Vadym Graifer | Blog

This blog includes photography mostly done around Vancouver Island and Victoria BC, with Olympus cameras and lenses. While images deemed printable make it to the galleries, the blog updates may also show just curious every day's shots.

Summer joy

July 14, 2018  •  1 Comment

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Spring in full right

June 03, 2018  •  2 Comments

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Season change

March 25, 2018  •  1 Comment

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December Lights

December 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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 :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Autumn bliss

December 01, 2017  •  5 Comments

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A lot of stuff

August 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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 http://www.arrestinglight.com/montrealstreetart,  Enjoy!


Summer heights

July 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awww!

 

Hard at work!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelowna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

 


Warming up

March 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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:


Deep freeze

February 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


January woes

January 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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!


Winter is coming

December 04, 2016  •  1 Comment

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 :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mid-fall update

October 16, 2016  •  2 Comments

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,

 

crabcakes,

 

and the grapes harvested right in our backyard:

 

 

and finish with spectacular sunset from Patricia bay

 

 

 

 

 


Farewell to summer

September 04, 2016  •  1 Comment

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


July Heat

August 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June Joy

July 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.

 

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