Journey to Deer Harbour, Trinity Bay

With a color palette like no other, it’s a photographer’s dream!

A magical place called Deer Harbour offers stunning photography: pastels and reflections, mist and rain, and movie-like overcast lighting. Not to mention the incredible subject matter!

A photograph of brilliant lichen-covered rocks under a bright overcast sky at the entrance to Deer Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada.
Brilliant spring colors pop under the bright overcast light on a rare, calm day on the waters of Trinity Bay.

Getting to Deer Harbour at the best of times requires a ride in a rough-water boat – just to be on the safe side – and skilled seamanship. Once you ’round the headland and exit Trinity Bay you’ve entered paradise. Several kilometres of sheltered coves and inlets all the way to the end of Deer Harbour delivers breathtaking scenery.

A photograph of a small island of pink rock partially covered with vegetation and lichen.
An island of pink and green in a sea of water and mist.

Unless one is a geologist or biologist in the field of botany, it’s difficult to explain why this place offers up colourful lichen and rock that spans a unique band in color spectrum, unlike too many places you’ll frequent. The hardest part is getting here – and with a little inside knowledge it can be arranged 😉

A photograph of a cliff face -  jutting into the calm waters of Deer Harbour - displays a spectrum of color from the different minerals in the rock.
A spectrum of coloured rock and lichens.

Photographing the area requires access to a boat. A single day trip doesn’t quite do justice, so plan an over-nighter. The weather varies, and the best laid plans don’t always mean access by boat is possible. That said, there is a trail that goes from civilization to the lower end of the harbour. Still, to maximize the photographic experience a guide boat is desired. Accommodations are bring your own – can you say tent – however, it’s been known that locals have taken people into their cabins for a night.

An abstract image made from a photograph of colourful rocks on a beach.
The original of this close-up photograph was blurred. I enjoy having fun and creating abstracts whenever the original isn’t a suitably sharp image.

Want to get off the beaten track and find your photographic genius? Then Deer Harbour might just be the place for you! Here at Lens50 we organize custom adventures to make things happen!

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On a Gray Foggy Day

Yes! The best time to shoot! Really! No kidding! lol

I’m a big fan of bright, overcast days–especially for people photography. No high-noon dark eye sockets. Just set the color temperature and go. Photogenic and willing friends make great subjects, as you can see in this family gallery and the pic below.

Five family members pose on a beach, their boat in the background on a overcast, humid day.
Even Light on a Gray Foggy Day

If the web was a place with free, unlimited bandwidth, I’d put up very large picture files for you to view on a desktop photo editor that shows beautiful, well lit eyes! This is especially important in close-ups of the face. But as is you can see the even light (click to view a larger image or view the full gallery). Bright, scattered light does a really neat trick with photographic subjects: it’s called even-illumination, eyes and all 🙂

The next time you look outside and it’s a decent overcast day, get out and make some great pictures – you’re going to love the results 😀


Photo Focus Merge

On a recent trip I made two images of the same subject; one with the foreground in focus and the other with the background in focus. I settled on the image with the foreground in focus for future use in a gallery, article or print, as it conveyed a stronger message of the subject at hand.

A few weeks later while reviewing my images again, I thought to myself ‘What if I could overlay the two images and combine them to give me one in-focus image?’ The use of a tripod on the original shoot would have let me capture at a slower shutter speed and stop down to an aperture as small as f32, if necessary. However, I didn’t have it with me so, as they say, no use in crying over spilt milk! The image below focused on the background, with the rear of the boat not in critical focus.

Note: Click through any of the images for a larger light box view to see more information about the image and technique.

A photograph of an old boat and village in the background, with the camera lens focused on the background. This image is used here to show a technique in Photoshop known as Focus Merge.
In this image I focused on the background. Because the boat dominated the frame, this did not work for me.

I decided to try my luck with Google and search for ‘combine images, focus near, focus far.’ The search result Continue reading