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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Like to stay ON the beaten track? Check out some of our local workshop offerings!

The Maple Leaf Forever!

Autumn is a spectacular time of the year! Photography takes on a whole new meaning as we’re presented with boundless, colourful subjects. Recently, I experienced a rare, foggy autumn day. Fog creates wonderful lighting conditions, however, it’s difficult to capture a foggy scene and convey vibrance and impact that one expects of autumn. One solution is to wait and capture your images as conditions begin to clear.

In this photograph, sunlight illuminates the leaves of a yellow maple, in high contrast against the fog-enshrouded background of forest and blue mist.
In this photograph, sunlight illuminates the leaves of a yellow maple, in high contrast against the fog-enshrouded background of forest and blue mist.

Straight out of the camera this image carried a near perfect exposure. Continue reading

Autumn Backlight and HDR Photomerge

A beautiful forest of colourful, autumn foliage on a body of water with a backdrop of hills and sky presented a tricky lighting situation. The problem was the sky and the position of the sun.

This photograph displays a colourful stand of autumn forest on the ocean, boldly accented by backlighting.
A colourful stand of autumn forest on the ocean is accented by strong backlighting (click the image to view in a lightbox and for more detail).

Backlighting through autumn leaves is one of my favourite subjects. Continue reading