This old derelict wharf is located out in Sooke, B.C. on Southern Vancouver Island, I made the picture on a quiet October morning a few weeks ago as the slowly rising tide crept into Sooke Basin, the reflections of the old wharf posts added to the tranquility of the scene making for a zen like image if it could be described as such. The image on my ground glass of my view camera really captured my attention and imagination as I composed the image as I played around with different compositions. I was on a day long road/hiking trip to the Port Renfrew area to photograph what ever I saw as being interesting, when I drove through Sooke, I noticed this most beautiful morning light as I drove the Westcoast Highway, I knew that the Sooke Harbour was not to far off the road so I headed in that direction and notice the old wharf, I had been there a number of times before over the years but I had never really noticed the old wharf that much, its amazing how light and water can dramatically change the appearance of a particular subject.
On a side note I made the picture with my new Ebony RW 45 view camera and a 270mm lens ( about 80mm eqv on 35mm ). I bought this camera back in the late spring of this year, previous to this I had been using a Tachihara 4 x 5 which I had owned and was well used for the past 17 years, it had served me well but had started to show signs of wear, and I felt it was time to upgrade my gear and also for some newly added inspiration, The Ebony is a fine camera and I have quite enjoyed using it and as I have become more familiar with it as time goes on, it will soon become second nature to my vision. I very much enjoy using the view camera, although I have added a better digital camera ( Nikon D90 ) to shoot with for my personal work, its not the as inspiring as is the view camera and for the time being I still use my view camera as my main camera that inspires me to want to get out and photograph.