After recently seeing Rob Bagshaw's great pictures of the "Hole In The Wall" waterfalls outside of Port Alberni, I decided to go find them for myself. It's just a short 20 minute hike off the Alberni Highway to the falls (once you know where you're going). Kathy and I and the dogs enjoyed the beautiful sunny Saturday morning and crisp -7 air as we hiked down. After a couple of wrong turns on the many trails in the area we finally found the top side of the falls and then hiked around for another half an hour to get to the bottom side. I will definitely be going back to do some long exposures. I think this spot may be photographed best in the afternoons.
Decided to blast up to Loon Lake which is just off the Port Alberni Summit (425 meters) tonight after work to photograph the stars. I wanted to be somewhere with a little altitude and a little ways away from the city lights. I wasn't too happy with the view from the main fishing spot when I got there and was deciding on whether to stay or not. Then two hikers came out of the bush with their dogs and told me about another viewpoint with a clear view of Mount Arrowsmith that was about a 10 minute walk down the lakeside trail. So I put on my pack, grabbed my bearspray and my trusty headlamp and set out. The view was most certainly better than the other spot. It was a little freaky sitting out there all by myself in the dark as it is cougar country after all. But I figured with a full can of bearspray beside me that any cougar better like his meals hot if he wanted to snack on me! These shots were taken with my 7D and 10-22mm lens. All shots were 20 second exposures at f4 and at 1250 iso so I have had to blast them pretty strongly with noise reduction. The last shot is at the Cameron Lake beach looking west and you can see a big truck as it drives up to Port Alberni.