Moonlight and Magic 2017

November 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Moonlight and Magic marks the beginning of the winter festival season in downtown Courtenay on Vancouver Island. It was a beautiful rain-free evening, and it seemed as though the entire Comox Valley came out to play.

My goal for the evening was to capture the energy of the event. To this end, I generally used relatively long exposures to illustrate the movement and flow of the crowds; my shutter speed for the most part was from 1/3s to 1/20s. Shooting mostly with a full-frame equivalent of a 90mm lens, and with all the shots being hand-held, the excellent in-body stabilization of my Olympus E-M1 was a necessity.  

 

 

Moonlight and Magic 2017Wishing for ramenNikkei Ramen-Ya was an oasis of warmth as the sun went down. LJ_20171117-BB178759-EditOpen lateThe crowds swelled and swirled around the lights of the stores and restaurants on 5th St. LJ_20171117-BB178693Something for everyone!Face painting was popular with the little ones. LJ_20171117-BB178828The streets were alive with the sound of musicMusic from roaming musicians, DJs, and pop-up choirs filled the street LJ_20171117-AB170558Float like a butterflyLights everywhere made for a magical evening LJ_20171117-BB179000The place to beAt times it seemed as though all of Comox Valley was gathered in downtown Courtenay LJ_20171117-BB179006Holiday spiritAll the businesses were dressed up for the holidays LJ_20171117-BB179062BubblesWhere else can you find bubble-blowing unicorns of a Friday evening? LJ_20171117-BB179115Under the bright lightsEven more music was to be heard at the stage on Duncan Avenue.


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