Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Craigdarroch Castle - Victoria, BC (Part 3)

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best day time Victoria photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 5 photos, use this link.

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Today I have part 2 of Victoria, BC. The photos for today are from the Craigdarroch Castle. The Craigdarroch Castle is the historic home in Victoria of the Dunsmuir family who made big contributions to the development of Vancouver Island, BC. Some tourists claims the house is haunted, however contacting the staff of the Craigdarroch Castle, they claim the employees there has never experienced paranormal activity. I however, had a different experience. My photographic journey in the castle was all average, but looking through my photos on my computer revealed a reflection of a person that was no in the room.

Message from the Photographer: Happy new year guys! :) What a great way to start off with a possible case of paranormal activity. LOL

HDR composition of the castle from the outside. 

Looking up the stairs. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 


Somewhere in the castle. I don't know much history about this so I can't really comment on it. 

Good thing they allowed tripods in the castle. These were mostly long exposures. 


More photos from the castle. 


Another photo from the castle. 

This is where possible paranormal activity may have occurred. The rest of the room was fenced off and I was the only one there. That mirror on the left at a reflection of a woman in it. I don't remember seeing anything that could have possibly made that reflection. 

Here is a close up of the mirror. See the reflection? It's weird. If you want to view full res, go check out the link at the beginning of the post. 


For this photo, I flashed the flower pot to fill it in and blend it in with the rest of the scene. 

More photos from the castle. 


A sign talking about the museum. 

Last photo from inside the castle. 

A photo of the castle from the outside. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I have photos from the government house in Victoria, BC, Canada. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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