leaves in the light

We were at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver last Thursday with friends Jan and Dave.  Dave is also an avid photographer, and very good at this craft. It is always interesting to go out others especially when someone in the  our group is a photographer as it  inspires me  to see thing “in a new light”  no pun intended!  Through our discussion about what we are seeing and experiencing gives me pause for thought and can open my eyes in a new way.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge has a rich history, and with the suspension bridge, cliff walk, and treetop walk, there is so much to see. I would recommend that if you are in the Vancouver area that you make time for a visit it.

The photo also makes me more conscious of the light; the dynamic range of most cameras is 5 to 7 stops, while the dynamic range of our eyes is 10 -14  stops.  While this might not mean a lot to most people, this photo is a good example;  here the camera records the light on the tree leaves, almost as I viewed them – iridescent green glowing among the trees. That is where the similarities end. When I looked at the leaves as they were Thursday afternoon I could see the beautiful light on the leaves, but I could also see the warm browns of the forest floor, the grey of the tree trunks, all was visible to my eye only the leaves were recorded by the camera.  Understanding what my camera might record in a given situation and how to manage the dynamic range to show people what I find interesting has been one of my greatest challenge, one I hope I have started to master.

 

Ostrich Fern, unfolding in the spring sunshine.

Walking up this morning, I smile
Twenty-four brand new hours before me
I vow to live fully every moment,
to see the beauty that is everywhere. 
We had a great visit to Vancouver, it was an opportunity to visit with family and friends.  To visit the sites, some old favourites like the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden, and some new sites like the Capilano suspension bridge. This photo was taken while we visited the UBC botanical garden, the sunshine on the delicate unfolding fonds was beautiful.  One special feature of the gardens is the Canopy walkway, which is worth the price of admission.  A 308 meter aerial trail system suspended about 50 feet in the trees offers a view of the upper part of the forest and forest floor from a unique perspective.  The Catwalk suspended as it is, feels like walking on a trampoline and with more that one person on each section walking with the or against the bounce is great exercise. Great fun and worth every minute.
I hope you have a great day, and beauty unfolds before you. 

Sunset at English Bay, Vancouver BC

English Bay, Vancouver BC, a great place to watch the sunset.  Of course there is so much more to do on or near the beach in downtown Vancouver. Besides the ususal beach activities, like swimming and sunbathing, the seawall runs all the way around English Bay from Stanley Park to False Creek and is used by runners, walkers, cyclists, and rollerblading for recreation and commuting. Not far off the beach, great restaurants, shopping, art and people watching.

 

Lions Gate Suspension Bridge, Vancouver BC

One of our favorite places to visit when in Vancouver is Stanely Park, more specifically Prospect Point with this magnificant view of the Lions Gate Bridge and the Burrard Inlet.  A suspension bridge that connects the City of Vancouver to the North Shore and major landmark of the city. Yesterday was a cloudy rainy grey day, and I used a long exposure just before sunsest to show the traffic moving across the bridge.