Chinese New Year

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

Regal Dancer

Ogden Point, Victoria, BC

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.

Festive Lights 2017

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


Early Morning at the Marina

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

Early Morning

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.

Mt. Waddington & Tiedemann Glacier

2017 May 28th  in great weather I was fortunate to fly into the Chilcotin to Tsuniah Lake. It was fabulous to fly in a small plane from Duncan, to Courtenay for refueling. Leaving Courtenay, the route was over the south end of Quadra, Stuart Island and on up Bute Inlet then following the Homathko River. While travelling the Homathko we were trying to spot the remnants of Waddington’s 1861 proposed route to the Gold Fields of interior BC. Also we were trying to spot the location of the 1864 Chilcotin Massacre. Our destination was Tsuniah Lake Lodge which is an experience that belongs on everyone’s bucket list. At 4000 feet it is set amongst Coastal/Chilcotin mountains where there are grizzly bears and spawning trout at this time of year as well as wildflowers in bloom.

Mother Grizzly with Two of her Three 2 year old Cubs

Tsuniah Lake Lodge Verandah

Night out at the Midway

  Midway 3839 © Patricia Haugen

Finally an evening without rain and the midway was in Nanaimo for the weekend. This spells fun plus a wonderful opportunity to practice night slow shutter speed photography. The colours were wonderful. I hope you enjoy these few images.

YoYo © Patricia Haugen

Hurricane © Patricia Haugen

Somenos Marsh, Duncan, Vancouver Island

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

Light Up the Night

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.

Getting Ready to Fly

December 8, 2016 ~ It is bitterly cold here on the West Coast of Canada (Vancouver Island) right now we have lost our deluge of rain and have a dusting of snow. These small Anna’s Hummingbirds are amazing how they have adapted to this cold weather. One thing that is an advantage for me is they are perching more in the sun any chance they get. Today I managed to capture what I consider my best ever humming bird photograph. Enjoy.