Image – Prince Edward Island National Park: Past and Present

The following text is quoted from the introduction to Prince Edward Island National Park: Past and Present.

Prince Edward Island National Park has been welcoming vistors from around the world since it was first created in 1937. From the dramatic red sandstone cliffs and spectacular beaches in Cavendish to the pristine parabolic dunes in Greenwich, this small coastal park has captiavated the hearts of all who experience its serene and tranquil beauty.

Stretching for about 40 kilometres along the north shore of Prince Edward Island between New London and Tracadie bays and taking in the tip of the Greenwich peninsula in St. Peters Bay, the Park’s dynamic coastal landscape is constantly chaning as it is shaped by wind and waves.

This book aims to capture the essence of this special place, preserved and protected for you to return to again and again..

As an additional preview, here are a few of the images found in the book.

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Fun in the Sky – PEI Aerial Photography

I spend alot of time looking at maps. Either it be paper or software, I like having that overview visual of any location I’m photographing. In fact – When the software I use to keep my images organized announced all the newest and latest features – I was most excited for the ability to tag images to a digital map. Having this overview is great but seeing it for yourself is a completely different experience and what can be better then flying over Prince Edward Island in a small 4 seater Cessna?

Holding out for good weather can be frustrating but I recently took to the skies for my first flight of 2012. Here are just a few of the images created in early July 2012.

I really need to do this more often.

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Atlantic Canada International Air Show

Last year, PEI enjoyed the return of an Air Show to Slemon Park, Summerside and although mother nature forced a cancellation on Sundays activities, Saturday surely did not disappoint with several high adrenaline performances of death defying stunts. With the United States Navy Blue Angels headlining the show this year, every aviation fan will want to be in Summerside August 26th. The Air Show Atlantic Insider members already have their tickets and general tickets go on sale this Monday, July 9th at airshowatlantic.ca.

Atlantic Canada Air Show

The duo of Gary Ward Airshows and Bearfeat Aerobatics. The green MX2 puts on a show jam packed with gyrations that range from zero speed hovers to dives in excess of 250 mph. The red, white and blue Skybot 300 is the only air show airplane flying that was built in the living room of a condominium.

Here are a few more images from last years show previously shared on Facebook.

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Iceland

After an intese 17 days of travel around the coastline of Iceland, I’m home again and settling back into the second half of spring here on Prince Edward Island. Now begins the battle to organize, sort, process, back up and start sharing the results. If you wish not to wait until I prepare future blog posts, I have been sharing images faster on Facebook and Google Plus.

Iceland Sunset

Today’s Image – An Everlasting Iceland Sunset

There is a significant difference between the north and south coast of Iceland, but the slow moving sun would start to set around 7pm and last until 1am — only to rise again shortly after. There was little need to feel rushed with the exception of the rapidly changing weather. With almost 24 hours of daylight and the sun only dipping below the horizon line for about 90 minutes, I was getting half of my sleep in the back of the van between locations. It was an interesting adjustment to come home to a night sky and see darkness for the first time in over 2 weeks.

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