Wandering Downtown

Well, It’s been almost a week and finally I got some time to test out my new camera (Canon 5D MKII). I’ve decided to shoot in manual and wander around downtown with a 50mm 1.4. I’m still trying to get familiar with the settings and functions. So I’m slowly getting the hang of things, and so far I’m loving it! The colours on this is great and the low light settings are awesome. Can’t wait to go shooting some more!

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Fan Tan Alley is such an awesome place to photograph, so I had to shoot something there before they closed the gate at night.

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Just Another Sunset in Victoria

It’s been over a month since my last post… I’m back at H&R Block setting up offices. These past couple weeks have been super hectic – working 10+ hours every day. I was pretty exhausted, but I’m glad all the offices are up and running now.

Last Friday was my first “slower” day so I decided to finish work early and go take some pictures because it’s been a long time. I was trying to figure where I could shoot a sunset. After a few minutes, the Gorge Rd Trestle came up to mind. It’s right by my place, so I got home, ditched all my stuff, grabbed my camera gear and headed out the door.

I’m still testing out this post-editing stuff… But the more I do it, the more I realize how much it enhances a picture. I really like seeing my progress as a photographer and how much it’s changed. It’s great! I’ve even included a HDR picture in there just for fun.

I hope you all enjoy these!

HDR – 10mm, F4.0, ISO 200

The End of the 52 Week HDR Project: Whiffin Spit

Sooooo it looks like this is the last week of my 52 week HDR project! Can’t believe it’s been a year already. Time sure flies… For the last one, I went to Whiffin Spit which is out in Sooke, BC. I was looking around the geocaching site to see where I can find some caches, and I stumbled across this place. So I loaded up some caches onto my GPS and off I went the next day. This place is beautiful! The sun was slowly going down, and it was a really easy walk on a spit, and the weather was great! What more could I ask for for my last HDR project post.

10mm, ISO 200, F9

10mm, ISO 100, F9

10mm, ISO 100, F9

I hope you all enjoyed my series! I had a lot of fun doing this project. It made me go shoot more, and it made me learn how to do HDR pictures. I don’t think I’m going to stop here though. I think I’m going to be continue shooting HDR, but I might just post pics once a month (maybe more if I end up going to a lot of awesome places), but we’ll see! Comments? Feedback? Would love to hear from you all!

Week 47 & 48 of HDR Project: Mt Doug & YYJ

First I would like to apologize for not posting a HDR picture last week. Work got really busy and have been working 60 hour weeks. So this week I decided to hit up two different places to make up for skipping a week.

Today I was driving back to the main office at work, and I saw some crazy cloud formations. I thought to myself that today’s sunset should be pretty amazing. After work, Rhiannon met up with me and we decided to catch the sunset up on Mt Doug. I wish we got there about 20 minutes earlier. It would’ve been even more epic… I’ve been saving this spot for a while, and I’m glad I was able to catch this. I was pretty happy about the outcome.

12mm, ISO 200, F5.6

We grabbed some take out sushi and drove to Mt Tolmie to hang out and eat. During that time, I was trying to figure out where my second spot should be. It seems like I was running out of places – how is that possible?? But luckily I was able to think of a place… The Victoria International Airport!

10mm, ISO 200, F8

10mm, ISO 200, F8

11mm, ISO 200, F8

Hard to believe that there’s 4 more weeks until the 52 week project is over!!

Crescent Beach

I went to Vancouver for 2 weeks a few weeks ago. Shannon and I went to Crescent Beach to check out a train pass under the overpass. We weren’t really sure when it came, so we just hung out at the top of the overpass for a while.

At first we were looking for a geocache that Shannon wasn’t able to find last time she was there. After a few minutes of looking, the cache was in our hands! Yay! We sat around and took some more pics, then after a few minutes, the train came!! It was really awesome! I would suggest people to check it out just cause it’s pretty cool.


After the train passed, we stayed a little longer to take a few more pics up on the overpass and around the area.

The sun was going down quickly and we still had to find a few more caches. But as we were caching, we got distracted by the beautiful view as the sun was almost out of sight. What a great place!

Here’s a quick panoramic shot I took. If you click on it, it’ll take you to a higher res picture of it. But this one was stitched using 13 pictures.

What a great night! I’ll leave you with this last picture… As I was sorting through there, I realize I forgot to turn this next pic into a HDR picture.So I will tack it onto the end of this post… I thought it turned out pretty amazing!

50mm, ISO 200, F4.5

Week 22: Sunset at Crescent Beach

Phew, almost didn’t make it for the weekly HDR picture. Good thing I had some time on Friday otherwise I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in any other time. But anyways, the Shannons and I hung out at Crescent Beach. We caught the sunset, and I thought it’d be sweet to take a HDR pic of a sunset.

11mm, ISO 100, F8

11mm, ISO 400, F4.5

I love summer…..

Week 16 – Samsun Narrows

First off, I’d like to say sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been really busy which made me late for posting week 16 of my HDR photo project. Oh well… Anyways, my friend, Dion and I went to Samsun Narrows to do some rock climbing. We ended up doing a 2 pitch climb, and this is the view from the top of the first pitch. Dion told me to shoot in RAW, and so I figured I would try HDR with RAW.

10mm, ISO 400, F8

It’s a little bit grainy, and I’m still trying to figure out how to get rid of some halos… But I might have to get a better HDR program. I’m still trying to get an eye for HDR.

But check back soon for the full details of this epic climbing adventure!

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