UTOPIA PHOTO-BLOG

To kick of the summer of 2012, two friends and I decided to take 7 days and hike the 75km West Coast Trail from Port Renfrew to Bamfield on Vancouver Island. It was an incredible time to say the least! Below are 10 of my favorite shots from the 1000 I took.

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii

Tsusiat Falls, West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii, cave, reflection

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii, tsusiat

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii, sitka spruce, boardwalk, fog

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Outdoor photography, pacific ocean, landscape, 5dmkii

Lightning, lightning storm, Victoria lightning, victoria bc lightning, victoria bc storm, victoria bc, thunder storm, metchosin Lightning, lightning storm, Victoria lightning, victoria bc lightning, victoria bc storm, victoria bc, thunder storm, metchosin

I love storms - especially thunder storms - and I've been waiting for the chance to shoot lightning for years. But Victoria rarely, if ever, sees any. So when this powerful front came through, I took to the hills of Metchosin to watch the dazzling display unfold over downtown. And what an incredible show it was! Nature never ceases to amaze. Above are my favorite two shots from the evening, both taken with the 5D MKII and a 70-200mm 2.8 lens.

I was lucky enough to witness a spectacular double rainbow over the ocean yesterday that appeared like a glowing portal to a wonderful new world. If only I could fly!

Here's my shot of Venus' transit in front of the sun yesterday as seen from Metchosin on planet Earth! I shot this using my 5D MKII and a 70-200mm lens w/ a 2X extender. Also attached was a polarizing filter and 5 stop neutral density filter. Even at that, my exposure near sunset was still 1/8000 @ f.64 at 200 iso! What an incredible sight to see though! Next time to watch will be 2117.

Caught this incredible Bald eagle soaring over the ancient forests of the unprotected Upper Walbran Valley last weekend on Southern Vancouver Island. Such a powerful bird and majestic valley yet helpless against the constant onslaught of new clearcuts in the thousand-year-old forests.