Cape Spear wanderings

It’s sometimes tricky to revisit and re-shoot a thoroughly-frequented area. Yesterday we took a jaunt out to Cape Spear, in the hopes that the wind would blow away some cobwebs and there might be something interesting to see. You never really know what Cape Spear will bring on a given visit. Sometimes the weather there can be quite different from that found in town. Sometimes there are foxes, whales, sunsets or sunrises, magnificent waves or simply beautiful light of some sort. There are always lighthouses (two: old and new) and WWII bunkers are a given.

Yesterday was not a stellar day for light. There were no foxes (or if there were, they were smart and stayed indoors). It was the wrong time of year for whales and the sea was too rough. While there were waves, they were mundane, by Cape Spear standards. It being mid-day, the sun was neither setting for rising and it was overcast and raining, so not much beautiful light was available.

And you can only take so many pictures of a lighthouse. I’ve taken plenty of Cape Spear pictures in the past, so for a photo to pass deletion standards, it would have to be pretty darned good.

Still, I managed a couple which I think are passable:

Decay. The rusted (and warped) frame of one of the WWII bunkers at Cape Spear.
Decay. The rusted (and warped) frame of one of the WWII bunkers at Cape Spear. (Focal length 18mm, Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f3.5)

These tunnels connected the WWII gun batteries. Over the years, they’ve started to deteriorate. Parks Canada has been doing some stop-gap (literally) repairs and has set up a roof over this tunnel. One of the others has been barred off to the public and it appears that some sort of concrete parging is being done in the blocked-off sections.

Tunnel (Focal length 48mm, Shutter: 0.3, Aperture: f5)
Out of the wind and into the light
Out of the wind and into the light. (Focal length 48mm, Shutter: 1/8, Aperture: f4.5)

And to prove to myself that I am utterly repetitious remind myself that I keep taking the same pictures over and over (it’s something I’m working on), here’s a shot I took of John and Katherine in 2006 (almost 6 years ago)…..

J & K
John & Katherine, July 6, 2006. (Shot in manual mode on a Sony DSC-S60, ISO 80, Focal length 6mm, Shutter: 1/60, Aperture: f2.8)

And a similar one from yesterday.

John & Katherine
(Focal length 48mm, Shutter: 1/30, Aperture: f5.6)

She takes up a lot more window now.

Finally we wandered out to Logy Bay. I really didn’t have much hope of any good shots there, it being late in the day on a rainy, cloudy old afternoon.

Logy Bay is a strange sort of place. The hills are incredibly dramatic and the setting and buildings are also quite eye-catching, but it’s all sunken down in a bay that has steep rock sides which quite effectively block sunlight in the late afternoon and late afternoon in winter reaches from about 2:30 onwards in these parts. Still, it was on the way home and was worth a shot. Fortune favoured me with one fleeting burst of sunlight through the clouds, however, and I had been leaning on a rock with my camera out waiting for it for almost twenty minutes happened to have the camera out just at the right time when it came.

The cliffs of Logy Bay. The yellow on the rocks is lichen.
The cliffs of Logy Bay. The yellow on the rocks is lichen. (Focal length 70mm, Shutter: 1/180, Aperture: f9.5)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Elaine Dale says:

    Great post – AMAZING shot of Logy Bay. I’ve shared this post and your talent through my facebook page (Elaine Osmond Dale).

  2. kerryl29 says:

    Take what the conditions give you–always a good rule of thumb. You’ve applied it very effectively here.

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