Hatley Garden

With Hatley Castle is the distance, this lute-playing cherub directs his gaze into the garden…


Full sun afternoons and clear blue skies are not the best conditions for subtle garden or landscape photography, so let yourself go and shoot for impact.

(14 July, 2013. Victoria, Vancouver Island. Canon 5D Mk II with Canon EF 16-35mm (@16mm) f/2.8L II USM Lens. ISO 160, 1/60 sec. @ f20)

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Deep Sleeper

Sleeeper Car HDR

I tend to neglect this blog, not out of lack of interest, but only because developing macro workshops and running Splendour Awaits takes up so much of my time. For a short while, I am back. I have finally recovered my hard-drive from a crash that occurred two weeks ago, and can continue uploading photos to my galleries. Here is another image from the Alberta Railway Museum, in one of the publicly accessible sleeper cars. I love how the angle of the incoming light shows the metallic sleeper panels differently, although they are actually the same colour. See more from the railway museum in the gallery.

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Garden Thoughts

The temperature is above freezing, and looking out of my office window, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. It’s no wonder my thoughts are turning to the garden and gardening…

St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales

St. David’s, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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New Article in Photo Life

I received my complementary copies of the February/March 2014 issue of Photo Life magazine yesterday. I have a 3½ page article called Bugs in My Camera in this edition, and the images look great. Be sure to visit Splendour Awaits for more on macrophotography.

Here’s a small preview of the article:

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This is a great edition, including:

  • An Unexpected Call to Landscape Photography (about Patrick Di Fruscia) by Jenny Montgomery
  • The Secret to Photographing Gardens by Louise Tanguay
  • Nature Directed by Scott Linstead
  • GPS Orienting and Geotagging by Dale Wilson
  • and lots more.

Pick up your own copy of the latest edition of Photo Life, or find it in your local library! Subscribers can view the magazine online, and you can read it on your iPad through the Photo Life Ap.

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Channeled Light


When you walk along the steep western shores of parts of the island, the coastal rain forest is like a wall above you. But in some spots a creek has carved a gully for itself, an opening in the wall where no trees grow. That channel allows a stream of light to come through.

(15 July, 2013. Somewhere along the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Canon 5D Mk II with EF 24-105mm F4 L lens set at 50mm. ISO 50, f22)

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Devil’s Club

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(Mt. Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia. Canon 5D MKII with EF 16-35mm f2.8 L lens, HDR by Nik)

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