By Jonathan 6 Comments

Fan Tan Alley HDR – Victoria, BC

I made a sort of un-official New Years resolution to take more photos, hence the sudden binge of photo posts. This time I was having some fun with HDR, a much over used, and over abused technique. However, I think it suits the subject matter of Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley perfectly.

If you are not aware, Fan Tan Alley is a street running off of Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria, BC. It is the heart of Victoria’s Chinatown, the oldest in all of Canada. It also happens to be the narrowest street in Canada.

Fan Tan Alley
Fan Tan Alley

I had not visited Victoria since I was a child, so it was very interesting to see it though the eyes of a “tourist”.

This photo is available as a limited edition print.


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  • Raden says:

    I like it a lot. I think you did a great job with just the right amount of HDR and it works quite well without that way overdone HDR look you see so often. I really like the street/alley scene you chose as it looks quite interesting and inviting. I’ve never done any HDR at all and have at times thought about playing around with it as I see it as another way of creating art. Is there anyone HDR processing program that is much better and way ahead of the others or maybe one you would recommend. I have the NIK collection and it has an HDR editing program but I only played around with it once about a year ago. It should be sufficient for me, wouldn’t you think, or not? I shoot mostly nature, wildlife, architecture and my dogs and I hiking through the woods because I live way out in the country. But, I get bored of that sometimes and I think it is time I start playing around with different techniques and being a little more creative. I apologize, I haven’t browsed your gallery yet to see what all types of photography you enjoy but I was immediately impressed with your site.

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks Raden!

      I am not really an expert on HDR software. I personally don’t do HDR very often but when I do I only use Photoshop. I imagine you can get good results with Nik, but I only tried it once very briefly and found I didn’t have a need for it.

      No need to apologize, but of course I hope you will explore some of the other photos in my gallery and share your thoughts on those as well. As an artist I always value feedback.



  • I love this study! What a great street. My question comes because I also do a lot of digital darkroom work that comes out with similar strikingly vivid colors as your have here, though I’ve never done HDR.

    My question is, what online photo printing companies do you use that your prints come out as vivid as onscreen? I still haven’t found one for prints that doesn’t come out a pale version of my images. I’m happy with the results when I print them using iodized aluminum, but that is so expensive for buyers.

    Thankx for sharing your fantastic photos.