Off To Nova Scotia

Posted on 13th September 2016 in adventure

My pops and I recently drove from Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. That’s from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and back again. The journey took us more like 50 days, not two months. I had everything theoretically set out in my calendar for two months before we left to make sure we had enough time to spend in every place that we wanted to spend time in, and at some point just as we were coming into Nova Scotia we jumped ahead about 10 days and could never really find a place to delay in again!

I think if there was one place I would have liked to spend more time exploring, it was PEI. Such a neat community I’ve become fascinated with. It’s a very small island compared to the large expanse of a province like BC that I’m used to, but because of that it’s quite a neat place. In some parts it’s mostly potato farms as far as the eye can see, but then in other parts that I’ve become more partial to, it’s smaller farms with the biggest gardens you’ve ever seen and more wild forests that haven’t been logged in at least 20 years.

On our way across we drove through the States. They have beautiful interstate highways that I kept wanting to go further and further south on to go through some of the big cities I’ve always wanted to visit, like Denver and Kansas City, but all my pops could see was the temperature on the thermometer rising the further South we went. He kept looking at the map and telling me I had a crooked eye and my line across the States wasn’t so straight.

Vermont was an absolutely eye catching state. Something about the history and attention to detail and craftsmanship there that just took my heart into a little basket. It could have just been the beauty of the forests, too.

We camped the whole way, drove all day. Everywhere we stopped there were earwigs, and the next day when we were unpacking our tent we counted how many we had transported. I didn’t like this for multiple reasons, but clearly there had been many people before us that had already contributed to the widespread of them. We only got rain a few times. It’s always a pain having to dry things out or pack things up when they’re wet. Then they start to smell and that’s just no good. When this would happen, we’d go out for pizza.

One thing I really like about being on the road is I get so many ideas of how successful operations run. Things like signage and a good choice in brand names and rather iconic storefronts, to name a few things. For my pops and I, this provided many hours of banter as we’re both chalked full of ideas that have a chance of success. We met with many farmers and agriculture specialists who also gave us much insight into our future.

tech // Sony a7 camera / SMC 50mm f1.4 / SMC 35mm / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

From Vancouver Island to PEI by Ned Tobin

Winthrop, Washington

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Faces of San Francisco | Part II

Posted on 5th March 2013 in Street Photography

Previously, I posted some of the faces that I saw in San Francisco in Part I of this installment. In early spring of 2012 I drove down the Oregon Coast to San Francisco, where I spent a week wandering the streets. A beautiful time, eye opening, and always life changing. I will continue with more faces from SF now.

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Faces of San Francisco | Part I

Posted on 30th November 2012 in Street Photography

In April of 2012 I drove down the coast of America to San Francisco. It was a very beautiful drive for me, sunsets and seals were involved, and a perfect way to start off the trip [see The Road to San Francisco]. I had about a week.

When I arrived in San Fran, I realized that I’d be walking everywhere. I parked my car in a garage, pulled out my camera and toothbrush and walked it up to my hotel room. I had rented the cheapest place I could find, in the most central, downtown location I could find. As it turned out, it was right in the heart of San Francisco, exactly where I wanted to be.

The hotel room was pretty cool. I couldn’t help but feel I was following in the footsteps of some of my rock and roll idols that have played and hung around in the places I was heading to. Whatever I gotta do to make the dream come alive, right?

Each of my days I would spend wandering around; walking in a new direction with only my camera and bright eyes leading me. It was a beautiful trip. I met many very interesting faces, and talked to many interesting people.

I would do it again in a heart beat.

 

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Heidelberg, Germany

Posted on 22nd October 2012 in architecture, Street Photography, wandering

If you’ve been reading, or you know me, you know that I’ve just been gone to Europe for about five months. If you haven’t seen any of the photographs from other segments of this trip, you may also be interested in seeing Köln, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Schleswig-Holstein, London, or Berlin. Yes, there will be much more to still come, but that should catch you up to here.

I went to Heidelberg mainly to photograph the dazzling Krystena who clearly outshined the historical Heidelberg, none-the-less I had a few minutes before meeting up with Krystena where I was walking around the town, so I figured I should press the trigger. Why not?!

One thing I’ve noticed as I get more experience is that if I’ve set out in the morning to photograph a model, I’m so excited to shoot the model that it’s usually hard for me to put my mind into a different frame to also photograph… let’s say architecture. Call it nerves, call it excitement, call it distraction. It is what it is.

The city is unique because during the war the USA didn’t bomb it very heavily, or at all. The rumor is that they had decided it would be where they would install their military base, and wanted a place that would be still intact. Most of the rest of Germany was very heavily bombed and a lot of the ancient and beautiful architecture was destroyed, though there is still lots that remain.

 

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