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!

Christmas 2012 in Victoria

Finally getting into the Christmas spirit! My friend and I decided to go for a walk downtown to check out a few Christmasy things that happen in Victoria. It was a beautiful day in Victoria. It wasn’t very cold for a December day. So off we went! I love all the different lights around the place. Victoria definitely puts some effort into it.

First stop was to find free parking…. Soooo we ended up parking at Ogden Point and decided to take a stroll out on the breakwater. The sky was doing awesome things, and there was a pelican around the area which is rare around Victoria.

Next stop, gingerbread houses at the Laurel Point Inn. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this. We got there, and I was blown away! Wasn’t expecting the gingerbread houses to look that amazing! The people must have put so much time in making them. It was awesome! And it smelled amazing there!

The next one was one of my favs.

So much detail!

After the gingerbread houses, we walked over to the Empress Hotel to check out the Festival of Trees that they have every year. Pretty much a company goes in on a tree and they decorate a tree together.

Yes, that’s a really big gingerbread castle!

Mandatory reflection shot.

Afterwards, we just wandered/drove around town for a bit while taking a few pictures here and there.

And there you have it… A glimpse of what Victoria looks like during Christmas! Thought I would post a bunch more pictures because I haven’t been updating very often.. But hope you all have an awesome Christmas and New Years! Feel free to drop me a line any time!

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

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