Archive for month: September, 2012

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.

Charters Creek Salmon Habitat Restoration and Interpretive Centre, Sooke BC

15 Sep
September 15, 2012

The new Interpretive Centre at Charters Creek near Sooke is a beautiful cedar structure – the wood just seems to glow in the early morning light.

The water level in the creek was low in August. However, I took the time to set up the camera and spent some time photographing in the area. The forest was still and there was enough water flow to hear the sound of trickling water in the creek. I moved the camera to several locations to try and capture the cathedral-like quiet of the forest and the reflection of the trees in the moving water.

Sheringham Point Lighthouse, Shirley BC

08 Sep
September 8, 2012

Late afternoon image of Sheringham Point Lighthouse (not far from Sooke) on a very bright August afternoon.  I wanted to soften the wave action a little and also capture the swirls in the clouds. I tried several exposures with a polarizing filter before deciding to use a neutral density filter which allowed a slower shutter speed of 11 seconds.

Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 f2.8L, 11 seconds at f20 using a grey 3,0 neutral density filter (x 10 stop exposure). Image converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro2.