The marina photograph shown was shot on a RAW setting

Visitors bear-ly enjoy Valley scenery

Ace photographer Norman Silverstone is a man with a cam and a plan, who had fun with friends recently in the Valley.

I am now officially 10 months cancer free.

The Nanaimo Cancer Doctor said that my PSA is so low that it was undetectable, ergo my next cancer check-up appointment is in April. Whoop-eeee.

We recently had some friends from Calgary staying with us here in Port Alberni for a week.

Of course that was the week that we had almost constant daily showers along with a high windstorm on Sunday night.

That Sunday night everyone in the house voted to go down to Harbour Quay to see the white water and experience a Port Alberni storm.

We went for a walk to the end of the breakwater pier.

After the pier experience, the women wandered off talking tête-a-tête, past the Starboard Grill Restaurant and onto the waterside path that leads past the children’s slides towards the Port Authority.

A waitress came running out of the restaurant to let me know that a small bear was spotted wandering in the area. I called out to the women to come back immediately.

We then drove the area along with a couple of other vehicles that were bear spotting, alas to no avail.

I am stilling driving the V V (Vespa) around town taking photographs in public and not so public spots.

One of those spots was Canal Beach, the new public beach to check on the progress or lack of progress. I don’t know why it is taking so long to create a beach, I never see anyone working, just piles of earth.

Another famous spot is the boat marina near Harbour Quay, for the large and small fishing boats, the pleasure crafts, the hustle and bustle of fish on ice being unloaded.

The marina photograph shown was shot on a RAW setting,  ISO 400, with a 16mm lens. My settings were aperture: f16; shutter speed: 1/160th of a second, producing a 20 megabyte (MB) file.

(FYI, the sun was high and in the lens.)

At Canal Beach on a sunny sidelit September day, I shot RAW, with an ISO of 400, using my 20mm lens set with an aperture of f13 and a shutter speed of 1/250th of a second. This produced a  20.4 MB file.

The mini-seminar on “Computers and Security – What you need to know” at the local library was a success with 17 people attending.

I presented a Power Point Presentation, talked, answered questions and threw the door prizes at the winners. The handout sheets were either picked up at the library the next day or else I e-mailed them directly to participants.

There will be another free mini seminar (one hour) at the library on Dec. 3 called “ How to buy a Digital Camera – What you need to know”. Make sure that you phone the library at 250-723- 9511 to reserve your spot.

It should be lots of fun; hope to see you there.

Any questions?  E-mail me at nsilverstone@telus.net or see me online at www.silverstonephotos.com.

 

* Norman Silverstone teaches photography through North Island College and Eldercollege in Port Alberni.

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