Last summer we visited the University Botanical Gardens , their canopy walk was so much fun, and their gardens a mix of BC rainforest, alpine garden, and asian garden, they have a food garden, and so much more.
This beautiful Blue Himalayan Poppy had a tiny bit of sunshine shining through the forest on it, the head was so heavy it was hanging down. There I was laying on the ground trying to get this image. Luck was with me, first it wasn’t windy, and the poppy was sitting quietly in the sun. Secondly, only a couple of people came by and looked at me as I was laying there in the flower bed, lucky one of the gardener was not one of them. I am always very respectful about the gardens, not stepping or crushing anything else as I maneuver through to get the image I want.
I am not the greatest gardener, so it is no surprise that I have had no luck growing this beautiful flower, and I take time to photograph them when I get a chance. What is your favourite flower?
Now for something completely different. I have been publishing a lot of different portraits lately. People I have met and worked with, so I thought it was time to mix it up a little. Flowers are always so beautiful that I can’t help but take pictures of them. Especially when visiting a conservatory as lovely as the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver BC.
It is april in Calgary, and I have heard that spring bulbs are starting to appear in people’s gardens, not in mine, and we are going to have snow today, with colder than normal temperatures predicted for the rest of the week. I do miss the flowers.
For this image I used Nik Silver Effects Pro to creat a black and white layer then reduced the opacity to allow a small amount of the color to come through. Since the flower in the original image was a bright red, it came through with a little color while the rest remain dark.
Rocky Reflection_Stanley Park_Vancouver BC_in Black and White
Vancouver BC is a beautiful city to visit, and Stanley Park a favourite attraction of those visiting the city. This photo taken during one of our early morning walks while visiting the city last May. It was a little cool, and a little rainy, the pond was still and the light perfect for reflections.
Water Reflections False Creek Vancouver BC, motion and zooming.
I have been concentrating on portraits for a while, and trying to get caught up processing all the portraits sessions I have been doing, so today I thought I would spend a couple of minutes and bring you something a little different. A couple of months ago we were visiting Vancouver BC, staying in an apartment booked through VROB (vacation rentals by owner) a great site I highly recommend. One evening we went down for a short walk and to watch the sunset. I wanted to take some long exposures of the water and rocks. After using several different exposure lengths to see the effects the different times had on the water, I decided to do a few shots zooming my telephoto lens while the shutter was open.
Here you can see the high-rise buildings of downtown Vancouver, with the sunset behind, their reflection on the water. It has a smoky fire effect, rather than water and reflection. In the bottom of the frame you can see how the rocks have change position, both from right to left and in a vertical line pointing into the frame. you can see my original image Water and Rocks
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.
At the Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens in Vancouver, you will find garden walls and pavilions with beautiful screened windows. Inside the pavilion you will find, artifacts, paintings and displays that beautifully provide a glimpse into another culture. Here a mountain, inside beside a window looking out, as the room was dark it was difficult to show both the mountain and the exterior garden. I have both the colour and the black and white photo side by side because I can’t decide which one I like best.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chines Garden has been selected as one of Canada’s greatest places and is the first garden in the Ming Dynasty created outside of China, You can read the full article on line by clicking the link below.