First NSO portrait of the year!

Flutist, Sarah Commerford, on location (and taking shelter from the pouring rain!) in old St John’s,  for this next season program brochure.  You can check out all our NSO musician portraits by visiting our NSO Project gallery.

First wedding shoot of 2018

Our first wedding of 2018 is done and delivered …with the added bonus of it being shot as the the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Thanks to Adrienne and Greg for bringing me along for their special day.  The whole place is like a big studio. Easy to see why the fashion shooters pack up the whole crew and just goes shoot on a Caribbean resort.

Got a wedding you need photographed this year? We have some openings still for 2018. It doesn’t have to be in Jamaica! Drop us a line. and check out our wedding photo gallery.

My new ad in Newfoundland Quarterly.

Newfoundland Quarterly is Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier arts and cultural magazine. It’s reproduction quality, design and quality makes it a perfect place for me to place my ads. If you love magazines, do check them out

Study the classics

…because you never know when someone will ask you to shoot a classic black and white portrait for corporate head office. A rare thing these days of Instagram aesthetics.

© 2018 Greg Locke

I did weddings!

Chantelle on her wedding day in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland © 2017 Greg Locke

It’s that time of the year to look back on what you did in 2017. Well, two of my favourite shoots were the two weddings I did for two beautiful woman who both happen to be musicians with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Thank you Laura and Chantelle!

Check out our freshly updated wedding gallery, THE WEDDINGS.

Big on Instagram

I actually like Instagram. Despite the small display size it’s all about the photos. …less txt, more pix! I post a lot more of my ongoing work and the journey doing it there than here. One of the nice things Instagram coughs up at the end of the year is your top nine most popular photos as judged by the likes and comments. They may not be what you consider your best shots but they are certainly the “readers choice awards”.  It also gives you a nice insight to what communities and interest groups are at play or most active on Instagram in relations to you style, brand or subject of photography. 2017, like 2016, its pretty obvious that the climbing community loves Instagram and heavily engaged. So, #2017bestnine from #Instagram. Not following us on Instagram? Well, follow along! our feed. …there is a lot more than climbing photos!

https://www.instagram.com/greg.locke/

 

We made Time Mag’s Top100 photos of 2017!

Residents get a view the first iceberg of the season in town of Ferryland as it passes the South Shore of Newfoundland, Canada April 16, 2017. Picture taken April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Greg Locke

Well, you don’t expect to see a pretty iceberg picture in the 100 photos of the year by a news magazine. Its the domain of serious news and current affair but there it was my “snap” from the little village of Ferryland on Newfoundland’s Southern Shore.  It’s a great way to kick off your year end chores of reviewing, cataloging and filing your year of photo making. Check out Time’s 2017 Top 100 Pictures for yourself! Its, as usual, a pretty amazing collection of the works best news photos for the year. TIME TOP 100 

Thanks to #timemagazine #reuterspictures #nikon #nikoncanada.

Happy Solstice! …winter is here

Sunrise on the Winter Solstice over the north Atlantic ocean and Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the most eastern point in North America. Winter is here. Welcome!

Hebron rig prepares for tow out.

The Hebron offshore oil production platform lays in Bull Arm, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland awaiting tow out to the Hebron oil field after construction in the nearby shipyard.

The Hebron oil field is located on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland about 350km south of St. John’s near three other oil producing fields at Hibernia, White Rose and Terra Nova. The tow out comes 20 years to the week that the Hibernia platform was launched out of the same yard to kick off Newfoundland’s oil boom.

The Hebron field was discovered in the 1980s by Chevron and will be operated by a consortium (Chevron, Statoil, Suncor, Nalcor) led by ExxonMobil. It holds an estimated 700 billion barrels of oil but like the three other projects it will most likely yield much more once production begins and advanced drilling techniques explores the reservoir further.

The Newfoundland government has an ownership stake through it’s energy crown corporation NALCOR and expects to make $10 billion over the life of the project.

The rig cost an estimated $14 billion to construct. It is capable of pumping 150,000 barrels per day. First oil is expected by the end of 2017.

Other Newfoundland offshore oil production installations…

Hibernia: Exploration drilling began in the 1960s in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the north west Atlantic off the east coast of Canada. The drilling of well Hibernia P-51 in 1979 confirmed that there was viable oil reserves deep under the ocean. It would be nearly 20 more years for the deals to be made that would see the construction of a massive concrete production platform and the oil and money to flow as the first offshore oil production in Canada.  The Hibernia offshore oil field is owned jointly by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources (26.875%), Suncor (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and StatoilHydro Canada Ltd (5%).

 

The Terra Nova oil field (above) was discovered and developed by Canada’s state own oil company, Petro Canada. Discovered in 1984, the oil field was the second to be developed on the Grand Banks offshore Newfoundland. Production from the field began in 2002. Petro Canada was later privatized and purchased by Suncor Energy. Terra Nova utilizes a floating production platform instead of the concrete gravity based structure of Hibernia or Hebron. Partners in the project are Suncor, ExxonMobil, Statoil, Husky Energy, Murphy oil, Mosbacher and Chevron.

 

White Rose (above) is the third offshore oil field to be developed offshore Newfoundland. Discovered in 1984 and developed by Husky Energy it is the smallest of the four producing fields with Husky as the major share holder and Suncor Energy with a 27 percent stake. It also usesa floating production platform name the Sea Rose.

Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose have all produced more oil that originally projected and have all more than recovered their development and exploration cost which make them very cost effective to operate and expand for their owners. All are undergoing expansion projects to further extend the lives of their respective projects well past their original life expectancy. Hebron is starting out even larger than the three previous projects with a 30 year life expectancy.

I have been covering the offshore oil industry as a journalist and photographer since the early and heady exploration days of the late 1970s. Its been a fascinating and great learning experience to see an entire industry evolve and develop in the political and economic microcosm that is Newfoundland.  …greg locke

© 2017 Greg Locke. All rights reserved.

 

The editorial business portrait

This is the stock and trade of the daily photography done by professional photographers. Sometime its for a company newsletter or announcement or the rare air of a corporate annual report but a lot is done for the business magazines. Dave Bennett and James Reid are a couple of smart lawyers who brokered a major merger of power companies in Canada and the USA for Fortis. Inc. It earned them the cover of  ThompsonReuters Lexpert Magazine. We made shot overlooking the harbour at St John’s, Newfoundland.  © 2017 Greg Locke