Parliament Buildings at Night, Victoria, B.C.

AUGUST 2002 – The illuminated Parliament Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, act as a backdrop for the yacht harbour on a beautiful summer night. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

It was a beautiful evening in Victoria. We had explored the city center earlier and admired the awesome illumination of the Parliament Buildings from the Milestone’s café. It was too crowded for us to get a table without reservation, but its location at the harbour is perfect.

I could not resist to do a long exposure to capture the roughly 3,300 tiny lights of the building, which makes the whole scene a unique experience. At least I had not seen something like this before. Even now, almost 20 years later, I’m torn whether I find it really cool and beautiful or already over-the-top and kitsch.

By the way, the long exposure turned out to be a bit too dark for my taste. But I like the fact that at least some of the dark blue sky is still visible. These were the days of film, and you would think twice (or more often) before pulling through a dozen of frames for just one photo. Especially when you are not 100% certain how you’d use it.

The high resolution image

Capture Date08-AUG-2002
LocationVictoria, B.C., Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film – Fuji Sensia
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3840 x 2500 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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