Festival of Trees 2014

Every year I check out the Festival of Trees at the Empress Hotel. It’s a Christmas tree display where people/companies decorate a tree to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. A lot of the trees were really well done!! Soooo less talk, more pictures!

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Festival of Trees And Downtown Night Photography

Bethany and I spent the night wandering around downtown taking photos a few weeks back. It’s been a while since I’ve done something like this, so it was definitely a good time. We started out at the Empress Hotel. They have the Festival of Trees every year here. It’s a display of Christmas trees decorated by different businesses.

Which Christmas tree is your favourite?? Drop me a line in the comments!

After looking at all the trees, we wandered around… The city has decorated downtown with Christmas lights, so it was great checking out all the sites.


Setting up for long exposure night shots… I kind of wish I brought my tripod with me (decided to leave it in the car). But oh well, next time!


On top of a parkade.


Next stop, Chinatown.


Centennial Square. I’ll have to come back here because the ferris wheel is now running and there’s even more lights in the area now.


Inner Harbour. See if you can spot the swan in the next picture!


Last stop was the breakwater. I haven’t been here since they put up the railings… And it was really cold at the end. So we didn’t spend much time there.

It was definitely a great night! Will have to do more shooting again sometime soon!

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

Winter Wonderland In Victoria

It’s definitely been a while since I’ve had the chance to update. First off, I started getting a cough last Thursday, and then got full blown sick on Friday. I’ve been trying to recover every since. I thought I’d be fine on Monday, but I was wrong… Worked 4 hours on Monday, 6 hours on Tuesday, and worked a full 8 hours on Wednesday! Yay! I felt pretty miserable during this sickness. I rarely get sick, and when I do, it seems 100 times worse… I dunno… I’m not sure why, but as the days kept passing, I got more antsy. I HAD to go out, but I knew I needed to rest as well – that was really tough for me to do. I had the whole week filled up with work and hanging out with friends, but one by one they had to be rescheduled until today…

… It snowed! Probably a good foot, and that’s RARE in Victoria. So I woke up this morning feeling a little bit better. I saw the snow and I told myself, “I HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE TODAY!” because I have yet to really shoot with my new Canon 50mm 1.4 lens I just bought. So I spent a good hour or so debating whether to go to work OR go play in the snow. It was stressful!! But I decided to go to work AND go play in the snow! I packed my camera and my work stuff, and off I went!

I was able to rope my friend, Rhiannon to play in the snow with me. We were suppose to check out a concert yesterday, but didn’t due to our sicknesses. But today… Nothing was going to get in our ways! So we met up after lunch and decided to do what we always do… Walk around! So here are some pics!

Rhiannon told me to take a pic of this statue thinger because she said it looked weird.

StatueAfter the Inner Harbour, we headed straight towards the water to Dallas Rd.

Next stop… Beacon Hill Park!SeagullWe finally found the bridge… And then… This happened.Random Sword FightingRandom sword fights? Yes please!! … It’s starting to seem like every time Rhiannon and I hang out, something weird happens – not that it’s a bad thing or anything. It makes life a lot more interesting.

Random Sword Fighting

Apparently they’re in a band called “The Saints of British Rock”… I think I rather see them fight.

Hi Rhiannon!RhiannonHmmmmm…. I didn’t see where it led to, so it will remain a mystery…Secret Door?Beacon Hill Park

What a great day! So beautiful. Thank you Rhiannon and beautiful snowy Victoria. It’s been a blast!

Sorry about the quality of some of the pics. Apparently WordPress isn’t as good as Flickr when it comes to sizing them. Hmmm…. Oh well, I might be able to live with that.

There’s more pics of today on my Flickr site if you want to see more! The link will take you to the first pic of the day. So look through them all! Comment, add me, subscribe, whatever. The more stuff the merrier!

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