Happy Birthday

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It’s my mum’s birthday today! She lives northward of this location about 20 miles.

And it is Melinda’s turn to write about our collaboration today; this is the last one we have planned.

Melinda’s photo is the one above, mine is below and here are Melinda’s words from her co-post:

“Today marks the last post in the current collaboration between Ehpem and me, and it seemed fitting to end with the storm drain, because that’s where it all started.

“If you follow Ehpem’s blog (and if you don’t, you really need to!), you’ll know that he has a strong attachment to a certain storm drain. There was one particular storm drain photo that he posted, in the fall of 2012, that I liked. I liked it a lot. I liked it so much that even a week or so after it had been published, I was still thinking about it. I put a comment on Ehpem’s blog, asking if he’d be willing to sell me a print. He replied right away, and soon a great email friendship developed.

“We have many things in common, and enough differences to make it interesting. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Ehpem and his family two times, and we have as much fun in person as we do in our emails. Who would have thought any of this could happen from a couple of photography blogs? Certainly not either of us.

“And that photo I wanted to purchase? It’s on my wall, along with a couple of other prints of Ehpem’s. (Collecting art was also not anything I initially anticipated from writing a blog.)

“Both of my visits to Victoria started with a stop at the storm drain; on my most recent visit, we went there at least one time every day. And I can see why it’s such a captivating subject: it looks different every time.

“And, not only does the drain-to-ocean view warrant a photo, so does the drain-to-city view”.



I remember on this visit commenting about the tree reflections in puddles on the drain surface which is what I tried to capture in some photos. But I chose this one partly because at such a wide-angle, the reflections were not noticeable, and partly because of the three I took, this is the one with the best differentiation of the ocean surface between the two sides of the drain – something I am constantly fascinated by.

Regarding prints on the wall, quite a few of Melinda’s have found their way to my walls as well. Rather than money, we trade in prints which makes a nice balance since I like her photos a lot.

While this is the last co-post we have planned, that doesn’t mean something else won’t happen along these lines – after all we did go to Botanical Beach, and a couple of cemeteries, and Port Renfrew and other places we have not touched on in this collaboration. Every day or so, a comment on this collaboration by one of you has given us another idea how to extend the collaboration. We just need to work out what would be the most fun for us, and the least exhausting as this has proved a lot more work than either of us expected.



For other posts in this collaboration click on this link.

My photo – Canon 5Dii, Canon 16-35/2.8 lens @ 16mm

Melinda’s photo – Nikon D7000, 28/1.8 lens







2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday

  1. I remember a project I heard of not too long ago where photographers would sshoot a photo as they normally would, turn 180 degrees, and shoot a second photo. Then they were displayed together. I did not participate (since many of my photos are shot looking streight down) but the results can be very interesting, especially for landscape photography.

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    • Hi Ken. Funny that you mention this now; I was just out with my half frame camera trying to shoot a diptych of the storm draining looking outward and inward from each end of the drain. I had planned to just turn around in the middle of the drain, but the middle is covered with beach logs this morning, and slippery jellyfish. I will be exploring that idea some more. It is not quite what you mean, but a variation on the theme.

      I bet, on the right day and with the right location, a shot looking straight down and then straight up could make a very interesting pair.


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