|My favourite image|
Talk about a daunting trip. I've always wanted to hike this trail and take amazing photographs. I knew if I could get there in the right circumstances I could get the best photographs of the Cove and I hope I did it. This hike is almost 'legendary' in terms of Cape Breton hiking. In terms of long distance or crazy difficult hikes it's not that long or hard, but it's still pretty hard to get to.
|Me..finally at the Cove|
The circumstances finally worked out right for me. I was hired to photograph stills of a production featuring outdoor activities in Cape Breton and Pollett's Cove was a featured episode. We had four in our party, the producer, host and an assistant to help carry gear. It worked out beautifully in terms of timing. I had just purchased my new camera kit, my 1DS Mark III and my 16-35mm L F2.8 and I knew with this, I could capture extremely high resolution photos. I just needed the skills to get them.
|This reminds me of Jack Dykinga's work in Arizona.. look him up|
|Our other campers|
|Needless to say, they were pretty comfortable with us|
|Drifting embers from our fire make a nice touch|
I ran up and down the coast, inland and coastal, shooting panoramas and landscapes. Finally I forced myself to stop and eat something and then get back to work. The horses managed to place themselves in the perfect spots for grand vistas of the cove.
|Just good timing.|
|My favourite of our group|
My whole time in Pollet's Cove I believe I shot with my 16-35mm for ultra wide angle shots trying to capture the grandeur of the landscape. I keep my ISO as low as I can (50) and set my camera to Aperture Priority at f11. Keeping the camera on my tripod forced me to slow down to look at my compositions, to study them. I had to make sure I knew what I was going to shoot. Something else I wanted to do was capture huge panoramas. I have a lesson on how to shoot pano's in an earlier post and it applied here as well.
|The first panorama of the Cove that I've seen|
|This panorama is 180 degrees. This shoreline does not bend and is only warped by the perspective of the photo.|
|These horses were my greatest asset to pulling off great shots|