Week 29 of HDR Project: Rotary Pier

Yesterday I had to work at H&R Block. They recently bought a franchise out in Sooke, so I had to go there today to set up the new computers. After work, I decided to check out a pier that I’ve visited a while ago. I thought to myself this would be a cool HDR picture as it was getting dark… And what do you know, it turned out alright!

10mm, ISO 200, F5

13mm, ISO 200, F7.1

September Long Weekend @ Horne Lake

Over the Labour Day long weekend, a few of my friends decided to come over to Vancouver Island to do some camping! We wanted to check out Horne Lake caves and possibly check out the rock climbing situation there because I’ve heard many amazing things about it.

DAY 1:

We drove out to the Horne Lake campgrounds. There was a few first come first serve spots, so we decided to just give it a shot and check it out. We got there and ended up getting the last overflow site! It was awesome! Here’s our set up… Minus the truck.

After setting up our site, we checked out the area, then the girls did some guided tour of the caves while Peter and I did the self guided tour. It was sweet, but I didn’t take my camera because I’d probably smash it on the rocks a gabillion times.

After a late dinner, we just chilled out on the beach. It was awesome – a few shooting stars!

Yay star photography!

DAY 2:

Time to do some rock climbing and find this amphitheatre I keep hearing about! The hike up to it was pretty steep, but the view was pretty amazing!

I love how there were signs telling you what some of the routes were

Warming up on a 5.10b or something along those lines. Fun climb, but kinda sketchy cause I didn’t fully trust my belayer. But I made it to the top! Was relieved. There were a lot of harder routes around the area, so I figured we would only do this climb and that was it. It was still awesome finally checking out this place!

The crew.

The beautiful, beautiful amphitheatre. Warm up route is a 5.11a. I WILL be back one day! Everything about it looked amazing!

DAY 3:

Time to head back to Victoria… Slowly. We had breakfast, packed up the campsite, and started driving. We decided to make a few stops. First stop was Little Qualicum Falls.

We waded in this area for a bit, then Peter spotted a crayfish. We tried to get the other people and their kids to catch one.

It took them a while, but they finally caught one! That’s a biggy!

Afterwards, we went to Coombs. That place was pretty packed! I LOVE their market there! Didn’t take any pictures though… But yeah, after that, we headed back to Victoria. It was a great long weekend. I definitely needed that since the past month had been hectic. So it was good to just chill out for once. Thanks to all my friends!

Week 28 of HDR Project: Fisherman’s Wharf

I was pretty sure I’ve done HDR pics here, but after looking through my stuff, I didn’t see any! So this is fair game!

It feels good that things have finally slowed down. The weather has gotten a little colder, so I won’t be out and about as often (or will I??). Anyways, here’s the pics!

10mm, ISO 200, F5.6

13mm, ISO 200, F5.6

August 2011 Recording Session

My friends Brenden, Shannon, and I have been talking for quite some time about recording some songs during the summer. Our schedules haven’t been able to line up until now… August! So I decided to go to the Mainland for two weeks to see friends, rock climb, play some music, and record some music! I packed a bunch of clothes, all my rock climbing gear, and all my recording gear (mics, Digidesign rack, midi keyboard, cables, mic stands, etc, etc) all in the back of my trunk! (pretty impressive if you ask me)

At first we thought we’d be able to record an EP. But boy were we wrong! Long story short, we were able to record two songs. It was a fun yet long process. I love recording – just seeing the song take form is really exciting! So here’s a bunch of pictures.

Shannon recording some electric guitar.

Me laying down some bass.

Adding Brenden’s vocal to the mix.

Here’s our plan of attack…

Recording more electric guitar.

And some drums.

Late night recording is always amazing. Here I am adding a few final touches to the recording. Then I have to head back to Victoria and record some backup vocals to finish it off.

This was so awesome! Right now I’m in the process of mixing these two songs. Can’t wait to let you all hear the final products!

Oh… And if any of you can think of a band name for us, feel free to drop a comment! :)

New Magazine And Layout

The Musetta Stone music magazine has released their latest issue in August! It features bassoonist, Darren Hicks. There’s CD reviews, concert reviews, and other articles people have written. So go check it out. AND we’ve released a new layout for our website! Go check it out here. We’re still in the progress of upgrading it, so throughout the next while you will see periodic updates and even more articles!

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Week 25, 26, & 27 of HDR Project!!

Wow… Time to catch up on my HDR photo project! I’m not really sure how I can be so busy when I don’t have a job?? Oh well, the summer has been a blast! And since I haven’t been keeping up with the weekly HDR picture, here’s pictures from three different places.

A bunch of us did a weekend camping trip. We camped at Horne Lake for a couple of days. This first set of pics is from the amphitheatre where there’s some amazing rock climbing! Really really hard routes in here… The warm up is a 5.11a. Woohoo! I’ll definitely be back to climb!

10mm, ISO 1600, F11


10mm, ISO 200, F4

Next picture is from Little Qualicum Falls:

16mm, ISO 200, F5

And last place we went was Coombs. They have an amazing Volkswagen museum there!

12mm, ISO 400, F6.3

10mm, ISO 800, F6.3

Feels good to be finally caught up! I also definitely needed that weekend break. Keep checking back for more updates on the weekend camping trip!

We Are The City @ Jubilee Park

A bunch of us went to the Jam in Jubilee concert series in Abbotsford to check out We Are The City. The whole setting made me feel really old and made me realize why I didn’t check out a lot of these concerts anymore – lots of young kids! So Shannon and I just kinda hung around on the side of the stage instead of being front and centre…

The first band: Cale Stanage.

They played folk/acoustic music. Two guitarists and occasionally a harmonica. I didn’t really get too into them probably because I was super tired that night already. They sang some ridiculous songs, but it was good to see they’re just up there having fun.

During the intermission there were weird dancers. I was pretty confused by it all. I guess this is what happens in these kinda festivals? But anyways, the next performer were The Kodiak Nightlife.

A pop/rock band from Vancouver. I guess this festival showcases local artists. The music started to grab my interest, but it wasn’t quite there yet. They played a bunch of songs. They were enjoyable. They were able to warm up the crowd some more before We Are The City came on stage.

[Intermission…. More weird dancing?? Seriously? And no, I did not take any pictures]

Headling act: We Are The City (Indie rock band)
It’s what everyone’s been waiting for. The sky is dark, the stage is lit up, kids rushing the stage to get front row while us older people linger around the edges.

Once they played their first notes, you knew it was going to be good. They’re such a dynamic group, and they sure know how to put on a show… Lots and lots of energy… And very loud. When a band like this comes along, it’s just really hard to describe their sound. Their sounds from their instruments are really creative, and their energy is just great on stage. They are such a fun band to photograph. Every time I put down the camera, I end up bringing back my camera out to take more pictures! Ok, I’m just going to stop writing and let the pictures tell the story for you

Great night. Great music… You can check out the following bands’ websites here:

Cale Stanage

The Kodiak Nightlife

We Are The City

And if you have time, check out We Are The City’s video series for their latest EP: High School. It’s really well done and I recommend you watching it.

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