The Pacific Rim ~ iPhone 8+

          Making a choice to visit the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island without a real camera is out of the ordinary for me. Packing just a cell phone to shoot with feels like I am bound to miss some amazing images. Just last week I upgraded my Cell phone to the iPhone 8+ so I thought I would limit myself and below are some of the images I captured. 

Long Beach  

Long Beach  

Long Beach Panorama

Long Beach Panorama

Driftwood Creation

Driftwood Creation

End of Day Surf

End of Day Surf

My Two Favorite Kids

My Two Favorite Kids

Someones Dream

Someones Dream

Ucluelet  

Ucluelet  

Changing Always

Changing Always

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

No Longer Manned

No Longer Manned

Embracing “CRAP” Photography

               Let’s face it nobody cares about your photography except for you, so why do we bother? The things we incessantly ask ourselves are questions like, is the composition right, is my exposure accurate, is it sharp enough, will it move people, does it tell a story and countless other things that paralyze us from simply just being creative. This is precisely why the cult following of Lomography is so popular.  Avid Lomographers could care less about the questions above and would rather enjoy the spontaneity of just simply shooting. They enjoy things like blur and light leaks or scratches and grain, in fact they are really the band of misfits that push back against what the main stream says in aesthetically pleasing. This is all well and good but I don’t think I would consider myself one of these misfits however I did thouroughly enjoy creating these images. The point of the LOMO process is to just simply shoot and enjoy. This is what precisely happened. I could see myself doing this again and again. It’s just simply fun.  All of the images below were shot Lomography Color 400 120 film with the Diana F+ camera and home processed with the unicolour c-41 kit. Let me know what it is that you love about this process. 

Slowing shutter speeds ~ July 10

                Evening light intermingled with the beautiful landscapes of Vancouver Island can result in some incredible scenes. I took this image after a full day of storm clouds rolling in and out of the Nanaimo area followed by an incredible evening where all the weather seemed to calm and the sky’s opened up to reveal the coastal mainland mountains in the distance. I took this image at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo British Columbia. I chose to use the Fujifilm 23mm f2 lens and mouned the Gobe ND1000 10 stop neutral density filter to slow down my shutter speed. The below image was shot at ISO 100, f8 with a 20 second exposure. The 20 second shutter speed combined with the 10 stop ND filter smoothed out the ocean waves yet still leaving the rock outcropping sharp and full of detail. It is remarkable how the Fuji X-Trans sensor can resolve such amazing detail and colour depth. The X-Pro 2 is a camera I can’t recommend enough. 

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Unaware ~ Fujifilm X-Pro 2

        One of the reasons Street photography is so special because often your subject isn’t even aware that they are being photographed, as a result there is nothing but uninterrupted reality. Below are few images shot on the Fuji X-Pro 2 using the 23mm f2 and processed in Lightroom mobile using my favourite black and white profile (b&w02).  

Rathtrevor Park ~ Vancouver Island

             living in a Place like Vancouver Island feels like I have struck the photographic lottery. I have only just recently moved to the island and I am already amazed at the endless opportunities to capture beautiful scenes like you see below. Rathtrevor Park is no exception, only 30 minutes north of Nanaimo this park is easily accessible for young and old alike. With well travelled trails and beautiful beaches this place is a must visit destination when you are on Vancouver Island.

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Fuji X-Pro2, 23mm f2, iso 200, 1/60 sec. 

Street Photography Upclose

        Upclose and personal street photography takes guts and it takes skill. The results you get when shooting at short range convey a feeling that could never be experienced otherwise. This image was shot in Victoria British Columbia while walking their amazing China town. I’m confident that I have the skill to shoot images like this more often but I am not quite sure if I have the guts. So I guess I’ll consider this one a lucky shot. 

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Westin Photo is moving to Vancouver Island

          Yes, we are moving! We will be packing up and getting ready to move to beautiful Vancouver Island (Nanaimo to be specific) over the next few months. We are incredibly eager to explore this amazing place, and excited to capture people and their special moments. I would like to extend a special thank you to all of our clients over the past several years and offer all GP area residents who might be traveling to the Island a special discount on a family or couples session. If you happen to be in our neighbourhood we would love to photograph you and your family in this stunning location. Message us for more details.  

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