Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013 02 Feb 22 Sunset IROP 01a

"Bride of Frankenstein's Sunset"

... or ...

"Infra Red Orange and Purple"

2013 02 Feb 22 Sirrus 01a

Here's Sirrus lifting an eye to check out the camera guy.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013 02 Feb 26 IR Predawn Moonset 03ann

Before humans invented artificial light which, torches and such aside, was not that long ago our natural sleep cycle was to go to sleep for four hours after sunset, wake for 1 or 2 hours and then go back to bed for our second sleep of 2 to 3 hours more. I experience this mini day every night and more often than not I'll cuddle with a cat or two for a half hour and then fall back to sleep.

However when there's a full moon setting and the city is still barely awake I can't resist the sirens call of the mini-day.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2013 02 Feb 23 West End Weekend Morning 04a

The north east underside of the Burrard Street Bridge. The southern gateway to Vancouver's West End, Yaletown and downtown core.

2013 02 Feb 23 English Bay Sunrise 03a

Red sky at night - sailors delight.
Red sky at morning - sailors take warning.

With an orange sunrise reflecting off the clouds over English Bay Vancouver an incoming low pressure system makes its presence known. Sure enough, 5 hours later, a blustery and stormy afternoon arrives. Hopefully the local weekend sailors headed the warning.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

2013 02 Feb 17 Labyrinth 04a

Mathematical perfection.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2013 02 Feb 17 Kits Valley Sunset 01a

Sunset's kiss.

2013 02 Feb 17 Labyrinth 03a

‎10 of the 17 passengers with tickets for the 5:45 PM 2013 02 Feb 17 NW-NA Zone 3 "Shuttle to Mother Ship Aqua" sailing watch the landing zone's labyrinth matriarch check for FOD.

FOD - Foreign Object Debris.

Thank goodness for smartphones. They help fill the gap while waiting for yet another shuttle on yet another outer rim planet.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

2013 02 Feb 15 Winter Infra Red 27a

The corner of Seymour and Smithe streets in downtown Vancouver looking south east down Smithe Street.

Vancouver looking very mini-Manhattan.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2013 02 Feb 15 Winter Infra Red 20a

The Wall Center at the corner of Burrard and Nelson in Vancouver's West End looking all tough guy and such beside the Electra building. "Hey cutie. Does this light not make me look hot or what?"

2013 02 Feb 15 Winter Infra Red 16a

False Creek Ferry - Post lunch hour 1:13 pm sailing.

The False Creek Ferries have always been and still remain as the cutest things on English Bay and False Creek in Vancouver. Seriously. Well worth the $2.50 if you are ever in town.

2013 02 Feb 15 Winter Infra Red 15b

Super natural British Columbia.

We get fresh and intricate weather.

It's what we do.

2013 02 Feb 15 Winter Infra Red 12a

The central span of Vancouver's iconic Burrard Street Bridge hovers over the entrance to False Creek.

2013 02 Feb 15 Winter Infra Red 09a

Sunset Beach in Vancouver's West End chills in the winter sun as a brief high pressure system tracks across English Bay and the city's North Shore mountains.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013 02 Feb 12 Cobalt Blue Sunet 02a

I'm calling this the "Burrard Street Bridge Effect". BSBE for us fans of acronyms.

It's both in and out of focus.

An unexpected visual corner of the billions of possibilities the high dynamic range post production software I use (Photomatix Pro) presents me with. I expect that a future shot will owe it's 'oh-my-god-that's-so-cool' lineage to this initial version of the treatment.

BSBE 1.0 - Elegant Yet None The Less Warm and Fuzzy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2013 02 Feb 07 False Creek Ferry 01a

Sunset sparkles.

2013 02 Feb 10 West End Fish Eye 05ann

The 1100 block of Davie Street in Vancouver's West End.

For me a good shot is all about the "Teeth to Everything-Else"ratio.

[(te/ee) * 100%] for you math fans.

2013 02 Feb 10 West End Fish Eye 04a

The corner of Thurlow Street and Pacific Avenue in Vancouver's West End.

Pacific fresh.

2012 02 Feb 10 West End Fish Eye 03a

1011 Beach Avenue, aka the Martello Tower, built in 1969. Back when hair was big and the leading edge in audio tech was the 45 RPM single. Same year as the moon landing no less.

What a cool year - big hair, leading edge vinyl audio and our footprints (finally) on another celestial body for (perhaps) the first time in our species history.

Vancouver's West End has such cool architecture - yesterday and today. A mini-Manhatten only we don't talk with funny accents.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

2010 02 Feb 06 Vectoral Elevation Test 02a

With the 2014 Winter Olympics now less than a year away I have the "OMG how cool was it being in Vancouver during the 2010 winter games?!" thought stuck in my head.

Like a repeating song that you none the less still like. Those were the coolest of times for the city.

A second side of the Olympics that most miss is the cultural Olympiad. It's a part of the event that is a "Nearly as Cool" shadow of the games themselves. The night I went to see Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in downtown Vancouver (part of the cultural Olympiad) I came home and saw this. The Vectoral Elevation light sculpture.

Such a cool period.

And done debt free. Sort of. :)

Monday, February 04, 2013

2013 02 Feb 02 Beach Ave West End Fish Eye 02a

Beach Avenue in Vancouver's West End during a sunny Saturday afternoon in February. OK Spring. It's February already. Let's Get Green!!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

2013 02 Feb 02 Burrard st Bridge Infra Red 02a

Vancouver's Burrard Street Bridge glows with a river of light on a cool foggy Saturday evening.