Breakwater – HDR image, ISO 800, 35mm (equivalent), f10, 1/2000 sec. Fujifilm X100T, Handheld


This shot actually looks a lot more ominous that the conditions really were. This was taken within the same few minutes as a previous image i posted on Pixelbip of Alison doing the Titanic pose. So for comparison you can see how Photomatix Pro can alter how the weather conditions look very easily. As well as Photomatix Pro I also used Lightroom to do some adjusting as well.

The Breakwater in Victoria is a popular stroll that is very close to the downtown area. Many cruise ships dock very close to this location and it on any day with moderate weather or better it is a very popular place for both locals and tourists to visit. It takes approximately 5 minutes to walk out the the end where a lighthouse is located. I may be showing my age here, but way back in the day there were no railings to stop you from falling off. I guess as the tourists started to visit this area it was decided to keep them safe. Oddly… Compare that to Japan where I visited temples in the mountains where there are no railings right up against dropoffs of several hundred feet. It’s telling how our culture is designed to protect the lowest intelligence level.

In other news I have started a photography class on Documentary photography. Its pretty much a self guided class that revolves around deciding on a subject to document and then completing the project to achieve a body of work. No particular limitations are put on regarding the subject of the project, nor of the tools or style required to achieve the project. I am actually pretty excited to be doing this class. It’s a good motivator to push me into an uncomfortable area. I won’t give any spoilers right now as I have not decided on the exact subject of my project. But it is a good idea to have a structure where I am required to show progress on a weekly basis. It will keep me accountable and hopefully make me a better photographer, and more prepared for my upcoming travels.


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