Hornby Island – last few Photos

Of the 100 or so photos taken, all but 35 will be deleted. The 35 keepers can be found by going to https://billrfoster.smugmug.com and clicking on the menu item “BC Islands”.

Morning Beach, Denman Island

On the way home from Hornby last Tuesday I decided to drive to the north end of Denman. The (dirt/gravel) road ends at Morning Beach from where you can walk along the shore (several kilometres) to the north end. Unfortunately I only had sandals and after a km of stopping every once in awhile to remove pebbles from my sandals, I decided to just send the drone up and take a shot (of tree island – accessible by land when the tide is out – which it wasn’t – quite). After that I just drove home.

Tribune Bay, Hornby Island

Some photos from May 2013, some from last week. It’s easy to tell which is which.

Whaling Station Bay, Hornby Island

Whaling Station Bay, Hornby Island was an active whaling station in the late 1800’s. Now the bay is lined with homes/cottages. When you come out of Helliwell Park the bay is right there except you can’t see it for the trees. You can park on one of the little finger roads that goes into the bay. The first photo: the water could be lapping up against the rocks in the foreground or the tide could be out as it was in these photos. The large sandy beach when the tide is out gives lots of room for children to play or adults to soak up the sun but it isn’t without its inconveniences: the person with the zodiac having to drive a car out to retrieve his dinghy; the person that went fishing and anchored the boat offshore only to find the boat grounded when the tide went out – very inconvenient if you intended to go fishing again at that time.

You have to keep your eyes on the tide tables or suffer the consequences. A couple of scenarios: 1. you are anchored out in your boat and take the dinghy to shore for a hike. When you come back from the hike the 100 lb dinghy with it’s 50 lb motor are now 300 meters away from the water. That leaves you the option of lugging it the 300 meters or waiting most of the day for the tide to come in again. 2. Similar for kayaking or the reverse: the kayak is now floating 200 meters off shore. I’ve done these things in the past but now I just observe (and take photos) of other people doing them.

Helliwell – the East Side of the Park

But before that – one last shot of the cliffs (May 2013) and a couple of tree shots from this past Tuesday.. There are a few old growth trees scattered here and there throughout the forest.

The photos below were taken of the east side of the park this past Tuesday.

And below – taken in May 2013.

Helliwell Provincial Park.

One of the most interesting provincial parks on the islands in my opinion. It has three very different topographical areas: the forest, the cliffs and the “down by the sea” section. The sign says the loop through all three sections takes 1 1/2 hours. I took 3 hours this past Tuesday – to look around and take photos. Below: totem pole at the junction of the loop; two deer as I was coming out onto the cliffs; three shots above the cliff area taken into the sun and finally three drone shots.

What’s Different

Of course in May 2013 (first photo) it was greener. The green not only provides more colour but it provides more contrast against the brown/black cliffs.

At 2 in the afternoon (first photo), the light happens to be perpendicular to the scene – again more contrast. In the second photo (9 in the morning), the light is behind the camera – directly on the subject – flat – providing very little contrast. in general, the only time you want light directly on the subject is for birds and animals. For pictures taken at the cliffs, all the ones with the light directly towards the cliffs were deleted. None of them were any good – no surprise.

The other problem with the light direction: besides increasing the contrast in the cliffs, side-lighting generally results in bluer skies. You can accentuate that with a polarizing filter. These filters don’t work when facing directly into or away from the sun.

Water and Wind: I like water photos to be calm. Ripple is ugly in my opinion – angry and not something I want to see. Quiet water also reflects the clouds.

The Cliffs of Helliwell Provincial Park.

OMG – I’m getting worse. Not really. I learn something every time I go out – but then sometimes I forget or don’t check things out ahead of time. The first photo was taken in May 2013 around 2 pm. The second was taken yesterday at 9 am. The shot is of the cliffs in Helliwell Provincial Park on Hornby Island.

Obviously it had rained a lot and the green is more colourful in the first photo. The time of year is part of the issue for the second shot plus the climate has become drier the past 4 years on the west coast.

There are other issues though – including the time of day (earlier in the morning should have been better right?). I’ll repost the photos with my comments tomorrow (before I delete the second photo). See if you can point out what is right or wrong about each photo.

Walk to the Store.

Two days ago. The bunnies were just outside the Port shopping centre.

Interesting skies on Sunday

After the Dahlia farm, Julie and I took a walk through Neck Point Park. The last shot is of the sky outside the Longwood Pub where we had lunch.