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One early morning in Duncan

One morning getting up before the sun I took some photographs of buildings I’d never aimed the camera at until this time. As the sun rose the light and colors became more exotic. However little of that color shows in these photos, as I was after a different effect. The bottom line always is about depicting some kind of reality. Looking at the City Hall, formerly, a very long time ago, the post office the sun was no more than a gleam.

City Hall

City of Duncan, City Hall

Duncan has its share of older brick buildings and that beautiful low building style of those days.

170 Craig St, now The Matraea Centre

At any rate the sun now touches town and first of all the housing facility for some of our elderly, at the end of this road.

Craig Street

Walking to where the sun breaks into the scenery brings the Cowichan Tribes government buildings into view.

Cowichan Tribes

Amid the lush growth of the Cowichan Valley these buildings fit very nicely and leave space for idyllic and playful little spots.

Cowichan Tribes7

It is partially the photo editing and partly the rapidly changing light that make for the coloring difference in the next photograph.

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Here are a few more buildings from these grounds.

Cowichan Tribes, Allenby Road

Cowichan Tribes

Time to walk back for a close up of that nice little statue in front of City Hall.

Duncan City Hall

The common ingredient of these photographs is that beside the normal amount of photoshopping they have also had a run in with Pixlr Express, an online photo editor.


About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

7 responses to “One early morning in Duncan

  1. ehpem

    Very nice Joseph. You seem to be getting good results from Pixlr – I have not tried, but have wondered how it is. Some really nice toning here. You do Duncan a lot of justice with these photos.

    • The ability to control the strength of the filter effect in Pixlr Express make it a good program. However a slider to control the vignetting effect that so many of the filters come with would be a welcome and positive addition to Pixlr Express. Also Pixlr has a Photoshop like editor which I have not yet worked with. Discovered the on line computer version through Pixlr’s Android apps where the free “Express” app is a top photo editor among both paid and free photo editors.

  2. A terrific vantage of my hometown! Great shots here, Joseph, they are all really sympathetic to our town and it’s buildings that we love so much.

    • Thanks Mr Toad, 6 o’clock in the morning with the sun barely showing its face and a few clouds hanging out to catch the rays make for such a good time to make the landscape look its best.

  3. Maureen ⋅

    I have quite a few photos of the interior of the old post office when it was still the post office, as my dad was the post master for many years. In fact, when the new post office was built in the 1960s, I was given the task to present a bouquet of flowers to the Reeve’s wife, Mrs. Morton I think it was!

    • First time I moved into the Duncan area in 1968 I seem to remember the new post office. Now publishing these photos of the old post office building as it stands today I wonder about the interior of the olden days.Nice claim to fame that flower presentation. I reckon it must be a good memory.

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