Sure Shots: Feat. Shane Howard
Despite being an excellent photographer and a substitute teacher for the Eastern School District, Shane Howard of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland might have some difficulty if he tried teaching the art of photography to others.
I am not sure if there are any rules for good photographs; I just think there are only good photographs and good photographers, says Shane, borrowing from the wisdom of the late American photographer Ansel Adams. And for Shane, a talent for taking pictures just seems to come naturally.
I always see things differently, he explains. Its almost like my two eyes are the camera, and I always envision the picture before it is ever taken.
Up until 2005, Shane practiced his craft on a 35 mm Canon Rebel 2000. Now, he uses a Canon Powershot, though hes interested in purchasing a newer model, something that will allow me to enlarge my pictures and maybe sell them, he says.
Shane enjoys shooting scenery, landscapes, nature, people, close-ups, and taking black-and-white photographs. And though his travels have taken him to far-off places such as Ireland and South Korea, his photographers eye remains focused unabashedly on Newfoundland.
I always loved the natural and rustic beauty of Newfoundland, especially downtown St. John's, The Battery, and anywhere out past the overpass. Outport Newfoundland is the real soul of this province, says Shane, who grew up as both a bayman and a townie spending his childhood in Freshwater, Marystown and St. Johns.
Sadly, one of his most beloved subjects his Siberian husky, Myshka passed away last summer. But thanks to Shanes love of photography, Myshkas memory lives on. Hes captured her every expression, in every season, from every angle. One of Shanes wintry shots of Myshka graces the January page of this years Downhome Calendar.
Nowadays, Shane carries his camera with him wherever he goes, ensuring hes prepared for any unexpected photo opportunities. But, as Shane learned the hard way, sometimes the best opportunities come and go before you have time to hit the shutter button. His most frustrating missed photo op happened when he was in Ireland.
He was sitting on the curb outside a pub, taking a break from sightseeing, and had just put his camera in its case.
"Then, out of nowhere, a nun drives by on her pedal bike with the veil blowing behind her so gracefully. I couldn't take my eyes off her and fumbled trying to get my camera out, then she drove around the corner and was gone as quick as that. I only have the mental image now, says Shane.
But fortunately for Shane (and the rest of us) he usually doesnt miss a great photo op.
To see a beautiful spread of Shane's photos, see the April 2012 issue of Downhome. For more photos from Shane's collection, click the slideshow below.
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