Witty’s Sooke Lighthouse Fort

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It may be a mouthful, but that title accurately describes the four locations on southern Vancouver Island I visited last weekend. Those locations are Witty’s Lagoon, Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd National Historic Site, and East Sooke Regional Park. I was over on the island visiting a high school friend (Colwyn) and we had a fun weekend exploring those areas …

Chasing the November Light

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Last weekend the good weather continued here in Metro Vancouver and I took full advantage of the opportunity. Rather than post photos from a single outing, I wanted to share my favourite photos taken over those two days with optimal light being the theme. Starting off on Saturday morning with the sun rising over the Fraser River with the Port …

Richmond Olympic Oval At Night

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The Richmond Olympic Oval is an impressive building with soaring arches and wood lined ceilings located along the Fraser River in Richmond. It was constructed for the speed skating competition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Out front in the Water Sky Garden are two “sky lanterns” illuminated by adjacent lighting. Looking along the side of the building, the cantilevered …

On and Adjacent to Westham Island

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An area I haven’t explored before is the south Delta area along the Fraser River, including Westham Island. This time of year is perfect for exploring local sights given the shorter daylight and fickle weather. As you drive further west out of the community of Ladner, the more back in time the whole area feels. Here is one such sight, …

Ramble from the Seymour River to the Lynn Creek

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On Saturday I photographed various areas from the Seymour River to Lynn Creek, accessing them from the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. With the overcast conditions, I was primarily interested in capturing the beautiful coastal forest. This hemlock tree with the distinct branch form resulting from mistletoe infection made an interesting composition. I spotted this large boulder erratic sitting in amongst …

Morning and Evening at Stanley Park

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Recently I had the opportunity to photograph Stanley Park at sunrise and in the evening. For the morning shoot, Terry suggested that we photograph around the Brockton Point lighthouse to catch the sunrise prior to a club hike in West Vancouver. After that hike, my friend Jim suggested Stanley Park as the night location. It was interesting to work an …

PIMBY

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PIMBY, Photography In My Back Yard. One might consider so called backyard areas as either not having photographic potential or been over photographed. The reality is that having good knowledge of local areas through frequent visits allows a photographer to understand the various seasonal and lighting conditions. Being close by allows quick access when those conditions are just right. All …

Dark to Dark, Mountain to Sea

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It was a full day on Saturday, starting with photographing the sunrise from the High View lookout on Cypress Mountain and ending with night photography at The Shipyards in lower Lonsdale. The views from the High View lookout offers an impressive view of the city south and eastwards. I started in the dark capturing the first hint of the sunrise …

The Power of Overcast for Water and Fall Colours

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While this might be the fourth weekend in a row with unsettled weather in metro Vancouver, from a photography standpoint there are benefits to overcast conditions. Highly reflective surfaces such as water and fall colours in bright light will often wash out, so overcast offers ideal conditions. With fall colours underway here on the west coast and overcast conditions, I …

Here and There in South Burnaby and Port Royal

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Here and there indeed as I rambled through various sites in south Burnaby and Port Royal last weekend. In search of fall colours, I took a walk through Burnaby’s Central Park on Saturday. While the vine maple there was mostly green, there were several patches that had turned orange to red. On Sunday, I walked through Byrne Creek Ravine Park …