I have been wanting to do a photo wall since I moved into my current residence. I wanted to have a number of images from our travels displayed in a way that looked slightly elegant. With 7 simple frames from Ikea, a measuring tape and a level, I created a layout right about the main desk in our work area.
The Open Road
The theme for the photo wall is The Open Road and consists of the images that Tanya and I took while traveling. Since so many of our travels have been by bike, we wanted to show the less glamorous part of towns and cities we saw on and off the bicycle. These photos span many countries, including
Black and white and theme
I have to give Tanya full credit the theme and the choice by using black and white. Black and white photos are much easier to fit together and make the wall look classy (or at least not tacky as would be the case if I used colour photos). The theme Tanya came up with was brilliant. This theme allowed us to showcase photos that we don’t usually look at by bring back great memories of our travels.
If before we had Oliver you told me that it would be hard to take a great photo of a 4 month old, I am not sure I would have believed you. How hard can it be. You create the scene, put Oliver in the shot and fire a couple of shots. Done.
But, it just isn’t that easy.
Both Tanya and I have tried countless times to capture the moment with a happy Oliver. Typically
- You get a great photo of Oliver, but everything else in the shot is horrible
- You get a nicely composed photo, but you missed the smile
- You capture the moment, the scene was perfect, but that lighting was so horrible that your ISO was set at 3200 and your shutter speed was so slow that everything is blury
Steps for great shots
I have figured it out, not that it is easy or reproducible, but here are the steps to taking a great shot of your kid:
- Make sure the child is in a good mood, not hungry, but happy and ready to play
- Make sure you have good lighting
- Setup the photo so that the main focus is on the child in front of a non-distracting background
- Set your camera to continuous shot (takes a shot ever 1/2 second or so)
- Get the child excited about the toy
- Take as many shots as you can
Like I said, I have tried this a number of times, and you don’t usually end up with too many great shots. For me, the biggest problem is dealing with light. Maybe I will have to wait for summer and take more shots outside.
While hiking in Goldstream, we came across this trestle. It is very high up, at least 60 meters and there are no railings.
Still in use?
I don’t think this trestle is used much anymore. The rails looked pretty rusty and I didn’t see any trains. If there was a commuter train between the Cowichan Valley and Victoria, it would run on these tracks, so there is definitely potential there.
I like the ideas of taking old railways and converting them into mixed use pathways. Railways are particularly good because of their nice grade. This would be a great way to get from the Cowichan Valley to Victoria via bicycle, just like the Kettle Valley Rail Tral.