At times my camera espies the perfect view no tweaking required to update to what I think my eye saw. Well, these photos took little processing as gone through my normal CS curves and, perhaps, crop (the first CS edition) and Lightzone (not the end all to my desires and hardly ever used here for RAW, sorry, but essential as it handles situations that frustrated the living daylights out of my editing in photoshop’s ancient release). In CS I took out some of the flickering highlights and in Lightzone some minimal dark detail tweaking + seagul enlightenment.
Anyway, the coolness of portrait photography certainly can be extended to these sea hunters. Available light only for laughing out loud:
It was the first morning that could liberate your feet off the dock and move them in ways the rest of the body might not agree with (FROST, the tripod became my cane and hands got cold). The top two photos show what my mind’s eye remembers seeing the next photo gives the camera’s interpretation of what it looked like.
Once again, good morning, wishing you a fine day for noticing and enjoying its colors.
Here is an early morning view from the Crofton boardwalk in three clicks.
The ferry approaches leaving the hazes behind.
At the far end the early sun shows his face.
The colors are exotic but true. They may look like this when the sun is low and the sky is right.
Some time ago I posted a few photos of The Union Club Of BC. Photos zooming in on the building’s detail were missplaced. They never made it into the article. After some time they mysteriously reappeared back from their trip to no man’s land and gave me a chance to show them belatedly in a separate entry.
The first photo, an older photo taken with a phone camera, shows the front as an introduction to those finer details.
Walking up the stairs we’ll have a look at a few of the details that can only be seen by getting a little closer.
When looking over the ballustrade I see myself standing across the street taking the first photo, and round and round we go. We’ve looked at only two sides of this awesome building; the other two sides are obscured by the city.
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On the corner of Blanshard and View Street in Victoria British Columbia stands a grand building St Andrew’s Cathedral. It was dedicated by Bishop John Lemmens in 1892 and here it still stands.
We begin our quick walk-by facing the rectory on View Street
Which adjoins the church next to it
Continuing our walk we come to Blanshard Street and that is what the church’s front looks out on.
The head stones on the corner commemorate three early pioneers of the church. They are buried in the church. These people have led busy and eventful lives and on their many journeys often had more adventures than they cared for.
We have come to the front.
St Andrew’s Cathedral is a building well worth looking at both outside and inside. It is a nice addition to my classic-buildings-walk-around project and I say thank you for accompanying me here, hope you enjoyed the walk. God bless.
Here are two links dealing with historical aspects of the building:
I photographed a view from Mount Tzouhalem from its west side near the north side, Maple Bay, some time ago. Here is a photo of Cowichan Bay, seen when standing on the southern part of the mountain and looking south.
As always on ferries between Vancouver Island
and the mainland cameras clicked constantly throughout the journey. I love to see the photographs that people took this day on the outside decks of more or less all the same subject matter (sky, ferry, and each other), with cameras and phones of varied styles, and all clickers with their personal and artistic visions. It was the day after the storm that saw all ferry sailings in the neighborhood cancelled. The ferry had a good load on but the outside decks were mostly empty. A strong wind that one could barely walk against could have had something to do with that. One (that’s me, not the guy in the next picture, who stands there like a rock) definitely did not stand still being blown over while trying to be that steady rock for one’s camera, clicking.
Vancouver shows itself in the distance
It was suggested over the announcement system that people may want to remain seated while crossing these turbulent waters, but doing things on this rolling boat rather than just sitting is more fun.
This was an enjoyable ride and I hope you enjoyed some of it here with me. See you next time.
One of the beautiful buildings in Victoria BC, definitely from the era much inspired by the British of the time, is the Union Club of BC building. Nowadays it is very much like a hotel. It is advertised by the many hotel booking agencies that operate on line, but it still is a club with dress codes and such from long ago. The building was built in 1912 when the Club had outgrown its previous home. One of these days I hope to go inside but in the mean time there is the outside. The building, obviously designed for the awkward property it is on, is a prime example of west coast architecture with the British influences in the early 1900′s.
Arriving here from Amsterdam in the mid 1960′s I was awed by the inner city low building style and the subsequent feeling of total spaciousness. This building is part of that old low style. The landscape has changed somewhat in the mean time because of modern high rise intermingling but I’m able to ignore that aspect in these photographs.
It is Sunday and still morning and people of different nationalities are hard at work on their art projects, chalk art on the road. Three blocks of Government Street have been barricaded of for one of the three zones (I have time to visit two of these zones). Here are a few images from the road. I expected these people to work on the sidewalks, but they are on the road pavement which is mighty rough for this sort of work. However it is Sunday morning, not overly busy yet, and a lighthearted mood is in the air.
Rain is in the forecast and as I wonder about that it begins to sprinkle. No worry we are in Victoria where people are prepared for almost anything.
I walk to the next zone where there is only one painting on the go. An artist from Holland is hard at work on his very interesting 3 D design.
Having to kill an hour in Victoria is never a problem in Victoria and we’ll meet again soon in that small downtown area. Until then take good care.
As my car was being treated at the garage I went for a walk south down the railroad track. Mostly there is no spectacular scenery, just rural, but for the keen eye there are little jewels, like the one above, everywhere. We are walking direction Koksilah River, where I photographed the trestle at an earlier date. This time an animal feed plant is the center of interest. Its transportation of goods still goes by rail. The train comes from up north and I do not think any trains travel south of this feed company. The railroad’s shape is too horrible. People transportation stopped years ago and a walker can keep up with the speed of today’s freight train. As shown so often and here once again, lack of maintenance plagues us. It is the result of shortsighted political economic thinking, where maintenance of bridges, buildings, railroads etc is not on any lists of things to do. At any rate I like walking the railroad so once in a while rain or shine.
The feed mill makes an interesting contribution to the landscape and I like to share a few photographs.
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