2017 Chevrolet Volt

Posted: 10th April 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Buying a new car is a pretty exciting time, I must say.  Especially when the car you are getting is one you have really wanted for years.  In today’s post I am happy to share with you a few shots I took when taking delivery of our brand-new 2017 Chevrolet Volt from Wheaton GM in Victoria, BC.  As a car guy I’ve been following this car since it was a concept car introduced sometime around 2010-2011 to the public.  It was a revolutionary design and had really interesting potential, and I found it exciting.  Now that a few years have passed Chevrolet has completely redesigned it, improving on features and specifications that really make this car stand out as a “one of a kind” in the car space it lives in.

2017 Chevrolet Volt - Electric Car - Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Chevrolet Volt – Electric Car – Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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Seriously Huffed

Posted: 16th March 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Motor Gathering, Photography
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The story of The Three Little Pigs saw the Big Bad Wolf huffing and puffing, trying desperately to blow the little piggies house down.  I am pretty sure if he had a huffer like the one we see sitting atop the fire-breathing V8 in this classic Chevrolet Supercharged Nova, he would have been able to verily render asunder the brick house that thwarted that wolf so.  Poor wolf.

Blown Chevrolet Nova - Supercharged Nova - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Blown Chevrolet Nova – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

At first glance from a distance, you may not be fully aware of what lurks under the sheet-metal of this rolling piece of art.  Closer scrutiny reveals several key things that make it rather apparent that this car’s business is speed, and business is good.

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A Haunting Beauty

Posted: 14th March 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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I find myself drawn to very unusual things at times.  Things that people would typically pass by without a second thought harken me like a siren’s song.  These things cannot be ignored or overlooked.  I can stand there and study these things, usually trying desperately to think about the life they have led, and the things they have seen and done.  In today’s post we are going to take a close look at one such thing, an old forgotten wooden boat named “The Seeker”.

The Seeker - Abandoned Boat - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Seeker – Abandoned Boat – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

No one can possibly argue that this boat wasn’t last moored here.  No anchor is required, even in the most blustery conditions it is highly unlikely that “The Seeker” will break free of it’s mooring and head out to the open ocean.  So, how did it get here?  What was it’s life?  And why is it now sitting here in a farmers field completely forgotten and forlorn?

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The Convocation

Posted: 10th March 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It has been a cold and gloomy winter here on the west coast of Canada.  We have had our fair share of dark grey days with snow and bone-chilling temperatures.  This has left many of us sincerely looking forward to spring and summer this year, with the hopes that the sun makes it’s presence known one day soon.  With all this being the case, this is still our favorite place, a place we choose to call home, and a place we love with all our hearts.  There is simply so much to see and explore here, in many cases these things are unique to the region.  One of these things is our local Bald Eagle population, particularly in the Cowichan Valley where every winter a large convocation of these majestic birds come together.  As the leaves drop from the trees, a whole new world emerges in the valley, one that is dominated by these incredible raptors as they sit tirelessly in the trees, ever vigilant for their next meal.

Bald Eagles - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Bald Eagles – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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Vancouver Island history is part of a rich tapestry of stories and events that have unfolded here, creating the communities and landmarks that are so meaningful to those who live here.  These features speak to the efforts undertaken during the early years of colonization, resulting in a myriad of museums and sites to visit that exhibit the pioneering spirit that formed our towns and cities.  Port Alberni sits in the heart of Vancouver Island, and is home to the McLean Mill National Historic Site, a location that is a treasure that shares exhibits from the period the mill was active, and provides a learning opportunity for those who are interested.  Today it is staffed by an enthusiastic group that focuses on maintaining this important link to our past.  This group maintains the buildings and exhibits, including a set of steam-powered machines that seem to come from another time entirely.  This is a place that isn’t easy to leave for those who love this sort of thing.

McLean Mill National Historic Site - Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

McLean Mill National Historic Site – Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

MacLean Mill was operational from 1926-1965, quickly becoming an integral part of the community of Port Alberni, providing commerce and employment for many who lived here during those times.  Originally a family owned and built business, it exhibits the best of the pioneering spirit that helped to form the towns and cities on Vancouver Island during the period of colonization.  You will find many historic buildings on the site, exhibiting features and items that were a daily part of the lives of those who lived here, alongside a collection of truly amazing machines.  Many of these machines are still active today as the staff fires them up and displays them proudly.  If you love antiques and old machinery half as much as we do prepare to spend a day here, only leaving when the site closes.  You will undoubtedly want to return again, as we do.

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Growing up in the times that I did, it was common to see muscle cars roaming the streets of our city, looking to line up at traffic lights and tear off in a wild plume of smoke in an effort to obtain the crown of having the fastest car in the city.  All my friends owned one, and I was certainly no exception.  There is just something nostalgic and immutable in terms of the feeling you have when driving these beasts.  They were always on the verge of being out of control, and that sense of danger really does add to the whole experience.  One of my personal favorites is the Chevrolet Camaro, having owned several myself over the years.  Join us as we head back to the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit where we check out some of the coolest Camaro cars on display at the 2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering.

Chevrolet Camaro - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Chevrolet Camaro – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

In the late 60’s there was a real push from the American car manufacturers to create fast cars.  The basic premise was to build cars that had more horsepower under the hood than could be handled by most, and then to wrap that horsepower in stunning, beautiful body lines to evoke a sense of momentum and motion, even when standing still.  The Ford Mustang had taken off in the mid 60’s and Chevrolet had to play catch-up, thus the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro.

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We offer a complete service portfolio here at Toad Hollow Photography, from commercial sessions to high quality framing, and personal and family portrait sessions.  One of our favorite services is our Portrait Special here at Toad Hollow, where we will visit a location to capture a set of photographs for a client.  This often entails a full family portrait sitting, or can be for an individual who wants professional pictures taken at a favorite location.  No matter where we go, this special package is a great way to get terrific profile pictures for social media, shots for business purposes, or to capture memories of your family to enjoy for years to come.

Portrait - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Island is a great place to live and visit, and has some fabulous locations that are easily accessible to use for our sessions.  We will join you at a location of your choosing and will spend time capturing a set of photographs that reflect who you are and how you would like to be portrayed.  We are very passionate about photography and are very familiar with Vancouver Island, so a session is always a fun way to spend a bit of time on any given day.

Portrait - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Portrait – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Bride Portrait - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Bride Portrait – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Our Portrait Special is priced at $175 for a session and includes delivery of high resolution copies of the photographs, allowing you to use them in any manner you wish.  We love to see our clients enjoying the photographs, so we also offer no charge cropping and formatting services to make it easy to use your new pictures online or in print.  Call today at 250-510-7693 for a free consultation, or send us an email to scott@toadhollowphotography.com for further details.

As we continue to work on our personal projects here at Toad Hollow, we find that some of these projects leave us with a distinct sense of the profound.  This is especially true in regard to our project we refer to as “The Anglican Church Project“.  This exciting undertaking finds us visiting all of the churches within the Anglican Diocese of BC, photographing them inside and out for the sake of documenting them for future generations to enjoy.  Through this process we have enjoyed many personal moments exploring these wonderful parishes, focusing on both the wide views they present along with the vignettes that are found everywhere that express the personality and character of each church.  We were recently asked to work with a team to create special photographs and a video presentation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of St. Paul’s Anglican Parish located in the heart of Esquimalt in Victoria, BC.  The history of this wonderful church is amazing, and the sessions and photographs we captured for the work we did for the church are something that will remain with us forever.

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 - The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 – The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 - The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 – The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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We’ve talked about the incredible natural beauty that is found at Qualicum Beach many times before, and as fall slowly gives way to winter and the crowds fade the town takes on a personal and intimate feel.  You can stroll the sidewalks and beaches in relative privacy, taking in all the best the area has to offer.  Scenery, outdoor activities, food and wildlife are all found here, making this much more than a simple destination, it’s an adventure that awaits you.

Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The air turns brisk and the skies begin to turn grey after summer slowly ebbs, and wandering the shores here reveals vignettes of ocean living that are unique and truly special.  This photograph of a blue boat tied to shore has become one of our favorites since we captured it.  The weathering speaks to the nature of the ocean on the coast here, adding personality and character.  Each piece of driftwood is different, having lived a life bobbing on the ocean before finally coming to rest on the shores.

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Ah yes, the follies of youth they say.  Some things follow us our entire lives, and in some cases we aren’t quite sure even why.  We now continue our running photoblog series called the “Motor Gathering“, and in today’s post we check out a model of car that has been in my mind and imagination all these years.  Behold the beauty of the Ferrari 308 GTS, a car made famous on the American TV show Magnum, P.I.

Fast Red Ferrari 308 GTS - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Fast Red Ferrari 308 GTS – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

I grew up watching Magnum, P.I., never missed an episode.  Recently I was lucky enough to get a chance to watch the entire series from beginning to end, and even though the years have gone by and some scenes were a tad bit cheesy, it still totally satisfied my craving for watching fast cars and helicopters chasing bad guys.  The backdrop of Hawaii didn’t hurt either, the scenery they captured during the filming of the show was beyond amazing, and it always left you feeling as if you’ve just had a brief vacation.

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