So sorry for the break between posts, I had a very hectic month with moving to a new place and was without internet for quite a bit of time, so I couldn’t get anything up! I want to start back up again with a post about one of the photos I took last year.
The photo above was taken in Bonavista, Newfoundland. I was intrigued by a talk I had head about the redevelopment of the community and thought I should go and take a look for myself. However, on the day I made the drive from St. John’s to Bonavista a large hurricane decided to throw a bit of a wrench in my plans. The drive stared okay, but as I made my way closer to Bonavista the storm made land and the downpours started! Sustained 120 km/h winds and torrential downpours met us as we arrived, all the restaurants (except the pub which had decent food) were closed so all that was left was to grab my camera and try to pass the time! I headed to the Bonavista lighthouse and was met with huge crashing waves and winds so strong that I could not stand up! Even though the trip was a bust for seeing Bonavista, the scenery was amazing. Now I just have to make my way back up there as the polar bears come in with the ice flows!
How I got the shot:
With great trouble! Since the winds were so high some interesting tactics were employed. First the tripod, keep it as low as possible. I like to use my boots to dig 3 small holes in the mud, I then plant the legs in the mud and bury them, this helps to keep the tripod from blowing over. Next you have to consider the camera. Many cameras are weather sealed but you still need to be careful, especially in torrential downpours. I like to position myself up wind, and use my jacket and hood to keep some water off, this also helps to keep the lens clear of rain drops (or at least reduce them). In the case of this photo, I also had an additional challenge, the length of the exposure. Since this is almost a 1 second exposure, I had to time the gusts and try to get the exposure during a less windy period. Even after all this, you still need to play the odds and take lots of photos! Out of the few dozen I took, only a few were sharp!
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Tamron 15-30mm
Shutter Speed: 0.8 sec