I’m a photographer living on Pender Island, one of the southern Gulf Islands located off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.  The ocean and rugged shorelines surrounding me are a constant inspiration and figure prominently in my photographs. I also draw influence from artists such as Toni Onley and Takao Tanabe, who are well-known for their interpretations of the west coast landscape.

For inquiries regarding print purchases, please contact me at my gallery website: SalalStudio.com/contact.


60 thoughts on “About

  1. Dina

    Your photos are great and we’re very happy that you have decided to share them with us!
    Keep up the good work.
    Lost of love from teh North, Dina

  2. MiaMusings

    Your pictures are amazing….although I hate spiders! that image – so precise, so clear…I couldn’t help but
    Ike it! Thank you for visiting my blog and glad you enjoyed my posts.

  3. Noortje Russel

    Your photo’s are absolutely stunning. So nice to ‘meet’ someone from overseas with the same passion for the beauty around us and capturing it in wonderful photo’s… Thanks for sharing!

  4. my messy world

    You are truly a talented photographer – I kept gasping for air while looking at your photography… It portraits the sheer beauty of nature and you can capture it in such a fantastic way – chapeau!!! Keep up the good work!!!

      1. my messy world

        “chapeau” means “hat” in French – it is a term we often use if someone is doing something really really good, then we kind of take our hats off in front of that person, like saluting the person, or bowing, because it’s just such a great achievement. You know what I mean?

  5. Sreejith Nair

    Hello There,

    Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and that helped me in finding your beautiful collection of images here 🙂

    Hope to see many more interesting posts…

    Have a great time 🙂

  6. Faye Q

    Hi! Thank you for stopping by. Very glad it led me back to yours. You take incredible photos! Looking forward to more 🙂 – Faye

  7. Nature on the Edge

    What a wonderful portrayal of island scenes off British Columbia; love the atmospheric sea and land shots. I’m hooked! It’s an area i know little about, and this really puts the destination on the map for me.

  8. Kim

    Great to see photos from your part of the world. The one you have used here is just beautiful…so peaceful looking. I’d love to sit on the steps and ponder life. Best wishes from Brisbane, Australia.

  9. a magic moment with holly

    Karen, your work is inspiring and as so many others have said, Thank-you! for sharing. Especially thank you for visiting my fledgling site of watercolors and photo journalism.I value your artistic comments and any criticism you wish to give on my work..

      1. Madame Zenista

        Ha- true! I guess because I went to your gallery, not the blog, which is “portfolio” without like buttons/share.
        Ah- such delightful pictures they are!

  10. Andrew Seal

    So happy to have found your blog with such wonderful photos of our beautiful Gulf Islands, particularly as we share a love of Tony Onley’s work. I look forward to following you in the coming months. Best wishes.

  11. a magic moment with holly

    Each photo you post brings me new perspective on our world. i truly appreciate your work. thank you for sharing and for commenting on my work. it means a lot. (even when i manage to lose the comment into cyber space as i just did with your kind words on my watercolor of spring ephemeras.) Anyway, Thank you!

  12. Seattle Park Lover

    I’ve got a mundane gear question for you. You do a lot of daylight long exposures, so I’m assuming you use an ND filter. I’d like to start playing around with long exposures, but ND filter shopping is a bit overwhelming with no experience to guide me. Do you have a recommendation for a brand that is economical with only mild color shift, and do you have a suggestion for which which density (how many stops) to start with? I’m trying to get the most bang for the buck when I don’t know how much I’ll be using it. (If you get the long exposure effect through stacking in PP, you can ignore this!)

    1. bythebriny Post author

      I have a 6-stop and 9-stop ND filter, as well as a polarizer. I use Hoya screw-in filters, which are of a reasonable quality with little colour shift, and they aren’t too expensive. If you can just get one, I’d get the 6-stop first. Hope this helps!


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