Photo and Film A Day

Two friends, one blog, a year-long photographic adventure

My brother from the Student Movement, Mathieu Murphy-Perron, and his partner, Jaclyn Turner, are visiting from Montreal. They are road tripping through the Atlantic Provinces, and we spent the last few days hanging out. They put a lot of kilometres on their shoes while here in town, and are having a great time. 

This morning we popped out to Cape Spear for the sunrise. It was windy and cold but we weren’t disappointed, well mostly not. Jacky was really hoping for some fog, but as there wasn’t any fog we might as well have sun, right? They’re here tomorrow tomorrow morning and then Fogo tomorrow evening and Monday. Between here and there they’ll get some rdf. In the first picture they are sharing a moment at the most easterly point in North America.

Mat needed to get his beard trimmed so we dropped in on Chris and the b’ys at Fogtown and they cleaned him up. I like this photo and was going to use it for today’s post, but any day you get up and head to Cape Spear for the crack of dawn deserves to be posted, haha. So here are both.

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Non theme for me today, Janet and I and a few friends went to the Ferryland Lighthouse picnic. This is a picture of said lighthouse. What a delightful spot.
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Non theme for me today, Janet and I and a few friends went to the Ferryland Lighthouse picnic. This is a picture of said lighthouse. What a delightful spot.

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I’m breaking the rules. Again. I wanted to post 3 of my favourite pictures from Targa today, cause I like them all! When we made the plan for the blog back in December I knew automobile week would be this week to coincide with Targa, and I am glad we got the opportunity to catch some of the action.

We arrived early, I chatted with a bunch of great people who all had a bunch of great camera gear. To be honest it was intimidating to see people with all their fancy camera equipment. Then I remembered Dan telling me one time “the best camera you have is the camera you have with you”. It made me realize I do photography for me, no one else, and I love taking pictures and capturing stuff to the best of my ability. 

So 3 pictures. First one of probably my favourite merely for the subject and how it is framed. I had to post the obligatory “Subaru-mid-air-rally-style” picture, and I posted the last one because I think this was taken directly after Dan’s picture, with the Subaru taking a serious nosedive into the asphalt. 

Awesome day overall, and Dan I am sorry for dragging you out in your sickened state. But resting in my car was the same as resting on your couch. 

-MB

For the second time in a month I was out of commission. This time it wasn’t for a stomach bug, but rather a head cold. I was home resting up and got a call from Matt. He asked me to go for a drive to Brigus to shoot Targa, he then convinced me that resting in a car with the heat on was the same as resting at home, so off we went around noon to Brigus; I in a blanket, haha.
We saw some amazing action. After waiting in the warm car for three hours, suddenly the roar of modified engines and the smell of jet fuel were in the air. Many drivers took their time going over this bridge, but team Subaru were launching off it. A few other cars were lifting off, but not like these folks. I love this picture, it’s exactly what I set out for when Matt convinced me his car was a good place to try and get better.
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For the second time in a month I was out of commission. This time it wasn’t for a stomach bug, but rather a head cold. I was home resting up and got a call from Matt. He asked me to go for a drive to Brigus to shoot Targa, he then convinced me that resting in a car with the heat on was the same as resting at home, so off we went around noon to Brigus; I in a blanket, haha.

We saw some amazing action. After waiting in the warm car for three hours, suddenly the roar of modified engines and the smell of jet fuel were in the air. Many drivers took their time going over this bridge, but team Subaru were launching off it. A few other cars were lifting off, but not like these folks. I love this picture, it’s exactly what I set out for when Matt convinced me his car was a good place to try and get better.

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Kenmount Rd makes another appearance in the blog! I had a vision for this photo, but unless I had a crane to lift me up to a certain vantage point it wasn’t going to work. So I did this picture instead!
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Kenmount Rd makes another appearance in the blog! I had a vision for this photo, but unless I had a crane to lift me up to a certain vantage point it wasn’t going to work. So I did this picture instead!

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Got to the A&W car show tonight As it was getting a touch dark. Threw some batteries in my flash… No memory card. Rookie mistake. Both cards home on my desk. Took this with my phone. 

Ford Custom 300. Beauty. The owner said she drives on the highway like a boat on the water; a dream. 

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Got to the A&W car show tonight As it was getting a touch dark. Threw some batteries in my flash… No memory card. Rookie mistake. Both cards home on my desk. Took this with my phone.

Ford Custom 300. Beauty. The owner said she drives on the highway like a boat on the water; a dream.

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Any time from 4-5:30 Kenmount Road is under gridlock. Someone had the foresight of building the provinces largest hospital, the largest college campus in NL, the Confederation Building, and the biggest university in Atlantic Canada all within 2 kilometres of each other. My rough guess is 30,000 people coming and going at about the same time.
Neither building more roads nor adding parking will fix the problem. We need to move away from our car culture and adopt mass transit. Other cities have gotten it right, why can’t St. John’s? Transit in the city clearly isn’t working, but rather than fixing our City Council is more worried about the dollars and sense of it. 
With many of the commuters coming into Town from the rest of the Avalon, the provincial government has a huge role to play as well. But until all levels of government work together the situation will only get worse.
Normally a 30 minute drive, getting to MUN from parts of CBS now takes 90. WTF? 
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Any time from 4-5:30 Kenmount Road is under gridlock. Someone had the foresight of building the provinces largest hospital, the largest college campus in NL, the Confederation Building, and the biggest university in Atlantic Canada all within 2 kilometres of each other. My rough guess is 30,000 people coming and going at about the same time.

Neither building more roads nor adding parking will fix the problem. We need to move away from our car culture and adopt mass transit. Other cities have gotten it right, why can’t St. John’s? Transit in the city clearly isn’t working, but rather than fixing our City Council is more worried about the dollars and sense of it. 

With many of the commuters coming into Town from the rest of the Avalon, the provincial government has a huge role to play as well. But until all levels of government work together the situation will only get worse.

Normally a 30 minute drive, getting to MUN from parts of CBS now takes 90. WTF? 

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Car photography attempt number two! I worked today so I had to try and focus on cars light up well at night, so I naturally went to car dealerships on the car strip that is Kenmount road. Janet and I counted last night and there are 23 places on Kenmount road to purchase cars between dealerships and used car lots. I went to BMW merely because they were lit up the most, and it’s BMW! I felt shady creeping around the parking lot at night, but nobody asked questions so it’s all good. 
Overall I am happier with this picture than last night. I went for a more grainy look again, as it seems to fit well with these type of photos. I look forward to more photos this week!
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Car photography attempt number two! I worked today so I had to try and focus on cars light up well at night, so I naturally went to car dealerships on the car strip that is Kenmount road. Janet and I counted last night and there are 23 places on Kenmount road to purchase cars between dealerships and used car lots. I went to BMW merely because they were lit up the most, and it’s BMW! I felt shady creeping around the parking lot at night, but nobody asked questions so it’s all good. 

Overall I am happier with this picture than last night. I went for a more grainy look again, as it seems to fit well with these type of photos. I look forward to more photos this week!

-MB

Some people look at clouds and see shapes. I look at bird shit on cars and see shapes. This is a poop phoenix that I found on the hood of my car today.
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Some people look at clouds and see shapes. I look at bird shit on cars and see shapes. This is a poop phoenix that I found on the hood of my car today.

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I had a vision for today’s photo, and that was a photo taken from within a car wash. Lets just say that vision failed. The first picture is probably the best one of the lot. It is sort of abstract looking, but I am overall not pleased with it. However, when we pulled out of the car wash this lovely Subaru was sitting there all pretty like so I jumped out and took a few snaps. 

I like the concept of the Subaru picture, but I think I can improve on it, and that is the point of the week. Hopefully by the end of the week I will have improved on this. The reason I posted two photos is because I want to see where I start with this and how it improves over the week.

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The weather was bunk, was running errands so I built an automobile complete with flames, an awesome suspension, cool headlights, and an oxygen supply that pumps it straight to your brain.
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The weather was bunk, was running errands so I built an automobile complete with flames, an awesome suspension, cool headlights, and an oxygen supply that pumps it straight to your brain.

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Automobile week! One thing I don’t like on cars are decals, however if the decal on your car is a metal Batman symbol, then it is awesome.
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Automobile week! One thing I don’t like on cars are decals, however if the decal on your car is a metal Batman symbol, then it is awesome.

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Here’s Bigg-E wearing my India Beer hat. “Man’s Best Friend” is written on it, suits him well. He’s drooling for the treat I’m holding, haha. Taken with my phone.
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Here’s Bigg-E wearing my India Beer hat. “Man’s Best Friend” is written on it, suits him well. He’s drooling for the treat I’m holding, haha. Taken with my phone.

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A showdown today between our neighbours dog and our other neighbours cat. I missed the picture of them actually chasing one another. I was happy with this one though.
New theme tomorrow.
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A showdown today between our neighbours dog and our other neighbours cat. I missed the picture of them actually chasing one another. I was happy with this one though.

New theme tomorrow.

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Oops! Last night I realized I didn’t post to the blog for the time I was in Cow Head for Meghan’s wedding, Sept 5-6. Here are my posts!

Sept 5 - Just west of Gander, while driving to Cow Head, we spotted something walking up west in the eastbound lane of the TCH. As we got closer we realized it was a bloody wolf, literally bloody. It was either in a fight or struck by a vehicle. It limped off the highway down a dirt road and was gone. 

Sept6 - The day of Meghan’s wedding, Andrew and I woke up super early and went out to Western Brook Pond to take some photos. The weather was with us, then against us, then with us, then blowing 90km/h and pouring, haha. The weather created some dramatic skies in one of the most dramatic areas of the province. It was a beautiful morning.

Sept 7 - Driving home from Cow Head we pulled off to see the tablelands. A moon-like feature near Trout River, the tablelands are the Earth’s crust and was one of the areas used to prove plate tectonics. Melissa took the wheel in GFW so I could grab some z’s in prep for night driving. I woke up just west of Clarenville to a beautiful sunset.

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