Field Notes

Professional Photography Confessions

Peppers

The true confessions of a photographer, “I screwed up”! How is that for a statement? Actually, I didn’t screw up big time but a recent incident made me fully aware of potential issues with our modern digital cameras and, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened to me! I thought I would […]

Share

What did I photograph on my fall trip to France? Protests…

KO_FR_18969

Having travelled for many years throughout the world I wasn’t really expecting much when I booked a flight to France and Spain for late September. Over here in North America there has been the odd snippet about unrest in much of Europe but I really hadn’t paid much attention to the news… until I booked […]

Share

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, California

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, California

The Battery Point Lighthouse is located in Crescent City, California near the Northern California and Oregon border. The Battery Point Light was first lit in 1856 and later automated in 1953. As with so many of the Oregon and California lighthouses, Battery Point is very picturesque, especially as dusk settles on the region. The coastline […]

Share

Photography, internet access and rain

Sand and Rock, Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon

I’ve been spending the past five days on the southern Oregon coast and the weather has been very seasonal for the area; lots of rain with the added excitement of high winds. On top of this, no internet access! Is this good? Life isn’t too bad. I used to camp in small tents and once […]

Share

What’s coming up in 2010?

Alcyone, 33rd Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, 2009

2009 turned out to be a busy year for us at Kevin Oke Photography. I was very fortunate to photograph many different events and festivals, much of the natural beauty of the area and it seems almost anything else that happened locally. Trips to California and Washington and a large amount of boating local waters […]

Share

Flying to Bamfield

Bamfield Airport - As rustic as it gets. Vancouver Island, British Columbia

I had the opportunity to fly with a great fellow to the west coast Vancouver Island town of Bamfield yesterday. It was purely a flight for enjoyment but I also used the journey as an “aerial photography test” to see whether photographing from small airplanes with windows actually works. I know many have been doing this […]

Share

Cows of the Cowichan

I haven’t really spent that much time around cows having grown up in large cities and having lived in areas where “cattle” aren’t really welcome in the neighborhood. Really about the only thing I knew about cows was that milk came from them and they sure tasted good! Interestingly, when I was quite young for […]

Share

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival Sights

Theater for the kids at the North Star Stage, 33rd Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, 2009

While the emphasis is on wooden boats at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival there is plenty else going on to keep everyone entertained. After all, living wooden boats 24 hours a day is likely not a very healthy affliction although I expect many in attendance do just that. I, for one, like to get out […]

Share

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival – Schooner Cup

Kia Ora, 33rd Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, 2009. Point Hudson Marina, Port Townsend, Washington.

Having spent two days wandering around the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival a change was needed and I managed to get out on the water for the NW Schooner Cup, an annual race featuring those gorgeous schooners you see photographs of everywhere. I went out on the committee boat for the start and then transferred […]

Share

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

Rowing at the 32nd Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, 2008

The ones of you that follow my blog and photography work have likely noticed that I have a passion for a few different subjects. These include music, food, travel and wooden boats. Typically 2 or 3 of these passions are combined in a photography trip but this weekend’s Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival combines all […]

Share

Pacific Northwest Jellyfish

Pacific Northwest Jellyfish, Portland Island, British Columbia

I’m certainly not a jellyfish expert but I have always been interested in these strange animals that we see floating around our waters. These are a few recent sightings from Portland Island and Sidney Island. Identification may come later, stick with me!

Share

The Cowichan – Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region

The Cowichan - Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region

The Cowichan Region is the large area that lies between the cities of Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, reaching from the protected eastern shores of the island nearly all the way west to the Pacific Ocean. Its cornucopia-like shape is fitting for a place of such remarkable bounty, and this area is home to […]

Share

Cabbage Island and Tumbo Island

Live Music at Anchor, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada, British Columbia

Cabbage Island and Tumbo Island have been a favourite destination for boaters for decades and both islands have now received protection as part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada. We spent Monday night visiting the islands once again and had a splendid evening including a free concert courtesy of a very talented […]

Share

Sidney Island, British Columbia – Sunsets and Moonrises

Gulls, Sidney Spit, British Columbia.

What could be better than visiting one of the sandiest beaches in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia and experiencing a beauitiful sunset and a full moon rising at the same time? Not much really! On top of this we had great company at the dock.

Share

Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park

Rendezvous with Friends, Wallace Island, British Columbia, Canada

A true gem in the British Columbia Provincial Marine Park system, Wallace Island is conveniently located close to many ports in the southern Vancouver Island area. Numerous beaches, coves and inlets provide prime anchorage and kayaking opportunities while hiking trails run the length of the island. This is all mixed in with a fascinating history. […]

Share

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park Photos

Big Trees in the Carmanah Valley, British Columbia

I’ve been going through the images of the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park on Vancouver Island and thought it would be fun to share a few more. As I mentioned in the previous post, the Carmanah is more than just large trees.

Share

Summer at Shawnigan Lake

Back Flip at Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island

Summer has arrived early in the Cowichan Valley this year with high temperatures for the past few weeks. A trip up to Shawnigan Lake was in order, partly to fill in a few gaps for the upcoming Cowichan Valley book but also to see what the locals were up to on a hot day when […]

Share

Children of Celebrities II

The Children of Celebrities perfroming at the Chapel at Providence Farm, Duncan

The Chapel at Providence Farm is an amazing venue for live music. Great acoustics combined with beautiful late afternoon lighting provided the perfect backdrop for the concert that the Children of Celebrities played a few nights ago. I planned on sitting back and enjoying most of the concert as I wanted to actually enjoy the […]

Share

Children of Celebrities

Children of Celebrities

Children of Celebrities is a great Victoria band that describes themselves as “Delivering more than a half ton of fun and with more than 250 years of cumulative life experience”. These folks do have fun as I discovered when I photographed them a few weeks ago. The photography consisted of photographing two live rehearsals with a […]

Share

Luxton Pro Rodeo

8 Seconds, Luxton Pro Rodeo, Luxton, British Columbia

It’s always a good experience to photograph an event for the first time that’s entirely different from anything else you have ever done. You go in with only a guess about what access will be like, what lenses might be of use and basically, no matter how much pre-planning you have done, anything can and […]

Share

Nivernais and Loire Valley Skies

Extreme weather in Le Guetin, France

While we are on the subject of France (see The Lions of Lyon), when I was travelling there one year ago I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the spring light was in the large open valleys of the Nivernais and Loire Valleys. There was a softness early in the mornings and around sunrise that […]

Share

Pender Island Sunset

Car freighters in front of Saturna Island, Gulf Islands, British Columbia

My second Sky Watch Friday is this series of photographs I shot a few evenings ago in front of my house. The view is looking across Plumper Sound to Saturna Island. These two car freighters have been parked out front for a few months now. I would guess they have unloaded their Hondas or Toyotas in Vancouver […]

Share

Learning from Past Lessons – Concert Photography

Children of Celebrities

With the music festival circuit coming up in the next month and running throughout the summer I decided it would be prudent to spend some time looking at older images, catching up on a few years of post processing and most importantly, learning from my previous mistakes. I expect calling them mistakes is being a bit hard […]

Share

Brentwood College Rowing Regatta photo shoot

Brentwood Regatta 2009, Mill Bay, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island

Brentwood Regatta 2009 Photos  I just spent 2 days photographing the Brentwood College Rowing Regatta in Mill Bay. This regatta is a photography feast with non-stop action for almost 3 days in a beautiful part of the Cowichan Valley. Over 1,500 athletes and coaches from over 35 rowing clubs take part in the regatta. Most are […]

Share