Over this past long weekend, we had the pleasure and honor of attending the 2011 Wooden Boat Festival, hosted at the Maple Bay Marina just outside of Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island.  On Sunday, we shared a tent and had a table to offer the visitors prints and other products from our studio.  We had a fabulous time, met a lot of great new folks and hung out with our dear friends; a raving success to say the least!  Needless to say, being a photography addict I managed to sneak out and grab a series of new images to share with everyone…  I think we ended up with around 70-80 images in total!  This is going to be a fun series, so please do stay tuned.

We have created a new subcategory for this event, aptly named “The Hollow’s Backyard”.  Maple Bay Marina is situated just a few kilometers away from The Hollow where yours truly, The Toads, live.  So, this series will be a peek into our very own backyard, if you will; we really hope you enjoy viewing and visiting as much as we enjoy bringing it to you!

Caterpillar Diesel Engine - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Caterpillar Diesel Engine - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

The marina and surrounding area is full of history, with much of it centered around nautical events and artifacts.  As we sat in our tent with our dear friend and enjoyed the day, this Caterpillar Diesel Engine sat right behind us on display.  It provided far too good a subject to pass up, so we’re going to kick off our new series here today with a couple of images of it.

Caterpillar Diesel Engine - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Caterpillar Diesel Engine - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

This image is dedicated to our good friend, Jim Denham.  You can visit his great blog “Behind My Eyes” for a look at his work.  We get a lot of support and encouragement from Jim, as well as a ton of inspiration.  He recently got our mojo running and we picked up a 50mm 1.4 lens, and this image is a result of the performance of this fantastic lens.  I just love the details and the textures that we were able to pull out of this scene.

So, please do stay tuned, we’ve got some really incredible shots coming up over the next few days from this fabulous event!  We really hope you get a chance to follow along, and enjoy the postings we make here.  As always, we really love to hear from our visitors so please feel free to leave any comments you may have!




  1. You’re going to do great stuff with the fast 50; I’m looking forward to it.

  2. avatar Heather says:

    ooooooooh………..ahhhhhhhh 🙂

  3. Love that second shot!

  4. Gorgeous images Toad!

  5. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Love those engine shots Toad,more please!

  6. avatar ChrisdMRF says:

    Love the detail study Toad, really nicely done Sir

  7. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Great images Toad, and thanks for the dedication! I am honored and humbled! Love the fast 50 and you did it great justice with that second image! Well done!

  8. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    Love the DOF Toad…can’t wait to see the rest of the series!

  9. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Great DOF with the fast 50 Toad! Love the start and can’t wait to see the rest in this series.

  10. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Oh yeah! Love detail work especially of engines or gears or machines. Love this!

  11. avatar Mike says:

    I love the shot of the Caterpillar Label with the rest blurred. Great comp and DOF!!

    • Thanks Mike, and welcome to The Hollow here! Sure is great to see your comments this morning, we sure do appreciate you taking the time to visit and leave these fabulous words for us!

  12. avatar Mo Dube says:

    Whoot Whoot !!

  13. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Great capture on that 2nd shot. Very nice.