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.
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!