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Never stop exploring

NorthFace-Erinn-Flatrock_GSL-6541-LOWRESClimber Erinn Locke at Flatrock, Newfoundland. © 2016 Greg Locke

 

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Greg Locke climbing to photograph ice climbers in St John’s, Newfoundland. Photo by Terry Day

If you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play you know the never ending quest for the right gear to keep you warm and dry and still mobile. Hiking, working, shoveling  show, skiing, ice climbing or just out walking the dog, its no fun if you are cold. There are lots of great  equipment makers out there and we have and still us many of them but I was particularly interested when I found out from  The Outfitters in St John’s, Newfoundland that The North Face was redesigning their Summit Series for 2016. This was always the North Face’s professional grade expedition line of outdoor clothing so what could they do that was new?

As soon as Erinn and I got our hands on the L4 jacket we took them out for a sunrise climb at the seaside climbing crag at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a chilly snowy morning.
Lightweight, insulated with Thermoball and flexible it was great for climbing and while on belay. Thermoball is the new synthetic alternative to down made with Primaloft material. It insulates even when wet.

As a professional photographer who seems to spend a lot of time outdoors be it on construction sites, oil rigs, chasing rock and ice climbers or just standing around …waiting! My choice of clothing can be just as important an equipment decision as my cameras. You have to stay comfortable or you just can’t work.

Layering is the key to staying warm for extending periods being active outdoors. The North Face has cut its Summit Series line down to the best layering system around with L1 as the base layer all the way up the the L5 mountaineering outer shell with various mid layers as L2, L3 and L4.

The L4 we tested is easily a stand-a-lone jacket of most activities but still light enough toss a rain shell or full guide or mountaineering shell over top.

Greg-NorthFace-FlatrOCK-6717Hauling up rope at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a morning climb testing some new gear. Photo by Erinn Locke.

 

Return to classic portraiture

Marc-Lafreniere-2015_GSL-7298-webIn a visually noisy world of over saturated, over photo shopped, really bad HDR artificial photos it is so nice to have someone who appreciates classic black & white portraiture walk into your studio. It’s always rewarding to revisit and practice the lighting lessons taught to us by the great masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer (…see Rembrandt Lighting) and 1940’s Hollywood photographers such as George Hurrell, who pioneered the use of high intensity focused fresnel lights found on movies sets. Its clean, back to basics and keeps it simple. It’s about the light, not the camera. This is Marc Lafrenière, teacher, photographer, film and art aficionado  …future .com billionaire. :^)

You can visit his website at marclafreniere.ca

© 2015 Greg Locke

 

Foto Flashback

Spitfire-1-webIn 1982 I had been shooting news for a couple of years and was expanding my perspectives and trying some commercial and advertising photography. Doing a little organization in the file room this week I found this 35mm Kodak Extachrome 64 transparency. As I recall, there wasn’t much lighting but lots of reflectors and graduated filters. It was an instant flashback to a warm summer evening, a fun car on a long drive with a fun crew. One of my first paid ad shoots it was for a friend who owned an import auto business. I can almost smell that English leather interior now. …greg

NSO Portraits 2015 have started

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We’re deliriously happy to be back shooting portraits of the musicians of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/16 season. We kicked it off with Jessica Pereversoff on a stormy March day with torrential rain and 100km winds! …we took shelter in an empty car park and carried on! Between running back and forth to the car to warm up we managed to get the pavement swept of snow and the lights up and tied down. Six Nikon Speedlights and a lot of sandbags and rope. Great subjects and a great crew always seem to make it happen!. Lighting assistant Erinn Locke, hair and makeup by Olivia Chafe. Thanks to musicians Jessica Pereversoff and Cameron Maclellan (whose pictures you will see soon) for being such good sports and total pros. © 2015 Greg Locke

Bring the light

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Its no secret that location shooting has its lighting challenges. To dark, too bright, too contrasty, not contrasty enough, wrong colour, mixed colour, back light….  That’s why we usually bring our own and lots of it. But every once and awhile you have everything set up and balanced and realise you need just one more light to make it sing …and the bag is empty. That’s what happened to us on this shoot in a dark cavernous machine shop. We were out of lights and we needed something to fill in the background. Thats when I spotted the welder on a break. I asked if he could help out and light up his welding torch to make some light. He asked how much? I said give me everything you got and he smiled.

Sometimes “available light” means any light that’s available.

Photo by Greg Locke © 2014

Shooting Toyotas

HD-ToyotaPlaza_GSL-1291-2-RETOUCHNight shoot on location at Toyota Plaza in St. John’s, Newfoundland. ….lots of light, lots of time and lots of driving back and forth. (click to enlarge full size)  

© 2014 GREGLOCKE

 

The River Guardian

 

The River Guardian

Had a little time and were sitting around the office so Erinn and I decided to go try out some new lighting tricks …but it can never be just another lighting test. It has to be a production. Erinn outdid herself with the concept, costuming and makeup. We lit up that river with a bunch of Nikon Speedlights including a couple underwater in watertight containers.  This was our second go at putting remote fired flashes under water. We now await a client and assignment to put it into serious use ….anyone? Photos by Greg Locke © 2014. Model: Erinn Locke. Assisted by Susan Locke and Curtis Jones.

Frank Fusari on bass

NSO Principal Bass, Frank Fusari photographed by Greg Locke on location at the Arts & Culture Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Frank Fusari, Principal Bass for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, is next up in our NSO Portraits Project. Frank was photographed back stage at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s during a break in rehearsal last night. Industrial setting calls for industrial lighting. Mixed the available florescents with daylight and tungsten gelled Nikon Speedlights. In the past few weeks we have photographed twelve musicians for this years series. Look for these in the program guides, ads and online for the NSO upcoming season.

© 2014 GREG LOCKE

Telegram coverage of NSO

Sinfonia receives resounding applause

By Jean Snook
Published on October 15, 2013

Saturday evening’s Sinfonia concert of 18th-century music had the D.F. Cook Recital Hall filled to near capacity.

Violist Clayton Leung, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Greg Locke for the NSO. © 2013 – www.greglocke.com

The audience was greeted in the lobby by life-size silk-screen panels of three of the orchestra members: yet another application of Greg Locke’s inspired photographs that were featured in The Telegram in the summer, that grace the program booklets for the 2013/2014 season, and that won Locke The Telegram’s Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer.

Locke’s idea of photographing the musicians with their instruments outside the concert hall, in colour, in the community and by the sea, helps put the faces to the names of individual players, while emphasizing that Newfoundland now has a symphony orchestra of which we can be very proud. …more

 

 

 

 

Climbing, new photo challenges and skills

Climbing at Flatrock Newfoundland

Our daughter, Erinn, has become an avid rock climber loving both indoor and competitions at the gym as well as outdoor climbing adventures. Which is good because Newfoundland is a great place to be a rock climber. She has even represented the province with her Alpine Club of Canada NL team at competitions out of the province. All this, of course, means some great new photo challenges for me if there are going to be “family photos.” I’ve done my share of work in harnesses at height and quite comfortable working on the super structures of offshore oil rigs, tower cranes, in helicopters and with iron workers on steel beams high above construction sites but rock climbing is different, its much more physically demanding. You actually have to climb rock at some point, not just climb stairs or ladders. So, some new skills were required.

This now meant spending some time at Wallnuts Climbing Centre learning these skills and how to handle some new equipment and, oh, yeah, get in decent enough shape to get up on that wall and stay there!

Check out this photo gallery of the Alpine Club of Canada (NL Section) junior sport climbing team in action.!