Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador Part 2

OK, it's been a bit more than a week .. but life just keeps getting in the way.  So, better late than never, here's a few more shots from the Labrador Highway bike trip. I'll post another round in Pt 3 soon.

This is the South West coast of Newfoundland, near the Port aux Basque ferry.  Gorgeous rocky coastline with pounding waves.  This area is know for winds that are strong enough to topple motorhomes and transport trucks.  The road along the coast has wind warning signs and the locals say that every year someone gets rolled.

This shot is near Baei Comeau Quebec.  This is the coastal highway that runs from Quebec City east and terminates just beyond Sept Isle Quebec.  The government of Quebec has plans to join this with the other end and complete the loop along the coast to the Labrador highway.  Right now, if you drive the Labrador Highway, you arrive at the Atlantic coast with nowhere to go but back or across the ferry to Newfoundland. Baie Comeau, Quebec is the point where one starts the journey north to Labrador.

The road to Labrador is partly in Quebec and is a mix of pavement and pavement and gravel.  Once in Labrador, there's about 600Kms of new pavement and then it turns to gravel for another 600Kms.  The roads seem to go on forever without a soul on them.

This shot is taken along the coastline of the Northwest Peninsula in Newfoundland (another windy area).  This is a long finger of land that extends north to the top of Newfoundland at St. Anthony.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Labrador Highway by Motorcycle - Part 1

Hi Folks,

It's been a while since I've posted much.  I've been shooting off and on but not taking the time to share; breaking one of my own rules that I believe is so important - sharing makes you a better photographer.

Anyway, since it's been a while, some of you may not want to get these messages anymore.  If that's the case, please just reply and I'll remove you right away.

Today's post is from a recent motorcycle trip where I rode the Labrador Highway solo. I wanted to experience this highway before it's entirely paved. At this point there is still about 800kms of gravel, but there is work under way to pave it all. In all I covered nearly 6,000 kms in 9 days that took me through Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  

I had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing friendly people.  I'll share some experiences as I send additional photos over the coming week.
During my ride, I had my trusted Sony A7R in my tank bag ready for an impromptu roadside shot wherever I needed it.  I'll post a few photos each, a couple of times over the next week or so.  These will also be available on the blog.

As a side note, I took a photography workshop with Ming Thein this past spring in beautiful Prague.  Ming is a master and absolute technical perfectionist.  I followed his work for some time before committing to a workshop with him. It was a intense and I learned much from him in just one week.  One big focus area was composing for image balance.  I've been working with what I've learned and I hope that it is subtly reflected in my work.

Hope you enjoy.