Category Archives: Inspiring

The Comic Book Shop

I don’t collect comic books, but this store is always fun to visit. The walls are covered in comic books, graphic novels, collectables, toys, posters, t-shirts, memorabilia and sports cards.

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Overhead Trolleybus Wires

I’ve always been visually drawn to the overhead trolleybus wires at intersections in the downtown area. Some are quite simple and others are very complex, especially if there is a lot of buses coming from a variety of different directions and if they have to turn at the intersection. I was looking for an intersection where I could get a photo of the wires without any buildings or trees in the background, which can be kind of tricky. This is my first attempt, but I know I can do better in the future.

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Thank You Iceland

In July I spent 23 days exploring Iceland with my camera and I experienced good weather and some spectacular sunsets. My trip ended with two nights in Reykjavik and a chance to see some museums. I will miss not being able to eat Skyr yogurt for breakfast and being able to get a sandwich at the Sandholt bakery. You can see images from my trip in my Iceland gallery.

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The Race Horse

At the Hastings Park Race Track the horses are exercised early in the morning. I spent some time using a slow shutter speed, panning the camera with the action and snapping the shutter. I like this photo because the jockey is stationary and for the most part in focus. The background and legs of the galloping horse are blurred which conveys a sense of motion and speed. I also like the flying tail of this beautiful animal. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Worldwide WOW Photo Competition

The results are in and one of my images won an amateur honourable mention in the Worldwide WOW Photo Competition. The photo is titled Vancouver Fog.

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What I Learned From Ted Grant

Ted Grant’s career as a photojournalist spans sixty years. He has received the Order of Canada and won many awards as a photographer. His iconic image of the the prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, sliding down the bannister at the 1968 Liberal convention in Ottawa is a wonderful photo. In an interview he said that as a photojournalist he doesn’t run around with his camera, he just finds his spot and then he waits.

When I arrived at this location I really liked the perspective of all the seaplanes in a line. There were two mechanics and they had removed the engine cowling of the seaplane at the front and I took a few images but wasn’t happy with the photos. So I waited. The mechanics were testing the engine and then they had to reattach several pieces of the engine cowling. One mechanic finished the job by grabbing a hose and spraying the area of the seaplane where they had been working. As a photographer sometimes you need to be patient and like Ted Grant says, you need to find your spot and just wait…

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Evening Breeze

These ravens were gliding or hovering in the evening breeze. I enjoyed standing here and watching them. Eventually they would land in the trees and then take off again and continue to play in the wind. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Gino Odjick

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As I was driving across traditional First Nations land I came across this house with a sign showing support for Gino Odjick. He was born just outside of Maniwaki, Quebec on the Algonquin Native Reserve and played for eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. Number 29 was a very popular hockey player with fans and in First Nations communities across Canada. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Photo Life – April/May Issue

The April/May issue of Photo Life will be out soon. In this edition of the Canadian photography magazine is The World We Live In contest results. One of my photos won fourth place in the Humanity category.

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Life Finds A Way # 2

This tree is growing in the middle of an alley behind some condominiums in downtown Vancouver. The trunk of the tree is surrounded by concrete. Cars and garbage trucks squeeze past this tree every day. I’m amazed it hasn’t been cut down by the city and the tree has found a way to survive. Many years ago this area was covered with trees like this one, but this is the last of it’s kind.

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