Vancouver Island • Sooke to Port Renfrew: Part III… Along The Way and In Between

With Port Renfrew being my next destination, a morning walk along Sandcut Beach and  China Beach were not to be ignored. Early morning has a different feel than the evening light brought on by a setting sun along these beaches. I almost dismissed the image below from China beach as the cool morning light cast a very monochromatic look to the scene. Post processed in both black and white and colour,  I opted for this de-saturated look for the final image.

China Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia,
Nikon D800, Nikon 24mm f/3.5 PC-E , 6 sec @ f/14, ISO 50, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, Singh Ray 2 Stop Hard ND, Manfrotto Tripod, Cable Release

The morning fog and the rising sun added a little mystery and drama on Sandcut Beach.  The odd perspective of this image looks as though the camera is tilted however it is not.

Sandcut Beach, Vancouver Island,Sooke
Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 , 2 exposure blend – 1/4 sec and 1/15 sec @ f/16, ISO 100, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, Singh Ray 3 Stop Hard ND, Manfrotto Tripod, Cable Release

The image below was also initially passed over but it is a perfect example of why I don’t go crazy with the delete key.  I love the mood, shadows and light and the mysteries that could lie beyond.  There is definitely some post processing behind this but not as much as one may think.  We will however, leave that discussion for another day.

Sandcut Beach, Vancouver Island,
Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 , 1/60 sec @ f/8, ISO 640, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, Manfrotto Tripod, Cable Release

The first thing that came to my mind when I spotted this little tree  growing on a stump right smack in the middle of Fairy Lake was “wax on – wax off ” .    I imagined Mr. Miyagi paddling out in his canoe every morning to make sure that this “bonsai” would be trimmed to perfection.  Awe come on….Karate Kid!?  No?   The ripple in the water gave me the opportunity to finally try out my Lee Big Stopper. The Big Stopper is 10 stop neutral density filter that allows you to shoot long exposures even during the middle of a bright sunny day. The results below are my renditions of this “bonsai” which I’m sure any passing photographer would not resist shooting.  Well done Mr. Miyagi….well done!

Fairy Lake, Bonsai,Vancouver Island
Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 136 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 100, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, Lee Bigg Stopper, Manfrotto Tripod, Cable Release
Fairy Lake, Bonsai,Vancouver Island
Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 2.5 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 50, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, Singh Ray 2 stop hard ND, Manfrotto Tripod, Cable Release

As I rolled into Port Renfrew I stumbled upon “Frankie” .   Honestly, how can one not stop for Frankie?  I was hoping he had nothing to do with  Christine but to play it safe, I worked quickly and got the heck out of there!   :shock:    Christine?  Seriously?!  Stephen King?  Anyone!??    :grin:

Frankie,Vancouver Island
Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 , 1/40 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 125, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, Manfrotto Tripod, Cable Release

The journey continues in: Vancouver Island • Sooke to Port Renfrew: Part IV…Oh No! Botany Bay!? Until next time, Fab  :cool:

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