East Coast Landscape Photography

Written by Robert Lowdon

Robert Lowdon is an internationally published commercial photographer based out of Toronto, Canada. He spends his time photographing architecture and industrial projects for the most part.

Published September 5, 2019

Peggys cove sunrise

Peggys cove at sunrise. © robert lowdon

Peggy’s Cove at sunrise. © Robert Lowdon

This week I am adding a few east coast landscape photography photos from a recent trip out out east. I am posting a few of my favorite images. The bulk of these landscape photographs are from Peggy’s Cove in the early morning.

I feel like I must warn any budding tourist, and/or photographer, about what you are going to see when visiting. That is that there is a lot of tourists! Tourism or rather tourists are a good thing I am one of them, but if you want to see unobstructed east coast landscape photography like this, you better be willing to get up at 4:00 am.


Drone image of the coast of prince edward island. © robert lowdon

Drone image of the coast of Prince Edward Island. © Robert Lowdon


East coast landscape photography

After sunset on PEI. © Robert Lowdon


Rocks at peggys cove. © robert lowdon

Rocks at Peggys Cove. © Robert Lowdon

One of the great joys of east coast landscape photography is getting to see a lot of really great places at the perfect time of time. I am often perplexed that most people leave before the sunset really gets going, or show up well after the sun has risen. The most remarkable times of day are sunrise and sunset. Don’t get me wrong, I like the middle of the day just as much as anyone, but sunrise in one of the most beautiful places on earth is something I won’t easily forget.


The rocks reflect the rising sun at peggys cove. © robert lowdon

The rocks reflect the rising sun at Peggy’s Cove. © Robert Lowdon


Early morning waves crash into the coast near the lighthouse. © robert lowdon

Early morning waves crash into the coast near the lighthouse. © Robert Lowdon

These images of Peggy’s Cove had a nice warm tone to them. The slower shutter speed of the photos gave a softer feel to both the water and the clouds. The orange and blue in the skies give a complementary feel to the smooth stone of the shoreline.


The coast of nova scotia at sunrise. © robert lowdon

The coast of Nova Scotia at sunrise. © Robert Lowdon


People outside the lighthouse at peggy’s cove. © robert lowdon

People outside the Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove. © Robert Lowdon

More of postcard, this one checks a lot of boxes for a travel photo. In my landscape photography I usually try to stay away from the more typical shots, but, I do like them. The fact that at this particular moment the sun was perfectly illuminating the lighthouse of Peggy’s Cove along with the people, really caught my eye. I think this shot works well for what it is.


Waves on the atlantic. © robert lowdon

Waves on the Atlantic. © Robert Lowdon

I am using various techniques in each of these east coast landscape photography shots. Further up on the page I am using graduated neutral density filters to equalize the exposure. This brings out the dramatic sky. A slow shutter speed blurs the motion of the water and the clouds. The beautiful landscape of the coast lends itself to wide angle lenses.


Sunset on the atlantic ocean, off the cabot trail. © robert lowdon

Sunset on the Atlantic Ocean, off the Cabot Trail. © Robert Lowdon

As for editing / post processing there wasn’t too much done any of the images. Some color correction etc. Most of the work is done in camera on my landscape photography. There is a bit of photoshop, but not too much.


Waves crashing over rocks in nova scotia. © robert lowdon

Waves crashing over rocks in Nova Scotia. © Robert Lowdon

I though I would add a few tips for anyone looking take better travel photos below:

Quick Tips to Improve Travel: East Coast Landscape Photography

Use a tripod – All of the images above were shot on a tripod.

Use Filters – A Neutral Density Filter or a Polarizing Filter can really improve an image.

Small Apertures – Will allow longer exposure times and an increased depth of field

Go At the Right Time – The so called golden hour and the times surrounding both sunset and sunrise represent the best lighting conditions.

Work on Composition – Leading lines, rule of thirds etc. should be explored and used.

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