Photo of the Month

Hi Folks:

Well, September descends upon us tomorrow – back to school for those who are so inclined, and the end of summer vacation for most.  On this last day of August I had a look through Lightroom to see that I made nearly a thousand images this month.  In the digital age there are many who make a thousand images a day, but I’m still from the film era, where I would get a dozen images from one roll of 120 film.  Anyway…

I’ve put a lot of thought into what to make my ‘photo of the month’ for August.  We had family visiting at the beginning of August, and while I made several ‘tourist’ shots, I’m not a people photographer at heart.  We went to two different car shows this month and there were some good prospects there, but I profiled an image of an automobile last month.

I met some old friends for lunch today as they passed through town, and in explaining to them what we like about Victoria I mentioned that this is largely a city of villages, each one unique, and yet forming a coherent whole.  We haven’t been everywhere in Victoria yet, not by a long shot, but of the various places we have toured Oak Bay is my favourite.  While a separate municipality from the city of Victoria proper they are adjunct, with Oak Bay covering the city’s southeastern shore.  From our walks there we’ve found that Oak Bay has a sense of neighbourhood and community that we really like.  To that end I thought I’d use one of my Oak Bay images for this month’s selection.

Beach Drive Classics

Beach Drive Classics

I made this image while walking along Beach Drive, south of Oak Bay’s main centre.  While the house is certainly a classic (and the gardens are beautiful, but not shown here), it was the combination of the home and the classic car parked near the entrance that appealed to me.  I processed this image in Lightroom 3, using the new perspective correction controls to straighten the frame of the house and the gate, then converted it to B&W and added a slight sepia tone to it.  Finally, in holding with the ‘classic’ attributes of the image, I added a little grain.  I think it says everything I’ve wanted it to say.

Thanks for stopping by… now go out and make some photographs!

Hugs,
Mike.

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