views of Victoria

In photography by webmeister Bud

Lovely wife Naomi recently had a milestone birthday, so grand adventures were had.

Look! It’s Ogden Point!

20140527 - views of Victoria-0001Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
29 mm · 1/750 s · f/11 · ISO 640

First, a seaplane tour of Victoria! Out of the harbour we flew, and we wrapped around the island, all the way up to Brentwood.

Look! It’s Esquimalt Lagoon!

20140527 - views of Victoria-0002Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
23 mm · 1/500 s · f/11 · ISO 640

From Brentwood, we cut across, did a figure-8 loop around Butchart Gardens, and headed back for town overland.

Look! Saxe Point!

Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
25 mm · 1/750 s · f/11 · ISO 640

While there was a bit of turbulence during our figure-8, the rest of the flight was as smooth and exciting as it could be, as we looked down all the little ants and saw our houses from here.

After seaplaning and a relaxing afternoon, we had an amazing prime rib dinner at the best table in the house at Vista 18 (thanks to some it’s-who-you-know help from Julie + Jon), complete with a view kinda like this.

20140527 - views of Victoria-0004Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
18 mm · 1/350 s · f/11 · ISO 800
13-shot panorama
Click to see the whooole thing.

“Kinda” because the exact photo above took about ten minutes of navigating tables across three rooms.

Well, the whole photo; this is just a small portion of the complete megawhoa panorama. Click to see the entire skyline and, when you get to the far right, look at the corner window of Vista 18. THAT’S WHERE WE SAT!

We left the hotel and ended up in the Inner Harbour, where we caught the MV Coho and a Harbour Ferry about to have a race.

20140527 - views of Victoria-0005Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
18 mm · 1/1000 s · f/11 · ISO 800

Why the Inner Harbour? That’s where we ended the weekend with a nice tourist-in-our-own-hometown stay at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort.

We love our kidlet and we love our kats, but it was really nice for it to be just the two of us for a day.

That night, ‘CAUSE I COULD, I ventured out with my tripod for some long exposure fun with the soon-to-be-history Johnson Street Bridge.

First, from high above, on the 8th floor of the Delta . . .

20140527 - views of Victoria-0006Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
20 mm · 10 s · f/16 · ISO 200

. . . then, from below, near the water.

20140527 - views of Victoria-0007Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
20 mm · 30 s · f/11 · ISO 200
Black card exposure time: 0:15 sky, 0:30 water

And finally, on street level, where I had a nice chat with some Queensland Aussies about long exposure photography and Victoria’s temperate climate.

20140527 - views of Victoria-0008Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
18 mm · 30 s · f/16 · ISO 200

Happy birthday, Nome!