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.
With having finished a year of capturing and posting images everyday I think I am suffering from photo exhaustion and looking for something new. Now I have discovered combining photo images with digital painting. This presents some interesting possibilities to explore this year. Also I have started experimenting with double exposures again, below find two examples.
Constrained © Pat Haugen
Double Exposure Trees © Pat Haugen
Thursday February 16th was Light Up the Night here in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. It was perfect weather clear and above zero for the Rotary Fund Raiser. Chinese Lanterns are purchased for $5 each, the province puts in another $5 and then the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation doubles that again, the money going to smallpox immunization in the third world. With 350 lanterns available a lot of money was raised. Ladysmith turned out in mass and all ages enjoying the outing in February. The young children were having a ball running around with no thoughts of being tired later when they got home. Parents may have had some other ideas though.
On the West Coast on a dull, damp winter day you just have to get with it, grab your camera, add layers of clothing and go out. You hope for a few rays of sunshine, especially because the forecast is for sun but it never happens before sunset. All is not lost if you take the time to observe what is around you. The bonus for the day was this photograph of the marina buttoned down for the winter with a soft misty effect.
On a recent jaunt to Long Beach and Incinerator Beach on the West Coast, I tried some new techniques which brought out the light and texture in the flat sand of the extensive beach. I liked the effects and have posted a series of 26 images under “Image Portfolios”. I hope that you will like the results also.
While photographing on a recent winter jaunt to Pacific Rim National Park I captured the usual beach image but wanted to add a bit of drama to it. Using Perfect Suite 9 by On One Software the resulting image is now something I like.
Totem Park in Victoria BC near the Royal British Columbia Museum offers some wonderful opportunities to practice photography skills. Anytime I am in Victoria I try to spend a bit of time here, there is always something new to observe and check out from a different angle or in different light. Result being at least one image I am happy with.
Here is a second winter image I like. The soft colours to me say, “It is cold outside.” and it was but I like to persevere no matter the weather. It is better to be outside capturing light than home beside the fireplace reading.