Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Chasing the Light: Favorite Photographs of 2017


Chasing the Light: Favorite Photographs of 2017

Each of the twelve photographs in this collection was taken within an hour of my home in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. They represent unforgettable moments when my vision and energy was focused on the ever changing light. Times when I felt very present and content with life.
These photographs represent a heartfelt response to my favorite places. With each photograph comes a short description of the work and my thoughts about the image as I remember each capture with vivid clarity.
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Chris Sheppard
 
 

1. Feb. 12th 2017. Snow Moon, Memorial Church at Grand Pré National Historic Site.

 
A calm before the storm as the "snow moon" sets over the Memorial Church Sunday morning surrounded by the glow of the Belt of Venus light shortly before sunrise at Grand Pré Park.
 
Snow Moon, Memorial Church at Grand Pré National Historic Site

 
 

2. May 20th 2017. Meadow Sunset. Cape Split, N.S.

 
We watch as the sun descends over the Bay of Fundy, the warm light catching the Cape Split meadow over 200 feet above the rugged shoreline below. One of Nova Scotia's finest hikes!
 

Meadow Sunset, Cape Split

 

3. Jan 02nd 2017. Sunrise Light and Ripples of Sand. Scot's Bay, N.S.

 
 
Brilliant colours in the dawn sky are reflected in the pools between delicate ripples of sand at low tide near Ells Creek on the shore of Scots Bay. I love capturing intimate landscapes and finding compositions within the chaos of nature.
 
 

Sunrise Light and Ripples of Sand.



4. April 29th 2017. Clearing Storm, Mosquito Point in North Grand Pré.

 
With Cape Blomidon in the distance, the setting sun paints the salt marsh in a brilliant golden light as rain and storm clouds pass over head. Just minutes before it had been raining too hard to take my camera out of the bag. In the beautiful Land of Evangeline.
 

Clearing Storm, Mosquito Point in North Grand Pré





5. Oct. 15th 2017. Pond Reflection and Dead Trees, Hants Co. N.S.

 
I found something very interesting and hauntingly beautiful about this place and waited patiently, praying for a slight break in the autumn breeze to make my photograph possible.


Pond Reflection and Dead Trees, Hants Co. N.S.

 

6. Aug. 27th 2017. Rainbow over Horton Landing.

 
As the morning unfolds I hike along the salt marsh through beautiful light feeling the raindrops coming in from the West. The sight of a vivid rainbow appearing over the Deportation Cross stopped me in my tracks.
 

 

Rainbow over Horton Landing


 7. Oct. 19th 2017. Glowing Trees at Dawn, Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve.

 
Just before sunrise a soft light gives the autumn trees a glow, part of the protected forest within the nature preserve.
 

 

Glowing Trees at Dawn, Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve



8. Feb. o6th 2017. Dramatic Sunrise, Little Cove at Scots Bay.

 
From the basalt ledge at Little Cove I watch as the sun fills the sky with dramatic light this morning. At the same time a feel the powerful surge of the incoming tide as it sends waves crashing in against the rugged shoreline. I love every minute of this and forget about my frozen hands and the bitter wind stinging my face.
 

Dramatic Sunrise, Little Cove at Scots Bay



 

9. July 03rd 2017. Evangeline Sunrise, Grand Pré National Historic Site.

 
Evangeline is backlit in a warm glow as the sun breaks through the morning fog with great intensity.
 


Evangeline Sunrise



10. Oct. 20th 2017. First Light, Gaspereau River.

 
The perfect stillness of dawn along the Gaspereau River, my senses filled with the sounds, scents and colours of Autumn.
 


First Light, Gaspereau River


 

11. Before Sunrise, Derelict Train Bridge in Hortonville, N.S.

 
For me the light is most compelling in the time leading up to sunrise as the shadows take form. I watch as the unsettled weather moves in transforming one of my favorite local scenes.
 
 

Before Sunrise, Derelict Train Bridge at Hortonville
 

12. Bittersweet Sunrise, North Medford

 
I can't remember a time I was much colder and more uncomfortable than during this adventure at dawn, fumbling with frozen fingers and gear in the icy wind as I follow the tide and watch the changing light. But for the moment captured here I felt nothing but awe at the beaut of this scene. Walking a very fine line between no photograph possible and a lucky break...
 
 
 

Bittersweet Sunrise, North Medford


Bonus Photographs from 2017!

Cape Split Shoreline at Sunset

 
Community Church and Full Moon

Twilight Reflection in Wet Sand, Scots Bay

Painterly Reflection, Hants Co., N.S.

Nature's Ornaments, Gaspereau Ravine

Clearing Storm, Paddy's Island


 
 



Information and Prints!

  Giclée prints of exceptional quality are done here in the Annapolis Valley and many sizes and framing options are possible. For beautiful portfolios, information on prints, licensing and more please visit the Chris Sheppard photography website
 

 
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