Archive for category: Victoria

Victoria, BC – James Bay Heritage Walking Tour

12 Nov
November 12, 2012

Hats off to the Victoria Heritage Foundation and its many supporters for the series of Heritage Walking Tours. In the James Bay neighbourhood there are many fine examples of heritage colour schemes, fancy shingles and many other heritage architectural elements and housing styles from Italianate of the 1860’s to British Arts & Crafts of the early 1930’s. And there are modern features as well as the beautifully crafted fence work above shows so well.

Abkhazi Gardens, Victoria, BC

21 Sep
September 21, 2012

I have mainly used my macro lens for food & product photography so this was the first time I went looking for flowers to photograph, arriving at the Abkhazi Gardens in Victoria after the flowers had been watered and before other visitors had arrived. There was enough early morning sunlight so no additional lighting was required. Anything shot under f5.6 didn’t have enough depth of field – in fact f8.0 was the minimum and f11 was optimum. While the Image Stabilization feature on the lens was useful, nothing beats a tripod (check by phone first as it may not always be allowed). I travel with a Gitzo 2541L tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Ballhead. This tripod is light but solid and easily fits into a small suitcase for air travel – better to have a lighter tripod with you than a heavier one at home.

Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro IS lens.