Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park – HDR Image, ISO 2000, 24mm, f/4.5, 1/180 sec. Canon 5DM3, Handheld.

Beacon Hill Park

Back to nature shots again. At least this one is not another sunset! This weekend I participated in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. Its the first time I have ever done a photo walk like this and overall I had a really great time.

Leading up to the walk I was having a lot of misgivings. I was not too happy with the chosen route as it passes through areas I am fairly familiar with. The reality is that I was already starting to take photos on the walk between my car and the meetup starting point. I was completely surprised by how much there was to photograph. All I had to do was just take a step back and look at things a little bit differently. I ended up getting several photos that I was happy with. However I don’t think any of them were amazing so doubt I will enter the Scott Kelby photo contest.

After the official photowalk I continued to walk around downtown Victoria for several hours. I am starting to practice meeting and having conversations with strangers. Its a skill I need to work on before I start traveling. I did meet a couple of very interesting people. I also met a guy who was probably the craziest person I have ever met. I did sit and listen to him rant for 10 minutes or so, but I also made sure I kept my distance because he had a completely different version of reality. He lives in a reality that I can not even begin to comprehend.

For this image I stood under the tree and shot out into the light. It was actually quite dark under the tree so processing this as HDR really helped bring out the details in the tree. The HDR conversion was done with Photomatix Pro, and final adjustments made in Lightroom.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at