Dan Earle has been shooting for almost three years. The St. John’s photographer came upon the art almost by accident.
“It started off as a whim and quickly became a hobby and then into a source of income but I shoot almost exclusively for pleasure,” said Earle. “I find it gives me something to focus on and helps blow off steam or just relax in general.”
There is a lot of technique, education and practice behind photography, just because a person has a big camera does not necessarily mean they are suddenly an artist. “I originally didn’t have any technique at all. So I decided one day to buy a camera and ended up sitting down in Bowring Park for three years, playing with it until I figured it out,” said the 25-year-old.
Through practice Earle taught himself all technical aspects including filters, effects, ISO, and F-stop, to name a few. Using Google to get instructions, he continuously tried himself over and over until he got the shot he needed. “In the long run I’d like to make photography my full-time career, working for a company like National Geographic or Discover and traveling the world as a photojournalist,” hopes Earle. The young photographer joined the military as a reservist in high school. Following his graduation he travelled to Budapest, Hungary with his family for three years and got a job as an Embassy Security Supervisor. He travelled to as many countries as he could while residing overseas.
After his European stint, Earle found himself back in the military in Canada for two years. He has lived a very full and adventurous life for such a young age with a resume that is as hefty as any retiree. After going to school for Law Enforcement, Earle now spends his time working as a security officer at the Waterford. This young artist takes time away from the regular nine to five to take a moment and capture nature’s overlooked beauty.
“A lot of my work is with nature, landscape and wildlife, but I have recently started working with models and studios to broaden my experience,” he said.
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