For the past three weeks, I have been living seven timezones away exploring the state of Hawaii. Ignoring the recommendation to slow down, the decision was made to experience the four major islands in five days or less for each. While I have no regrets earning this high level of appreciation on how each island differs, it would have also been an interesting experience to take a full week or two and hike deep into the many areas not accessible by car.
Today’s Image – Na’Pali Coast State Park
The central to north coast of Kaua’i has amazing views and a network of canyons and valleys deep between the landscape that are mostly only accessible by hiking trails. Kaua’i truly earns the name “Garden Isle”.
I’ve hesitated writing about Plan B for a long time wanting to stay well clear of a political statement but as the heavy machinery begin to push their way through the hills and trees of Bonshaw, this very controversial project continues to be daily news since it originally surfaced almost a year ago. Plan B is the name labeled to the questionable 6km realignment of the TransCanada highway at the expense of home owners being expropriated, 15-20 million in tax dollars and the destruction of trees, ravines and streams that will require 140,000 truckloads of shale to fill. The media coverage and protest signs to Stop Plan B appear to be everywhere, and rightfully so.
Iceland was the first group tour I’ve ever been on. With a fixed itinerary, pre-defined locations, and a large group with a variety of interests – to say I was highly skeptical was an understatement. Regardless of my hesitation, it was hard to turn down the invitation and I really wanted to travel with those that invited me.
Now that I’m home and relatively pleased with a few of the images I brought home, it’s interesting and often amazing to see what the rest of the group saw and shot. With each new image, I found myself saying “Where was that?”, “Why did I not see it that way?”, or “#*$?, my image sucks compared to that one”.
The trip was a very fast paced packed itinerary with little time to rest (most of use slept in the van) and exhaustion was a battle by week two. At a time when I was completely uninspired to pick up the camera with several excuses of being too tired, the light or weather sucks, it’s mid-day and hot, there were other photographers out making great images that I had the opportunity and intentionally missed out on.
To close off this Icelandic Adventure, we as a group have assembled a PDF in the form of an eBook showcasing everyone’s favourite photographs.
Today’s Image – Two Weeks in Iceland PDF eBook
This 122 page PDF is designed to be a portfolio of our favourite images from 12 photographers that ventured off to Iceland for 2 weeks in the spring of 2012. Published by oopoomoo, you can download this free 36MB PDF to see the wide variety of images and the different photographic styles artists can produce, even though we were often standing side by side in front of the same scene in the same weather.
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.
At this time the canola had already been cut down. The next few images show the difference from earlier in the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.