results of the Weekend Expedition to Comox

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As I suspected might be the case, this Weekend Expedition was more of a working holiday, as we went over to help Catherine’s parents move. The ferry rides  provided the majority of the good photo opportunities, but this is not a bad thing! A trip from the mainland to Vancouver Island provides a lot of photographic potential. Check out the results below to see what I mean.

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Regular ferry service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island principally services two cities: Victoria and Nanaimo (home of the Nanaimo Bar). We took the trip from Vancouver to Nanaimo, from which we got a ride  to Comox (thanks Sidnee!).

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The mist-enshrouded evergreen hills of BC. I used to fantasize about living here when I was a boy, imagining all the amazing animals in this relatively unspoiled province.

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Winter light on the seascape can do some odd things.

 

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One of my favorite things to do on the ferry decks is shoot gulls. It is one of the best opportunities to practice in-flight shots from all angles.

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On the outbound trip, there was even some blue sky. The gull looks surprised too.

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Saturday evening we took in some local culture. In Cumberland, there was a Taiwanese Lantern Festival.

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These large lanterns made for an interesting backdrop. Bounced flash off the ceiling allowed some detail to come out in Catherine and Julia.

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Shooting in the dark!  The ambient lighting is interesting at least.

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The lantern festival culminated in a launch of aerial lanterns. I sewed up some stills into a movie to give a sense of what that looked like.

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This was the view on Saturday morning. On Sunday morning, the wind was raging, and dozens of eagles flew right by the window. It was too dark for photography however.

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The return ride was a little more choppy, but the seas are quite pretty in a grim and cold sort of way.

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Vancouver from the north with 18 mm (check out the boring composition…how not to use a wide lens!). This shows the full extent of downtown to UBC.

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Vancouver as seen from the North with a 300 mm lens.

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This would be the faster way to go!

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Vancouver is crowded, but this looks a bit isolated even for me!