Monday, December 26, 2011

Paul and Sophie Winterton Dec 25 2011

Paul invited me over for Chistmas Dinner yesterday (it rocked) and while the bird 'relaxed' after being cooked we took Sophie for a walk right at sunset and the time of 'Maglic Light'. Super long shadows. Warm tonnes. Slow shooting but lots of bouncing light.

Shot on an iPhone 4 and post processed in Capture NX/2.

Friday, December 09, 2011

English Bay Foggy Moonset Dec 09 2011

A very slow and multi-image exposure followed by High Dynamic Range processing of a very pretty moonset over English Bay Vancouver on December 9 2011. With the temperature hovering around -5'C the atmospheric clarity added a nice punch. Capturing the star trails was a complete and unexpected bonus.

Impression English Bay Sunrise Dec 09 2011

With thanks for the inspiration to Claude Monet and his 1872 work - Impression Sunrise.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Frontal Interface Vancouver BC Nov 04 2011.jpg

Being on the west coast of North America we get some fairly impressive weather. And while we often gripe, grumble and otherwise get cranky over the endless wet weather systems (to the point we refer to where we live as the 'Wet Coast') days like last Friday and this approaching front system more than make up for. In particular went treated to a goodly dose of Hight Dynamic Range awesomeness.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Storm Front Sept 24 2011 IR HDR tonemapped.jpg

Vancouver's Kitsilano region looking west towards the Gulf Islands as a very moist Pacific frontal system rolls in from the north west. With a wind warning (60 to 90 km/hr) in effect as the system approachs it's time to batten down the hatches. Taken in Infra Red light and processed as a High Dynamic Range image.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Aug 24 2011 Sunset 02.jpg

An understated but none the less powerful sunset over English Bay Vancouver August 24th 2011. The highlights on the clouds right above the sun as she set really pulled me in. God painting with light. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Curls July 29 2011 HDR.jpg


Manotick Jul 29 2011 09 Maggie 01.jpg

Here's Maggie. A very affectionate 4 or so year old tabby who not only reminds me of my first cat Jennifer but also one who has a cat's dream job. Keeping my sister's backyard clear of rodents (big and small) and keeping the local sparrow gene pool clear of the more moronic in the flock who think a big ball of orange, black and white fur nestled in the grass with tail flicking back and forth is not a .... err ... "risk".

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lost Lagoon Hyperfocal 05 Jul 19 2011

One of my favorite points along the trail that surrounds Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. I've set the shooting location as close as I can to ground zero for this photo. This shot was taken in Infra Red light and post processed in High Dynamic Range using Photomatix Pro. I used the hyperfocal focusing technique (aka maximum depth of field) to get both the foreground and background as close to focus as possible. And "Yes" - there is an iPhone app to compute the hyperfocal settings for most brands of DSLRs and their lenses. Look for PhotoCalc in the iTunes app store.

The $50.38 Photo - Sunset Beach Macro 08 July 14 2011

Each year one or two photos I capture wind up capturing me and remind me that as photographers what we do, in essence, is act as a conduit for a moment in time. We use our camera to record the moments so we can then share them with others.

We are not the moment just it's custodian.

This was a moment in time one hazy summer day on a beach in Vancouver made all the more 'real' thanks to High Dynamic Range photography (Photomatix Pro) and me being in the right place, at the right time with the right equipment and a solid understanding of depth-of-field. A captured moment perfect enough for me to blow $50.38 to get a 24"x36" foam core mounted version for my living room.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunset Beach Macro 07 July 14 2011

An HDR macro of budding flowers on Sunset Beach in Vancouver. Macro photography never ceases to amaze me it what it can reveal. A very "Alice in Wonderland" feel to this one.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Teasels Just Past Bloom

Teasels just past bloom by VancouverDoug
Teasels just past bloom, a photo by VancouverDoug on Flickr.

Post processed via SnapSeed for the iPad. What I'd call the "Harry Potter School of Photo Post Processing" - pure freakin' magic.

Sunset Beach Macro 16 July 14 2011

One of my favorite flowers at Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver. I've gone through my National Audubon Society field guide to west coast wild flowers but (currently) I've no idea what this cute little collection of seed pods waiting to burst forth is called.

HDR by Photomatix Pro, Sharpenning by Capture NX/2

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunset Beach Macro 15 July 14 2011 - Wild Blue Teasel

Here's a collection of wild teasels a few weeks past bloom at Sunset Beach Vancouver. While the moist spring and summer has been a constant source of disgruntle for us humans I'm pretty certain the local flowers have the reverse opinion.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Raindrops 01 July 14 2011.jpg

This is one of those photos you can get lost in so be careful. :) Taken during a break in the clouds of Vancouver's bummersummer. Grrrr. On the upside though the macro water drop photo-ops are numerous.

Friday, June 17, 2011

VancouverDoug's photostream

Vancouver Sun Run Apr 17 2011Sunrise Dew 2000money shot Vancouver SunriseReno View IR HDR with snapseedVancouver West End Infra Red High Dynamic Range Jun 3 2011Vancouver Downtown Jun 07 2011 HDR Diana 06
Vancouver Pacific and Burrard June 04 2011 IRHDRWall Centre Vancouver at Sunrise June 05 2011 HDRDowntown Sunrise June 05 2011 HDRThurlow St Vancouver May 23 2011 HDR01.jpgSunset Beach Spring Blossom iPhone May 5 2011.jpgGull In Motion IR Apr 08 2011.jpg
Stanley Park Seawall IR HDR 01 Apr 08 2011.jpgVancouver West End South Shore HDR Diana Lens Mar 31 2011.jpgMacMillan Space Center Fish Eye 05 Mar 31 2011.jpgMacMillan Space Center Fish Eye 04 Mar 31 2011.jpgMacMillan Space Centre Fish Eye HDR 01 Mar 31 2011.jpgMacMillan Space Centre HDR Diana Lens 02 Mar 31 2011.jpg
MacMillan Space Centre HDR 06 Mar 31 2011.jpgSprings First Blush 02 Sunset Beach Mar 23 2011.jpgSpring Early Bird Alpha Render 11 Mar 23 2011Form and Function Spring Blossoms HDR Mar 23 2011English Bay Tidal Pool HDR Rock Study 01 Mar 23 2011Seawall at Second Beach HDR Mar 23 2011

A flash from the recent past - the Vancouver Sun held on Sunday April 17 2011. A great day for a run and with nice big puffy clouds hugging the north shore mountains a great morning for infra red photography was well.

If you look close enough you'll notice that all of the thousands of runners (nearly 50,000 in total that day) are all dressed in white. No Vancouver is not a cult city demanding it's citzens all wear the same clothing (except during Stanley Cup finals when the Canucks are playing). The mob of drones down below is an artifact of IR photography. Clothes reflect all infra red light and as such appear white and semi translucent. Creepy but cute in a cute creepy sort of way.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reno View IR HDR with snapseed

Here's a bit of vintage processing on a 21st century image - infra red and high dynamic range photography combined then processed, on my iPad no less, with a new bit of software called snap seed. I expect in 2-3 years I'll being doing a lot of post production on the iPad.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

West End IR HDR Jun 3 2011

Vancouver's West End caught in the razor sharpness of infra red light. Thanks to the extended visual range of High Dynamic Range photography the shadow of one of the few clouds in the sky can be seen over the city.

Vancouver Downtown Jun 07 2011 HDR Diana 06

A collection of heritage homes on Pacfic St, downtown Vancouver, just around sunset on June 7 2011. Shot using a Diana lens and HDR. I really like this combination of photographic treatments - the fuzziness of the Diana lens mingled with the hyper-sharpness and color saturation of High Dynamic Range processing. The Ansel Adams inside however wants to throttle me. :)

Vancouver Downtown Jun 07 2011 HDR Diana 06

A collection of heritage homes on Pacfic St, downtown Vancouver, just around sunset on June 7 2011. Shot using a Diana lens and HDR. I really like this combination of photographic treatments - the fuzziness of the Diana lens mingled with the hyper-sharpness and color saturation of High Dynamic Range processing. The Ansel Adams inside however wants to throttle me. :)

Monday, June 06, 2011

Vancouver Pacific and Burrard June 04 2011 IRHDR

Here's a shot of the intersection of Pacific and Burrard streets in the frosty cool glow of infra red light. The clarity of High Dynamic Range Infra Red shots never ceases to amaze me. Since IR light is less sensitive to distortion due to water in the air the shots that use this process have an almost "scale model" feel to them. In the top right corner you can see Mt. Baker off in the distance. Mt Baker National Park is roughly 150 km from downtown Vancouver (as the crow flies).

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Wall Centre Vancouver at Sunrise June 05 2011 HDR

The morning after the night before, in this case the night of the Vancouver Canuck's nerve wracking 3 to 2 win over the Boston Bruins (11 seconds into overtime no less) the city was treated to a soft and gentle sunrise. For the one Canuck's fan in the city concious and mentally sharp enough at 5:00 AM to shoot a collection of HDR sequences (me) it was worth it - as was going back to bed to sleep for another 3 hours. :)

Here's one of Vancouver's signature buildings - the Wall Centre - framed in the warm glow of a late spring sunrise.

Thurlow St Vancouver May 23 2011 HDR01

While sunshine has been a rare commodity this spring we have been blessed with a few blasts near the end of the day. Here's a view of Vancouver's West End looking north up Thurlow St on May 23 2011.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Sunset Beach Spring Blossom iPhone May 5 2011.jpg

I walk along the Stanley Park/Vancouver West-End Seawall 3 to 4 times per week and as a photographer I'm always looking for something new and different. Today I spotted these flowers ones that after 20 years in Vancouver's West End, I'd never seen. My guess - they last a day and as luck would have it our paths finally overlapped. However as un-luck would have it my camera gear was kms away. iPhone 4 to the rescue. Photography is 1/3rd equipment, 1/3rd talent and 1/3rd being in the right place at the right time. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology (5 mega pixel cameras in phones) our future will no doubt be filled with millions of drop-dead-gorgeous images.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Gull In Motion IR Apr 08 2011.jpg

A seagull surfing along a thermal 15 floors above Beach Avenue in Vancouver Canada.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stanley Park Seawall IR HDR 01 Apr 08 2011.jpg

Here's a nice shot of the new and improved stretch of the Stanley Park Vancouver Seawall between Second and English Bay Beach. Looking all nice and glowing in the early spring blush only seen in high dynamic range infra red light.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Vancouver West End South Shore HDR Diana Lens Mar 31 2011.jpg

Vancouver's West End as seen from Vanier Park just south of the big beehive. Done with an over the top high dynamic range treatment since, heh ... it's the big city ... we wrote da book on over da top. :)