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The frozen lands…


Adventure time in the frozen lands. Ice climbing season has returned to Eastern Newfoundland with great fat ice coming in at Stiles Cove, Red Head Cove, Bell Island and South Side Road in St John’s. The hurricane/blizzard certainly helped. This is Lewis Loader on High Anxiety, a WI5 rating in Red Head Cove, Flatrock, Newfoundland. There is a series of photos over on my Instagram @greg.locke 

#explorenewfoundland #alpineclubofcanada #iceclimbing

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.

 

MUMMERS!

MummersParade-2015_GSL-5252-WEBOn George Street, St John’s, Newfoundland for the 2015 Mummers Festival. Lots more photos on their Flickr Photostream. © 2015 GREG LOCKE

Cats playing at night

CAT-SoldiersPond-WEB_GSL-3456Shooting in the rain and mud for Toromont Cat when road culvert upgrades required the closing of the 4 lane Trans Canada Highway west of St John’s, Newfoundland for a weekend. River damned, trench dug, culverts laid, buried and paved in three days. Required a bunch of Nikon Speedlights laying around in the mud to fill in the shadows from the massive generator powered work light towers. © 2015 Greg Locke 

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.

Nikon D800 – Loose in the real world.

Nikon D800

I have not been excited about a new camera since I traded a bag full of Olympus OM1’s and a bunch of lenses for a couple of new Nikon F3’s, an 80-200mm and a 20mm back in 1985. The first digital camera I considered worth buying was the Nikon D100. I had used the NC2000 and the D1’s and they were total crap. Sorry, it’s the truth and we all know it. Since the D100 I’ve only bought a couple of D2x and a D700.

I wasn’t really planning on buying a Nikon D800.  However, when I saw the specs and it coincided with a need for a new HD video setup I figured it was as good a time as any to make the credit card say ouch.

I don’t think anyone expected a 36 megapixel “full frame” monster with new expanded video features.

I got my order in to  Nikon Canada Pro Services preferred purchase program and Jeff Chevrier at Photocreative, I was able to get one of the first D800s to come into the country.

Cameras, as cool as the technology can be, are still just work tools for professional photographers. They have to have features that are useful and functional in my “real world” shooting and production environment.

With that in mind, this review of the D800 is going to be more about things that matter to working photographers in the field. It’s not a tech “test” or a spec review or, God forbid, a Nikon vs Canon discussion.

Every camera and tech geek on the web has their own version of that and you’ll find the best at RobGalbraith.com and DXO labs websites. Which, by the way, calls the D800 the best DSLR to date. Continue reading »