First Night

First Night – HDR Image, ISO 100, 16mm, f/13, 1/5th sec. Canon 5DM3, Tripod

First Night

So when I was really young. Like 6 years old. When my dad was still around. We lived in a chevy. There was a wooden top part built onto it. It even had a wood burning stove. No shit. So I don’t have the most clear memory but I do have a vivid memory of  the first night my family spent in Victoria on our way to Port McNeill. We used to call the wooden part on top of the Chevy “The Coffin”. This was an SUV before they were popular. Like 30 years before they were popular.

At some point in the middle of the night the cops came and kicked us out of the beautiful overnight location that we were spending the night. Well that spot is about 20 meters behind where I am taking this photo displayed right now.  Every time I drive past this location I remember that night. It must have been a really formative moment. Though I  can’t remember what the exact moment was that I was supposed to remember with this formative moment.

So. Yes this is an HDR image created with Photomatix Pro. Awesomely tweaked in Lightroom, Intensity Pro, and a wee bit of Photoshop. And then probably a bit more Lightroom for final tweaks.

Also there are some houses in the original image. I really didn’t like them so I cloned them out. And the island in the middle of the shot has some super huge antenna for some official reason that I don’t know. But they are ugly. so I cloned them out. So Yeah, clone brush is cool.

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