Finding reflections in the windows is always fun. Okay, maybe not the all-inclusive cruise type fun, but for a photographer wanting to tell a story in a single image, it is fun, and this was a good day.
I am not sure what Bill’s is photographing, but I took a step back to capture the photo of him taking the picture. This way I get a reflection of BC Place, the cruise ship that is parked beside it, and Bill all in one photo. It isn’t the typical tourist photo, of someone in front of a major attraction. This way we get a fun photo.
Reflections are a great way to see the city and merging two image into one, they are not always available, difficult to plan and must be captured and enjoyed.
Before going east I had the opportunity to fly to Vancouver, and I wanted to share this lovely view of the Fraser River at sunset.
My idea of inflight entertainment watching out the window, and of course taking photos. I never really tire of the view, watching the clouds, seeing the landscape from the miles above. More than likely I will be posting a few more images of what I have seen out the window of the airplane. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I have.
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.
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman
The perfect reflection in a pond lets us know just how still the air was the day I took this picture. It was early one morning in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC. I am not the type of person that sits quietly for too long but this morning was peaceful enough I might have been there for a while had not the ducks arrived and disturbed the water, so a few pictures, and off we went to walk the rest of the park and the seawall. Vancouver’s Stanley Park is a beautiful place to spend the day.
This photo is pretty much as it was taken from the camera, a little sharpening, was all that was required. I hope your Monday is a peaceful one!
Rock Balancing, or Stone Stacking, here the portrait features the art more than the artist.
This young man was busy at work, we were out for a stroll along Vancouver’s English Bay, that is the seawall in the background, and helps to eliminate any distraction and isolate the subject. Stone Stacking or Rock Balancing is considered a performance art, and if you visit Flicker you can see lots of pictures of rocks that had been stacked in nature. Rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions. There are no tricks involved to aid in the balancing, such as adhesives, wires, supports, or rings.
This young man was completely absorbed in the task, and I am guessing that for some the activity would be meditative, I was reluctant to disturb him to get a name and or more information about how long he has been stacking stones. I guess I will have to go for another walk, this time to have a conversation.
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
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver has so many great sites besides the 230 foot high 450 meter long suspension bridge, among the sites is Totem Park. in the 1930’s Mac MacEachran invited local First Nations to place their story poles in the park. According the their website the totem poles are maintained in the exact condition in which they are received.
This face was at the bottom of one of the great poles, watching the tourist, and waiting to be discovered, well at least that is what it looked like to me! I had been to visit the park as a child and remembered the walk across the bridge, but since that time so many features have been added, including a cliff walk, and the rainforest exhibition. I would recommend a visit, it is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
Last time we were in Vancouver we went to Hastings Park, with some family and friends, it was a beautiful sunny afternoon. We had a great spot along the rail, close to the finish line. A race finish that is so close is not uncommon, to catch it on camera while panning shear luck, at least for me! I have to say that I wasn’t that lucky picking the winning horse!
there are times when you need to let go of everything and to contemplate…. Water Poon
While in Vancouver we had time to visit the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden again, as I have said before it is a favorite place to spend a quiet morning. The cultural center was hosting a display of the art, and poetry of Water Poon. This image reminds me of his words, and I find it easy to sit quite, at least for a few minutes when I can watch the waves wash around the rocks, there is something in the quiet motion that is almost hypnotizing, that allows me to let go a find the stillness. The light and shadows across the water, ripples of waves. This image was taken using a slow shutter speed, blurring the water and emphasizing the light and shadows of the waves.
While it isn’t quite as good as sitting by the sea for a quite moment, I can now look at the photo and be reminded of the moments we had by the sea, and of Water Poon’s words.
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.