Inside the British Columbia Legislature

During our recent vacation on the Saanich Peninsula my wife and I made a brief visit to Victoria. We spent a couple of hours exploring the waterfront and the inside of the British Columbia Legislature building.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-160

The outside of the British Columbia Legislature building is stately and formal with well kept grounds.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 9mm, efov 23mm, f/9, 1/20, ISO-800

Parts of the interior of the building are open to the public, including the second floor which is accessed by a stairway that takes you by some beautiful stained glass windows.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 7mm, efov 18mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO-3200

The second floor features a number of interesting historical displays. As is often the case when in public buildings, I had to wait for other visitors to leave the various rooms, or time my image captures when they were hidden behind posts.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/5.6, 1/30, ISO-1600

From a photography perspective I was completely engrossed by the dignified, classic lines of the architecture.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/13, ISO-3200

I also loved the elegant, subtle lighting throughout the various hallways and chambers. The subdued lighting caused me to use some quite slow shutter speeds with my Nikon 1 J5.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/5.6, 1/20, ISO-3200

I was glad that I had practised shooting hand held with my J5 at shutter speeds at 1/30 and below before we left for our trip.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/30, ISO-3200

Using a wide angle lens like the 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm, which has an equivalent field-of-view of 18mm to 35mm, can be a bit tricky in terms of creating symmetry in images. I tilted my J5 and held it at various heights to minimize unpleasant angles whenever I could. I did need to use perspective control software to make adjustments to some of the images in this article, including the hallway image above.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/25, ISO-3200

I used the flip screen on the J5 to capture the above image, holding my camera pointed straight up at the ceiling, and looking down at the screen.

Even though I needed to shoot my Nikon 1 J5 at ISO-3200 much of the time and use fairly slow shutter speeds, overall I was pleased with the results.

If you enjoy architectural photography, the British Columbia Legislature building is certainly worth a visit.

Technical Note:
All images in this article were captured hand-held in available light using a Nikon 1 J5 and 1 Nikon lenses as noted in the EXIF data. All photographs were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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10 thoughts on “Inside the British Columbia Legislature”

  1. Wonderful photos as usual. Beautifully shot …Captures the elegant lines….Look forward to more such photos.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the images Srikanth! I’m in the process of deciding if I have a sufficient number of images from that trip to create a photography e-book. If I do there will be more in there for sure!

  2. Beautiful photos! Are these handheld, monopod, tripod? Or some other magic to keep your camera steady. The J5 photos look so good!

    1. Thank you for your positive comment Edward – it is most appreciated! All of the images in the article were captured hand-held in available light. Using wide angle focal lengths helps when shooting at slow shutter speeds. I used a few techniques like kneeling on one knee and using my thigh as a camera platform, and anchoring the flip screen of the J5 against my body.

  3. Hi Tom, as usual, very nice photos. Nikon 1 criticizers should look at these photos!
    By the way, how did you focus the hallways and chambers photos – manual/auto? Where was the focus point? The photos are so sharp!


    1. Hi Ming,
      Thanks for the positive comment – much appreciated! I used single point auto-focus for all of the images. It’s hard for me to remember the focusing point on all of the images but I’ll give it a try for you:
      Image 2: first curve in banister
      Image 3: pillar on extreme left hand side of image
      Image 4: first pillar on extreme right hand side of image
      Image 5: outside edge of left hand door
      Image 6: emblem on lock
      Image 7: public elevator sign
      Image 8: centre of ceiling


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