Category Archives: #exploreNL

Ice climbing season in Newfoundland

Ice climbing season was very short …but spectacular! on the east coast of Newfoundland this year. We had a rare very short winter. But we made the most of it! Here is Lewis Loader on High Anxiety near Flatrock, north of St John’s. This waterfall route comes in pretty solid and consistent every year as a 40m (120ft) WI5.

Newfoundland boat builder, Henry Vokey dies at age 91.

 
 
I’d like to take a moment to mark the passing of Henry Vokey of Trinity, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, at age 91. Henry was a Newfoundland cultural icon. A traditional wooden boat builder of 50 years who build an estimated one thousand boats. He built everything from the 14 foot “Rodneys”, larger trap skiffs and ocean going 60 foot schooners. His boats were work boats for fishing and travel that were a part of Newfoundland’s social, cultural and economic life for a past generation. With a distinct style everyone knew a “Vokey Boat” when they saw one.
 
If you ever took a sailing tour out of St John’s harbour on the schooner J and B, you’ve been on a Vokey boat.
Thankfully, his boats are kept alive and being used and kept for pleasure and craft by a new generation and a revival of interest in Newfoundland’s wooden boats which Henry has been instrumental in driving.
 
His last schooner, the Leah Caroline, was launched in 2012.
 

Photography Master Class with the Doctor’s House

It’s been a while since I’ve done my Labour Day Weekend photo workshops in Trinity so I’m very happy to announce that, in partnership with The Doctors House  Inn and Spa, 
I will be offering a Photography Master Class Series starting in October. Come join us. Here are the details…

This series provides you with 2 different options; a virtual option and a virtual + in-person option. Both will cover the fundamentals essential to memorable photography. The first half of the series focuses on the foundations of light, composition, and subject matter. The second half will include building on these foundations while mastering the technical side of the camera and setting. You will use the foundations in week 1-4 to think visually; understanding light, contrast, colour, and composition.

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? OPTION #1: VIRTUAL
? DATES: October 17th, 2020 (first 4 weeks) + November 21st, 2020 (second 4 weeks)

An 8-week virtual class that will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 10:30am.

—> COST: $499 + HST per person
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? OPTION #2: VIRTUAL + IN-PERSON RETREAT + 1-on-1 SESSION
?DATES: February 6th, 2021 (virtual) + May 14th-16th, 2021 (in-person)

A 4-week virtual class that will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 10:30am beginning February 6th, paired with an in-person retreat which will be held at The Doctor’s House Inn & Spa on May 14th – May 16th, 2021.

—> COST: $1,499 + HST per person
*includes 2 nights accommodations (single occupancy), 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners.
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? RESERVE YOUR SPOT:
Please call our front desk to reserve your spot now; (709) 582-2754!

New rock and ice climbing gallery

We have consolidated and redone our rock and ice climbing gallery. Please check it out for some fun climbing photos from Newfoundland. Rock & Ice Climbing

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

Winter is here!

…and that means shooting some ice climbing. Here is a little “Behind The Scenes” of me hanging out with Terry Day climbing “High Anxiety”, a 40 meter, WI5 with very irregular formations in Red Head Cove, Newfoundland. Needless to say that this takes a lot of planning. Not only what cameras and lenses to take but the best outdoor gear and safety equipment that will keep you warm and dry but still give you room to hike and climb in. Thanks to Trevor Wragg for the photo of us.

 

Best of 2018

Well, there goes 2018. Hope it was good to you. Here are my top 9 photos of the year according to Instagram.  Although the one of me was taken by Terry Day! Nice to look back and curious because what your favourite photos, or what you might consider the “best” …. are seldom what other think. The thing I like about these are they are a product of great subjects and great adventures. Here is to 2019 so get out there and make great photos!  #2018bestnine.

An Audience of Chairs – Movie poster

The movie poster for An Audience of Chairs. Shot in Tor’s Cove, Newfoundland in the summer of 2017 and still one of my favourite images. This film is not making the film festival circuit so treat yourself and go check it out. FaceBook page for news!

Bride on the rocks

Mandy and Steve got married!!  …but being avid rock climbers they wanted some photos that reflected their love of the sport. This is not the realm of regular wedding photographers so they turned to their local climbing community.  So on a beautiful fall morning our small crew headed out to make this happen for them. Along with Mandy and Steve there was, rope access specialist and photographer Terry Day, experienced climber Thom Smith, all ’round adventurer and drone pilot Brandon Whelan and myself. We had a location in mind at a regular climbing crag in Flatrock, north of St John’s that had the right combination of dramatic and being fairly “wedding dress accessible” …despite being called “BloodBath”. The plan was reviewed, ropes were rigged, the drone was launched and everyone took their places. I’m hoping this was a first for Newfoundland. Thanks everyone for an epic shoot and a big congratulations to Mandy and Steve!

Something in the Atmosphere

Back in August outdoor retailer, Atmosphere, came out to Newfoundland to shoot their fall ad campaign on the iconic East Coast Trail  …and it was a blast! Our crew of eight hiked, scouted explored and shot in locations from Flatrock to LaManche over 5 days. Even Cape Spear  …as far east as you can go in North America! For a photography and ad people its very rewarding to be doing full on advertising production on location in beautiful place.

Producer: Kaitlyn Smith
Art Director: James Wallbank
Production Assistant: Terry Day
Models: Camille Stopps, Morgan Locke, Michael Zatylny, Faraz Qureshi.

The photos are making their way through their social media feeds and their retail website. Here is a small cut of my favourites.