Empress Hotel

Empress Hotel- HDR Image, ISO 100, 16mm, f8.0, 1/4 sec, Canon 5DM3, Tripod

Empress Hotel

I had been thinking of getting this shot of the Empress Hotel for about three weeks before I finally went and took it. I’m glad I got this shot when I did because the hotel is now getting some work done. The image below will show you what it looks like today as I post this blog entry.

This is a 5 image HDR photo that was created using Photomatix Pro and Lightroom. A bit of photoshop was used to clean up the Canadian flag. This was necessary as after the images were combined the flag had a couple of ghost flags surrounding it from the different exposures. Besides this being an HDR image it also has a fairly long exposure. The middle was 1/4 second which means the longest exposure was one whole second.

I guess now that tourist season is over the owners, Fairmont Hotels, has decided they can make the front look really ugly. I can’t remember the last time this has been done to the building.


Here is how the hotel looked today. they have ripped off all the ivy from the front and are doing work on the bricks

Empress Hotel in Victoria BC

Empress getting some rehab work done

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 Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com