Brassaï was a Hungarian photographer who took pictures of Paris in the late 1920’s. He wandered the streets of Paris late at night and captured the essence of the city in his photographs. Making photographs in the dark bistros and darker streets presented a difficult technical problem. Brassai’s solution was direct, primitive, and perfect. He focused his small plate camera on a tripod, opened the shutter when ready, and fired a flashbulb. I have his book Brassai: Paris by Nightand would recommend it to any photographer. Last night I was out taking some images in the spirit of Brassai. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Lots of traffic heading in and out of the downtown on a Saturday evening. In this long exposure you can see all three colours of the traffic light. A car coming towards me used the left hand turning lane at just the right moment. It’s a busy image, but I like the perspective which allows you to see the headlights and taillights on the bridge. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I’ve been having fun taking images of the Facade 2015 event at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This projection mapping project transforms outdoor architecture. I tried to get a few different perspectives and in the process saw some rats scurrying away. My Nikon camera takes such beautiful images at night, with amazing detail and vivid colours. Click on an image to see a larger version.
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.
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.
It was a cold evening, but I didn’t really notice, because I was having ALL CAPS FUN. It was my first attempt at painting with light and I’m happy with a few of my images. Click on a photo to see a larger version.