September 28, 2015
It has been a very busy summer and autumn is following in the same pattern. My last Blog post and update on my Facebook Page was made in mid-May when I launched a book tour throughout the province of Ontario to promote my new book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' (Turnstone Press). The book was very well received at the 13 venues I attended. It was a pleasure to connect with old friends, clients and colleagues, as well as to meet many, many new folks! Thank you to everyone who came out to support me and the new book.
Following the book tour, I traveled eastward to the Canadian East Coast for 6 weeks to explore new territory and create new imagery for upcoming projects. I discovered many new places in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I also revisited a few iconic locations such as the attached image of the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. While I have photographed this lighthouse on numerous occasions over the years, I personally think I created my finest version of the lighthouse during this recent trip. Following a day of overcast conditions and heavy downpour during the evening, the skies cleared by dawn. This time of day offered a rare opportunity to photograph the iconic landmark without any tourists, enhancing the feeling of solitude I felt at the moment. The ‘Belt of Venus’, an atmospheric phenomenon seen just before sunrise or after sunset, glows bright pink above the darker blue layer known as the ‘Earth’s Shadow’. This pink glow, also known as an ‘anti-twilight arch’, extends some 10-20 degrees above the horizon and is caused by a backscattering of reddish light from the rising or setting sun. I waited until the beacon lit up before pressing the shutter.
The hour before sunrise is particularly sweet and one has to be constantly on the alert as conditions can change quickly. I had tried to make this image on two previous mornings but clouds had foiled my attempt both times. On this third occasion, a few minutes before sunrise, I released the shutter knowing that I had finally succeeded. I framed the wooden pier in such a way as to create a series of triangles counter balanced by a large horizontal shape above the horizon. The converging lines of the pier made of aspen trees lead into the bright space above Lake Winnipeg. The centered horizon line implies tranquility while the lone pier adds a sense of solitude. A perfect morning!