On Point Victoria Star Trails

Photographing star trails in a busy harbour with street lights and passing cars is exactly the type of challenge that I enjoy as a photographer. I’ve been wanting to shoot some Victoria star trails for a while now, and finally settled on two locations that are ideal for what I wanted: Ogden Point Lighthouse and the Songhees Point totem poles.

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My little Space Oddity

My life has changed quite a bit in the past year. One of the major contributors to that is the focus of this series of photos: my little (Space) oddity.

Newly arrived here on Earth, this is a photographic depiction of her exploring her new surroundings as she learns what it’s like to be an Earthling.

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Rey is a Solo

This is a huge departure from what I normally use this site for, but I haven’t read a guess at Rey’s (from Star Wars: The Force Awakens) back story, or who she really is.


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FOTR memories

FOTR, or Folk on the Rocks, has always been a highlight of summer for people living in Yellowknife. It brings in a wealth of musical talent from various genres and embraces local and traditional musicians in one of the most unique folk festivals in the world. With near 24 hour sun light, water bombers buzzing crowds in the beer gardens, sand getting into crevices in your body you didn’t know you had, combined with the most laid back atmosphere you could imagine at a concert, FOTR is a wonder to behold.


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Scott and Shawna, a wedding story

I’ve never got to shoot a wedding like Scott and Shawna’s before. For the most part, weddings are magical for their candid moments where people show how much they love each other. I always feel spoiled getting that intimate look into people’s lives on one of the happiest days of their lives. But this wedding, I felt spoiled for much more than that reason. Scott and Shawna are in one of the most entertaining bands I’ve had the privilege to see live, and they were going to do a special wedding concert for all the guests.

©James MacKenzie, James MacKenzie Photo,, wedding

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Giant Star Trails

Star trails in the north can be tricky if you plan on doing long exposures. The long exposures that are needed to show the rotation of the stars are often blown out by the aurora. Which is a nice problem to have if you’re prepared, and you can end up with some fantastic results that make your star trails unique. With digital photography and Photoshop, you can now use multiple frames to build the star trails without fear of the aurora over-exposing your frames.


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