I’m doing something a little different this time which I’ll explain in a bit. Theresa and I are empty nesters with the kids now scattered to all parts of the country. However, we’re using this as an excuse to travel on the holidays and we headed across the Strait of Juan De Fuca to visit Victoria. I’ve always enjoyed the very cosmopolitan place and try to forget about their waste management plan. (which I’ll do a separate piece on in the near future). But, let’s keep this light for the moment. See below on why this ‘Sunset from Victoria Harbor’ is a bit different.


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Behind the Photo

As I mentioned before, this photograph is a bit different in that it is one of the 500+ photographs I took from a time lapse off the balcony of our hotel. The forecast called for a cold and clear evening so I used this opportunity to take advantage of the Panasonics DMX100 internal interval setting. To be honest I had come across the menu for setting up timelapses by accident while looking for something else entirely.

What I like about it is that in addition to setting up the number of frames to take with the delay in seconds between shots, you can also set up a start time. In this particular case I used a gorillapod to attach the camera to the balcony railing, set the start time an hour before sunset and went out shopping with Theresa.

When setting up a time lapse you’ll want to frame using all the rules of photography and such. Personally, I shot this sequence which, by the way, you can watch the entire time lapse on my Instagram account; check the sidebar or the this link, in RAW.

Now there was one issue I ran into that has me scratching my head. The camera is set to shot in both RAW and JPG. The RAW for editing in Lightroom and the JPG to be able to wirelessly transfer over to my phone if I want to post something quick to one of my social accounts. When I copied the RAWs over to my workstation I somehow missed some files. The timeline originally ran through sunset into darkness with the lights coming on in the building. Not sure if it was user error or something in the system going wonky. I’ll have to be a bit more diligent next time I set this up.

Keep you posted.


Victoria is the southernmost major city in Western Canada, and is located about 60 miles from BC’s largest city of Vancouver on the mainland and about the same from Seattle. You’ll need to go by ferry or plane to reach the city.

Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, Legislative buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908).

The city’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco’s. The region’s Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before non-native settlement, possibly several thousand years earlier, which had large populations at the time of European exploration. Victoria, like many Vancouver Island communities, continues to have a sizeable First Nations presence, composed of peoples from all over Vancouver Island and beyond.



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