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Snow Storm 2017

About Time

I figured it was about time that I got some more of my images up from that failed shoot two weeks ago.

The previous two were taken from the old Eaton’s Parkade, as is the first image in this set. This HDR image was taken from the corner of the parkade of the north-side of the Empress Hotel. You can see the scaffolding on the front of the building, where they’re doing some restoration.

A look north from the Parkade gives us the Times Building, or at least a facade of it. This is a little part of the Victoria Bay Centre that I’m sure most people never notice. The building on Fort and Broad was the home of the Victoria Daily Times for forty years.

In the Bay Centre is a fantastic Brass & Copper clock with the local time as well as other locations of the British Empire. This view is of the North-West corner of the clock at nearly 10:15am.

At the bottom of the clock is a dedication to the “Victoria Eaton Centre Grand Opening 1990.” Yes it was called the Eaton Center when it first opened, and was the location of the Eaton’s Department Store prior to that.

“Westward the Course of Empire Goes Forth.” is written bellow the right side. Above, on that side, are four smaller time-faces for London, Nassau, Zanzibar and Kowloon.

On the other side of the Bay Centre is a curios building that sits at the corner of Broad St. and Trounce Alley. I really don’t know much about it. The dome sits on just the one corner of the building, and really doesn’t fit the standard Victoria architecture, I would love to learn more about it.

Today’s Shoot

I was supposed to shoot Sun-Dresses and Swimsuits today. Facebook failed to pass me the message that one was sick, and the other had said she wasn’t sure she could. So after waiting downtown for 45 minutes, I got there early, I went for a walk and ended up on top of the old Eaton’s Parkade on Gordon St.

So far I’ve edited two images. The first image was a look south between buildings at the Olympic Mountains. To the right is the Magnolia Hotel. The green domes in the lower right are the east side of the BC Legislative Building. I believe the Peak above the Legislative Building is Mt. Pleasant, about 45 miles away.

The second image is from the opposite side of the parkade. I looked out on to Broad St, towards the Bay Centre and realized the perfect opportunity for a tilt-shift image.

A tilt-shift image uses depth-of-field focus to causes a scene to look like a miniatures diorama. See how the cars appear to be toys, and the buildings look like models.

Andrew Old Fashioned

Decided to do some editing and give the latest Andrew Merpaw images an old fashioned look.

The Sepia was achieved in photoshop by creating a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and selecting the Colorize box. I then set Hue = 25 and Saturation = 25. I added my own texture layer over-top and set the Layer Blend to Overlay and Opacity to 40%.

Andrew Merpaw

Made the realization that I hadn’t posted my images of Andrew Merpaw, the model I was shooting with when we came across the alley cat.

Andrew and I became friends after a group shot he was in, five years ago. Since then we have done about six shoots, He always has a great sense of fashion, and I have never been disappointed by what he shows-up in for attire.

For this shoot we started in Victoria’s Bastion Square and walked through the alley to Fort St. Croossed over to Waddington Alley where we discovered an amazing textured wall mural, made out of icing sugar. From there we walked to Johnson St. to discover that the street was close to cars for the TC 10K race, perfect opportunity to stand on the road and take pictures. Then it was into Market Square and over to Fan Tan Alley.

Johnson St. Bridge

Took a little walk before meeting a couple of models downtown last Sunday, and managed to get a nice angle on the Blue Bridge.

For those reading this from outside the area, the Johnson Street Bridge, or the tourist called Blue Bridge, connects Vic West and Esquimalt Rd. with downtown Victoria and Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue. Pandora runs one-way to the bridge and Johnson one-way from the bridge.

Chinese Public School

Was walking through Centennial Square on my way to work last Sunday when I saw a great angle to shoot this from. For those of you not aware, the school is located on Fisgard, half a block from the Chinatown gate.

There is a lot of red in this image, from the brickwork to the lanterns and the painted door and stairs. Inspite of that the HDR really helped bring out the details in the image.

The smaller image to the right was taken the same morning from a different position in the square.

Janion

At the beginning of February the shop that I work in changed its hours for Sundays, and I forgot. So I showed up early for a 10am shift, to discover that we don’t open till 11am and no-one was there yet.

So I took a walk with my camera. I wandered down by the water below Store St. and worked on some great HDR.

This is the back-side of the Janion Building, been derilict my whole life and sits right across from Swan’s Hotel. When Mosses Znamier was in Victoria, looking for a place to put CIVI (today’s A-Channel) he realy like that building and its water proximity. Unfortunately the crazy person that owns it refused to sell it, or lease it at any price.

Water Dragon

I had never seen this sculpture before I took this picture. The water front location by the Canoe Club is perfect for it.

I really like what the artist did in giving both a native and Chinese feel to it.