How to capture Vancouver Island ????

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marcelA77 New Member • Posts: 7
How to capture Vancouver Island ????

next week 'm travelling to Victoria, Canada for business ... followed by pleasure. after the job is done i'd like to spend a couple of extra days on Vancouver island with my A77, 16-50 and 135 STF. can you give me some suggestions on places that i should visit? i like landscape, portrait and close-up's.

Thx, Marcel

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sean lancaster
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Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

I just spent 3 weeks with my Sony NEX-5N in the Vancouver area and 4 of those days were on Vancouver Island. I cannot recommend anything more strongly than renting a car and driving to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. In particular, the Botanical Beach. You'll have to check the tide schedule because you want to be there when the tide goes out and leaves behind many tidal pools. In these tidal pools you'll find hundreds of sea anemones and cumcumbers and starfish and octopus and on and on. Taking into account the hike to the beach and what you find there, I think it's one of the prettier places on Earth.

And an octopus (I didn't know how to best shoot into water and a tripod were certainly have helped):

And a big starfish:

It's also far enough from Victoria that the beach was not busy when we visited -- maybe 6 other people.

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stan_pustylnik Veteran Member • Posts: 3,928
Take tripod too.

I've been in Victoria, CA 15 years ago. It stays in my memory as one of most beautiful places I've been. Victoria has busy tourist downtown with many urbana photo opportunities - street artists, people, nice architecture, small shops and galleries.

Coastline is cliff and rocky, one of most beautiful - take tripod there and use 16mm end of your lens.

Vancouver is also surrounded by prestine nature - mountains, salmon-run rivers, rainforests - photography paradise...

Take many pics and share here, I'll be happy to see place I've been long time ago.
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phaedin
phaedin Senior Member • Posts: 1,619
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

i would recommend seeing Butchart gardens
http://www.butchartgardens.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

the butterfly gardens
http://www.butterflygardens.com/

Ogden point if you want some coastal photos
http://www.explorevancouverisland.com/Ogden_Point_Victoria_BC.htm
This site actually has a lot of good ideas of places to visit

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OntarioJohn
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Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

+1 on Butchard Gardens, google it. Good time of year, but spring would be cool!

Lots of whale watching, boat tours available.

I LOVE taking the ferry to Vancouver, I'd walk on and go over, spend some time, and back. Stunning is the word.

I live in Ontario and have 2 lucky sisters who live there.

I'm disabled or I'd go alone, buy my wife loves her job.

Maybe next year.

Let us know how you make out. And btw, where do you live now? That might change the suggestions, if you live on a beach then ...you get it.

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linslus Contributing Member • Posts: 774
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

Yay incoming bokeh shots!!

marcelA77 wrote:

extra days on Vancouver island with my 135 STF

NewsyL
NewsyL Veteran Member • Posts: 5,711
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

marcelA77 wrote:

next week 'm travelling to Victoria, Canada for business ... followed by pleasure. after the job is done i'd like to spend a couple of extra days on Vancouver island with my A77, 16-50 and 135 STF. can you give me some suggestions on places that i should visit? i like landscape, portrait and close-up's.

How are you getting there? By ferry from the Vancouver area? If so, you will see some fine scenery on that trip.

Around Victoria you will want to check out viewpoints such as Beacon Hill Park - Clover Point Park, Gonzales Bay, Gyro Park at Caboro Bay near the University of Victoria, Scenic Drive in the Oak Bay area.

All along the south shoreline of the urban area there are numerous walkways and small parks. A bit of time in Google Maps would help pick out some likely seascapes.

It's odd.... I know I have dozens of shots from the area, but what have I done with them? I look at what I have uploaded to my Smugmug account and all I can find that are representative of the south coast area are the following.

Gonzales Bay, a long time ago with my first 3MP digicam, taken from a tiny park at the intersection of Ross Street and Richmond Ave
http://binged.it/OO38sR

Looking south towards the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.

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Hemisfear New Member • Posts: 15
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

It depends on how much time you have.

My favorite place on this earth is the Tofino/Ucluelet area, but it would be about a 3 hour drive from Victoria, maybe Port Renfrew might interest you, it's similar but closer!
Happy shooting...

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OP marcelA77 New Member • Posts: 7
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

"Let us know how you make out. And btw, where do you live now? That might change the suggestions, if you live on a beach then ...you get it."

thanks everybody for all the suggestions, keep 'm coming.

I'm living rather central in the Netherlands, a rather flat, small and very organized country. Looking forward to seeing the mountains,sea and roughness of Vancouver Island. Looking at your suggestions, I'll rent a car and spend some 4 days travelling around.

Marcel

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sean lancaster
sean lancaster Veteran Member • Posts: 7,241
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

Hemisfear wrote:

It depends on how much time you have.

My favorite place on this earth is the Tofino/Ucluelet area, but it would be about a 3 hour drive from Victoria, maybe Port Renfrew might interest you, it's similar but closer!
Happy shooting...

Port Renfrew is right next to the Botanical Beach I noted above. We stopped at the Coastal Kitchen Cafe in Port Renfrew. My wife made a joke about how their food was going to taste like Perkins or some other elderly people cafe. It turned out to be about the best meal we had in all of British Columbia. They use organic foods and fresh fish and get it right. Mmmm.

Port Renfrew is also home to Canada's Gnarliest Tree.

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NewsyL
NewsyL Veteran Member • Posts: 5,711
Cathedral Grove

marcelA77 wrote:

I'll rent a car and spend some 4 days travelling around.

Ah! then you must visit here....

Cathedral Grove in McMillan Provincial Park
http://youtu.be/snfctxV6K7E?hd=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacMillan_Provincial_Park

http://binged.it/T14Lr1

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It's on the way to Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park - that's a lot of driving though. I'm not sure most Europeans fully appreciate the distances in Western Canada.

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OP marcelA77 New Member • Posts: 7
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

Hi there,

everybody thanks for giving me travel suggestions to capture Vancouver Island. I had a great trip and visited the following places

  • Cathedral Grove

  • Tofino

  • Long Beach

  • Rainforest

  • Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail)

  • Lake Kennedy

Feel free to enjoy my photo's at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcelzsteenis/sets/72157631543279273/

Comments are welcome. Photo's are taken with A77 (i love it) with 16-50 and 135 STF (bokeh!) lens

Ciao, Marcel

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NewsyL
NewsyL Veteran Member • Posts: 5,711
Re: How to capture Vancouver Island ????

Some beauties in that gallery.

I have not been out to the Tofino Ucluelet area in 20 years but I recognize some of the area you went into.

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