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Autumn Splendour

Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment


This image was captured just after I did a listing of a condo in Cowichan Bay. Before I went back to my home office, I did a quick stroll down to the docks to get some fresh air and enjoy the evening light. It was the “golden hour” and the sunlight had turned the normally grungy seawall into a gorgeous gold that colour contrasts wonderfully with the purplish hues in the rocks. The ocean was unusually calm and created unusual glassy reflections. The scene is peaceful yet energizing. Life is good!

The Chevy at the Wheaty

Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments


This is a car I always wanted to buy back in the late 60s and turn it into a hot car. I could not resist taking this picture as the liquor store and car have make a nostalgic scene of a kinder and much more respectful era.

The colour of this convertible is wonderful and makes you want to go for a tour on a sunny day. They sure knew how to make cars that were unique and appealing back then. Now I cannot tell one car from another much less guess what year it was. Many people could and still can tell you the exact year of the cars back in that era due to their unique characteristics even if it was largely just a new paint scheme. The manufacturers today, in general, only design nondescript cars that are about as exciting as the generic stuff that fast food places try to position as food. You gotta love the chrome (for the young people: it is not plastic!).

American Graffiti at the Wheatsheaf

Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment


bnicol_20151015_046-Edit-EditThese cars are amazing and between appointments I just had to stop and grab this photo. There are usually a lot more cars in the parking lot on a Friday at lunch time but it is October so less turned up and they had parked out front to get their photo taken. Everyone had their phones out to capture pictures but I was blessed to have a real camera with me. Hence, if you want a large image of this picture I will be delighted to help you out and lighted your wallet for you as well!

There was a more modern car parked in the left side of the photo that required editing out which I do not enjoy doing but this photo was worth the effort. People were stopping to look at the cars and then continue on their journey. Maybe the car manufacturers could learn something from this. The problem with the cars over the recent decades is they all look alike – dog excrement; tapered on both ends. How, unattractive and I cannot even spot my car in the parking lot as they all look alike and are mostly one of four colours. Take a look around, how hard is it to find a car that is not white, silver, black, or beige. It is very hard to spot blue, red or any other exciting colour. Go to a Honda or Toyota dealership in particular and be especially prepared for not exciting in design or colour (I own an Acura (Honda) by the way). Apparently people like somewhat reliable excrement!

Legendary Service!

Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments



This picture captures the concept of legendary service. I strive to deliver legendary service in my real estate business ( I learned my work ethics in my parents store in the old era of values being teached in the schools – stealing and dishonesty used to be wrong ) and find it getting rarer and rarer to find people that strive to deliver excellent service and products. Got to your local store and stand waiting for the staff to notice you and then they continue to chat with each other and point to the credit card machine. Go to a typical eatery and stare at your empty coffee cup. However, if one searches diligently  you find wonderful people and the servers get tipped well and do not get taken for granted.

I explained to Kayla, the server in the photo. the concept I wanted to create in a photo. She readily accepted the assignment and said that the next time she serves a beverage that she would pose for the photo. I am really grateful for her enthusiastic cooperation. By the way, Kayla, is fabulous at service and bringing a ready smile to your dinner.

The Fresh Eyes of a Child See!

Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments


I was walking around the harbour front in Victoria, BC with Harvey my invisible rabbit friend and noticed the ghost like figure walking along and nobody was noticing him. He kept passing groups of people and they did not acknowledge him. I commented to Harvey that nobody seems to notice him either except for me and little children. It is amazing how adults no longer see things around them as they become preoccupied with life and their electronic gadgets. Suddenly, the little girl noticed him and stopped to look at him. Luckily, I had my ever present camera and grabbed the moment. My wife often tells me I am juvenile but at least I can still see. Harvey and I got a great pleasure out of watching the ghost continue on his way and nobody saw him.

It is always entertaining and insightful to observe small children exploring the world and seeing how they see things.

Harvest Time

Posted by on September 20, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment


I captured this image a year ago at a local farmers market near Duncan BC and it demonstrates the importance of the decisive moment. The incredibly dry hot summer this year caused all the pumpkins to ripen back in August so this image would not happen here at this local growers market.

I positioned the two pumpkins on the fender of this old rusting farm truck. I love the texture and colour on old rusting vehicles. There is a wonderful contrast between the freshly picked pumpkins and the long past warranty truck. These old vehicles are disappearing so it is important to capture the image, when the light is right, before it disappears. Now that fall is officially here tomorrow, I need to get out looking for fresh opportunities – I find it amusing when people say there is nothing to shoot or they have taken everything as I see fresh things everyday where I have been before. New images are around if one only slows down and really sees the light painting images around us. Happy fall image hunting!

By the way, I hate potato salad, but they have amazing red potato salad at this market; another reason to go out looking for images as you may just have to get a treat!

Bird of Paradise/Tofino

Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment


My favourite daughter before she got married demonstrating my athletic abilities…..

Ashley Mazzotta wedding images: sample 1

Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment


Here are some images from the wedding.

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Ashley Nicol: ready to go!

Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments


It is hard to believe that my favourite daughter – “in fact my only daughter” as she observed one day when she was little – is now Ashley Mazzotta. I grabbed this photo just before I walked her down the “isle” at the outdoor wedding in Perth, Ontario. She was listening to the wedding planner explain the process to the bridesmaids and her. I took her photo when she turned to look at me. I much prefer candid expressions over the posed ones.

So it was my last moment with her before she was married so it is nice to have the memory.


Log Delivery!

Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments


I finally captured the moment of a log dump with great sunshine and wonderful clouds!

I waited for one hour mid-morning for the logs to dump – you get no warning and it happens instantly. I forgot my tripod, which I will not forget again soon because I had to hold my camera to my eye, with a heavy lens, so that I did not miss the moment. It would have been effortless to have camera set up on tripod and then press remote release to take the image. After a half hour my arm was so sore that every five minutes I said I was only going to wait five more minutes but I repeated the cycle until it finally dumped.

The clouds were spectacular for the half hour prior to the logs falling off and I captured some other great images. So despite the lack of tripod, it was worthwhile and it was a nice break in my day to enjoy the sunshine and lack of snow here.