Week 43 of HDR Project: Oak Bay Marina

Wow, last post of the year! I guess I’ll write a recap or something in the next post. But here’s a set of pictures for my HDR project that’s almost nearing an end. Not sure if I should keep going on with this project or not? Maybe I’ll update it once a month? I dunno… I’m always happy to hear suggestions. Or maybe a different photo project? Comments/suggestions below in the comments box pleaaase!

So anyways, this week is the Oak Bay Marina. It has a really good restaurant, and an area where you can go down to the docks to check out the boats that are docked there. There’s also seals that hang around a certain area. They can do a few tricks too if you have food! You can buy a bag of herring at the store to feed them. So yeah, here’s the pics. Enjoy!

10mm, ISO 200, F6.3

10mm, ISO 200, F6.3

Week 42 of HDR Project: The Bay Centre

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here and 2011 is almost over. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of this HDR project. It’s pretty crazy. But here is the last one with a Christmas theme… (Maybe).

The malls get decorated pretty nicely during this time of year, so I thought I’d just share some pics of the mall.

10mm, ISO 400, F8

12mm, ISO 400, F6.3

10mm, ISO 400, F4

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Week 41 of HDR Project: Christmas in Centennial Square

It’s getting closer to Christmas!! Another week down, one more to go! This week is just one of those weeks where you don’t know how it got so busy. It’s been jam packed with everything: shopping, friends, rock climbing, a bit of work, looking for work, etc, etc. But I knew I had to get an HDR picture. So before heading off to a party, I swung by Centennial Square to snap a few pics. The square is really nice at this time of year. They covered whole trees in lights which look really cool! And this year they have a (REALLY SMALL) skating rink there too. Hopefully next year it’ll be a bit bigger. But here’s the pictures! Hope you’re all having a Merry Christmas!

10mm, ISO 400, F9

10mm, ISO 400, F9

11mm, ISO 400, F8


Week 40 of HDR Project: Festival of Trees at The Empress Hotel

It’s hard to believe that it’s December already and it’s actually feeling more and more like Christmas. Usually I don’t really get into Christmas because a lot of places start playing Christmas music WAY too early, and people just go crazy. But this year it seems like things are going pretty well! I decided to check out the Festival of Trees at the Empress Hotel with my friend Matty. They display Christmas trees all over the place, and they’re really nice! All the trees are decorated by a different company/school/organization, and it’s to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. So it’s pretty awesome. I’m going to try to keep a festive theme going for the next couple of weeks of my HDR project. So I suggest you all to go wander around downtown with a coffee/hot chocolate in hand and enjoy the city! Downtown Victoria is already really pretty too especially when (and after) the sun goes down. I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful place!

13mm, ISO 800, F5

10mm, ISO 800, F4

50mm, ISO 200, F1.4

Rococode with Mike Edel @ Lucky Bar

December 2, 2011. Rococode headlined at Lucky Bar and Mike Edel opened for them. I’ve heard one song from Rococode and I’ve heard about Mike Edel, but never explored much of their music so I had no idea what to expect.

Mike and his band stepped on stage. Once they started playing, I was drawn into the music right away. Their folk/pop sound really clicked. There were really good rhythm changes, melody lines, energy, drumming, wicked bass lines, and dynamic. Oh, and also the occasional banjo which adds a really nice touch to the songs. They just gave a really good vibe where you can’t stop bobbing your head to the music.

By the end of their set, it was sad to see them step off stage because you just wanted to hear more of them. But they really did a great job and the bar for the night was set.

The next band, Rococode. I was pretty excited to see what they have up their sleeves. I’ve only heard one of their songs when they were in the 100.5 Peak Performance Project, and my friend Matty has been raving about them, so they must be good! The smoke machine goes on full blast, and the show begins. They definitely have a very unique sound, and this is where I hate classifying music into genres. They had a really good pop/rock/indie sound. They started out strong and continued throughout the whole night. Song after song you’re being blasted by good stage presence, talented musicians, and a big sound. Laura Smith has such a unique voice which blended in perfectly with the band and the style of music. She lead a couple of songs which is also great to see. They were all up there having a great time and were really tight musically.

Definitely a great night. It’s been TOO long since I’ve been to a concert. So it was amazing. If you want to see higher res of the pictures, click on them, or check out my Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keither/sets/72157628323629815/with/6473706741/

Or check out Mike Edel: http://www.mikeedel.com/

And Rococode: http://www.rococode.com/

And I’ve said this many times… GO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS!!!

Week 39 of HDR Project: The Atrium

Matty and I went to Pig for lunch on Thursday. Once we finished, the power decided to cut out in the whole building. No one knew what was going on. I guess that was our cue to leave the place. So we walked around the area and noticed the entrance to the Atrium building which is a fairly new building in Downtown Victoria. This is where the BC Ferries office is, a few restaurants, cafe, and a couple other stores. We never noticed the inside, so we decided to check it out. The architecture was pretty awesome! Yay for random findings!

10mm, ISO 800, F5

10mm, ISO 800, F5

10mm, ISO 800, F4

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