Our soggy foggy winter has now settled in. It feels like a grey version of the Arctic where night descends for twenty-four hours except instead of darkness we have greyness. Soon it will be the shortest day of the year and once past summer is coming. It is still interesting though to photograph in bad or poor weather and fun to be out.
After listening to Rick Lawrence https://www.ricklawrence.art/ speak about his images which are always in square format and often strongly coloured I was inspired to go to a local small town and try his approach. Duncan has many funky buildings with strong colours so it became a fun afternoon and gives me something new to do when feeling uninspired which happens to every photographer. It is a new way to think. More images are posted under Image Portfolios.
Cowichan Bay Village and Docks near Duncan on Vancouver Island are a very eclectic place to photograph with a lot of eye candy on display…you just have to spot it which is always good practice. Here I have done a twist on the regular dock photo using multi-exposure in camera.
CPR Ferry Terminal, Nanaimo © Patricia Haugen
Just having some fun with the software I have exploring some new ideas and effects. When I took these photos in August I had the idea of trying to turn them into old postcards from around the 1900’s. In the end I have learned it is possible to fool your eye or brain or both.
Tracks, Nanaimo © Patricia Haugen
Rail Yard, Nanaimo © Patricia Haugen
I was fortunate to be with a couple of great photographers on Fireworks Night at the park in Parksville, Vancouver Island. We went up full of hope for a perfect evening, clear sky, calm water and warm. The opposite occurred: rain, strong wind and ruddy cold but still better to be out with a camera than at home on the couch. Absolutely no hope of a tripod staying still for long exposures, solution just handhold and hope for something to turn out that looks a bit creative.
Colour Explosion 6540
Reflected 532 © Pat Haugen
I was fortunate to spend this last weekend in Vancouver with two photography friends. The highlights of the trip were stops at Ambleside Park, the City Centre and Chinatown especially the Chinese Cultural Centre and Sun Yat Sen Garden in the day time followed by night photography at Stanley Park. Torrential rain shut us down before we completed the full set of stops planned but overall we came back to the hotel tired and happy. The next morning we headed to Chinatown early to catch the opening of all the markets before the parade. There was snow overnight but the day for the parade was cold and clear….perfect.
Lions Gate from Brockton Point
GLamour with a Cigarette
147 Ogden Point © Pat Haugen
Finally, we have a small window of sun. A photographer friend and I ventured to Victoria hoping it would last for the day. She had a new camera to test out and we both had cabin fever. We were well rewarded at Ogden Point, lots to see, great place to walk and enjoy the sun with other people just taking advantage of the day. Having the “Sir John Franklin” Canada’s ice breaker at the wharf was a bonus. I decided to a change to present these images in black and white.
Inner Harbour, Victoria, British Columbia © Pat Haugen
Parliament Buildings Fountain © Pat Haugen
Decked Out © Pat Haugen
On a cold but sunny day in December I and a good photography friend went to spend the whole day in Victoria, doing a bit of street photography as well as waiting for dark. The real objective was to practice night photography in the inner harbour where we knew the lights would be fantastic. We were not disappointed. I have also included a modified Canada 150 Celebration image which I thought appropriate to close the year with.
Proud to Celebrate © Pat Haugen
All in a Row © Patricia Haugen
Here are 3 images which I am happy with. I captured them early morning at the public Marina in Ladysmith while waiting for our sailboat to come out of the water for maintenance. Although it is “Junuary” here on the west coast we have hopes for a long hot summer. There is variety in the images which I hope you will also enjoy. Basically, you just never know what you shall see as a photographer but the most important things are never leave home without a camera and always be looking and aware of your surroundings.
Sun Touched © Patricia Haugen
Horizontals Rule © Patricia Haugen
Here is an effect that I like which was created by fluke…camera on the wrong settings when I pushed the shutter button. I took the time to actually look at the photo and realized its potential before hitting the delete key. Yes, it was early morning at Hecate Park in Cowichan Bay, waiting for more vintage cars to arrive for a tour of the local valley.