Anderson Hill Park

I’ve lived in Victoria for 28 years and how this gem of a park slipped under my radar is really hard to fathom! It’s a great park in Oak Bay with amazing views of the Olympic Mountains and also of Mount Baker and Victoria Golf Course!  It will definitely be a regular place to walk with the family from now on!

 

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My Top 10 Photos for 2014

We’ve had a great year as a family and spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying being disconnected from the hustle and bustle of a busy life. It’s funny how when you get away from your regular routine and into nature, you can really reconnect as a family and remember what really matters!

I came across Jim Goldstein’s annual Your Best Photos project, and so I thought would participate. So here are my ten favourite photos for 2014.

Sandcut Beach near Victoria, BCSandcut Beach

Fairy Lake near Port Renfrew, BC on Vancouver Island.Fairy Lake Fir

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Canadian RockiesFollow the Leader

Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies14688569254_5d5f3a3ec9_o

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, Canadian RockiesTakakkaw Falls

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies14784835179_e68a708037_o

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park, Canadian RockiesCabins on the Lake

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies15078174208_e71a9abe55_o

On the Lake Oesa Trail, Yoho National Park, Canadian RockiesAlong the Trail

Japanese Garden in Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BCJapanese Garden Oasis

Trail near Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew, BC on Vancouver Island.In the Woods

I think that might be eleven, but that’s how I roll. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to visit these places along with my favourite people.  I also wish to thank  each and every one of you that took the time to take a look at my photo adventures.  I look forward to more adventures in 2015!

Spring Flowers

The Spring always brings a huge variety of spring flowers adding joy to our walks around the neighbourhood.  With my recent purchase of an old film camera, I was anxious to shoot some flowers around the neighbourhood to see how they would come out. Here’s a photo, shot on Pentax Spotmatic SPII with 55mm 1.4:

Poppy Madness

I love the look of film and how it forces you to slow down and be deliberate about your shooting, so I will definitely shoot more of it. I found this quote and it sums up how shooting film makes you feel:

“It means you appreciate the details, the nuances, and subtleties of your craft. It says that in a manic world that designs everything to be faster, you’re not afraid to slow down, to focus, to plan, and to trust yourself when you press the shutter.”

An added bonus is with an adapter like this, I can use the old M42 screw mount lenses on my modern digital camera. Of course, the old lenses lack modern advances such as autofocus. But, my Sony NEX-7 has focus peaking so it is really easy to use the manual focus lenses. With this set up, I’ve been enjoying the old Cosina 55mm 1.4 lens on my digital camera. I paid very little for the old film camera including a couple lenses. But, if you’re familiar with the price of a f1.4 lens, then you will see why this is a good deal! Here’s some of the fun I had with this set up:

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Little Green Bug

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My Ride

Lavendar

Red Hot Poker Plant

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Until the next time, thank you for taking a look! Enjoy!

Fallen Behind

Life has been very busy, and my good intentions of updating this blog once a week have fallen by the wayside.  But, here’s a little update on what’s going on in my world of photography.

Firstly, I’m taking a photography course at the local college. It is an intermediate course covering off such things as flash, and the Zone system. We’re also assigned a theme each week, so it gets me out shooting in that theme. Our images get critiqued by our instructor, which is a little scary (terrifying actually) but the only way you get better is by hearing the good, the bad and the ugly! I’m also connecting with other local photographers. It gets the creative juices flowing! So, in one of our sessions I mentioned to one of the other photogs my interest in one day getting a film camera. She said she had an extra and so a deal was struck! Next class she brings this baby . . .

Pentax Spotmatic

It’s a Pentax Spotmatic with a couple lenses, extension tubes, and a bunch of other goodies! So I’m geeking out over my first film SLR!! It’s older than I am, but seems to work alright. I had to take it down to a local camera shop to get the battery compartment open as it was corroded up, and the light meter wouldn’t work. Ten minutes later, they had it cleaned up and it works! I have yet to have my first roll processed as I’m still working on it, but I like the way shooting film forces you to slow down and think about your shots. I also taught my daughter how to use it so here’s a photo of her shooting with it.

Film Camera Lessons

I’ve also been saving for a new Ultra Wide-Angle lens and finally had enough (and it was on SALE!) so I got the Sony SEL 10-18 F4. I’ve been testing it out of late. Here’s a few shots with the lens:

Taken at Cattle Point in Victoria, BC. I’ve been working at these long exposure shots to improve in this area of photography.

 

 

Taken at Cattle Point in Victoria, BC.
Taken at Cattle Point in Victoria, BC.

Cadboro Bay
Taken at Cadboro Bay

Dancing Magenta
Taken at Cattle Point in Victoria, BC

Pop of Colour
Mount Douglas, Victoria, BC

Mount Douglas Sunset

So far the lens is sharp and I like it. The wide angle is something to get used to but I think it’s a keeper!

I’m on Instagram now and have a separate account for my photography. You can find me at: Carrie Cole Photography

So that’s a wrap for now! Thanks for taking the time folks!