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A Morning Bike Ride Around Victoria, BC

This morning I woke up with a little more vigour then normal, so I decided a scenic bike ride was in order. I didn't really have any particular destination, so I loaded up my camera gear and just pointed my bike towards the water (not hard to do here in Victoria). I ended up riding by Craigdarroch Castle, which, even though I knew existed, I had surprisingly never seen. Even though I am quite out of shape, I found riding a bike much better for exploring then a car. A car can be cumbersome to park in some spots in Victoria. Being able to quickly stop and snap a photo was very handy. I will definitely be heading out to do this again sometime soon.

 

Vancouver Island Looking Beautiful

I figure it's about time for another collection of landscape and nature shots. These were taken between February and April on both film and digital. Enjoy. These first two were shot on Fuji Superia X-TRA 400.

These next few were taken in the beautiful Gowland Todd Provincial Park while on a hike with my good friend Adam Lee.

These next two were taken in the very cool community of Fernwood here in Victoria.

Clare and I took a walk around Cedar Hill Golf Course one beautiful evening, and these were a few snaps I grabbed.

The rest of these shots were taken while my sister was visiting Vancouver Island. This first group was shot on digital.

The rest of these were shot on one of my favorite films, Kodak Ektar 100 with my "new" Nikon FE2.

My Second Roll of Film: Kodak Ektar 100

I should preface this entire post with the fact that I started into photography back in 2004 with a digital camera. I had never shot film previous to last year. Back in the summer, I happened across a Nikon FE at a garage sale for $5. Owning a Nikon DSLR and a few film-friendly lenses, I snapped it up. The first roll of film I ran through it was Ilford XP2 400. I wasn't overly happy with the results, partly due to underexposing most of the shots and mis-loading the film. It was nice to see that the camera worked though. For my second roll, I decided to try a film that was a little different. Enter the Kodak Ektar 100. Kodak touts that it's the "World's Finest Grain" in a color negative. I was told it's great for scenery and landscape work, as it has high colour saturation. I started the roll back in the fall as the leaves started to change and just finished it up the other day. I really liked how the photos turned out.

I am definitely falling in love with shooting film and plan on shooting much more in the future.

Kodak Ektar 100

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Jordan Visits Victoria

My good friend Jordan came out to Victoria for 4 days last weekend. He lives in Calgary, which is very cold and buried under snow this time of year (after being here a day and a half, the temperature was 45C warmer than when he had left Calgary). Being a photographer himself, it was my duty to play tour guide. I showed him to a few of my favorite spots around the area, and explored a few new ones as well. It was a fun couple of days and I did my best to convince him to find work out here. Anyone know of a good job in IT?