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Quick trip to Nova Scotia's South Shore

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

I just returned from a 24-hour trip to Nova Scotia, where I spent some time scoping out locations for photography. The sun was hot (too hot for my taste), but the coastal views were great, just as they always are in Nova Scotia.

A ramp leads to a floating dock in the middle of a harbour, with colourful buildings in the background.
Peggy's Cove Harbour

The areas I visited were Halifax, Old Town Lunenburg, Crystal Crescent Beach, Mahone Bay and Peggy's Cove. Even though it wasn't my first time at most of these locations, I still can't believe how picturesque these places are!

I was hoping for an epic sunrise at Crystal Crescent Beach, but when I woke up at 4:45 am, I could hear the fog horns in the distance, so I knew it would not be the sunrise I was hoping for. That being said, I'm still happy with the shot I got that morning in the thick fog. A little eery and grey, but there is still a bit of teal colour showing in the water, so I'm happy with the shot.

A rock in the foreground on a white sandy beach, with thick fog.
Thick fog very early in the morning at Crystal Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia

Shot JPG instead of RAW :(

When packing up after shooting the sunset and milky way in Peggy's Cove, I realized that my camera was set to shoot in JPG instead of RAW. I don't think I've shot in JPG-only in... at least 5 years! I suspect that I accidentally changed that setting with my hip, rubbing against the touch-screen on the back of my camera when I was carrying it using a sling-type camera strap.

As a result, I'm very limited in how I can edit these images... There's not much I can do at this point. Lesson learned: always check to make sure it is set to RAW, even though I never change it!

The famous lighthouse at Peggy's Cove at night, under the milky way.
Unfortunately, the camera was set to JPG when I shot this. Darn!

I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Nova Scotia's South Shore! I know for sure that I will be double checking all my camera settings when I do!

Here are a few more shots from this very short trip.

Behind the scenes image of Andre Audet taking a photo of a coastal village (Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia) at sunset.
Photo: @vjaudet on Instagram


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