Red Rain Coat Photography

In August of 2017, my family and I went on a vacation to the Pacific Northwest. During the trip, I took my red rain coat everywhere, which turned into something of a running joke with everyone wanting to know if, "dad brought his coat." The answer usually was, "YES!"

Months later, while on a photography workshop in Acadia National Park, I wore my red rain coat on almost all of the excursions, often taking "selfies" using my 10 second timer.  When asked by other photographers why I did so, I shared my family vacation story with them.  One photographer suggested I call my photography business, "Red Rain Coat Photography".  I liked the idea, but ultimately chose to create this page to share images and stories of my red rain coat.


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These were the shots I envisioned when bringing my red rain coat the Pacific Northwest.  If you ever visit Vancouver, I recommend a day trip to Lynn Canyon Park, just a few miles north of the city.  With over 617 acres of trails, forests, waterfalls, a beautiful suspension bridge and yes... canyons.  If having to choose between Lynn Canyon and the highly commercialized Capilano Suspension Bridge nearby, I would go to Lynn Canyon ten out of ten times.

The shot on the left is of my daughter, Lizzy walking along one of the many boardwalks in the park. I knew I wanted this type of shot, I just needed to find the right location to capture it.  After 30 minutes of hiking, we came to this path and I really liked how it appears to disappear into the trees ahead. Using the path as a leading line, I just waited for Lizzy to walk far enough ahead to allow the red coat to pop out of the rich green background, and I captured the shot.   

The shot on the right is of me.  We spent an afternoon at Lynn Canyon and the suspension bridge was busy throughout the day.  There were hundreds of people on the bridge at an given moment.  Waiting for the bridge to empty so we could capture something like this just wasn't going to be possible, so we made plans to arrive first thing in the morning, and that paid off.  Being one of first people in the park, we had exclusive access to the bridge for a good 15 minutes.  That gave us enough time to capture a variety of shots. The overcast skies helped to keep the light even throughout, so it was just a matter of taken a number of shots and choosing my favorite.  This particular shot was taken by my son, Benjamin as I walked across.  

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While researching locations for our time in Vancouver I came across this image by Rodrigo Trevino but I didn't know where it was taken.  While at Lynn Valley I showed one of the workers Rodrigo's image and asked if she knew where it was.  She wasn't sure, but suggested Sea to Sky in Squamish, BC.  This picture on their website confirmed it was the right place, so we headed north.  

As you can see, the lighting during our visit wasn't quite a dramatic as it was for Rodrigo, but the view, space, experience, and location were all simply spectacular.  With miles of hiking trails, a massive suspension bridge, scores of breathtaking views, and a full service restaurant at the summit, Sea to Sky is a must see for those traveling to the Vancouver area.  

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Our group arrived at Jordan Pond about 90 minutes prior to sunset and we had some time to kill.  With carriage paths surrounding our location, I founds myself wondering how I could use them in various compositions with the red rain coat.  So, I ran back to the car to get my coat, grabbed my camera and tripod, and wandered around the park for a bit.  

Using the 10 second timer on my Canon 5D Mark iii, I set the camera on my tripod and simply walked forward to capture each of the images.  The composition on the left was shot to purposefully include the red leaves over my left shoulder and the path curving out ahead of me to provide a sense of where I was walking.

Conversely, the image on the right was composed with the majority of the path in the foreground, giving the viewer a sense of where I was coming from.  I did have to shoot this image several times because I wanted to be between the two trees.  In post production, I also brightened the path a bit, thus helping the viewer's eye wander up the "S" curve formed by the path.

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Captured just after sunrise, this image was taken by the great Nick Page, who was leading our excursion to Newport Cove in Acadia that morning.  

After the sun rose and the color was all but gone, our group was shooting waves crashing against the rocky Maine coast when I looked out and saw this rock spire and thought, that would be a great place to have my picture taken.  It wasn't until I got to the location that I realized I had to climb up on to the rock (from the back), which resulted in me standing atop a rock formation that was a bit higher than I anticipated.  (Did I mention I am afraid of heights?)  While I never felt in danger, it was a bit more intimidating than I thought it would be, but it was well worth working through the nerves to have Nick Page capture a shot of me in my beloved red rain coat.

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I am incapable of buying a cheap remote trigger.  It's simply a matter of me wanting to always buy the shiniest object, even when I keep dropping that object in the salt water and ruining it.  But, for this shot, it was worth it.  Morning rain coupled with heavy leaf litter meant I couldn't safely climb to the top of these rocks within 10 seconds.  Instead, I used the intervalometer on my remote trigger to take a shot every 10 seconds.  This gave me the time to carefully make my way up to the top of the waterfall for this shot while the camera just took a shot every 10 seconds.  

This waterfall is a hidden gem.  Located in Wilton, NH it's an easy hike from the parking lot. Not only do these falls have multiple cascades and countless viewpoints, but the stream leading to the falls has multiple intimate compositions begging to be captured.  As a photographer, you can "work" the location for hours and capture a variety of shots.  After doing so on this morning, I took some time to capture one of me in my red rain coat.