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.

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Picking up or delivering?

Kits Fog Nov 03 2012 04a

Vancouver's HR MacMillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Maritime Museum settle into a foggy fall afternoon while in behind the Kitsilano enclave fades into the mist.

West End Fog Nov 03 2012 01a

Vancouver's West End, in a cool fall afternoon, narrowly misses a bank of bay fog. Stanley Park and the North Shore ... not so lucky.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembrance Day Nov 11 2012 01a

We Remember.

On this Remembrance Day I remember the old adage - If you can read this Facebook post - thank a teacher. You can read this Facebook post in English thanks to our veterans.

Dreamy Sunset Nov 10 2012 01a nn

A mid winter sunsets warms a cool fall evening over Vancouver's Kitsilano enclave and the Straight of Georgia off in the distance.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Kits Fog Nov 03 2012 03a

Burrard Street Bridge in the west coast rain. Batman Darknight color scheme no less.

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That's me on the left. Some woman, no idea her name, my Mom. 3> and some girl my age picking her nose.

Nothing to see here folks. Move along please.

Photo credit: John Farmer

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EPSON scanner image and post processed with Capture NX/2/

Here's my sister and I checking out train and ship models in what was then Heidelberg West Germany circa 1964. Just shy of 2 decades past the end of the second world war.

Being a geek even at that young age I was gobsmacked over how cool and awesome the models were. My sister? ... Based on body language I'm thinkin ... not so much. :)

Odette Goes to War - 1944

One of the more fascinating women I've met and developed a deep friendship with over the years is Odette. That's her on the far right in this photo. Odette, who today is just shy of 90, joined the Canadian military in the darkest days of the second world war as part of the military's entertainment group. Her and her troupe would roam from allied front-line base to to front-line base in war torn Europe and entertain the troops. Needless to say her stories of that time are nothing short of astounding.

In this shot a 19 year old Odette, along with 5 of her fellow entertainers prepare to board their troop ship to England. An interesting voyage she says as they ran dark at night for the week it took to avoid the German U-boats.

On this upcoming Remembrance Day remember the old adage - If you can read this Facebook post - thank a teacher. You can read this Facebook post in English thanks to our veterans.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Kits Fog Nov 03 2012 02a

Kits sharing the space with the fog.

Kits Fog Nov 03 2012 01a

Kitsilano Vancouver looking over the top sexy in the delicate wisps of the fog off English Bay.

Eye of the Weather System Nov 07 2012 03a

Foreground: Beach Avenue heading north west and the alley between Beach and Pacific.

Background: Two clouds fighting.

Eye of the Weather System Nov 07 2012 02a

In the foreground the sand berms along Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver, November 7 2012.

In the background a large herd of clouds makes progress on its annual trek towards Alberta.

Cool Sunset English Bay Nov 07 2012 01a

Jericho Beach / Spanish Banks Vancouver Canada.

No idea the stardate. ;)

Eye of the Weather System Nov 07 2012 01a

An ancient urban Beach tree basks in the mid morning sun while nestled in a blank of her leaves of spring and summer.

A shot of the western corner of the intersection Beach Avenue and Thurlow Street in Vancouver's West End early in a crisp fall-2012.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Halloween Sunset Oct 31 2012 02a

Best part, as in "oh-my-god-there-is-no-way-that-will-ever-happen!" sort of way is capturing an exploding firework (bottom left corner).

Oh my god. There is no way capturing a firework going off in Kits in HDR will ever happen.

Fortunately fate has proved me wrong. :)

Halloween Sunset Oct 31 2012 01a

A mid fall sunset softens a damp All Hallows Eve over Spanish Banks Vancouver.