Sure Shots: Feat. Robert Carter
You could say Robert CarterÂ’s life turned out to be one long round-trip adventure. Born and raised in Gander, Newfoundland, Robert went to work in the airline business. Over the next 36 years, his career took him to Nova Scotia and Calgary. He is now back in Newfoundland, enjoying retirement in Conception Bay South and pursuing photography with a hobbyistÂ’s passion.
Robert is a relatively new regular submitter to DownhomeLife.com; readers and visitors to the website will have no doubt taken notice of his outstanding scenic photos. But he has been interested in photography for many years, inspired a long time ago by the work of famous Canadian writer and photographer Freeman Patterson of New Brunswick. Now that he is retired and back in Newfoundland and Labrador, Robert has been able to leisurely develop his talents and expand his portfolio.
Â“I am self-trained, and now in my retirement years I spend a lot of time photographing all areas of Newfoundland, especially the very isolated communities,Â” Robert says. He is particularly drawn to Change Islands, Fogo, Francois, McCallum, Rencontre East, Southeast Bight, Petit Forte and Isle Valen.
Â“My favourite photo was taken many years ago of my two sons on a fishing wharf jigginÂ’ tom cods, or conners, at Isle Valen, Placentia Bay,Â” Robert says. That photo won first prize in a Canadian Geographic photography contest and third place in an Air Canada photo competition in Frankfurt, Germany. It has also been painted by an artist in Calgary, Alberta and by another in Avondale, Newfoundland. Â“I still love this picture,Â” he adds, Â“especially the facial expressions.Â”
Typically, Robert carries a Nikon D200 with many lenses. Â“My favourites are my AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm and AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm lenses,Â” he says. And heÂ’s recently purchased a Nikon D7000 camera. With these, he shoots in all types of weather and captures the beauty in a variety of subjects including people, fishing villages, boats, wildlife, and other symbols of rural living.
Robert enjoys going out of his way, off the beaten path, to get his photos, and often this approach has its rewards. Once, near Banff National Park, Alberta, he waited for hours to get the perfect shot of a train winding through the snow-capped mountains. Â“I eventually captured the picture that I wanted and it later won in a photo contest,Â” Robert says. Proof positive that persistence pays off.
To see a beautiful spread of Robert's photos, see the February 2012 issue of Downhome. For more photos from Robert's collection, click the slideshow below.
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