Category Archives: Travel

Super Moon

I have been digging through my photo library to clean out the images that deserve to be in the trash. This is part of a process of change as I move to different post-processing software. While this is a major chore, there are some enjoyable moments such as when a long forgotten image pops up. This shot of the “Super Moon” on May 5, 2012, was made during a visit to Arizona.

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East-Coast Travels.

My wife and I have just returned from a couple of weeks travelling around parts of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. This is a truly spectacular area combining friendly people, great fish and seafood; and of course, wonderful scenery. I am often drawn to the details within a larger scene. On this trip it was the colours and textures of the fishermans’ huts in the harbours dotted all over the region that attracted my attention. The bright colours, weathered wood, and peeling paint provide a great study in texture and contrast. It was a vacation after all, so I have also posted some scenic snapshots. 
 
Fishing is a hard, and often dangerous way to make a living. These teardrop shaped portholes in the door of a hut in Northwest Cove, Nova Scotia seem to combine a touch of whimsy with a more poignant message,
© Chris Bone 2014
 
Tuna Trophies, Malpeque Harbour, Prince Edward Island
© Chris Bone 2014
Yellow Doors, Malpeque Harbour, Prince Edward Island
© Chris Bone 2014
 
Nantucket Cordage Company, Lunenburg, Nove Scotia
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Colour Co-ordinated, Malpeque Harbour, Prince Edward Island
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Malpeque Harbour, Prince Edward Island
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Boardwalk over Bowley Pond, Greenwich Dunes, Prince Edward Island
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French River, Prince Edward Island
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Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
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The camera was rotated horizontally while on a tripod to create the sense of how it felt to enjoy a calm evening by Saint Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. A warming polarizer and ND filters ensured a long enough exposure to show the effect of the camera movement.
© Chris Bone 2014
 
Northwest Cove, Nova Scotia
© Chris Bone 2014

 

Maui.

My wife and I visited the Hawaiian Islands for the first time last month. We spent a couple of weeks on Maui where we thoroughly enjoyed a blend of relaxation and the opportunity to explore the island. Here are some photographs that go a small way towards illustrating what we experienced. 
 
A Fuji X-E1 based mirror-less camera system has become my first choice when travelling by plane because it can easily be taken onboard as carry-on baggage. It is a joy to use, and is capable of producing excellent results, but it will never replace my full-frame DSLR for all situations. All the images below where made with either the Fujinon 14 mm f 2.8, or 35 mm  f 1.4 lenses. The camera was ably supported by a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 carbon fibre tripod when needed. 
 Haleakala Volcano, Late Afternoon   ©Chris Bone 2014
 
 Leaf as Sculpture, Kula Botanical Gardens    ©Chris Bone 2014
 Koki Beach, Hana    ©Chris Bone 2014
 
 Iao Needle State Park    ©Chris Bone 2014
 
 Haleakala Volcano, Sunrise    ©Chris Bone 2014
 
 Walk in a Bamboo Forest, Haleakala National Park    ©Chris Bone 2014

Sooke River, Vancouver Island.

Heavy rain cut short the photography session, but not before I had made this image of the Sooke River in Sooke Potholes Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. The lush greens of the forest form a stark contrast with the snow and bitter cold we left behind back home in the Rocky Mountain Foothills of Alberta. Natural beauty takes so many forms. Now we are home again I need to make a photograph that will become my image for February.
©Chris Bone 2014

The Historic Downtown District, Red Deer, Alberta.

What caught my eye while driving through Red Deer back in mid-October was the art deco coffee shop sign on the corner of the old, long since closed, Buffalo Hotel. It was mid-morning on a Saturday when I set out to make some photographs of the sign against a blue sky. Initially, I was so caught up with this idea that I was not fully aware of my surroundings. After a little while, and with a collection of less than satisfactory images, I decided to walk around a little. It was only then that I started to see the possibilities for a photographic story start to emerge. Similar to so many other towns and cities, this old part of Red Deer has been given the designation “Historic Downtown”. There are signs of investment intended to attract people and businesses to the area but on this day I felt a distinct touch of sadness. Unlike the streets just a few short blocks away with their inevitable shopping malls, there were very few people to be seen. The empty streets and sidewalks in these photographs create an almost ghost town effect despite the fact that the area is far from being abandoned. Shooting in monochrome, and making use of the square format reminiscent of roll film cameras, I hope in some way that these photographs show how it felt to be there on that particular day. On a more positive note, I found a great little independent coffee shop just around the corner where I was able to enjoy the uplifting effects of an espresso!
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Wild Pacific Trail.

The Lighthouse Loop is an easy 2.5 km  section of the Wild Pacific Trail by Ucluelet, British Columbia which is on the West coast of Vancouver Island. The trail meanders through temperate rain forest  then emerges onto cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. About midway around the loop is Amphitrite Lighthouse. Here are some photographs made last weekend. I believe they show the contrasting character of the trail from the peace and tranquility of the forest to the raging power of the ocean. 
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Float Home Village, Victoria B.C.

I enjoy visiting the float home village at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, British Columbia. Every home has its own style and personality which are probably also reflections of the people who chose to make this their home. On a recent visit I was taken by the contrast in style between the float homes and the buildings that now occupy some of the other space around Victoria Harbour. I have used monochrome images to try and capture this contrast so that the bright colours of the float homes are not the main focus of attention. 
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Street Art or Graffiti?

One person’s street art is another’s graffiti. The wall paintings captured in some of these shots made on the streets of the Gastown area of Vancouver are definitely art. I am enjoying trying my hand at street photography.
 
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Visit To Newfoundland

Last month we enjoyed a ten day trip to Newfoundland; in particular Gros Morne National Park and Twillingate. We came away realising that we must return in order to experience more of the wonders of this special place, not the least of which is the genuine hospitality of the people. Part of our plan was to sail amongst the icebergs off Twillingate; it was iceberg season after all. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate, no icebergs to be seen. Just one more reason to go back! 

 

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On The Street in Streetsville.

I was playing with a new camera during a recent visit to the Toronto area and ended up with some shots that I thought I would share. They are not particularly good photographs, but they show a side of Streetsville, Ontario that I had never noticed before. It has a sense of humour.

Ah, Seinfeld!
©Chris Bone 2013
 Really?
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The Oddfellows Hall.
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