Saturday, November 21, 2015

I'm Now Up Over on Instagram!

Blog has been quiet for the past little bit, but I'm getting things back on track starting with announcing that I'm now on Instagram! I've been a very late adopter to Instagram, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm always looking for ways to share my images, and so far I'm finding Instagram quite fun.

You can find me at @darrenclarkphoto. I'll be posting every couple of days so check me out and start following if you like what you see.

Also, stay tuned for another instalment of "The Shot," "The Shoot & The Gear," and "The Post," coming up shortly,



Monday, October 19, 2015

Out of the Mist, Into the Calm

Digging back into the archive again, this time 6 years ago and our Alaskan cruise. We sailed out of Whittier, Alaska, heading down to Vancouver, British Columbia. One of the stops along the way was Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

What I remember as we began navigating our entry into the park was that it was extremely cold, and extremely foggy. We brought our winter gear so we were able to stay warm, but couldn't do anything about the fog and mist. We were starting to get a bit disappointed thinking we were not going to see anything when something magical happened...we sailed out of the fog. And I mean that there was a wall of fog and mist behind us and it stayed there.

Once on the other side we were treated to a pretty clear blue, and some of most beautiful and tranquil sites I have ever seen. It was like we just sailed into another world.

We enjoyed the day on our balcony just taking it all in. Not much more to say about it so I'll just leave a few of my favourite images here.



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Getting Off the (Well) Beaten (Tourist) Path

Digging back into the archives for this photo from 2007. Anyone ever been to Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia? It's a beautiful little place; however, it can also be a very busy place as it's an extremely popular tourist destination.

I've had the chance to see it, and hoping to get back there again next year.  I was able to get there relatively early, and while there were others already there was able to avoid the massive crowds. But that all changed when four large tour buses arrived!

Now I love shooting wide angle, sweeping landscapes, and I was able to do that here. In fact I got pretty much the same "tourist photos" that a lot of people get (hey I was still new at photography), and pretty sure I found the exact tripod marks from so many others before me...see the images below, for example.

But when those tour buses arrived I had to start to think like a photographer, and choose a new strategy. I decided to change my approach to eliminate the crowds and look for something unique. In this case I took a stroll off the well beaten tourist path where I found these two beat up little boats. The next thing I did was to zoom in a bit more to eliminate any distracting elements around them.

Try this the next time you're battling a lot of crowds. Take a walk off the path a little, and try zooming in a bit more to eliminate distractions, get some of those detail shots that help to fill in the story you're trying to tell.



Sunday, September 13, 2015

"The Post" - Part 3 - Milky Way Over Nelson

Hey everyone, here is the third and final instalment of my Milky Way over Nelson series of the "The Shot," "The Shoot & The Gear," and "The Post."

Here's a video on how I post processed my Milky Way images. Really simple processing using only Lightroom.