A couple of blog posts ago I mentioned that I would be making an announcement on an exciting new project I was working on, some time before the end of December. Here it is… I have decided to start my own YouTube channel featuring my photography adventures. Don’t worry, I will still be adding new blog posts. I hope you have the chance to watch and follow my channel. I have a “promotional trailer” out now, the Drake Dyck Photography Channel Promo, with the first real video coming out on 30 December, 2019. After that, videos will come out on the first Sunday of every month.
The videos will follow me on my photography adventures (mostly) around Vancouver Island and surrounding areas, as well as occasional trips a little farther away. I will continue to follow all the same ethical principals I have been for my still photography (see the About WDP tab for more on these) encourage others to consider their own practices when out in nature.
I look forward to bringing you entertaining and informative content. Thanks for continuing to read my blog!
Lately I have been more active in the local art & photography community. It’s something I enjoy and is definitely beneficial to my photography, as I feel encouraged to get out with my camera more often and enjoy the ability to show some of my work. One of the things I am involved in is as a member of the board of directors at the Sooke Arts Council. It is through SAC that I had the opportunity to hang six of my prints in the lobby of the Richard Blanshard Building, which houses BC Ministry of Health offices.
Along with four other artists work (painters and photographers) my prints will be hanging there for December 2018 and likely January 2019 as well.
I had a number of mid-size prints around that I used, as well as having the one, shown above, printed just days before the hanging. Normally, I have my images printed on some variety of fine art paper, then frame them, but for this image, I chose to have it printed on canvas by a new, local printer, VI Spectrum. I’m very pleased with the results. At 24″x36″ it’s also the largest print I have on display. Images smaller than 13″x19″ I generally print myself, as was the case with the two 8″x11″ prints I hung. A fantastic photographer I know (check out his wonderful images here) spoke highly of the Hahnemühle Matte Fine Art paper I used for these prints, and since trying it earlier this year it has become one of my favourite papers to print on.
I encourage everyone local or who is visiting Victoria to stop by the lobby of the building, at 1515 Blanshard Street, to check out my work and that of others from December, 2018 through January 2019. Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it!
The Olympic Peninsula (and Olympic National Park) is just a short ferry ride across the Straight of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, and somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit for years. I’m glad that I finally did!
Victoria recedes in the distance as MV Coho departs for Port Washington
Every once in a while I like to get a little creative after I’ve ‘finished’ processing my images and today was one of those days. I had taken a short walk with my camera in downtown Victoria and made some interesting photographs, like this one of a short section of the sidewalk.
In a recent post I mentioned that I would be getting a scanner specifically to scan film. I ordered it online and it arrived a couple days later, which, happily, was much quicker than I had been anticipating. As soon as I set it up I put it through it’s paces on two rolls of film I recently developed. One in 6×9 format, from the Ensign, and the other 6×6′ from the Hasselblad.
This was the third year I participated in one of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walks (WWPW). They are held the same day in cities all around the world. My local walk for the Victoria, B.C. Area was in Oak Bay and started at the marina.
I happened to be in downtown Victoria this weekend and as usual, had my camera with me. Turns out this was opportune, as this weekend is “Deuce Days” in Victoria and it is billed as the largest gathering of 32 Ford Coupes in the world. I wasn’t when all of them got together in one area, but I did happen to see a number driving around, as well as several other old classics.
For the second year in a row, I went to downtown Victoria, BC, for Car Free Day. This year it took up a few more blocks of Douglas Street than last year and I enjoyed walking along, looking at all that was offered. As I parked in a city parking garage, I was able to walk a very short distance before arriving at the first display, which was set up by local first nations. Initially, there were various fantastic carvings but nobody was performing. For most of the walk, I had my Canon DSLR for photos, but when I returned to the First Nations display, while they were performing, I took out my Hasselblad 500 EL/M (more on this and the medium format film photos in a later post).
First Nations Carving in front of Victoria City Hall
With the day being a sunny break from an otherwise rainy week, I decided to head out for a walk along the Ogden Point Breakwater and of course I had to bring my camera along. The breakwater is a favourite of many locals and tourists alike, even on a windy February day.
For the second year in a row I went to the Kelby World Wide Photo Walk, in Victoria, BC. This time there were about half a dozen photographers from my local photo club that joined the walk through Beacon Hill Park and surrounding areas in the city. It made for an interesting trip with a wide variety of subjects to photograph.