The wonderful community of Oak Bay sits just outside the downtown core of Victoria and plays host to some of our most lovely heritage homes and buildings, and forms an integral part of the history of the city itself. In today’s post we find ourselves continuing our long-running photoblog series “The Anglican Church Project” with a visit to St. Matthias Anglican Church, a lovely character church that sits in Oak Bay as an important anchor to the community.
We recently invested in a few new lenses in anticipation of the busy year we have in front of us, photographically speaking. One of these lenses was a major investment intended to be used specifically in our architectural work, a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens. It’s also excellent when applied to landscapes, and I also anticipate I will enjoy it when we visit the car shows this year. At any rate, with it still being rather new in our camera bag I find myself quite excited to have an opportunity to fully exercise it, as we did on our visit to St. Matthias.
I had a great time exploring all the rich woodwork found inside the church, and due to the bright light from the sunny day some of the shots required 11 brackets to fully capture all the details in the bright and the dark areas of the scene. This is where I find that HDR really shines as an applied technology. The textures and the roll-offs between the shadow and lit areas of the frame are fully expressed in these images. We really encourage you to click on the pictures to see them in full-screen to really appreciate the depth of the dynamic range captured. This, of course, translates to fully capturing the character and essence of the beautiful facility itself.
Looking towards the back of the building we enjoy a view that shares the true scale of the church, accented perfectly by the stained glass that colorfully compliments the richness of the wood ceiling and surrounding details. This is truly a warm and inviting space, one that beckons you to visit and stay awhile.
Once all the wide shots were captured, it was time to find the vignettes, the stories within the story. I’ve been really enjoying working on a new HDR technique lately where I use off-camera speedlights to delicately light certain aspects of scenes, and I have to say I am quite happy with those results. These details that we find embedded within the facilities we visit really add a great touch of character to the session and the project, and we are very happy to share them here with you.
This blog only features a selection of the 32 images we captured during our visit, if you’d like to see the entire set please visit our gallery: St Matthias Church – Victoria.
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