The title of the scene is coming from the Empress hotel (opened in 1908),you see on the backdrop.
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of about 80,017 within the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, which has a population of 344,615, making it the 15th most populous Canadian urban region.
Victoria is about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from BC's largest city of Vancouver on the mainland. The city is about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Seattle by airplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry which operates daily, year round between Seattle and Victoria and 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Port Angeles, Washington by Coho ferry across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. The region's Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before non-native settlement, possibly several thousand years earlier, which had large populations at the time of European exploration. Victoria, like many Vancouver Island communities, continues to have a sizable First Nations presence, composed of peoples from all over Vancouver Island and beyond.
Known as the "City of Gardens", Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry.The city has a large non-local student population, who come to attend the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the Sooke Schools International Programme and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Victoria is very popular with boaters with its beautiful and rugged shorelines and beaches. Victoria is also popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.
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jacquest (18169) 2014-02-12 9:49
Nice hotel architecture from this era. The distance on the water gives deepness and people add life. The off centered position allows to see the marina and the reflections on the water add to the composition.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-02-12 9:50
a beautiful photo of this famous place with spectacular composition and vibrant colours, great atmosphere,
mesutilgim (79916) 2014-02-12 10:08
Hello dear Danos,
Very nice capture of this little harbour in Victoria.
Nice row of neaclassical architecture at back and nice reflections. Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
ourania (26236) 2014-02-12 10:09
μια θαυμάσια, χορταστική εικόνα, πλούσια σε λεπτομέρειες και σε χρώματα. Η θέα είναι εντυπωσιακή και έχει πολλά ενδιαφέροντα στοιχεία για τον θεατή. Η παλιά αρχιτεκτονική, η σύγχρονη μαρίνα και ο κήπος συνδυάζονται εξαιρετικά μέσα σε ένα κάδρο με άριστη ευκρίνεια και βάθος. Οι άνθρωποι που απολαμβάνουν την όμορφη μέρα στην προκυμαία και οι αντανακλάσεις δίνουν αίσθηση πληρότητας. Η φωτογραφία σου αποτελεί υπέροχη εικονογράφηση της σημείωσής σου. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,
emilbo (22260) 2014-02-12 10:18
Quel beau coin pour piqueniquer avec un regard sur la marina et la ville qui sont superbes. Excellente qualité, bel éclairage, superbes couleurs et beaux reflets. Une belle carte postale. Encore plus beau en grand.
Félicitations et toutes mes amitiés,
holmertz (36989) 2014-02-12 11:01
This is a very nice postcard kind of photo. The hotel looks magnificent and must have looked even more impressive 100 years ago. It is placed in nice surroundings and the people enjoying the sun in the park have a lot of pleasant buildings and boats to watch. I like the vivid colours and crisp brightness of the light.
macjake (51972) 2014-02-12 11:05
can you believe that i have never been to Victoria!!!! How sad is that!
I just never have gotten around to it and its only a couple hours away by ferry.
i have to get there this summer :)
Getting this photo is the main goal! Its everyones goal. Love the classic postcard view you have here. The light, colors and exposure are spot on. Looks rich and elegant.
pajaran (48331) 2014-02-12 11:08
Interesantan i dobar tekst o gradu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazan deo grada i trenutak sa ljudima, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija sa lepim refleksom na vodi.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the city, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely shown part of the city and the moment with people, beautiful colors.
Good composition with nice reflex on water.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
cornejo (27915) 2014-02-12 11:18
Hello Danos, very nice view of this interesting scene of daily life in the harbor, with some interesting buildings in the background, very well composed and captured this great photo. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
jemaflor (80586) 2014-02-12 12:05
Good angle on an interesting pov, lovely light and beautiful reflections on water.
Fis2 (81838) 2014-02-12 12:33
Good POV and composition.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
I like reflection and curious building.
Hansaphotos (6415) 2014-02-12 12:34
A well composed shot from this Canadian city. What an achievement - you have found a place close to Craig`s (macjake`s) "playground" that he haven`t photographed yet! The monumental architecture and its reflections is an obvious focal point. Like the angle you have chosen here. Fine colours and good sharpness. Very nice work:) Thanks.
Have a nice evening.
carlo62 (27474) 2014-02-12 12:42
bello scatto, una bella panoramica luminosa e colorata, dove l'architettura e i riflessi fanno la parte del leone.
Ottima condivisione, sia per la foto che per la nota.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-02-12 13:42
another beautiful memory of your Canada trip.
Excellent presentation in this panoramic,wide-angle format.
Lovely view and really superb graphics of the image with vivid colors,strong contrast and nice light.
Wish You all the best
ngk (2411) 2014-02-12 14:12
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Εξαιρετική παρουσίαση αυτού του ήσυχου λιμανιού με το εντυπωσιακό κτίριο στο βάθος. Τα χρώματα, ο φωτισμός , η οξύτητα , όλα υπέροχα!!!!!
Καλή συνέχεια και καλό βράδυ.
corjan3 (2025) 2014-02-12 16:19
A beautiful tranquil scene with excellent exposure control and composition. And a very informative note. Well done.
Corry (4508) 2014-02-12 20:21
J'ai déjà séjourné dans la ville de Victoria. C'est une magnifique ville à visiter avec ses parcs, ses quais et ses bâtiments historiques. La photo présente un beau point sur l'hôtel Empress qui se reflète dans l'eau. Bien fait.
abmdsudi (39470) 2014-02-12 23:07
Delightful, I think you strike the right notes there in such a brilliant light and subtle colours, a breath taking water front so finely exposed and composed, the polarised blue sky & water area render a stunning overall contrast and lots of positives in this shot. It's razor sharp image, mass of details featured taken from an impressive pov and perspective with lovely touches of green, red and white popping up as strong pointers adding interest and life to the whole image. A remarkably clean and neat shot. My congrats :))
Tx for sharing.
ikeharel (52153) 2014-02-13 0:37
A marvelous sight of the marina in front of the beautiful buildings of the hotel and surrounding's.
The waterfront promenad draw people to stroll along, as studies show that being near water give a pleasure to the soul and cheer-up anyione's spirit.
Beautiful location, superbly collected the details.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-13 1:24
Nice view of the harbour from the grassy banks. Love the clear blue sky and the water. The people on the sides are a nice inclusion to the image. Very well done,thanks for sharing.
Royaldevon (26429) 2014-02-13 2:12
You have chosen an excellent viewpoint which creates a fine, right angled guide around the scene, ensuring that none of the many details are missed.
The exposure is sharp and the colours are beautifully saturated.
I particularly like the details of the shimmering reflections.
Have a great day,
subhendu_bagchi (25240) 2014-02-13 3:42
it is superb. You got a fine frame from this harbour town. Great clarity and fine sharp details. Excellent quality compositionwith vibrant colours. Great one. Tfs.
mirosu (12514) 2014-02-13 4:27
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and bright tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the nice marina and majestic buildings with elegant shape. The whole is harmonized well by beautiful color & light balance. And, the beautiful reflections draw out an additional good atmosphere, too.
Very well done.
pierrefonds (54880) 2014-02-13 4:35
The presence of the people is adding life to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the Empress hotel. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.
claudeD (30405) 2014-02-13 4:48
very fine picture from Victoria with an excellent composition and fine colors. Perfect sharpness and clarity.Excellent contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
jmdias (52472) 2014-02-13 4:50
excellent view showing the architecture, daily life and the flowers of the garden. I liked the sharpness here too. perfect job. TFS.
Miguel82 (20040) 2014-02-13 6:14
Dear Danos, high quality of image and beautiful sight of Victoria harbour, excellent hues, perfect sharpness, all the best, have a nice day
adramad (35251) 2014-02-13 7:29
A superb composition that conveys the vast beauty of this place, delicious port, and gorgeous buildings, next to him.
A high brightness and sharpness.
Perfect colorful, these vivid colors.
Well done. I love the image.
Have a good evening.
All the best.
clic (14098) 2014-02-13 9:53
Geia sou Danos
I have traveled to Victoria Island in 2005 and saw this fabulous City of Gardens that you mentioned below.
Indeed, the Parliament Building is majestic and I took a night shot of it.
You show the best of the area with vivid colors and minute details for a superb incentive to make reservations for visiting Victoria Island!
mohammad_H (8736) 2014-02-13 11:08
Images reflected in water, the attraction of the show Beach with beautiful flowers in the foreground
Good clarity and sharpness
mcmtanyel (10392) 2014-02-13 16:30
This photo is full of very intricate details but somehow manages not to be busy. A very elegant view with soothing reflections.
Sonata11 (33137) 2014-02-13 21:07
great capture and fantastic execution, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done. Best regards, Barbara
SimoAle (622) 2014-02-14 2:45
una morbida composizione ricca di bei particolari. Ottima luce, colori e nitidezza.
Uno scatto completo e ben tagliato.
Complimenti e buon WE
Graal (95343) 2014-02-14 3:05
nice view from Victoria. Interesting architecture, very nice flowers on boulevard and reflections in water. Good note and presentation. Photo is well done.
Have a nice WE.
jhm (135042) 2014-02-14 4:50
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
The monumental architecture and its reflections is an obvious focal point, certainly the old building in centre of the picture
Hair sharp and clear picture to look at, with all fine details.
A nice composition, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
geoant68 (2751) 2014-02-14 9:46
Δάνο γεια σου,
εξαιρετική φωτογραφία που μοιάζει με καρτ ποστάλ από την μαρίνα της Βικτώρια.Το παλιό ξενοδοχείο στο βάθος είναι ένα διαμάντι για την πόλη,με τις αντανακλάσεις του στα ήρεμα νερά του λιμανιού και το λαμπρό φως της ημέρας να αναδεικνύουν την ομορφιά του μέρους,
Noel_Byrne (20682) 2014-02-14 10:17
A beautiful imposing building, and its placed so well on the waterfront here to allow this beautiful reflection. Your angle of taking this is very nicely chosen, taking in the splendor of the building, and the nice touch of color from the flowers in the lower right corner. Lovely image full of interesting items to view, and the life of the people on the path.
lousat (72137) 2014-02-14 10:43
Hi Danos,very very nice scenery,a mix between a small greek port and english buildings,great capture with a very special quality of detail and colors,i like the green carpet with flowers on the right too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Silvio1953 (115815) 2014-02-14 10:55
Ciao Danos, lovely composition with beautiful buildings, fascionating reflòections, well saturated colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
jcpix (11398) 2014-02-14 20:41
Now that's one impressive looking hotel! Was this imported from somewhere in Europe? :) A beautiful day to photograph this subject in such a delightful setting. The harbor area appears to be full of color and beauty...and plenty of people out enjoying the sun. A nice way to showcase this building and the environment, and I imagine there's not a bad view of it, or anywhere along the promenade for that matter. Sharply focused from front to back and containing a nice, relaxing atmosphere to compliment the scene. enjoy the weekend. take care.
serp2000 (37841) 2014-02-15 5:50
I see you have some nostalgy about far countries too )) Very nice postcard from Victoria, wonderful spring (almost the summer) colors, perfect composition. The reflections multiply by two all objects of the scene. Well seen.
Have a great weekend!
Alco (6552) 2014-02-15 11:46
Superb composition to present that magnificent hotel and its surroundings.I like the reflections of the hotel and the boats in the marina. I also like that small row of flowers on the right.Very well done.
Have a nice day.
UlfE (14639) 2014-02-16 10:44
Very nice post-card from Victoria I visited Victoria a long time ago. I do not remember very much of it , but I do remember this place. I believe it was here I arrived by boat. Otherwise, I remember it is very British. I guess it still is.
This is perhaps a classic view of Victoria but your photo is better than most. I particular I like the inclusion of peope with makes the scene very vivid. TFS and have a nice Sunday evening!
shevchenko (19051) 2014-02-16 18:58
Good pov and good frame to show a beautiful city, park and harbour, nice colourful view in a sunny day, distinct color, good sharpness, thanks for sharing a charming city view.
COSTANTINO (51208) 2014-02-16 22:09
Hello dear friend
thanks for sharing with us this excellent
postcard with the greatest shaepness and lightness
itsa classical postcard view with interesting
architectural details and useful notes
have a nice new week
saxo042 (36902) 2014-02-16 23:00
A very pleasant springtime picture with deep an saturated colours. Interesting building here and also a very interesting note.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-17 2:07
beautiful springtime view! One can almost feel the smell of warm air and blossom. People sitting on the bank of the river obviously also are enjoying this glorious weather :)
Very good POV to include so much in the frame. There are so many interesting elements to draw attention. Also the architecture in the background is quite photogenic and provides lovely background.
Very good colors, superb light and sharpness.
Well done! Enjoy your day
John_F_Kennedy (42006) 2014-02-17 6:22
Excellent composition and POV, great details and clarity. Very nice picture on a bright and sunny day.
Cricri (101149) 2014-02-17 10:12
Une belle vue sur l'hôtel avec de merveilleux reflets dans le petit port, sublime lumière, bon cadrage avec le parterre de fleurs sur la droite
Angshu (54689) 2014-02-17 21:19
Fine picture in good light! The majestic Hotel serves as a perfect backdrop to the scene. The flower bed in the FG and the fine reflections especially the blue sky is appealing!
PaulVDV (20375) 2014-02-20 5:16
A well composed picture with the cozy small garden on the foreground where people can relax and admire the beautiful architecture of the Empress hotel and watch what's happening in the small harbor.
The masts of the boats reflect well in the blue water as well as the colours of the hotel.
The flowers in the park add more colour and contrast well with the deep blue of the water.
Best regards, Paul
eldancer1 (25085) 2014-02-20 5:30
Awesome capture of this beautiful hotel, I had tea there once when I visited the island. Good lighting and sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-20 6:28
Beautiful shot, Danos, of one of Canada's premier hotels. One of a series, in fact, built by the Canada Pacific Railway Company over a century ago; the most famous is the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, a gorgeous building and now Quebec City's most famous. This is a wonderful shot that shows the building's style and surroundings. I love the inclusion of the boats on the water, which locates it well in British Columbia. Thanks!
kato (11630) 2014-02-20 11:50
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the beautiful small/calm harbor which is composed by the elegant buildings included the classic hotel, yacht harbor and promnade with the lawn/flowe. It's good at the color combination and effective for reflection projected to the water. It looks like the attractive postcard.
nikkitta (13192) 2014-02-20 12:44
Opsssss, people seems to be interested in Canada or your photos are very good with an informative note?
All this big building is a hotel, really Victoria must deserve a visit
Here I like the way you presented it with gardens at the front and people enjoying the views of ships and sea and the flag on top
ChrisJ (94756) 2014-02-21 7:32
I was lucky enough to visit this place in October 2008! Good density levels and wonderful color and saturation with pleasant reflections. The people animate the scene and provide scale. I like the slight wide angled panoramic crop. Tfs!
npecanhuk (60794) 2014-02-21 19:44
Beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
fds (7284) 2014-02-23 10:37
dear friend danos very beautiful picture and postcard from Vitoria with great colors and fantastic journey
i love very much this light and very nice composition
for my very interested document
delpeoples (52443) 2014-02-26 2:36
This is a scene I have not seen before. Beautiful blue tones, excellent contrasts and wonderful warm light management. The eye is led around the frame nicely by the curve of the sea bank and I love the inclusion of the people enjoying the warm light.
TRB (13559) 2014-03-02 23:03
Clarity, reflection, architectural details and great with the image.
An excellent share, a masterful shot.
Congratulations, good weeks
fabbs99 (15681) 2014-03-11 21:54
Excellent shot of the boats and the lake.Nice colors and excellent sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
Kielia (22913) 2014-03-14 10:20
this is a great capture of this distinguished architecture! Your POV works very well and I like very much how you included the beautiful reflections. My compliments!
dip (23516) 2014-03-30 2:13
Γεια σου Δάνο,
πολύ ωραία καταγραφή της σκηνής,ο ήλιος δίνει στα χρώματα μία ζωντάνια,πολύ καλός ο φωτισμός καθώς και το σημείο λήψης,
Didi (54945) 2014-04-12 8:21
Nice point of view on this city
I like specially the old building in background
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (83031)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-25
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA PRO1 Digital 77mm mC PL-C
- Exposure: f/19, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Canada-British Columbia
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-12 9:39