Vadym Graifer: Blog 2018-07-15T00:42:00Z (C) Vadym Graifer Vadym Graifer Summer joy

This is summer in all its glory. Birds, flowers, parks, food, backyard life... I'll shut up now. Enjoy!



















































Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2018-07-15T00:42:09Z 2018-07-15T00:42:09Z Spring in full right

There is a lot of variety in this post: barbecued food (why did I start the post with it, I wonder), new bridge in Victoria side-by-side with old one (take this sight in since old bridge is no more), tulips and wisteria in Sidney, rhododendrons in Finnerty Gardens, some more blooming things, Great Blue Herons, hummingbirds... all in all, it's late spring turning into full blown summer.







































Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2018-06-03T18:33:20Z 2018-06-03T18:33:20Z Season change

There were quite a few changes over these months, what with 2 days of snow(!) and quick transition to spring blossoms. Having such opportunity, I took inordinate amount of winter photos. Thus, the blog will be a tad eclectic, reflecting this mish-mash of seasons. The of course there are some birds and jellyfish - I mean, what kind of blog that would be without jellyfish, right? And food, in case you started worrying.







































Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2018-03-26T01:54:15Z 2018-03-26T01:54:15Z December Lights

As a way to say Happy New Year, I've managed to prepare December post just in time. There were some amazing sights to catch, what with cormorants and Bald Eagle occupying the piles in Sidney and taking in the views of the Mount Baker. Grand Christmas light display at the private house driveway has been iconic Victoria sight for 28 years, and this is last year it's being put up. Truck parade, Inner Harbor lights, a Steller Jay in my backyard... all in all, it's been productive month. Enjoy :)




























Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2018-01-01T02:14:37Z 2018-01-01T02:14:37Z Autumn bliss

It's been a while, hasn't it? Fall proved to be a tad busier than I'd like. As it's winding down, let's try and summarize what occurred. First of all, my exhibition at The Atrium on Sept 30 went well. Let me show you what I presented (including myself and Iryna):



It was met with great appreciation and a few of my favorite pieces sold and moved to their new homes. Then our gorgeous autumn started and presented its usual array of amazing photo opportunities. Sharing them with you in no particular order and starting with food, enjoy!

































Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2017-12-02T01:05:14Z 2017-12-02T01:05:14Z A lot of stuff

This post is going to be a tad different from my usual. The thing is, there are a lot of Montreal images that I'd like to show you. The city is so vibrant, full of amazing street art and graffiti, it would be a shame to try and squeeze all the impressions in 20-30 images of a blog post. So, I will show some Victoria images in the blog and give you a link to Montreal gallery which you can explore at your own pace. Hope you like this approach. With that, here are some photos in Victoria and around.


We had a few days of smokey skies when the impact of the mainland wildfires reached the island:






Some clear skies too, to be sure:





Then we had 150 anniversary of Canada






Then we had solar eclipse


and some nice sunsets.



All in all, eventful enough - and I am far behind in processing all the photos. With that, promised Montreal gallery is at,  Enjoy!

Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2017-08-28T04:34:48Z 2017-08-28T04:34:48Z Summer heights

It's been a while since the last update. Things just got crazy on my end, with multiple developments (all good!) in both The Time Machine Diet book sales and photography business. I'll try to catch up though, so bear with me please! The following collection is selected from the shots since April to Mid-July, in Victoria and Kelowna. Enjoy!








Where else eagles stage such show right in front of you?









Hard at work!




This is how you cross the road. Look left, look right, open your tail and go!




















Othello Tunnels 



Between some commercial photography, exhibition of a few of my prints and an upcoming trip to Montreal, I hope to be able to post the next update late August to mid September. Let's see how I keep up. For now, let me add as a sample the poster of the event where, among works of amazing artists, my exhibition will take place. Photo on the poster is shot by me as well:



Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2017-07-14T21:52:14Z 2017-07-14T21:52:14Z Warming up

We went through a transition from an unusual cold to spring-like conditions since my last post. This collection will reflect just that, starting with full-blown winter landscapes (pretty weird looking for our area) and switching to warmth and blossoms - almost a full month later than normally. You'll forgive me for over-documenting the winter a bit. After all, I haven't seen this kind of landscape for many years already, so my shutter release went into overdrive.




































Lastly, to brag a bit: my image made a cover of the 2017 Victoria Tourist Guide:

Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2017-03-20T17:02:17Z 2017-03-20T17:02:17Z Deep freeze

January has been a very unusual month for Victoria. What the rest of Canada would consider a warm-up, for this city is a deep freeze. I mean, below zero in the night? And barely nudging above freezing point in the day? Anyway, the couple of weeks during which we saw this phenomenon provided a few nice photo opportunities. Some of the photos from this series are still in the waiting queue, so they'll go in the next post. 























Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2017-02-04T21:21:36Z 2017-02-04T21:21:36Z January woes

Catching up with my photography now that my large project is finalized. Here is the series of January images. Hope you enjoy them, even though they don't have much snow in them - snow is in short supply in Victoria!


Last pieces of the autumn:




Downtown with all the Christmas Illumination (I thought first photo was equally interesting in B&W, so posting both versions):




This image was shared on Facebook and Twitter by a few notable Victoria pages, including Tourism Victoria:


What kind of December would it be without blooming cherry tree...


And a few decorated Christmas tree photos, ours and elsewhere:







Happy New Year, everyone!

Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2017-01-01T22:39:06Z 2017-01-01T22:39:06Z Winter is coming

Being incredibly busy with new project, I am a bit behind with my photography. Here are my latest autumn shots, and in my next e-mail I will tell you about the new project. It's not photography-related, but hopefully will interest you :)




























Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-12-05T00:13:55Z 2016-12-05T00:13:55Z Mid-fall update

Let's start this mid-autumn collection with something not many people observed up close and personal: harvesting cranberries. Quite a spectacle, I have to say. Judge for yourself: 







Commotion at the Ogden Point: Hippo, chopper, cruise ship. 3 in 1.


Pumpkin patch:



Some B&W:


Fall in forest:



Beacon Hill Park








The Butchart Gardens 


Had a photoshoot with two the cutest terriers ever. Making these guys to pose was both a challenge and fun:




 A few from Sidney:






Let me tease you with some food photography: shishkebab,




and the grapes harvested right in our backyard:



and finish with spectacular sunset from Patricia bay






Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-10-16T17:05:13Z 2016-10-16T17:05:13Z Farewell to summer

Signs of fall...



As always in August, we have this amazing treat: Perseid Meteor shower






Who is hungry?



Dragon in the night



Patricia Bay sunset



Moonrise at the Tulista Park


Last chance: who is hungry?


Look who I met at the beach

Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-09-05T01:46:49Z 2016-09-05T01:46:49Z July Heat

I thought this time I would simply post images with no comments. After all, they are photographs, and if they are well-executed, they should speak for themselves, right? I mean, it's not like you need words to tell the hummingbird from smoked turkey legs or drying garlic from a pretty girl near the hot car. BTW, those cars gathered here for Northwest Deuce Days. With this, I'll shut up. Enjoy!



































Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-08-05T18:19:42Z 2016-08-05T18:19:42Z June Joy

When the summer comes, things look... well, summery. See for yourself.


Sidney, Canada day celebrations. Sea King helicopter demonstrates water rescue techniques



Anacortes ferry



Summer just doesn't happen without roses

  or Torch Lilies


or wildflowers



or sleeping Moss Ladies


or ducks at the pond with water lilies. OK, I'll stop.


Back to Sidney


Remember Sam?


 Here he pretends to be Sphinx 


and Jordy doesn't understand why I pretend I have rights to this chair.



Anyone's hungry?


This is how you get your sun tan


Unknown (to me) flower




Awww. Summer romance


Little ducklings. Very new



This turtle seems to be just as new, and just as curious about flowers.


Largest canoe ever mooring in Victoria. Over 4 thousand guests


Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-07-05T00:55:42Z 2016-07-05T00:55:42Z May we be done with spring

Some tulip leftovers:










I'll pretend I don't even see you... 


 ...aaand, eye contact!


Beautiful design, isn't it


Blue poppies time!



Island View Beach





California Lilac along Sidney shore



Lavender in my backyard


Farmland all around

Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-05-30T00:46:44Z 2016-05-30T00:46:44Z April: spring still or summer already

Basking in the sun:


And for these, not so much sun:



April can't be without tulips:


or cherry blossoms:


Sidney shore is always fascinating: is Fisherman's Wharf:






First visit of the year:







More blossoms:


Tulista Park at the sunset:





"Got my good side?"


Sidney shore again


Beacon Hill Park


Port Sidney Marina

Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-05-01T18:37:08Z 2016-05-01T18:37:08Z March attacks

Let's start with couple night shots:




Spring along Sidney seashore


Cormorant to seagull: do you see my boat coming?


Magnolia is a difficult subject, pretty to look at but rarely comes out well on photos. Black and white did it this time:




Spring in Beacon Hill Park





Portrait of a stranger:


Great Blue Herons nesting:





Ducks, turtles 


"Yes, I am guarding the house! You keep away, hear me?"


Cattle Point


Fun at the Willows Beach


Oak Bay Marina. Seals and otters compete for attention (and fish)






And to conclude, beautiful double rainbow out of my window:

Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-03-30T19:57:04Z 2016-03-30T19:57:04Z Spring has sprung

January 29th spring has fired first shots:



Moss Lady is still sleeping though



Spring Prelude at the Butchart Gardens:





Just two weeks later, it's more like a machine-gun


Ducks: and then manna fell from heaven


Cats, boxes...



 Tod Inlet, old foundations overtaken by the moss and undergrowth










Sidney seashore, in all its evening glory







Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-02-27T03:37:31Z 2016-02-27T03:37:31Z Quiet January

This was mostly relaxing month with not much going on, after the holiday rush was over. So, the images reflect just that - slower pace, nothing dramatic. A few decent shots with fog on the water (see what I did there?) is the most drama you get in January.





OK, this one is somewhat dramatic.


















Walking on the water!







Vadym Graifer (C) Vadym Graifer 2016-01-31T21:21:29Z 2016-01-31T21:21:29Z