It’s been a mild winter here on the west coast in comparison to what everyone else seems to be facing in North America. Still, the temperatures are a bit cool and the lingering damp in the air has a way of cutting right through to the bone, leaving you chilled. Right after the New Year celebrations had slowly gone quiet, Mrs. Toad and I hopped aboard a little ferry to head over and shoot the Anglican Churches of Salt Spring Island, just off the coast of Vancouver Island, as we continue our work on our project called “The Anglican Church Project“. This is a project that we love to work on, and every opportunity we can we try to visit a new church to photograph it.

St Mark's - Salt Spring Island

St Mark’s – Salt Spring Island –

St Mark's - Salt Spring Island

St Mark’s – Salt Spring Island –

We arrived at our first location very early in the morning. The air was so damp you could almost see it. This added a wonderful mood to the scenes, accenting the heritage architecture and details of the churches wonderfully. Inside, the woodwork at St. Mark’s was just exquisite. Well over 100 years old now, this heritage church is still active in the community and forms an integral part of it. This sense of love and appreciation for the church is evident in all the little details that were to be found everywhere, as it was in the feel you had while standing in the church and becoming an inherent part of it, even if just momentarily.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: St. Mark’s Anglican Church – Salt Spring Island.

St Mary's - Salt Spring Island

St Mary’s – Salt Spring Island –

St Mary's - Salt Spring Island

St Mary’s – Salt Spring Island –

Our next stop on our whirlwind adventure day was at St. Mary’s church. At this spot, it was actually colder inside the church than it was outside; we were starting to lose our feelings in our flippers! This sure didn’t preclude us from taking in this wonderful heritage church in all of its inherent beauty. Once again, this 100+ year old church is totally adorned in wonderful woodwork, adding palpable warmth and ambiance to the scenes we were photographing. Although recent history here on Salt Spring Island in terms of colonization only goes back 100-150 years, the stories of how the island was settled and developed were a source of delight for us. Signs of this storied history were found everywhere, adding layers of depth to our overall experience.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: St. Mary’s Anglican Church – Salt Spring Island.

All Saints’ by-the-Sea - Salt Spring Island

All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island –

All Saints’ by-the-Sea - Salt Spring Island

All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island –

Our final session found us visiting All Saints’ by-the-Sea, a wonderful church that is based on old and new architectural elements.  Once again we find the warm and beautiful woodwork to be a central feature in the church, adding so much character and personality.  This is an inviting space, one that makes you feel instantly at home.

A few short hours later it was time to wrap up and head for The Hollow.  As we don’t get a chance to visit the islands as much as we would like under ideal circumstances, we headed to one of the small towns on the island and had a wonderful lunch overlooking a marina as the cold west coast winter swirled around outside.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island.

We’ve mentioned a few times previously, and it certainly bears mentioning yet again; this project we call “The Anglican Church Project” is one of the most personally fulfilling projects we’ve undertaken here at Toad Hollow.  We’ve just scratched the surface in terms of the churches we’ve shot so far, and we are very much looking forward to following through on this project in its entirety.

Thank you so much for your kind visit today, we truly appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

As time continues to fly by and the Modern Bride Show is directly on our horizon we’ve been busy getting ready for the big event by preparing our handouts and other materials, and doing portrait sessions with a few clients.  We truly love this work and are looking forward to doing much more of this in the future.  All these activities are lead-ups to us launching our new engagement and wedding photography services with a brand new website that is being constructed at this very moment.

Wedding Rings - Toad Hollow Engagement and Wedding Photography Services

Wedding Rings –

You’d be hard pressed to find two people who love weddings and romance more than Mrs. Toad and I.  There is something inherently magical about these very special events.  In many cases the big day finds the bride and groom pulling together friends and family to celebrate a life-long commitment, followed by the ensuing celebrations that come with this promise.  We are looking forward to capturing these memories in still images that can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

On February 7th, 2015 we will be attending the Modern Bride Show at the Bay Center in Victoria.  We will be joining with one of Vancouver Island’s leading caterers Vancouver Island Event Catering, as well as a local wedding and event planner Cornerstone Weddings & Events.  This is a wonderful opportunity, one we are extremely grateful for.

This past weekend we had a family portrait session scheduled at one of our favorite heritage churches here on Vancouver Island, The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul.  This wonderful parish is a landmark in the city and remains today a very important part of the community.  It was a very cold and damp day on the island and we were happy to have the chance to conduct this shoot indoors.  Late in the morning we met our clients, the Young family, and spent the next few hours shooting and truly enjoying the experience.

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Young Family - Portraits - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Young Family – Portraits – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The entire set of 18 photographs is published and available for viewing on our online gallery “The Young Family“.

Wedding Ring - Heart Shaped Shadow - Toad Hollow Engagement and Wedding Photography Services

Wedding Ring – Heart Shaped Shadow –

If you are in Victoria on February 7th please come by the Modern Bride Show and see us at our exhibit.  We’d be delighted to have a chance to meet you in person.

To book a wedding, engagement or event photography session please call us at (250) 510-7693 or email us at [email protected] to make an appointment for a complimentary meeting to discuss your specific needs and budget.  Our portrait sessions start at $150, and our wedding packages start at $1750.

Life is not measured in minutes, but in memories… let us take care of capturing your precious moments, so you are free to enjoy them!

Our New Year has gently flown in on gossamer wings, and in the background I can now begin to hear the flight song of a flock as it signals the first heartbeat of what is about to be our most exciting year ever.

Coastal Scenes - Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Coastal Scenes – Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As is usual this time of year, we found ourselves in a bit of a lull in December as all the preparations and building excitement for the holiday season encircled us from every angle.  Everyone’s minds turn to our families and friends as we pause and enjoy time and the makings of the season together.  Once this all passes, what is next?  What treasures does the New Year hold in secret for us all?

We started our 2015 working on one of our very favorite projects, “The Anglican Church Project“.  Plans were crafted late in the year, and on Saturday, January 3rd we found ourselves headed for the ferries to travel across to one of our outlying islands, Salt Spring Island, where 3 Anglican Churches awaited us.  We arrived at the Crofton ferry terminal early in the morning, determined to catch the first boat over.  The light of day was just making its appearance, and with it came a harbinger of all that is about to unfold in 2015.  A year of hope, a year of excitement, a year filled with new adventures we have yet to fully appreciate.

Coastal Scenes - Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Coastal Scenes – Crofton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The stillness of the morning surrounded us, permeating the air with a sense of silence you could almost hear; it was truly palpable.  Mrs. Toad and I sat in our new truck awaiting the instructions to load up on the boat for the journey, and in that very moment we knew we were excited and looking forward to the New Year, but the details were hazy at best.

In the past few weeks, much of this is now coming into clear focus for us.  We are working very hard to now ready for our new Wedding Photography Services we are about to launch here at Toad Hollow Photography.  The next few weeks will fly by in a blur as we create and get our printing and promotional materials ready for the Modern Bride Show on February 7th here in Victoria, BC.  We are very excited and honored to have a chance to share in people’s special day, as they pledge their undying love for each other and look forward to a lifetime of experiences and memories.  This is something we take very seriously, and we are looking forward to bringing a level of professionalism and passion to the practice that will help make these special days last forever for our clients.

So, please join us as we revel in the building excitement of all that 2015 has in store.  We truly hope that our love for photography is mirrored in your life, and that you find yourself looking forward to the New Year and all it will bring.  Thank you all for everything, for none of this would have come true without all your support and encouragement over the years.  We truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Those who follow us regularly may recall a recent post I made, an ode dedicated to the love of my life, Mrs. Toad.  The post titled “Celebrating 12 Years” talks about our anniversary and what it means to me, and notes that at that time we had one flipper out the proverbial door as we headed out for a weekend getaway.  In today’s post we’re going to check out a few pictures we took during our stay at our favorite resort, the very same resort we honeymooned at and love to return to every chance we can.

A Beautiful Ocean View - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

A Beautiful Ocean View – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As we arrived at Fossil Bay Resort for the first evening of our stay, we were greeted by the fleeting light of day as the sun set on the western horizon.  This set the perfect tone for the evening and we then anticipated the sunset for the next day and got ready to capture it in all of its magnificence.  It’s been said that no two sunsets are the same, and no where is this more evident than on the coast where the horizon seems to dip and disappear into the distance, seemingly forever.  It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it was very, very cold this day as we stood on the deck of our private cabin and took in the special show nature had in store for us.

A Beautiful Ocean View - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

A Beautiful Ocean View – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Immediately after capturing the sunset, we turned to see a misty coastline as the very last light of day accented the rugged and beautiful coast.  Due to the lack of light, exposure times were long, making the churning waters of the powerful ocean tides a smooth and blue surface.  If you look closely you can see the golden light of the sunset dancing off the windows of a house that is deeply embedded in the forest that surrounds it.  A strong feeling of peace and solitude washed over us as the sense of time slowly faded, leaving us with the perception that we were the last two people left on planet earth.

A Beautiful Ocean View - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

A Beautiful Ocean View – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The private hot tub on the deck of each cabin provides a wonderful break from the everyday.  Hours drift by as we sat in the tub watching the ships and boats make their way to and fro.  Some folks are fishing, while others pilot huge container transports full of goods.  It’s much like a painting that is constantly changing, revealing scenes and glimpses that are only here for a moment, only to be changed once again as the light and features change.

As we head right into the new year, we are very excited about what 2015 has in store for us all.  We’ve enjoyed a delightful break during the holidays, and just like a visit to the resort that comes to an end our daily activities come back into clear focus now.  A strong sense of being recharged, a revitalization if you will, motivates us to embrace the new year and all the exciting adventures it has in store for us.

Thank you one and all for all your support, friendship and encouragement over the years.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below, we’d really love that.  And cheers to 2015!!

The History of Photography

Posted: 31st December 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in The Toad's Musings
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As 2014 draws to a close and 2015 is upon us it’s time to reflect on the events that brought us all here today.  Many artists at this time of year compile a Top 10 Photographs list as in introspective look at the past year.  For us, this reflection goes back much further, back to the very advent and creation of photography that almost everyone enjoys contemporarily today.  I was delighted to discover a 12 part video presentation created and hosted by George Eastman House that covers the history of photography, going back to the basic concept and early designs of a camera all the way to modern times where we find a digital camera on everyone’s phone.

So without further ado we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind support and encouragement over the course of 2014 and send you our very best wishes for a Happy New Year in 2015.  We hope you enjoy these featured videos and that they bring you a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history and events that make our modern practice and craft such a joy for so many.

Thanks once again for everything in 2014!  Best wishes and a Happy New Year to one and all from your friends, The Toads!!

Even though Vancouver Island’s post-colonization history only encompasses the last 150 odd years or so, we do have quite a rich heritage to take in and enjoy.  Our buildings may not be thousands of years old as they are in old Europe, but many of them benefit from architectural cues derived from homes and buildings in that part of the world.  One of our more famous locations is Hatley Park Castle, a place we’ve covered many times before in our photoblog series “A Toad In The Turret“.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle – Victoria BC Canada –

This is yet another one of those places that takes on a different character with each visit.  The time of year, the light, it all converges here and plays with the old stone facade to cast different feelings and faces to a storied place just outside of Victoria, BC.  Our previous posts cover some of the rich history that features the famous family, the Dunsmuirs, and the indelible mark they left here on the island during the time of colonization.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle – Victoria BC Canada –

As you continue your way up the walking path towards the castle, a terrific scene comes into focus.  Here we see the incredible stonework of the castle and some of the fine architectural details that make it so special.  You can easily imagine ladies in long dresses enjoying a lovely day overlooking the gardens and the ocean in the distance.  Today these experiences are available to everyone as the castle itself sits on a park that is publicly accessible.  If ever you find yourself in the area we highly recommend a personal visit.  No matter what time of year you come, you will be enchanted by this place that almost seems to hold a magical aura to it, right in the heart of a burgeoning city.

Topaz Glow

 

Topaz Glow

We’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about a brand new product from our friends at Topaz Labs!!  They have just released a new post-processing tool called “Topaz Glow” that comes with over 70 terrific new filters built right in!

From Topaz Labs:

Glow can be used as a stand-alone or a plugin to transform your photos from dull to dazzling. Containing more than 70 unconventional and quirky filters, you can infuse your images with neon, graphic, liquid and other electrifying effects.

The technology behind Glow seeks out the unexplored lines and patterns in your images and illuminates them.

We’ve also posted a brief Topaz Glow Introduction that covers the key features for you to download and review.  Topaz Labs is an industry leader in both the tools they create for photographers to use in post-production, as well as creating great learning content and delivering world-class customer support for after sales questions.  We use Topaz Labs tools in every image we create here at Toad Hollow Photography.

Our avid love of photography finds us with some rather strange obsessions.  One of them has to be the natural effects and appearance of rusty things.  The textures and details you can find with such objects represents the tireless work of time and nature against the man-made metals of our generation.  One of our very good friends who hails from the US is always a source of inspiration for these posts as we think of our common bonds and love for old objects, and old trains specifically.  This one is for you Tom.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We’ve said it many, many times before and it always bears saying again.  Sometimes the best things to photograph are right in your backyard off the regular beaten track.  Today’s post features one such find.  On a lovely October day of last year, Mrs. Toad and I found ourselves on the lookout for something unique to shoot.  These are the best days, we find, the days where we get to spend the day chasing dreams with no particular schedule or destination.  The simple act of spending the day together, exploring the wonders in our very own area, always results in some profound new pictures.  It is also usually accompanied with a deeper understanding of Vancouver Island and the history and heritage that brought us to this point in time.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

What surely is tantamount to setting a young child off in a favorite toy store with an unlimited budget and no time constraints, we found ourselves amidst a field of old rusty and weathered trains and cars on this lovely autumn day.  Right in the heart of a wonderful little town on the island, the Ladysmith Railway Museum features this outdoor exhibit sure to tantalize the curious.  As years of weather have taken their toll, the rust and wear of the cars takes on an organic feel, almost as if the rust is dripping down the sides of the cars.  This sensation is fed when you feel yourself immersed in the rainforests and environs of Vancouver Island.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Certain vantages frame really interesting perspectives, like this one that reveals an old steam locomotive behind the rusty weathered car we were studying.  I find it to be quite the dichotomy to discover scenes like this that feature so predominantly the contrast between man and nature.  Eventually nature always wins.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

From an elevated perspective, context adds further to our emerging story.  If left unattended, this exhibit would surely become completely enshrouded in bush and vegetation and eventually the cars themselves would dissolve and become a permanent part of the place they inhabit.  Thankfully the folks who curate the site will ensure this will never happen.

Thanks kindly for your visit to The Hollow here today, we really do appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

Footprints are sometimes there even though we can’t see them.  Those who have come before tread on the grounds, leaving behind a little something of themselves.  For those who are acute these ghostly outlines of the imprints are not lost forever, rather they are as evident and as fresh as the day they were left.  As a photographer certain scenes call to us, invite us to seek beyond that which is obvious and to find the stories that lie just beneath the veneer.  Such is the Old Stone Butter Church to me.

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

As we’ve mentioned previously, Vancouver Island does not get a lot of snow over the course of our winter.  When it does come the entire valley takes on a different feel, but only for a very brief time.  The snow melts quickly, and with that life returns to normal.  The scenes are fleeting and pure only for the briefest of moments, and if you are trying to capture great images the window of opportunity is very short.  This past weekend we were hit with such a snow event and the temperatures lingered well below the freezing mark.  We knew we only had a few hours to get up to the church perched atop Comiaken Hill to photograph pure scenes with no footprints.

At least no footprints that were obvious.

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

A quick visit to our online gallery reveals many photographs of the church.  For those with a passing interest this might seem redundant, like we’ve created a record that skips.  But for those who like to look deeper, we find scenes that take on unique personalities entirely dependent on the time of year and the natural light.  And thus we begin to understand why we are called back to this place time and time again.  It’s my muse.

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

As discussed in our previous post “Old Stone Butter Church“, the church was constructed in 1870 and only saw service for a very short time.

Excerpt from original post:

Such a incredible place, it’s even been featured on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” who referred to it as “The church of no services…in which no congregation has ever gathered.”  While not entirely true, the church was in service for only 10 years before it was abandoned for a newer location in the valley.  Ripley’s goes on to say “the Indians will not go near (it) because all those who actually built it died mysteriously.”  Again, these are stories woven to add to the fabric of the tale, but the words resonate as you stand on the grounds taking in the incredible energies that swirl around.

Fabulous details on the story behind Old Stone Butter Church can be found at “Myths and Legends of the Cowichan Indian People – Coast Salish history“.

Clearly the story of the Old Stone Butter Church just started after the last service was conducted.

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

What once was a doorway or a window is now just a frame to the outside world.  These scenes feed the artist deep within me, always looking for natural tension and a story in a single frame.  We’ve said it before and it bears saying again… the silence is deafening up here.  The only sound that we heard was the crunching of our footsteps in the frozen snow and the occasional expression of amazement as we took in the experience.

View From Atop Comiaken Hill at Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

View From Atop Comiaken Hill at Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

As we turn to leave once again, I begin to look forward to our next visit.  We look out over Comiaken Hill down into Cowichan Bay below and find ourselves in a state of wonder.  A perfect blend of history and the contemporary come together in the place that may be forgotten to many, but certainly is not to us.

Mount Tzouhalem from Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Mount Tzouhalem from Old Stone Butter Church – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

A final glance at Mount Tzouhalem as we turn to head back to our car…  the skies open just at that moment to let a sliver of sunlight cut across the majestic mountain, highlighting the intrinsic beauty of the mighty rock formation under a light dusting of pure white snow.

Yes, we’ve been here many times before, but with each visit comes a new discovery.  These experiences are tangible and indelible, leaving a mark upon us that can never be replicated or removed.  What will we find on our next visit?

Black Friday 2014 Savings On Topaz Labs Software!

Posted: 28th November 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, the time when many of us look forward to the upcoming holidays, and the time when many of us are looking for the best deals!  For those who love photography, this is a great time to save big on the gear and software that you really want.  And when it comes to post-production software, there simply is no better suite than the plugins offered from the terrific folks over at Topaz Labs!  We love these tools here at Toad Hollow Photography, each photograph we create is finished with at least one of the Topaz plugins.

Topaz Labs Black Friday 2014 Sale!

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First Metropolitan United Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

First Metropolitan United Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This is one of our latest photographs published featuring the interior of First Metropolitan United Church here in Victoria.  HDR gives us the flexibility we need in terms of being able to capture the full dynamic range of the scene being shot, but that’s only the first step.  It’s post-production where the pictures really come to life.  This photograph was finished off using our favorite plugin in the suite, Topaz Detail.  The results are subtle but incredible, bringing a level of sharpness and clarity to the image without overcooking it and giving it a fake feel.  Almost every photograph we create here finds itself in Topaz Detail for that perfect finishing touch.

We’ve reviewed many of the plugins here at Toad Hollow, always including screenshots and sample photographs we’ve created with this powerful software suite.  Here is the list of previous reviews we’ve completed on the various Topaz Labs post-processing tools:

These reviews cover just 6 of the 15 plugins included in the entire suite!  There are 9 other tools included in this terrific package just waiting to be discovered and explored!

First Metropolitan United Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

First Metropolitan United Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This again is one of our latest photographs just published.  This one was captured using a new HDR technique I am working on that utilizes off-camera speedlights remotely triggered.  I love the ability to control the lighting in a scene like this to have fine control over how the image is expressed in it’s finished form.  Once again, Topaz Detail is used here to delicately accent the details in the image and add that perfect finishing touch.

Shawnigan Suite B&B - Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Shawnigan Suite B&B – Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Unsworth Vineyards - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Unsworth Vineyards – Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada –

When we are working in the field on a commercial session, image quality is paramount for our clients.  Once again the suite of Topaz tools becomes an important companion in our workflow, delivering consistent results that ensure we produce top-notch work.

In a day and age where quality and service are paramount, it’s important to note that your relationship with Topaz Labs doesn’t end after you’ve purchased the tools, it’s only the beginning.  We’ve had to contact the support group a few times over the years and I can honestly say that they have one of the best software support groups I’ve ever worked with.  This really gives you a feeling of confidence in buying their products.  And beyond that, they have great online resources teaching you how to get the most out of your new tools!

Even at the regular price of $429.99 this set of tools is a terrific value.  From November 28th to December 1st, 2014 you can take that one step further and get the entire suite for only $249.99!!  Lock in your savings today and take your photography to the next level!

Topaz Labs Black Friday 2014 Sale!

Topaz Labs Black Friday 2014 Sale! – Use Code “BLACKFRIDAY2014” At Checkout!

There are as many variations of custom cars as there are enthusiasts who design and build them.  I think that’s one of the best parts about being a “car guy”, there’s always something out there to tickle your fancy no matter what your preference or taste is.  Now that summer is just a fleeting thought far behind us in our rear-view mirror, we can think of no better time than now to reflect upon the summer and look at pictures that remind us of warmer times.  In today’s post we are continuing our running photoblog series “Warmlands Show n Shine 2014” and we’re going to feature a stunning classic Model A Ford Hot Rod.

Classic Ford Hot Rod - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As those who know me well will attest, I am a filing cabinet full of largely useless information when it comes to cars.  My mom used to say to me that the first words I ever uttered were “vrrrroooooooom!!” and I can honestly say at this point in my life I have never outgrown that.  I believe the whole thing is in my blood; my love for cars is something truly inherent in me that forms a part of who I am.  But when it comes to classics of this era, I am going to have to admit that I am less of an expert.  Even with that being said, I know what I like…  and I like this!

Classic Ford Hot Rod - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

When it comes to custom hot rods like this classic truck, it’s far from unusual to find a Ford or Dodge with a Chevrolet drive-train.  I am pretty sure that’s what we are looking at here, a small block Chevy V8 that has been transplanted into this simply stunning Ford body.  Ford V8 engines have their distributors located at the front of the engine, and Chevrolet has theirs at the back.  In this shot we can see the plug wires routing by the firewall leading me to believe this is a Chevy power-plant.  Check out the chrome on this baby; I am not sure the mirror in our bathroom could provide a better reflection for shaving than the one we see here.  The entire engine-bay is so clean, you could eat right off it…  the prep work that goes into preparing a vehicle like this for a show would melt your mind.  No bolt or no piece of trim goes unpolished, and the results speak for themselves in all the spots we find the sun glinting off the surfaces.

Classic Ford Hot Rod - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Check out the width of the tires on the back.  You’d really need a footprint that wide when trying to scurry down the road or track, anything that is narrower than this gauge would result in vociferous melting of the rubber as the truck tries it’s very best to find traction to get all that luscious V8 power hooked up and to the ground.  These are all terrific problems to have if you love cars.  There is no wrong answer here.

So as winter descends upon us all here on Vancouver Island, let’s look forward to next summer when these beasts find their ways out of the garages and warehouses they all call home to, and once again roam our streets free.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.