Blue Chair and Red

Blue Chair and Red – HDR Image, ISO 50, 16mm, f/22, 1/30 sec, Canon 5DM3, Tripod

Blue Chair and Red

So this is an image I have been thinking of taking for about two weeks now. On one edge of McNeill bay in Victoria, BC there is a piece of land that sticks out into the water. There are a couple of chairs located that are the perfect place to go, relax and watch the sunset. I had envisioned getting the sun right between the two chairs.

Another thing I wanted to do was to see how large of a sunburst I could get. So I set my aperture to F/22 and crossed my fingers. Needless to say I am pretty happy with the blasting sunburst in the photo. Shooting directly into the sun with the 16-35 L (version 1) was bound to lead to some lens flair. Thankfully Photoshop was only to willing to help me calm down the really obvious flairs that took away from the image. Photomatix Pro was used to combine the 5 bracketed images.

I wondered a bit why these chairs are even present in this location. Its obvious they were not put here by any government or city council. I did see that the Blue chair had a sign on it saying it was a replacement to the “Original Blue Chair” so I did a bit of googling and found the story behind the chairs.

I have to say its nice to be able to live in a place where a person can do something good for the enjoyment of all and not worry that any authority figure is going to come along and tear it down, or any ass-hats are going to steal, or vandalize it. Gives me hope that there are still good in people in the world who can appreciate a gesture like this.

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