Boulders at Point Holmes

March 25th, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
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Point Holmes Boulders #1

Six image panorama, stitched together in Photoshop CS6 and converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.

These huge boulders captured my attention on the rocky beach at Point Holmes, in Comox, British Columbia. During low tide Point Holmes is excellent for marine life, but the weather was pretty awful and though the tide was low, I didn’t stay out longer than it took to find some very obvious purple seastars at the water’s edge. It was a couple of days after the herring arrived in early March and there was little sign of the spawn aside from a few dead fish and herring roe washed up on the shore.

I’m currently still working with a Fuji X100S camera and in order to get around the limitations of a fixed focal length lens (23mm—35mm equivalent on a film/full frame camera) I’ve been trying out some panoramas. Photoshop CS6 does an excellent job of “stitching” the images together to create one larger image. That was the process I used to create these two images—both are six vertical images combined into one final photograph.

Point Holmes Boulders #2

Dramatic skies and big boulders at Point Holmes, Comox, British Columbia.

Because of the flat light of the day and the monochrome colour of the rock and grey sky I converted the photographs into black and white. This emphasized the shape and textures of the boulders and really brought out the detail in the sky. It is worth looking a bit harder to find an interesting landscape even if the light is less than ideal!


  1. brooks11 says:

    April 2nd, 2014 at 11:42 am (#)

    nice photos. I too am enjoying the Fuji x100s. It fits in my coat pocket and travels with me everywhere

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