Since our upcoming digital competition is on light, today I went out searching for it. Decided to go down to the Nanaimo waterfront, and parked at Swy-A-Lana Lagoon at 4:30, just as the sun was setting. I took photos as I walked along, but didn't keep any until I reached the Boat Basin, where I took this one, admiring the reflections of the lights in the water. The sky was still nice and blue, too.
I then continued around to Cameron Island, once again taking photos as I went, but not keeping any of them until this one of the two men walking along the boardwalk. I liked the lights leading into the
distance and the two men walking towards me. I was using a tripod now, and at 1/25 sec., but with the men walking straight towards me they are fairly sharp.
Next, I walked past the Gabriola Ferry, and zoomed in (300 mm equivalent) on Harmac Pulp Mill. The sky is still not too dark at this point, 5 p.m. I like the moodiness of this one.
I then turned around and went back to the Boat Basin, and thought the reflections were more vibrant now. I had an 8 sec. exposure for this one, and I think the light trails must have been from a bus that went by.
Next I noticed the Christmas lights on one of the Cameron Island towers, that hadn't been noticeable a half hour earlier. I like the reflections in the pond in the foreground.
I continued through the Boat Basin and went up Bastion Street to the overpass, and to capture these light trails I kept the shutter open for 25 sec. I had the aperture at f/16; hence the starburst lights. I like the way I was fortunate enough to have a car pull off into the gas station, too, and the way the road curves. It would be nice if the buildings alongside the road were more dramatically lit though. (Maybe our Community Liaison Director could look into that, eh Ron?)
I then returned to the lagoon, and was surprised to see these ducks still awake.
And before heading home I thought I'd see if there was anything interesting on the far side of the parking lot.
By now it was 6 p.m. and the sky was dark, but with the right lights you can still make beautiful images.
What a great way to work up an appetite for dinner!
Sunday, December 24, 2017
It was a busy year for us with lots of travel, to South America, to Mexico twice, to the US, to Halifax, and within BC. And most importantly, we had quality family time, and continued to enjoy good health.
We started off the year by travelling to Colombia. An amazing country, maybe the friendliest people I've ever met, certainly the most helpful, that's for sure.
We started off with a week near Santa Marta on the Caribbean Coast.