THE EASTERN ROAD, NASSAU, GAZEBO: This enhanced image was shot along the most picturesque section of public beach along the Eastern Road. The gazebo is quite derelect now but still makes for an evocative image.
Shot with a Nikon D3100, 10-24 DX lens at 13mm, ISO 800, 1/200 sec., f25. Copyright photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
REMEMBRANCE DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012: Top photo: Canadian flag and Calgary Highlanders, Juno Beach Centre D-Day Commemoration, June 6th, 2010. Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor 70-300mm lens at 300mm, f20, 1/640 sec. ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography.
Bottom two photos: Queen’s Own Rifles House, Juno Beach; D-Day and modern day photos. Click here for an account of the D-Day landing by the Queen’s Own Rifles: http://www.members.shaw.ca/junobeach/juno-4-1.htm
BEACH REMEMBERED, NORMANDY, FRANCE: June 6 is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Operation Overlord. The Canadians took Juno Beach that day. They landed near Courseulles. Advance bombardments by air and sea before the landings had done a good job. German beach defenses were quickly stopped, with some accounts noting that Canadian landing craft were not being shot at just 15 minutes after the Juno assault began. Today, the shoreline looks much as it did almost 70 years ago. Period photos show many landmarks that still exist today. The top photo shows defeated German troops guarded by their Canadian captor. The bottom photo is a modern day shot near the same spot. John Ecker | pantheon photography
CLIFF HOUSE FROM PACIFIC BEACH: Pacific Beach is a great spot for a walk along the beach. When the waves come crashing in, the sound is deafening. This shot look up to the Cliff House. Click here to see my photo of Pacific Beach from the Cliff House. This is one of my favourite parts of San Francisco. It’s near the Land’s Trail and a short distance to Golden Gate Park. And, while some dismiss the Cliff House as touristy or expensive, I disagree. The food is really quite good. They do an amazing green and white asparagus soup! See the rocks to the left in the photo? They are call the Seal Rocks. The white stuff? Bird guano.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm at 18mm, f22, 1/320 sec., ISO 1250, Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
PACIFIC BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO: Ocean Beach runs along the west coast of San Francisco, on the Pacific Ocean. It’s next to Golden Gate Park, on the Great Highway. The photograph was shot next to the Cliff House and the site of the former Sutro Baths. The currents here are very strong; rip currents and unusually cold water make it hazardous for swimmers and surfers alike. In 1988 a record seven people died in the frigid and dangerous waters. Over the years, a roller coaster and the Ocean Beach Pavilion (concerts, dancing) were popular attractions. The Sutro Baths opened in 1890s and for years brought bathers to the enclosed facility near the beach. It burned down in 1966. The current Cliff House provides great panoramic views of the beach and ocean and is an upscale restaurant. See my shot of the Cliff House, shot from this spot on Pacific Beach. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm at 112mm, f36, 1/320 sec., ISO 1250.
Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
PACIFIC COAST, CALIFORNIA: The drive up the California coast from San Francisco is one of the most exhilarating journeys you can take in a car. The highway twists and turns. It barely hugs the cliffs, giving the sensation of almost soaring above the rugged coast. As a photographer, the temptation is always strong to stop and take a shot. But on this highway, doing so can be fatal. With twists, turns and switchbacks, there are few straightaways with views down the road. The shoulders are narrow and often rock-strewn. This photo was taken at one of the coastal lookouts. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85 mm lens at 60 mm, f25, 1/1/250 sec, ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
JUNO BEACH, NORMANDY, FRANCE: On Tuesday, June 6th, 1944, soldiers from the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Armoured Brigade stormed the Normandy beach codenamed “Juno” as part of Operation Overlord, the audacious attack on the Nazi occupied and heavily-fortified French Coast. Juno was an eight-kilometre stretch of beach near the town of Courseulles-sur-Mer. That day, 574 men of the 3rd Canadian Division were wounded and 340 were killed. Today, remnants of the German fortifications remain along the Normandy beaches, including Juno. The story of Canada’s role in the Allied invasion is well-told at the Juno Beach Centre. This photo was taken at low tide. The camera position gives a stone’s-view perspective near the Juno Beach Centre, looking out across the English Channel. Shot with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85 mm lens at 16mm, 1/60 sec, f22, ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
BOATS, CAPRI, ITALY: Capri is a small island south of Rome in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s a short ferry trip from Naples and easily one of the most picturesque places in all of Italy. It’s just over 4 square miles but its highest elevation is almost 2,000 feet above sea level. The trip to the peak via the single seat cable system is sublime. From the top, the views are magnificent. These boats are found on beaches all around the island. Shot handheld, Nikon S700, 90mm, f.4.8, 1/70 sec., ISO 64.
Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography