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Winter sunrise at Cap Lumiere

Sunrise at Cap Lumiere


Cap Lumiere, New Brunswick, Canada. Sunrise over the Northumberland Strait on a cold January morning.


This lighthouse scene was shot on a winter photo trip of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces. I have a personal fondness for it because I remember taking it on a wonderfully crisp and serene Sunday morning. It was so quiet. No-one was awake in the houses. There was absolutely no traffic on the highway so the only sound was that of the steady gusts off the Northumberland Straight. It was damn cold - but so peaceful.


I spotted it when driving by the previous day - when the light was flat and boring - and came back the following morning to stake it out before the sun came up. While waiting for the right light, I wrapped off a few 35mm frames before shooting with the 6x7, which was ready to replace the Nikon on the tripod. Big mistake. It was minus 20 degrees Celsius plus whatever wind chill factor from the breeze off the strait, and my fingers went totally numb before I could switch cameras. In the few minutes while my hands were thawing out on the car heater, the light changed and I lost the soft glow of dawn that I was looking for.


But, I did get the shot - and that's what counts, I guess.


The last roll of Kodachrome was processed by Dwaynes Photo Lab in December, 2010. To mark the passing of my favorite film, most of my uploads for the month of December were scans from my huge file of Kodachrome 25 slides.


View a slideshow of my Kodachrome set


Camera: Nikon F3

Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.5

Film: Kodachrome 25

Filtration: Lee warm grad

Scanner: Nikon Super CoolScan 8000 ED

Processing: PhotoShop CS3 (Saturation, SmartSharpen sharpening)


Sales/Licensing history: Wall calendar, desktop calendar


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Taken on February 12, 1996