The weather was pretty grey at the end of the day yesterday so I figured landscape shots were out so I headed out to Beacon Hill Park to get some night shots. I’d seen pics of this new sculpture in the park that raised my curiosity so I went in search. It was a cool spot indeed, however the log post fence around it sort of ruined the natural perspective I envisioned when I first saw the piece. This was definitely added later which is too bad and meant I had to get in a bit closer than I wanted. You have to work with what you got. I took some shots before it got dark out,some of these I can definitely see using for some collages in the future,thats what I was really thinking at first.
I thought this would look best at night so after walking around for a bit waiting for the light to disappear I returned and did some night exposures and even some with a little light painting for effect.
The Moss Lady was inspired by the ‘Mud Maiden’ (below) found in the Lost Gardens of Heligan in England, one of England’s most popular botanical gardens. A team of City of Victoria staff brought the Moss Lady to life in 2015. She is 11 metres long and 1.7 metres high. The sculpture was constructed with a stainless steel frame, cement, boulders, metal pipe, vinyl-coated chicken wire and a clay-based soil created with an acidic PH suitable for moss. The cattail and club moss were harvested from Vancouver Island. An irrigation system mists the moss for a few minutes each day. The hair is made of flowering crocosmia plants.
I headed out to Cattle Point for sunset on Thursday night. I felt like I had a hard time finding a good composition It was pretty windy and rained off and on but I managed to get a couple of long exposure shots before the lens got too wet. These were 30 second exposures.
A couple of nights before I went to Saxe Point where I found myself arriving way too early for sunset and spent hrs sitting around waiting for some good light that never really arrived. I spent many hours in the same spot so I ended up taking tons of boring shots. It was so bright and the scene I picked was looking directly into the sun. I still tried to use a long exposure but never really got anything I liked. It was cool spot so I will probably return on a different day.
This is the first time I went shooting in Victoria this year, I don’t venture out that often but this short jaunt from home is a reminder that I don’t have to go far to get something worthwhile. I was actually on my way to a different location but a change of plans led me to this spot, by this time most of the light was already fading so I had limited time before the clouds completely rolled in and the light disappeared.
Manipulation of exposure will dramatically affect the feel of your image, I’ve added my 10 stop ND Filter to achieve a long exposure of 100 seconds, the second shot is a manual blend of exposures, one for the foreground and one for the sky.
It was getting pretty dark and on way back to the van, I saw the 2 chairs overlooking the spot I was just photographing down below so I snapped a couple that I will probably use for istock. The long exposure was almost 3 mins.
I thought this was going to be my new portfolio website but since I cant seem to set up proper galleries I guess I will treat this as a personal photo diary of my creative process.
Buttle Lake in Strathcona Park is one of my favorite spots to visit on the island. I always seem to gravitate to this one spot in particular that shows traces of the past with all these cool stumps some half submerged on the lake shore. There is a campsite right next to this place so access is easy and I was able to stay out late under the stars and return to a comfy campfire to warm up. You never know what you are going to encounter when out in the landscape but when something special happens its the greatest feeling ever.
I set up a timelapse to create star trails taking 30 second exposures continuously for about 1.5 hrs during which I was pleasantly greeted to this huge fire ball falling from the sky. It was bright red and very intense however the camera recorded it as a white streak, the reflection however is multi-colored. This shot is a combination of two exposures during the process. Here are a few others from the sequence. This was the night before the full supermoon so the night recorded almost as day.
The day started with rain on the way up but cleared when I arrived at this spot. I started shooting the sunset first and finished well into the night.
I’ve been wanting to spend more time in Vancouver lately mostly because it’s a short distance away from Victoria and it feels like a mini vacation. During my most recent visit I really wanted to concentrate on getting some panoramic’s of the skyline during the blue hour and was greeted with cloudless skies and great conditions.
Some other night shots during the weekend.
It wasn’t till I got home and started editing did I see this object in the sky over the mountains,a freaking UFO! Well it sure looks like an alien saucer beaming a ray of light,really crazy! Don’t ask me what this is,i’m thinking a light flare from a passing plane or something…..or a UFO!