Rosewall Creek Trail and Kodak Portra 400

          First off Portra 400 has never really been my favourite film to shoot. Every time I load a roll I feel like I have set my expectations too high. Wether it’s 35mm or 120 my disappointment in the results tend to be the same. My first thought is why does this film cost so much? While my second thought is why does everyone love the muted soft colours this film produces? Those questions are probably best answered by Portra fans for sure. This last roll I shot however got me thinking. Thinking about why we put some much stock into the actual emulsion we are shooting instead of just pre-visualizing the look we would like and then just making it happen. Regardless of what type of film we are using. Some would say that it is blasphemy to bring a film negative into the digital darkroom instead of the traditional dark room but I ask the “Purists” these two questions. Isn’t all Photography just artistic expression? Shouldn’t we just focus on telling the story that we really want to tell? Now sure I have my favorite films I like to shoot and Portra may not be one of them but with a little drop of Contrast and a touch of Saturation I can get it where I feel like it needs to be. Here’s to telling “your” story. 

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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

Totem

             British Columbia is rich with the history of aboriginal people. A culture that in many ways has been lost and forgotten in a world of instant gratification. Coming across this relic in the woods reminds me of the value of handmade art. 

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The Changing Light Of Fall on Vancouver Island Fuji X-Pro 2

             When making the choice to move my family to Vancouver Island this year many people said your going to hate the rain. Although the rainy season is just beginning I am choosing to see green not gray. Below are a selection of images I shot this evening on the Fuji X-Pro 2 paired with the amazing 23mm f2.  

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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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. 

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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