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Gareth Rockliffe
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"It's the journey, not the destination"
"It's the journey, not the destination"

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Photodex, the company that created ProShow Producer, spotlighted our most recent work of Prince Edward Island: http://www.proshowblog.com/2017/06/spotlighted-show-gareth-rockliffe-fine-art-photography/

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As the storm passes the light breaks through!
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There was a short break in the rain last night so I thought I'd head out and see what I could find. Same old pilings...but maybe a slightly different feel this time! @garethrockliffe #naplesflorida #naplesstorm
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This is probably one of my all time favorite images and like most images, there's a story. The location, Dead Lakes in the Panhandle of Florida, was about a forty minute drive from our campsite, that meant it was a 4.00am start to get to the location just as the sun was coming up. The thing is, when I got there I realized I had left my tripod behind. I had been shooting at the shoreline the day before and had washed it with fresh water to get the salt off. It never made it back to the van. So there I was in this amazing location with a perfect shot and no tripod, an essential piece of equipment for every landscape photographer. I got lucky. There was a rotten tree trunk at just the right height. I managed to wrap my camera in tissue paper (also essential for landscape photographers) and jam it into the stump. Using "liveview" I was able to set my focus and composition and ended up with this shot. One element that I think really makes it is the shaft of light that catches the last of the msit. Can't wait to get back there! #GreatAmericanCoastline #Garethrockliffe
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I love this shot. It was taken in Morrow Bay California just as the tide was coming in and dawn was unfolding. The air was cool and damp as a cold front approached. The beach is massive, flat and extends for as far as the eye can see. It reminded me of home... I had flashbacks of my childhood as I set up.

It was, however, a difficult shot because as the ocean washed over my tripod, the tripod would sink into the sand and therefore move! I knew I wanted to "drag " the shutter so I could capture the movement of the water, but I had to time it just right so I didn't capture the movement from the tripod! After a few attempts I got just what I wanted. I think it captures the movement of the ocean and the light at that particular time day! It takes me right back to that glorious moment and the awesome beach at Morrow Bay @garethrockliffe #curated #curatedcoastline #morrowbay #pikmobile
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Here's my latest blog post for Photodex Corporation. They created the software I use on our Vidéage productions: http://www.proshowblog.com/2017/01/stolen-moments/

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I'm often asked, "does taking a photograph of a scene steal the moment from you?" This assumes that I'm so busy trying to capture the moment, that I actually end up not experiencing it. It's a valid point, and to some extent, true. What I experience is inevitably going to be different from what I would have, had I not taken the time to take the photograph. However, by taking the picture I feel I am even more aware of certain aspects of the scene, the light, the lay of the land, the smells and any movement that may be going on. I also find the very qualities from the scene that caught me eye in the first place are actually enhanced far more than they would have been had I just sat back and simply "soaked" up the moment.

The picture below was captured during the first part of our ongoing project, The Great American Coastline. It was taken at Scripps Pier in La Jolla, Cal. When I look at the scene now, I can almost smell the salt air, almost feel the waves that were washing over my feet. I remember being impressed by the size and scale of the huge pier and how the ocean seemed to ignore this man made structure as it made its relentless journey to the shore crashing against the tall concrete pillars. I also remember how I got so carried away with the moment and trying to get a lower and lower perspective, that I fell over backwards and got soaking wet and ended up losing a set of filters. I remember all of these things when look at the image.

The thing that also comes back to me was sitting in my van afterwards, soaking wet, cold and pissed I had lost hundreds of dollars worth of filters and then looking at the images on the back of the camera, getting excited by what I saw and thinking to myself, it was all worth it.

So yes, taking a photograph can steal the moment, but, for me, it usually replaces it with something far richer and memorable!
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Here's something a little different from my usual posts. This past summer I was shooting quite a bit using a drone, so I thought I'd share some of the images from Prince Edward Island: https://vimeo.com/196499978

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The Gulf of Mexico...sometimes peaceful and serene @garethrockliffe
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This summer I was commissioned to photograph on Prince Edward Island, part of the Canadian Maritimes. It was a glorious experience. Apart from the fact I had full creative expression on the project, PEI turned out to be a beautiful place with awesome people and great food. That's a great combination! I hope to get back there one day. @garethrockliffe #pei
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