Postcard Perfect British Columbia

Usually every Sunday or Monday I post a photo of the week.  The only problem is that there is no way that I could have chosen just one photo for the week.  I’m literally cruising around British Columbia at a breakneck pace and taking more photos a day than I have since being in Antarctica.  The fact that I’m shooting a lot of images, coupled with the fact that Vancouver Island is a constant postcard waiting to happen, means that I’m coming up with quite a few shots that I’m really proud of.

This province really is spectacular, it seems like everywhere you look you catch yourself saying things like “wow, that should be a postcard!”  And sure, you can get pretty cheap postcards from the province, but why wait to see the spectacular images.  Below I’ve decided to show off a couple of my “postcard worth shots” from the past week in this beautiful province.

So let’s hear your feedback, which is your favourite?

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Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. Great shots of B.C. it’s hard to pick a favorite they all have good qualities. I am really wanting to go to B.C., do you need someone to carry your camera bag? lol

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    • Lori – The island has been awesome so far! I especially liked Ucluelet and Tofino! Such beautiful places!

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  2. Hey that’s MY island haha, if you haven’t already try and check out Cathedral Grove near Port Alberni and Critter Cove (near Gold River, 2 hours from Courtney)

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    • Hey Rex – Love Cathedral Grove… I’ve been there a number of times including a couple weeks ago. I’ve never heard of Critter Cove… sounds interesting though!

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  3. What gorgeous, stunning photos of our beautiful province! That sunset shot in Ucluelet is unbelievable.
    Enjoy your travels!

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    • Thanks Mom! I’m glad you like the photos. BC is a stunning province!

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  4. Incredible that one person can catch all of that beauty at the right time, right place, right light. Hmmmm any chance you would come to Galiano Island, on your way back east? Would love to see you capture our beautiful island on film. Conny. p.s.As to favourites, I loved the one of the sunset on the west coast trail best, no wait, I think the bear cub one is the best, no no the great blue heron in the sunset…

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    • Conny – Thanks for the compliment! I would love to check out Galiano Island. Unfortunately my time in BC is pretty limited. Next time I’ll stop through for sure!

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  5. The photos are amazing, I wish I had your talent 🙂 I have to say that choosing just one to be my favourite proved to be harder than I thought so I settled for several – the sunset at Story’s Beach, the photos of the forest and the river – it looks like smoke is flowing downstream, instead of water. Brilliant!

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    • Thanks Joseph – I’m glad you like the photos!

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  6. Beautiful photos. You are correct with the bird. It is a great blue heron. Love the bear picture.

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    • Ted – Yessss! I love being right! Haha, I was confused because the Egret in West Africa looks really similar to the Heron.

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  7. Hey Brendan,

    All fab pics but for me the skateboarder – only cause I love unconventional POVs/angles.

    Loving your #exploreBC posts on twitter


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    • Thanks Kirk – I love the different angles too. They say that a non-photographer looks for a clean angle shot, where a photographer looks for something to build the composition around. I always find myself looking for different objects to place myself behind when photographing people like that.

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  8. These shots are amazing. Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Our favourite shot it “The river near Elk Falls in Campbell River”.
    Good work!!

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    • Thanks Boardwalk – That’s my favourite too, along with the bear. I love Vancouver Island… one of my favourite places on the planet as well.

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