Highlights of the 52 Week HDR Project

It feels kind of weird not having to take a HDR picture every week, but it’s been also a nice relief because I’ve been so busy these days. Through the year of photographing, I’ve definitely learned quite a bit about HDR. For the most part of it, I’ve felt that it’s been a real hit or miss with my shots. But during the last 5 – 10 weeks of it, it felt as though I’ve finally caught on.

There’s definitely been a bunch of weeks where I was really impressed with the shots, so this blog entry is to showcase all my favourite weeks of the project. I’m going to warn you all in advance that this might be a long post.


Week 1:
Chinatown (Victoria, BC)
Who would’ve thought that my first week would be a gooder! I love all the different colours and ever since Chinese New Year, they decided to leave the lanterns hanging across the street which looks really pretty especially at night.

Week 2: University of Victoria Library (Victoria, BC)
Night photography two weeks in a row. This is the new extension of the library at the University of Victoria. The glass section looks really awesome at night, but the so-called “pond” is still gross as ever!

Week 4: Beacon Hill Park (Victoria, BC)
I must say I got pretty lucky on this shot. I was strolling through Beacon Hill Park and decided to check out the petting zoo. Peacocks freely roam around the park. I’ve always loved the colour of them. Anyways, as I knelt down to take a picture of one, he opened up his feathers. It was phenomenal.

Week 8: Whatcom Falls (Bellingham, WA)
The two Shannons and I went to Bellingham for the day to do some shopping and geocaching. We came across this park and so I decided to give the HDR thing a try with long exposure water. Turned out a lot better than I was expecting.

Week 10: Uptown (Victoria, BC)
Uptown is the new shopping area that was recently built. The second half of it is still under construction. I just got a new car not too long ago, so I decided to show it off. Also I wanted to see what my car would look like in HDR.

Week 11: Johnson Street Bridge (Victoria, BC)
Night time photography is always fun! I decided to take pictures of this bridge before it gets torn down and replaced with a new one. I got lucky again as a bus drove through my shot which added some cool light trails.

Week 13: Shipyard (Victoria, BC)
Every time I walk to downtown, I pass by this shipyard where they fix up ships and boats. There seems to be a different boat there every single time I walk by there. Love it.

Week 15: Berwick On The Lake (Nanaimo, BC)
My friend Matty P and Lotta played at a retirement home, and I was the chauffeur. We had a bit of time to kill so we decided to check out this place, and it was pretty nice.

Week 16: Samsun Narrows (Cowichan Bay, BC)
This was where I did my first rock climbing multi-pitch! This was near the end of the day and on top of the first pitch (2 pitches in total). The route name is called The Roof is on Fire (5.10a). Not a bad view from up top. This is what I LOVE about rock climbing.

Week 20: Nanaimo River (Nanaimo, BC)
This is where I rock climb. Dion and I went camping here, and this is what we wake up to.

Week 22: Crescent Beach (White Rock, BC)
Gotta love catching the sunset at this beach!

Week 23: The Chief (Squamish, BC)
One of my favourite places. Beautiful hiking and rock climbing. It’s the mecca of bouldering. This is one of those places that just makes me smile the whole time I’m there.

Week 28: Fisherman’s Wharf (Victoria, BC)
Houseboats! … Need I say more?

Week 29: Rotary Pier (Sooke, BC)
The sun was going down. It was overcast. I was in Sooke, so I figured to take a picture here at this dock. Definitely wasn’t expecting this kind of result. I really like the colour.

Week 30: On Top of the Space Needle (Seattle, WA)
The two Shannons, Pete (UK’er), and I decided to go on a geocaching road trip. This was day 1. On top of the Space Needle. I can just hang out here for the whole day. It’s so awesome up here.

Week 31: Snoqualmie Tunnel (Rockdale, WA)
Last day of our road trip. Went to this tunnel that goes on for a few kilometres. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to walk it. It was really cool!! Perhaps next time. I really like the sharpness and the colours of the shot out telephone cabinet thing. And obviously tunnels are pretty awesome too.

Week 36: BC Ferries (Victoria, BC)
I’m constantly going back and forth to Vancouver, so I figured I might as well take a few HDR pictures especially since one of the vessels were in dock.

Week 44: Saddle Trail (Port Alberni, BC)
A few of us decided to go snowshowing, and it was my first time going. It was SO much fun! I think I’m hooked. So we hiked this trail in a valley that was between Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Cokely. I was soaked at the end, but it was well worth it. The views were amazing, and the people I was with were awesome.

Week 46: Mt Tolmie (Victoria, BC)
Once snow hits Victoria, all hell breaks loose. People don’t know how to drive, and it just gets really messy around here. Luckily Scott drove a truck, so we were able to go to the top of the mountain to capture some sweet shots.

Week 49: Esquimalt Lagoon (Colwood, BC)
The last couple of weeks in the project were definitely my favourite. The pictures just turned out really well.


Week 51: Christ Church Cathedral (Victoria, BC)
Cathedrals are always so beautiful especially in the inside. This has got to be one of my favourite shots from the project just because there’s so much detail and colour to it.

Week 52: Whiffin Spit (Sooke, BC)
The last ones of the project. A spit that shoots out a few kilometres out. It’s a really nice walk especially when the sun is going down.

Well, there you have it folks. My favourite pics from the 52 week HDR project. You can check out my other weeks under the HDR category of my blog. Or you can just snoop around… Hope you all enjoyed the project! And feel free to give any suggestions/comments/feedback about these photos. Would love to hear from you people!

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Week 50 of HDR Project: Fernwood

Fernwood is one of those places where you sort of know where it is, but not really sure where the exact location is. With lots of side roads, you could easily get lost in this area. But once you find this little section of town, the block is covered in old architecture such as a high school, church, pub, cafe, etc. It’s a really interesting part of town with a lot of character. This is also where all the hippies reside.

This area brings back a lot of memories as I use to come here a lot for local concerts. Goooood times.

10mm, ISO 200, F6.3

10mm, ISO 200, F8

Vic High. This school opened at this location in 1876. I love how they still have the boys and girls entrances on the top of the doors. The building is just awesome.

10mm, ISO 200, F9

13mm, ISO 200, F8

 

Week 49 of HDR Project: Esquimalt Lagoon

3 more weeks until this project is over! It’s awesome and sad to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I thought I would have bailed halfway through the project, but I guess not!

This week I went to Esquimalt Lagoon. You drive down the road and there’s water on both sides of you. A lot of different types of birds, a nice long beach, and just a great place to just chill out. This place is great for photography! I guess I’ll just let you see for yourself. I wish I had more time to hang out here…

10mm, ISO 200, F9

10mm, ISO 200, F8

10mm, ISO 200, F8

Hope you all enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed taking them! Have an awesome weekend!

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

Week 37 of HDR Project: St Ann’s Academy

This week, I decided to do try some more night shooting. I walked past St Ann’s Academy two weeks ago, and thought it’d be a sweet place to snap a few pictures. Since it gets dark really early now, night photography is perfect! Except for the sudden drop in temperature. Oh well… Here’s the pics!

10mm, ISO 200, F8

10mm, ISO 200, F7.1

Third Week Of The HDR Project

Sorry I haven’t been posting more throughout the week, but not a whole lot has been really picture worthy… Oh well. I’m trying!

I don’t know why I stay up late on Fridays… I guess there’s starting to be a pattern of when I’m posting a new HDR pic every week. We’ll see if I can keep this up. I was driving my friend Scott off at U-Vic, and then I noticed this mural on a wall. I instantly fell in love with it, so I decided to take a HDR pic of it. This is my first time taking an HDR pic during the day, so the editing process was quite different. I think I’m slowly getting the hang of this though! I look a bunch of pics – different angles and such and I think that this one was the best one out of the whole collection. And to be honest, I had NO idea how any of these pics were going to turn out, so I was kind of scared. But I think it turned out alright! I hope you all enjoy it, and let me know what you think of it. You can click on the picture to see a larger version of it.

10mm, ISO 100, F11

 

My New Baby

Wow… Wasn’t expecting to do another blog update so quickly. So here it goes!

In my previous post, I was debating on which lens to get, and I think I’ve figured it out after that rant. So the more I thought about it, the more I just wanted to get it. And since today is pay day, I thought that this was my opportunity to buy it and I wasn’t able to wait a few more weeks. So ladies and gentlemen, my brand new Canon 50mm F1.4 lens. I also bought a UV filter to protect the lens. SO STOKED!!!

It was near the end of the work day when I decided to slip out for a few minutes to acquire this beautiful lens. I got to the store and after a few test shots on my camera, I just fell in love with it. My first prime lens! This is definitely going to change my way of shooting which is pretty exciting. As I was walking back to the office, I thought “what better place to test it out than in Fan Tan Alley!!” I know it’s a little cliché and all because A LOT of people have taken pictures there, but I must admit… It’s a great place to test out a lens! Click on the pictures for the larger resolution.

Hopefully I’ll have some time tomorrow or in the next couple of days to really test this baby out :)

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