Ucluelet and Tofino

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to head to Ucluelet and Tofino out on Vancouver Island for some rest and relaxation. To me that means an opportunity to take travel photos and explore the peninsula both towns reside on. Needless to say, a large portion of the week was spent doing the various walks with a sea kayaking trip at the end.

Tofino and Ucluelet are on the west side of Vancouver Island, about 2 and a half hours outside of Nanaimo if you take the Pacific Rim Highway. With many things to do in both towns, from hiking to surfing, kayaking to whale watching, there is something for everyone.

I had to opportunity to play around with the Extral HD Action camera on the hikes so at the end of the week I had 150gigs worth of images and video to go through. I still have most of it to go through but here are some teaser shots and a bit of an introduction to the place.

Half-Moon Beach Hike

Rainforest Trail Walk

Chesterman Beach

Cathedral Grove Walk

If you would like to see more shots, be sure to follow me on Instagram too where I will be posting the vast majority of pictures. @gj_hull

Sleeklens Adobe Lightroom Presets

The last couple of weeks I have had the chance to play around with the Lightroom presets and brushes as part of the “Through the woods” bundle from Sleeklens.com. Its been great fun and definitely worth checking out if you want to speed up your landscape workflow. Here are three shots I took and edited with the SleekLens presets. Click on the image to see the larger version. Also, check out my Instagram page to see more shots edited with these presets.

Before and After

I would definitely recommend the presets if you are looking to speed up your workflow. All of the main editing points are there from increasing the saturation to warming up the image or adding contrast. They are organized into steps which makes things easier to find. You can check out their Landscape presets here

They do presets for a bunch of different types of photography. Even if you don’t specialize in landscapes, I am going to buy their portrait one too to help with my other work. check out their other products here. As well as their other Lightroom Presets here.