Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseids Meteor Shower

I headed out to Mill Bay, this is looking towards the Victoria Airport. I spent the entire night shooting 3 sequences of the sky. The first represents around 10:30 pm to midnight combined.

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The below image shows all the action during the 1.5 hrs without editing. Planes landing constantly.

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The next two images are from 1 am to 3 am.

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The final is 3 am to 4:30 am.

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lions gate bridge

On this trip to Vancouver I wanted to concentrate on night shots of the Lion’s Gate Bridge. I walked from waterfront station and made sure I arrived in time for the blue hour.

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The next night I went to prospect point viewpoint and got a different perspective of the bay and bridge.

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It wasn’t long before a crowd of photographers lined up along the bridge to get this cliché shot so I went down beneath the bridge to get away from everyone and ended up getting some of my favorite shots of the weekend.

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Then the walk back…

 

Cattle Point and Saxe Point

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.

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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.

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A cool spot down by the Chinese cemetery in Victoria,BC

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.

Vancouver Nightscapes

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.

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Some other night shots during the weekend.

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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!

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