Monday, December 31, 2012

Burrard Street Bridge at Sunrise Dec 30 2012 10a

Vancouver's iconic Burrard Street Bridge, the most westerly of the southern entrances into the heart of the city, bakes in the thin light of a winter sunrise.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

English Bay Moonset Sunrise HDR Dec 30 2012 15a

I love this shot on a few levels. The deepest one being the "What the heck is that vertical ray of light dead center of the shot?" level.

I do 90% of my post processing at the HDR phase and adding a column of light emanating from the ground towards the sky is beyond the capabilities of my workflow at that phase.

What you see is what I got.

My guess is that it's a digital reflection of the fringe of my apartment building's exterior (fuzzy line far left). Or a spirit going to heaven. Not sure which.

English Bay Moonset Sunrise HDR Dec 30 2012 04cnn

‎45 minutes before sunrise the late waning gibbous moon of 2012 illuminates a sleeping English Bay Vancouver.

English Bay Moonset Sunrise HDR Dec 30 2012 02a cropped

A few minutes before the early winter sun peaks over the eastern mountains Vancouver's West End and North Shore mountains are bathed in the pre-dawn pink of twilight.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sewall View Dec 17 2010 04a

The eastern edge of Vancouver's Stanley Park meets Vancouver's West End. Very much a 'country folk' meet 'city folk' sort of thing.

No fighting you two.

Siwash Rock Stanley Park Dec 17 2010 03a

A wary walker navigates through the twin faces of Stanley Park's Great Western Gate.

Second Beach Pool Stanley Park Dec 17 2010 01a

The Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park Vancouver. Very late fall 2010.

Siwash Rock Stanley Park Dec 17 2010 02a

Siwash Rock and the Stanley Park Seawall caught in the glow of a sunny fall afternoon in downtown Vancouver.

A shot that really shows off the geological nature of the young volcanic rock that makes up the bedrock of Vancouver's West End.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Late Night Sunset June 25 2012 01a

A stratospheric fogling, several kilometers above Vancouver's English Bay , transits south west to the Pacific Ocean as an early summer sunset looks on

Summer Solstice Warmup Jun 19 2012 01a

A late spring frontal system plays peak-a-boo with Vancouver's English Bay. 2 sleeps to the longest day in the year. Sigh. :)

West End Snow Storm Dec 19 2012 15a

I use a razor sharp and compassionate scalpel when I post process.

I could have masked out the two seagulls way back at the HDR phase of my workflow but .... HDR is a temporal as much as it is a colorful media. Where else but the 21st century and beyond could you see a shot like this. :)

West End Snow Storm Dec 19 2012 14b

The 2:50 PM sailing of the False Creek Ferries service arrives at the West End Vancouver terminal on a snowy Vancouver afternoon. Brrrrr.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

West End Snow Storm Dec 18 2012 08a

Kitsilano Vancouver looking all cute and sexy in a dusting of snow.

West End Snow Storm Dec 19 2012 05a

I think I just found my favorite shot of the year.

West End Snow Storm Dec 19 02a

I can't believe the depth of field I got in this shot at f/5.6. Honestly I'm photo-gobsmacked.

5 shot HDR sequence at f/5.6, 10mm (Sigma 10mm to 20mm lens), ISO 200, aperture priority with shutter speed range of 1/20s to 1/250s over the sequence.

Even in a snow storm Vancouver's West End looks pretty. :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Storm Surge and King Tide AM Dec 17 2012 02a

Surge Takes Sunset Beach. Damp footage at eleven.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Storm Surge and King Tide AM Dec 17 2012 06ann

English Bay Vancouver greats Winter.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

After Eight R03 Dec 16 2012 06a

That is one sexy boat. Sigh.

English Bay Dec 16 2012 01a

Organized chaos.

False Creek Vancouver style.

Friday, December 14, 2012

English Bay Sunrise 12 12 12 02a

A still slumbering West End Vancouver misses the obvious and lets a family of foglings sneak back to the sea via Stanley Park.

English Bay Sunrise 12 12 12 01a

The light of a late fall sunrise warms English Bay Vancouver.

As luck would have it the world did not end that day.

Next stop Dec. 21 2012. Be calm everyone. :))

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Cathedral Grove Vancouver Island Jul 07 2012 01a

If you travel from the east side of Vancouver Island to the west there's a good chance you will pass Cathedral Grove Provincial Park. It's, in my opinion, the best stop along the route and plan on at least an hour of no muss no fuss neck stretching. Pure ancient natural beauty. Soul food.

Some of the trees date back to 1200 CE/AD.

A must see.

English Bay Mid Afternoon Dec 06 2012 01a

English Bay looking quite pretty in the mid afternoon light of fall in Vancouver.

English Bay Rainbow Dec 07 2012 01a

A rainbow tracks behind a late fall squall travelling up Howe Sound north of Vancouver Canada.

Cypress Mt Dec 07 2012 01a

Acting as the city's first line of the defense the North Shore condos stare down the higher altitude snows. Sounding very much like Gandalf near the end of the first book of The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - "You shall not pass!".

With wet snowflakes predicted for tomorrow the epic battle against winter begins in earnest. Be strong Vancouver. We'll get through it. :)

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Sunset Dec 04 2012 03a

Sunset Dec 04 2012 03a by VancouverDoug
Sunset Dec 04 2012 03a, a photo by VancouverDoug on Flickr.

A False Creek ferry arrives at the West End Vancouver terminal.

Sunset Beach Shoot Dec 05 2012 13a

Looking west towards the north east corner of the Burrard Street Bridge. The gateway to Vancouver's West End and Yaletown regions. Asleep for the winter.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sunset Beach Shoot Dec 04 2012 06a

The north underside of Vancouver's Burrard Street Bridge.

Looking very Transformer in the noon sun.

Sunset Beach Shoot Dec 04 2012 05a

Ground Zero of Sunset Beach in Vancouver looking towards the north end of the Burrard Street Bridge.
I love lense flairs. I don't seek them out but when I find one in a shot I make it the shot.

Sunset Beach Shoot Dec 05 2012 04a

The long shadow of me catching the pre-noon downtown urban of Vancouver's West End on a blustery December Tuesday.

"My God. ... I'm full of stars."

Stormy Weather Dec 04 2012 01a

West Coast Super Weather - Vancouver Style.

The eye of a low pressure weather cell tracks across English Bay Vancouver mid afternoon early December 2012. Watching the wall of the eye track across the city was both humbling and life affirming.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stanley Park Seawall IRHDR Nov 15 2012 05a

West side Stanley Park looking north.

Looking very Disney in infra-red black and white.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Strait of Georgia Nov 27 2012 02a

The mid day sun illuminates Galiano, Mayne and Saturna Islands in the Strait of Georgia. Vancouver's Kitsilano urban enclave in the foreground.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fall Sundogs Nov 25 2012 01a

A strong pair of sun dogs hearkens the return to wet days as the fall sun slips into the horizon.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Straight of Georgia Fog Nov 24 2012 01a

Due west of Vancouver is the Strait of Georgia. Home to numerous species of whale as wells as the birthplace of bay fog.

I love bay fog. The sun comes out, the air warms over the strait and fog happens.

Once every couple of months, during our 6 month fall/spring season the conditions are right enough to move the fog into the city. Photographic nirvana then results.

Foggy Morning Nov 24 2012 05a

Cambie Street Vancouver watches the Straight of Georgia fog migrate south.

Foggy Morning Nov 24 2012 04a

Cambie Street Vancouver. Chilaxin in the mid morning fall mists.

Sort of a "Forest versus Condos" thing. Having watched the Lord of the Rings movies and Avatar more than once my money's on the forest.

Foggy Morning Nov 24 2012 03a

Vancouver is such a pretty city. 365 days a year. For me, I consider the city super model cute. Everywhere else? ... Not so much. After over 100 years of history Vancouver is now finding its groove. Very west coast.

In the foreground is the Granville Street Bridge. The three streets behind the bridge receding into the background are, from right to left - Granville Street, Oak Street and then Cambie Street. Below the bridge is the Granville Island Market itself. A very happening spot.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cypress Mt Nov 15 2012 02a

Downtown Vancouver and surroundings caught in a misty fall morning as seen from the Cypress Mt. main lookout. Rumor has it that Oprah Winfrey owns one of the upper most apartments in the tallest building (the Shangri La) in this photo.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

English Bay Nov 19 2012 01azb

Waiting for the rain.

Christmas 2012 Apartment Nov 22 2012 02a

OK. Tree's up as are the lights. Start sending those Christmas Cards or the chocolate reindeer candies chilling in the fridge get it. This may or may not be your final warning.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

West End IRHDR Nov 15 2012 01a

One of my favorite compositions in Vancouver's West End and one that works well year round for infra red photography. This was in fact a highlight shot from my first roll of Kodak Infra Red film back in the 1990.

Natural yet urban with just a hint of the future.

This shot taken just a bit up the hill from Sunset Beach and just down the corner from Thurlow and Beach.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kits Sunset Nov 15 2012 01a

A final blast of sunshine greets the twilight over Kitsilano Vancouver.

West End Sunrise Nov 15 2012 01a

As the thin light of a mid fall sunrise spills over the West End of Vancouver a large bank of bay fog, more an overnight visitor to be honest, begins its retreat. As the mist slinks into English Bay you can hear it grumble "I'll be bach.".

Treating this as a challenge you decide to listen to a random shuffle play of all six of The Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach. 18 movements in all. Very renegade.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Stanley Park Seawall IRHDR Nov 15 2012 02a

The path through the leaves.

English Bay Fog Nov 15 2012 01a

The English Bay fog monster approaches its next victim as a crew of less than brave souls uses the ships escape pod to flee.

Cypress Mt Nov 15 2012 01a

Vancouver as seen from the main Cypress Mountain observation point on a cool and semi-foggy November Thursday.

Foreground, freakin' pair of pine trees, next West Van, then the north end of the Lion's Gate Bridge, after that the eastern edge of Stanley Park, then downtown Vancouver, Burnaby, New West, Surrey and, breath, Washington State. Yes we can see Mt. Baker from here on a clear day (it looks awesome) but no we can't see Alaska let along Russia. This shot is facing south east.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stanley Park Seawall IRHDR Nov 15 2012 01a

One of my favorite compositions along the western edge of the Stanley Park Seawall walk here in Vancouver. One that looks equally pretty in both color and black and white summer or fall.

I've set the location for this photo as accurately as possible. Well worth spending a few megabytes on your camera's flash card if you're in the area.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

English Bay Power Sunset Oct 29 2012 03a

This shot has the just the right amount of lens flair. The in-your-face kind of flair I mean.

Power Sunset Oct 29 2012 01a

Vancouver's West End caught in the brief but always appreciated slice of sunshine that oft harkens the setting of the sun during our wet winters.

Here looking nearly edible in the rich colors of fall.