John's 2015 photography project explained, and an invitation to join him in the quest to become a better photographer.
I don't know about anyone else, but after my last three posts, two on yacht losses and one on the Adventure 40, I'm feeling like it's time for some lighter fare. Last weekend, after a long day updating the software that runs this website and other general AAC housekeeping chores, I grabbed my all time favourite [...]
As promised just before Christmas, we have now published our annual slideshow...but with a couple of differences from past years.
We just got back from two weeks working on Morgan's Cloud, to get the jump on the spring to-do list. It was good to get our hands dirty again. While we were there, we continued our project to learn more about motorboats. But don't panic, we're going to be sailors for a while yet. More in [...]
I sometimes suffer from an affliction I have come to call Gerbil Brain. I'm sure none of you are thinking that this refers to the size of my brain are you? No, I thought not. Gerbil Brain is usually brought on for me by dealing with way too many details, usually in front of a [...]
Question: How do you make great travel photographs? Answer: F8 and be there. Ok, it’s an old one. And I guess it applies to just about any kind of travel. But somehow the voyaging life that I have lived for over twenty years seems, at least to me, to yield more, and more wonderful, photo [...]
Now we are going to get to the hard stuff, the stuff we all have to work at for our entire photographing lives: composition and lighting. Hard yes, but John has made it more interesting and fun by using photographs in a slideshow to illustrate each tip.
For most casual photographers a small point and shoot is the best option, not least because you are more likely to be carrying it when you come across a great shot. But how do you choose among the scores of offerings?
John takes you through the features that matter and recommends a specific camera.
We were tied up alongside a fishery wharf in northern Newfoundland when the roar of powerful engines brought us tumbling up from below to see two seine boats attached stern to stern by a thick line and both at full throttle. Now I have heard of truck pulls in the USA and our own Nova [...]
I first sailed to Labrador back in 1993, but even that visit was part of a cruise that included circumnavigating Newfoundland, which is enough all by itself for one summer. Since then we have visited parts of Labrador on five other cruises, but always as a way stop on the way to or from Greenland [...]
In the spring and early summer in the northern North Atlantic, a small herring-like fish called capelin comes inshore to spawn and many larger animals have a feast. During our trip north we had seen several pods of humpback whales feeding on the capelin, but only in the distance. Two days ago, while threading our [...]
Well here we are, back at Billings Diesel & Marine, Morgan’s Cloud’s “home” boatyard in Stonington, Maine—1000 nm, 5 overnights, and 21 days since leaving Charleston [I wrote this on April 21st]. We really thought that, after all the work we did on the boat over the winter, we’d be able to sail directly to [...]
Sailing ‘off-grid’ is all about getting away from the crowds, and the west of Scotland can certainly offer that – during my first fortnight in charge of a charter boat in the Hebrides back in the spring of 1992 we saw one other yacht in two weeks. And in those days there was a kind [...]
Over the years we have been privileged to visit some truly wonderful anchorages in remote places like Greenland, Svalbard and Labrador. But you don’t have to travel to the high latitudes to discover a real gem. On the way south this fall we spent five glorious days at Cape Lookout Harbor. Despite the anchorage’s location [...]
A hardy perennial in sailing magazines has always been some well-known individual describing their ‘favourite secret anchorage’. I’ve never fully understood the rationale for taking part in such an exercise. After all, if it’s no longer a secret, won’t that make it as busy as any other place as a result? As someone once wisely [...]