The River is located near Campbell River on Vancouver Island. A beautiful falls to visit and even more perfect to photograph. This day I employed a ND filter and circular polarizer with a slow shutter speed to capture this moody shot.
I selected the name “ Kermode Photographic Art “ with regards to the white Kermode Bear only found in British Columbia, on the Central Coast, and in particular Princess Royal Island. These bears are black bears with a gene that causes them to appear white. Much of the wildlife is unique and diverse but the Kermode Bear has always intrigued me. I felt it was an appropriate name to represent my work. One direction of my photography will lead me to produce more work that will encompass subjects captured that must be sought out by the viewer. My intent is to relax the viewers mind and create a sense of peace and calm while aspects of the photograph are studied
Transfer Beach Sunrise” This Photograph was captured early morning with a calm sea. The sky was beautiful and I decided to slow the shutter speed down to soften its look. Transfer Beach is in Ladysmith BC and is home of “Sea Legs Kayaking”, a water park and a is wonderful area to picnic.
“Misty Mallard” was taken at around 5:30 am on Trout Lake in Vancouver BC. The Mist was rising just as the sun peered through the trees surrounding the small urban lake. I under exposed the shot to spotlight the Mallard and waited for it to swim through the sunlit patch through the mist.
“Nature and Man” is about a natural resource polluted by man. You’ll notice beer bottles and Tim Hortons cups in the stump left behind by careless people. A shame in such a diverse and life filled river ecosystem. Photographed at the world famous Cowichan River at Skutz Falls.
“Skutz Falls” This shot is of Cowichan Rivers Skutz Falls and an old fish ladder. The sun was shining through the trees and a long exposure along with filters allowed me to capture the waters movement with the light rays. The Cowichan River was featured as one of Canada’s “Great Canadian Rivers”.
The great Blue Heron is a patient bird. I think we all can learn from the grace and effectiveness of this fish eater. I had no problem with handheld shutter speeds here.
Ladysmith Bay Morning. Another early morning shot with a coffee and the camera. This lovely spot in the tidal flats of Ladysmith with the mist and dew was taken while the sun was sill low. Morning is my favourite time to shoot.
This Shot was taken at the Sooke River tidal estuary. I slowed the shutter down to soften the water and was happy decided to stay put. Sooke River is a great place to bird watch, view bears, deer, river otters or spot fish as they return from the Pacific Ocean to their enhanced waters.
The Black Swan is not indigenous. It is in fact rare to see here and I found a place that had imported a few pairs. They were living wild and I was excited to see they had produced many more small ones recently.
The West Coast of BC is a magnificent place. Wild weather, wild waves, wild animals. It is a place that produces a feel and this photograph certainly does that. I took this first thing in the morning at the Sooke River Estuary near Demamiel Creek. The mist and seaweed seemed to offer a mystical feel to the scene.
I hope you enjoy my work.