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A day in the park

Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments

I have not done any child photography since my favorite daughter was a kid. It is challenging to do as kids are the extreme opposite of stationary – especially in a playground! Eddie is 4 years old and clearly enjoys exploring the world and the simple pleasures of life. He could have stayed there all day even though it was rather damp and chilly. I followed him around until I thought I might lose too much weight…I am trying to do the healthy 1 pound a week! If you want to do an extreme workout, do exactly what a kid does for 15 minutes.

He was generally oblivious of the camera and so the only challenge was to be ready to capture an expression or gesture. In doing this type of photography, it is important to look for good lighting and then watch for opportunities so that you are ready for the right moment. If the moment is gone, it is not coming back – that is part of the gratification of capturing the right moment. It is like fishing; you need knowledge, practice, and patience.

The sea-saw offered the opportunity to create a strong image with the blue leading line to the subject. A series of pictures were taken to have at least one picture of the activity and then the magic moment happened and I knew I had a keeper. The best part was his mother thought it was the best picture of him ever so it was a successful outing for all.

I prefer to catch candid moments rather than posed pictures so that there is a glimpse of the real person and not just a static or “fake” image of the person. My favourite images of the day are below.

It’s Magic!

Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

This photo was taken of my newly married daughter and her husband a couple of years ago. You can tell it was taken with a Leica rangefinder by its unique glow and the capture of the electricity of young love. I think soul mates call it magic – at least in the women’s movies I watch with my favourite and only wife. I finally got around to processing the image and I am delighted with the emotion captured. Ashley and Tony – I hope you enjoy the memory!

Thunderbird Memories

Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

I have always wanted a Thunderbird since the 60s. They eventually dropped the ball in later years – one wonders how they could lose the recipe and turn it into a generic car. Then around 2000 they tried to recapture the spirit of the Thunderbird but the ride and power were poorly engineered but it still appeals as shown below. I was out trying to walk 10,000 steps as part of my new fitness program and was carrying my Leica SL when I discovered this gem. It looked like it had just rolled out of the factory. It was spotless and a gorgeous colour. The scene appeared straight out of a Hollywood movie in California but this was the ocean front in Qualicum Beach in October. It reminded me why I live here and not shoveling snow in the rest of Canada. As I am a REALTOR, you may want to contact me so that I can solve your weather issues.

On a side note, when I lived in California around 1999, I was driving in Santa Rosa with my wife’s car. Suddenly, I spotted a late 50s red Thunderbird convertible being driven by a young blonde coming in the opposite direction. It looked like a movie scene. I watched it go by and did not notice that the traffic had stopped in front of me. I drove right into the rear end of an old Volvo station wagon which had a huge 70s bumper that destroyed the front of the car. It was so embarrassing trying to explain why I never braked. I called my wife to let her know I had just been in an accident and the first thing she asked was how was her car. Now every time I see a classic Thunderbird I remember that time all too clearly but at least no one got injured. It is good not to have a boring life. It’s a good life!

Cheers! Brian

The Wall

Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

This moment was captured on the way to a meeting. After I parked, I noticed and loved the light on the wall and all of the elements; the lamp with the hanging baskets, the window awnings, the diagonal lines, the shadows. All that  was necessary was to get my camera out and wait for the right person to come along and complete the scene. I got out my Leica SL with the relatively large 24-90 zoom lens which is less than discrete and composed the framing that I wanted. A tough looking man came along and I started to prepare to take a picture but he noticed me and glared menacingly at me. I dropped my camera but then missed taking wonderful pictures of him walking straight into the lamp post. He placed his arms around the post to stabilize himself and swung dizzily around the post with with flowers tangled on his face. He struggled to get the vines out of his face and momentarily staggered a few steps and then tried to pretend I was not there as he walked off. I wanted to burst out into laughter but suppressed myself.

I continued to wait and then amazingly had two separate women stop as they did not want to photo bomb my picture. If only more people were so considerate but in this case it was contrary to my objective. A few people started to chat at the corner and I liked the shadow so luckily they stayed until this cooperative subject hit the spot. I then continued on to my appointment in a great mood because of my memories during my wait. I find carrying my camera makes me much more observant and I enjoy little moments more rather than mindlessly drifting through the day.

Not part of the crowd

Posted by on November 18, 2017 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

I have been wanting to take a photo of this tree for years but the light was never correct. On the way to the office, I spotted it displaying its most colourful outfit with a great sky. It had been dark and rainy for a few days but the perfect day finally arrived before the leaves were gone. A couple of days later the leaves were largely fallen so I appreciated the opportunity to capture the moment. I make a lot more effort these days to carry my camera at all times and it is nice to be able to catch these fleeting moments.

It struck me that this tree was  representing not being part of the crowd on the right. So many people pretend they are being an individual but they follow the group. It is nice when a person just is their authentic self instead of blending in with the crowd. People often blindly follow the group or crowd because they think a number of people must be right or they just want to be liked. However, often the crowd goes in the wrong direction. Popularity and numbers are a very false test of truth. It is important for the individual to stand for truth and search out truth. As an example, the fake news is getting worse by the month with the lack of real journalism and the hidden agenda of the mostly left biased media: CBC, CNN and so on. The fake media is  no longer reporting facts and are leaving truth that does not fit their agenda or misleads people. Unfortunately, people now have to make an effort to search for the truth on the internet but thank God it is there!

This image was taken with a Leica SL which gets bashed by the on-line “experts” that have an agenda to promote Canon and Nikon for personal gain or bias. However, competent pros know the truth and I am delighted to not be part of the crowd and just get out and enjoy using it.

Shark Bait

Posted by on October 7, 2017 in Photographic adventures | 2 comments

I have decided to get back to my blog after a lengthy absence due to a number of reasons. This picture was taken after walking more than 10,000 steps along the ocean front in Qualicum Beach. I have taken very few pictures this year due to being very busy but have started to get back out. I am years overdue on doing adequate levels of exercise so have started to change habits and get out walking. Having a camera with me provides a bit a encouragement to get out walking. This picture was taken less than week ago and I saw Calgary got hit with a blizzard so it reinforces the joy of living here!

The Mazzotta Wedding Rehearsal & Dinner

Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment

I finally got around to processing some images from the wedding rehearsal in July 2015. I captured the images with a Leica M and a 21mm/1.8 lens so that I did not need flash which destroys the atmosphere in my opinion. It was a really hot and humid day which is evident in the photos. It is nice to have images like this so that it brings back the memories of the day.


Mr. & Mrs. McKibbin

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 0 comments


Doing weddings is not my cup of tea but after months of saying no I finally gave in for this wedding. I am a perfectionist plus I had never been the main photographer before and do not like doing posed photos so all around this was way out of my comfort and expertise zone.

During the wedding I was constantly on the look out for photo opportunities. Part of the stress was having to decide when to use flash which I have almost no experience with as a prefer natural light photos. When I got home I was completely exhausted and unable to follow my favourite British murder mystery so I went to bed. However, I survived the wedding – barely!

A Victorian Christmas

Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment


It is hard to believe that Christmas is rapidly approaching. I create hand crafted fine art cards of my images that I mail out to my real estate clients, family, friends including my invisible friend Harvey the rabbit. Since I write over 150 Christmas cards, this means that they need to be made now so that they can get written in time. I prepare all the envelopes with address, postage, and return address so that when I have time between appointments that I am able to use it effectively by writing cards.

The biggest challenge is coming up with an unique great image for each year. I took this last year and will have to get out this year soon to find the “one”.

I had just arrived in Victoria and this is the first picture I took after just getting out of the car – amazing luck! However, luck does involve being there, observant, and ready… The carriage was just coming up the street and I waited for it to stop at the intersection as it was too dark to get a high quality moving image. After carefully composing the image with the clock in the background the picture was created. I processed the image to make it look more romantic and painterly in style and love the blues created by the Christmas lights.

Merry Christmas!

Lunch time at the Wheatsheaf!

Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Photographic adventures | 1 comment


Here is another image of the cars that collect at the “Wheaty”, as the locals refer to it, on Fridays. “Luckily” I had my Leica M with a Zeiss 35mm/1.4 lens on it. This is another example of the importance of having a quality camera with you all of the time even if people think you are silly. There are a lot of sun stars on the vehicles if you examine the picture closely and that is a result of the particular lens I used. I love the colours of the vehicles. The owners of current cars are apparently too ashamed to park their visually mediocre vehicles near these amazing modes of transportation.