WPC: Night Photography

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Like many other photographers out there I am not so good on the night shots, mainly because I don’t always carry a tripod and to be honest, unless you can find something to rest your camera on to keep it ultra steady, night shots without one are usually only fit for the recycle bin.

Saying that, I have attempted a few during Lisa’s ‘One Day, One World’ project and had some limited success with the fireworks. And I posted a few from San Diego on my old Postcards blog that were OK.

But these are from Victoria, BC, where I just had to capture that fabulous Legislative Building lit up by over 3,000 bulbs (how do you fancy changing those light-bulbs?) and a few other colourful scenes around the Inner Harbour.

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The header photo is an example where lights at night become blurred – I love the car headlights and rear lights forming that stream of colour, but the building bulbs ought to have been sharp.  Oh, well, I shall have to keep on practising these sorts of shots. And take the tripod with me!

Travel Theme: Misty

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” likes to linger in the MIST this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

Thinking of misty times takes me back to my first visit to Canada in 2005 and more specifically to Vancouver Island. Way up north on Cormorant Island in the Queen Charlotte Strait lies the historical village of Alert Bay. Home of the ‘Namgis First Nation a former thriving fishing community and now a centre of Native art and culture as well as orca whale watching tours and fishing.

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Although it was still August here the weather was distinctly autumnal with its “SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness!”

mist 1As the cloud descended over the far shore and the fog rose above the ocean that encircles the island we took to beach-combing along the shore  and hiking in the ecological park, our eyes forever drawn to the grey mantle over the sea.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

 The weekly photo challenge from WordPress asks us to find something to illustrate Abandoned. Cheri says “You can go literal, as I have, and share a photo of ruins, a desolate place, or your idea of a wasteland. Or you can interpret it in other ways, from images of overlooked things to forgotten people.”

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If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 

Travel Theme: Illumination

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” wants us to shine a light this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

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The Inner Harbour and Legislative Building, Victoria, BC, Canada