Motorcycle Photos at Fisherman's Wharf

Butchart Gardens

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Portraits of People in Chinatown

Fall Colors at Hatley Castle

Sunrise and Oak Bay Marina

Victoria, B.C. - Photography Workshop

October 2009

Butchart Gardens

Fountain in Butchart Gardens

Empress Hotel

The Empress Hotel at night

Fall Colors

Fall Colors at Hatley Castle

In October of 2009, I went to Victoria, B.C. (on Vancouver Island) to participate in a photography workshop. The workshop was put on by the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. I had been to one of their workshops in October 2008 in Missoula, Montana and found it to be very well done and informative.

Victoria provides many opportunities for photographers. Some of the locations are Butchart Gardens, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and Hatley Castle. We visited all of these and many more. The links in the menu on the left will take you to pictures that show several of these locations.

Here are pictures of a motorcycle that I took the first afternoon (Sunday) in the parking lot at Fisherman's Wharf. Our assignment had been to take 12 to 15 pictures of the same subject, each with a different point of view. I took quite a few of house boats, fishing boats, etc., but none of them were visually interesting to me. Then I spotted the motorcycle and decided that I had found my subject.

Monday morning (and into the afternoon) we took pictures at Butchart Gardens. It is an incredible place. The few pictures shown here can't do it justice. By the way, the last picture in the set of the pumpkins was taken by the side of the road before we got to the gardens.

Tuesday morning we took pictures at Victoria Butterfly Gardens. It is warm and humid inside. It took quite a while before the camera lens was not fogged up. In fact I took some interesting pictures through the fog. The first two pictures shown here were taken with the foggy lens.

On Wednesday we took pictures of people in Chinatown. I don't usually take people shots, but when we were in Japan in May, Kathy had shown me how interesting it can be. So I had fun trying to get candid shots of the people in Chinatown.
Parliament at night Wednesday evening we took some twighlight shots of the parliament building and the Empress hotel.

The picture of the Empress is shown above and the parliament building is here on the left.

Thursday afternoon we took pictures of fall colors at Hatley Castle. The assignment was to get one good shot with complimentary colors, one with analogous colors and one that was monochromatic. Mostley, I just tried to get interesting shots.

Friday morning we tried to take sunrise photos at Upland Park. But it was rainy and we didn't get much in the way of a sunrise. We had breakfast at the cafe at the Oak Bay Marina and then took pictures there. It rained off and on and I didn't get many great shots, as you can see here. I did like the experimental shots of the yellow tree leaves taken with a slow shutter speed (one eighth of a second at f22) while zooming the lens. See the last two pictures in this set.

The picture below is one that I like that didn't make it into any of the sets above. It is of colorful houseboats at Fisherman's Wharf.


C. Brandon Jones
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updated January 18, 2010