Setting up camp on this early Sunday morning has begun.
In this part of the world we have the spot prawn which is the largest of the bunch. The allotted time for catching these is in May and June. Sunday past saw the Cowichan Bay prawn festival. All it really is is a gigantic prawn selling and buying event. Tons of people (mostly buyers) attend and the final result is a festive market atmosphere with local vendors’ sales, exhibitions, prawn cooking demonstrations, music, that sort of thing.
Three sales outlets, one on the Government Wharf, one below it from the boat, and the third one two minutes up the road at the fish monger‘s, had a mass of people lined up throughout the day
This Sunday was one of those perfect spring days, sunny but never hot, and people whether waiting or promenading had a great time.
Even though this is the season for fresh prawns, the buyers are clearly intent to fill their freezers as well. They have come here from up and down Vancouver Island and I expect to see them back in 2014 during the next Cowichan Bay prawn festival.
here is more information about prawns and cooking them in different ways.
No words, just pictures, each one being equal to a thousand words, make up today`s posting.
Did you like this short excursion on the first warm early morning of the season? We were alone but now it is busier and many of the people here checking things out carry cameras. Photo ops are everywhere. For us it is time now for that first cup of coffee and so up the ramp we go to visit that neat little coffee shop right next to the chandler.
In the latter half of the nineteen sixties after moving into the Cowichan Valley I noticed a small log cabin. Its windows showed a display of old bottles and there always were people about the place. Located smack dab on the Trans Canada Highway I am certain all locals know the looks of this small log cabin. Here it is in two thousand thirteen.
The display has changed over the years and the property is nicely maintained. Driving the highway passing by this log cabin I cannot help but wonder how much this cabin was part of the early settlement of this valley. We do not know how long the cabin will be part of this world but until then it is definitely somebody’s small and beautiful time capsule.
Walked into the house this morning right into this reflection
Mysteries may mess with one’s head and we don’t want that!
This is what I REALLY saw
Lately I have so little time to spend on the computer that these blog entries have become rather sporadic, and keeping up with things on line is not as convenient as it ought to be either.
Today we are going back to the well known and beautifully restored Kinsol Trestle. More photographs are here and here
The photo above shows the approach from the North side (Cowichan Station) Alternatively Kinsol Trestle may be reached from Shawnigan Lake south of the trestle. Walking, sliding and climbing down you get to the Koksilah River.
Climbing back to the top in a hurry can be a breath taking experience. The reason for being in a hurry is to get there before the sun shows its face over the treeline.
It is spring time again and a great time to explore some of the northern tip of the world’s rain forest (well, what is left of it) here on Vancouver Island.
Often some development after a photograph leaves the camera is necessary. Photoshop is the traditionally accepted way to go about it. Most of the time I may put on a little of the Curve and perhaps some contrast or saturation, that sort of thing, and there is the final product. It’s all much the way it came out of the camera. Taking all the color out is more laborious. I am not certain how other photographers get to their black and white versions, but for me the process goes through either Calculations or Channel Mixer from my never updated Photoshop CS. Mostly Channel Mixer is my preferred tool. Lately though I have explored Calculations in a serious manner. The reason is that in one photographer’s advise Calculations is always the way to go far superior to my preference. So I decided to check this out. The results show in recent black and white (BW) entries to this blog and to my BW Flickr uploads (all approached through Calculations). Of course, as a rule, mostly one tries to translate colors into tonal values where the degree of greyness suggests a color. In my experience Calculations take a lot of additional tweaking to get the natural look with the desired detail in the right places. Calculations however is a natural to brilliant dramatic impact.
Being sweet on BW, many of my images have a BW alter ego and to get to the BW I tend to use good old Channel Mixer more often than Calculations (in the olden days I preferred Kodak Tri X
to the smooth deep of Ilford film – is this my dilemma?).
Meanwhile, realizing that more modern programs than mine are the norm, I often wonder how others go about producing their beautiful BWs
Here is a series to illustrate this black and white tale starting with the original:
Calculations tweaked with a little more lightning and contrast:
and Channel Mixer unadulterated (except for some high and low lights through Color Balance
Coming from the age of darkrooms and being, probably, the only photographer who very much disliked working in the darkroom but loved what might come out of it, I have said yes to digital right from day one. Nevertheless often the stuff that comes from print film has a beauty all its own. It is somewhat comparable to the difference between the nearly perfect sound of today’s musical recordings and the beauty of vinyl and hi fi of not that long ago. Bringing out some of that old timbre into our modern way of producing images tends to be my challenge.
This morning, after inhaling very smelly paint fumes for some time, I ended up wandering on a mountain for a breath of fresh air. From somewhere up there Duncan could be seen in the distance. Like this:
It is an impression I wanted to share with you.