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.
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.
November 9, 2016 ~ Visited a favourite haunt with a photographer friend to check for the return of wintering Trumpeter Swans. No swans but a multitude of California Sea Lions feeding on the returning Chum Salmon. It was a stellar day watching and photographing the sea lions feeding with the seagulls swooping in to clean up the scraps. The sea lions have very messy table manners. The seine fishing fleet was also out in full force. The preservation behaviour of the salmon was fascinating…they hovered as close to the shore as possible out of reach of the sea lions. Dorsal fins and the upper tail fins were sticking above the surface. The trees surrounding the beach were full of eagles waiting for low tide to feast on the expired salmon left on shore. It was a day not to be missed.
Flipping Fish © Pat Haugen
October 9, 2016 ~ After attending an inspiring workshop yesterday given by Marc Koegel, I acquired many ideas for a new approach to my images. The weather outside was horrendous on the early morning drive to Nanaimo so it was a double plus to be in a seminar and inside where I looked for images for day 282 of my project for 2016, “AYear of Days” posted under Image Portfolios. Marc did emphasize a minimalist approach which I have tried to create above with these three images of lights in the Nanaimo Conference Centre.
July 14 2016 ~ Today was what I would call a Gold Star Day. Early this morning, I and my husband received an invitation to watch the last flight day and water drop of the Coulson Flying Tanker – The Hawaii Mars. The light was a little difficult but the sun caught the tanker at just the right time. Oh Yes, if you are wondering, we did get caught in the spray. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I need to add, for this occasion to capture the images I wanted, I used my Nikon 800 with a full frame zoom lens.
The above image of “The King” was taken at the Calgary Zoo. You do not have to go on a safari to get a great image of Africa’s iconic animals. Sometime a Safari may be possible for me but I am very happy practicing in a Zoo. I may add this image is as caught, no cropping. The light and pose were perfect for a few seconds.
Eye on You © Pat Haugen
It was also great to capture a close up of this hippopotamus with a watchful eye.
Low Flight © Patricia Haugen
It is the beginning of May and there is activity everywhere if you take time out to look and have the patience to wait. On a jaunt to some favourite spots in Victoria, Esquimalt Lagoon was out because a Volvo commercial was being filmed, oh well, move on. This was actually fortuitous. The next stop, Albert Head Lagoon I managed to capture the best flight photos of blue heron plus the bonus was watching and trying to photograph him handle a large fish to orient it for a quick swallow head first.
Lunch © Patricia Haugen
Unlucky Fish © Patricia Haugen
Mr. Grumpy © Patricia Haugen
April, my rhododendrons are starting to flower which gives me an opportunity to explore the power of using a macro lens with the Nikon camera. This image shows the precise focal plane of the lens…blurring the areas closer and further away into a softness in pastels. I liked the effect.
This is a fun image or in other words a purely created image from a quick photo of some bamboo wallpaper in a restaurant. The wall paper was in shades of grey but I thought it had possibilities and it did with some software manipulation.
At the end of a full day of capturing birds and nature generally the bonus was a sky full of kites at Clover Point in Victoria. The light was perfect and the sky a consistent colour for creating a series of overlapping images of the kites. Having many kites in the image makes it more interesting than just the one or two you are able to capture close up. Photographing kites close up in the air and obtaining a sharp image with the right light is a challenge but also fun.