I just returned from camping overnight at Garibaldi Lake. This allowed me to take images at sunset and sunrise, something you can’t do during a day hike. The 900 metres of elevation gain was quite challenging carrying a multi-day pack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tripod, DSLR camera, lens, polarizer, remote shutter release, extra battery, down jacket, fleece pants, food, water, keys, wallet, Petzl headlamp, bug repellent, glasses and toilet paper. What many hikers on the trail incorrectly referred to as a ‘big bee’ were actually large horseflies which can give you a nasty bite.
There wasn’t any interesting cloud formations when I arrived, but the stillness of the water was good for reflections. Just after sunset a spectacular full moon rose behind the Sphinx glacier. I was up at 5:30 a.m. taking pictures along the shore of the lake and I had it all to myself. It was hard to leave such a beautiful place, I wish I could have stayed longer. Click on an image and then use the left and right keys on your computer keyboard.
I wanted to find a different perspective for the fireworks this evening. This is not easy to do in a crowd of 300,000 people. I found this wooden sailing ship and I thought having it in the foreground and the fireworks in the background would create an interesting image. Much to my delight, when the fireworks started an individual climbed up the mast to get a better view, which only added to my photo. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The S.S. Beaver was a Hudson’s Bay Company steamship. It was the first steamship on the west coast of North America. After 52 years of faithful service an inebriated crew ran the steamship aground on rocks here at Prospect Point on July 26, 1888. The wreck became a popular Sunday picnic destination for many Vancouverites. The wreck finally sank in July 1892 from the wake of the passing steamer Yosemite, but only after enterprising locals had stripped much of the wreck for souvenirs. Click on the photo to see a larger image.
In Vancouver in July and August fireworks take place for three nights at 10:00 p.m. over English Bay. This year the Celebration of Light has three countries performing China, Brazil and Canada. The first night was overcast and this resulted in a smaller than usual crowd of only 250,000 people. Last year, some evenings had 400,000 people taking in the fireworks. Below is a gallery of photos from China’s performance. Click on an image and then use the left and right arrows on your keyboard.
The Orpheum is one of the most beautiful concert halls in North America. When I was walking around the theatre with my camera, the red carpet, lighting and hallways reminded me of the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. Thank goodness a public protest in 1974 saved the theatre from demolition. Click on an image to open the gallery and then use the left and right arrows on your keyboard.
Taking images of light trails is fun. I find it’s a process of trail and error and you just need to be patient to get an image your happy with. I took some photos of passing cars, in both directions, with headlights and taillights, that weren’t that exciting, but then a tour bus came by that provided me with some nice light trails. Click on the image to see a larger version.
This sailboat was having some maintenance done to it’s hull. What initially caught my eye was the way the light was shining through the plastic. Every now and then you get excited about a photo and it motivates you to get out and take more pictures. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The village of Saksun in the Faroe Islands has a kind of fairy tale feel to it. Most people take a photo of the church and the seawater lagoon. I walked along the road and climbed down to get a different perspective. I think if I ever get a big dog I’ll call it ‘Saksun’. “Here Saksun, come here Saksun!”. It sounds good to me. Click on the image to see a larger version.
A collection of 18 islands in the North Atlantic ocean between Iceland and Great Britain. The photo was taken in the capital city Torshavn which has a population of about 19,000 people. The Faroe Islands are rugged and rocky with some low peaks; the coasts are mostly cliffs. It’s a beautiful place to visit and explore with a camera. Click on the image to see a larger version.