The locals say that Fogo Island is located at the “Edge of the World”. Indeed, this small island sits near northeast coast of the Island of Newfoundland, Canada. The place is so far out that it even has its own time zone …. a full 30 minutes ahead of the EST!!! Yes, that means the villagers of Fogo Island experience sunrise half-an-hour ahead of the New Yorkers.
I was on the island photographing for three days, from dawn till dusk. The last day was a stormy one and I figured that I had already shot everything of interests, so I left my cameras behind before going out to my friend’s place for dinner. As I was waiting for meal to be ready, I noticed that the rain has finally stopped, and the sun was re-emerging from behind the dark clouds. All of sudden, a full rainbow appeared in the sky and I knew I had just committed the biggest mistake of a photographer … not carrying the camera with me at all times. So I rushed back to my place to get the camera, as the house was only 10 minutes away, but it seemed taking forever to get there. By the time I got the camera back in my hands, the rainbow had already faded with the setting sun. There was no longer a full arch, but I still managed to catch the tail end of the rainbow; before the sun had completely disappeared. When I looked at my shots of the fading rainbow, I was so pleased that the Fogo Island sunset was at least 30 minutes later than anywhere else in North America ….