Tallheo Cannery

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Further to the photos I recently posted on the creative workshop at the Tallheo Cannery, here are some photos of the buildings and site.

The remaining section of the cannery building, taken from the water near the end of the workshop week.

From the land side, the building is more complete with the roof intact. I like this composition in the way the building is nestled into the trees and beach.

The women’s dormitory from the 1920s now houses the guest house. The rooms were pretty much as they would have been then. Clean and simple, and were a nice respite from the busy workshop.

The store is located adjacent the guest house and was a frequent area to capture unique compositions.

The store also included an office and it was interesting to note the business and employee ledger books were still in there.

The net loft on the second floor of the cannery building offered many interesting compositions.

The views outside were plentiful and in the late day lighting, very beautiful.

This old fishing boat is actually a sister to the one that was on our previous 5 dollar bill. Read here for the story on the boat used for the 5 dollar bill.

The pilings for the other portion of the cannery building at night. The brighter light in the sky is Mars.

Road Trip to the Workshop

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I took a few days to sight see and explore on the way to the photography workshop in Bella Coola (see my previous post on that). Some areas I have been into before while others were new.

Starting near Ashcroft, I headed along a quiet back road for a lunch spot. Across the Thompson River, CN Rail was hauling containers north/eastwards.

Ashcroft Fire hall. I liked the implied story of the fire hall with the clouds representing smoke over top of the building.

As you leave Ashcroft heading north to the highway, the road passes by irrigated fields set against the dry rolling hills. I liked how the green produce leads the eye into the photo.

North of Clinton is the Chasm which shows the geology of the Cariboo plateau. The successive layers of lava are visible as a result of the melting waters from the last ice age. I have been here before, but the lighting and plate like clouds were very spectacular.

After an overnight stay in 100 Mile House, I continued the trip westward now along Highway 20 and visited Farwell Canyon. I have posted before on this unique and beautiful area (see my related posts), but it is always worth a stop. The Chilcotin River flowing through the Farwell Canyon.

I was pleased to see the cactus starting to bloom, which is a first for me in this area.

I stayed at the historic Chilcotin Lodge in Riske Creek. The lighting to the west from the front lawn in the later afternoon was very nice despite the building clouds.

West along Highway 20, I took a short drive off the highway down to the Chilcotin River and this old wood bridge. I liked the shadow and patterns and thought it made for an interesting composition.

On the other side of the river was this field of yellow flowers and a leaning sign that to me, spoke of the way time seems to stand still in the Chilcotin.

The final overnight stop was at the Eagle’s Nest Resort at Anahim Lake. It is a very nice setting along a quiet section of Anahim Lake with views towards the coast mountains.

Precipice Canyon is located nearby and I had time for a brief stop there. It is a spectacular canyon and important wildlife corridor leading to the Atnarko River and the mid coast. This is definitely an area I will want to spend some time exploring.

The Workshop – A Creative Journey

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I have just completed a seven day Develop Your Creative Vision photography workshop hosted at the Tallheo Cannery Guest Inn at Bella Coola. It was an intense workshop designed to push ones photographic vision to new places. Consisting of a series of visual challenges, peer review of those, lessons, and discussion, intended to help develop a deeper understanding on composition and creativity.

It was led by Chris Harris and Dennis Ducklow, two photographers with a wide and deep breadth of photographic knowledge, applied skills, and the ability to teach. Chris has been photographing for 50 years and has a unique creative style that he has been moving to over the last three years.

I found the workshop to be transformational in that it gave me a better understanding on seeing tonal changes in a scene and the foundational skills for expressive creativity. It took about two days to really understand the power of the expressive creativity and to interpret it in my own way. Those two days were challenging in that it broke so many of my own conventions and rules I have held near and dear over the last 25 years of photography. Once I was able to get past those self imposed constraints, it was a very powerful creative step in my photography.

Here are the top ten photos that I selected for the final workshop slide show. Don’t worry, I will still be creating expressive documentary photographs but the expressionism photographs offer another creative outlet.

In this photo of a narrow corridor filled with parts bins, I spun the camera around in a 90 degree arc while using a slow 30 second exposure. I did combine two frames in post production (one normal exposure and one dark) to retain the details in the bright window. Otherwise it was created entirely in camera.

This was created using a slow shutter speed while panning the camera downwards along a cable.

Similar to the first photo, this was created by rotating the camera through 360 degrees with a 30 second exposure. I then took a crop of the arc. My green foam knee pad was lying in a sun lit location that created the colour band while the wood shelving and door frame created the brown bands.

This photo was created using multiple exposures with a change in the camera position. It is a window frame laying on a wood floor with a chunk of wood laying on top of the bottom edge.

This is the Sputc Raven pole on the Nuxalk First Nation in Bella Coola. I used three exposures with a small camera movement for each exposure.

Fern created with a slow exposure and a downward pan. The success of the photo depends on the speed of the pan relative to the shutter speed. I utilized the brighter stem area and the dark shadow between the fronds for tonal distinction.

This study in shape and tone was created by using multiple exposures of a wood piling set against the water, while moving the camera latterly. The image was then rotated.

In the cannery building were glass sheets and with careful use of depth of field and the incoming light, it created a striking composition.

This is a multiple exposure photo, with the camera fixed on a tripod and the rope moved during those exposures.

Glass bottle and wood floor, created with a multiple exposure. The darker bottle shape was exposed a few times, while the moved camera position was exposed only once which created the ghosting effect.

Hopefully you enjoyed those expressionism photos, I would like to hear your comments. I will be posting shortly with some expressive documentary photos so that you can see the cannery buildings and the surrounding area.

Closeups in the Hood

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I had a productive Sunday morning wandering around the neighbourhood capturing closeups of the flowers and other interesting items.

I started off in the City in the Park gardens and captured the roses with moisture still on them from the overnight watering.

The gardens are paved in square and rectangular blocks and with my wide angle lens, it forms an interesting pattern.

Next up was the abandoned railway line as I was looking for foxgloves which prefer disturbed areas.

The daisies were also in bloom and set against the grass it made for an interesting composition.

I wanted to try a different composition and spotted this flower with a dandelion stem intersecting it.

The edge of the railway line was carpeted in buttercups and I composed this one with the blurred grass creating geometric patterns in the background.

I like this composition because the buttercup appears to be standing still while the grass appears to be in movement.

The seedpods from the cottonwood trees made an interesting composition on the gravel ballast.

I wandered over to the Byrne Creek Ravine Park and spotted this interesting flower, though I have not been able to identify it.

Along the pathway was Herb-Robert, an introduced Eurasian weed.

Surrey Central

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An area I have wanted to photograph for some time is the area around the Surrey Central Skytrain station. There are some interesting architectural buildings including the City Centre Library, the SFU Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering building, and the SFU Surrey Campus and adjoining buildings.

The rain on Saturday finally stopped mid-afternoon so this seemed a perfect time to head there given the limited time remaining in the day. Upon arriving at the first stop, the City Centre Library, we were surprised to see the entire exterior being used as a movie set. This building will have to wait until a return visit, though I did manage to find one composition free of the movie set gear. I love the curving glass windows with the exposed concrete wall.

A block away is the SFU Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering building with a very interesting cladding of glass and steel with a distinctive shape. I tried a few different compositions of the exterior.

We headed across the street to the Central City mall and the SFU Surrey Campus. I liked this simple composition with the various strong linear lines and the reflecting glass.

We headed into the SFU Surrey Campus and spent some time capturing the unique architecture.

The centre skylight and reverse spire made for some interesting compositions.

We headed outside near dusk and captured another photograph of the front façade with the dusk light, clearing sky and clouds.

One of the towers on that site had the top roof edge illuminated in the setting sun. I don’t normally show two similar compositions, but I thought it was interesting to show the different perspective on that tower.

Pattullo to Alex Fraser

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Along the Fraser River from the Pattullo Bridge to the Alex Fraser Bridge, there are several interesting pocket sized parks with views of those bridges and the Fraser River, along with walking paths.

Brownsville Bar Park, located on the south-east side of the Fraser River in Surrey, has impressive views of the three crossings here; the 1937 Pattullo Bridge for vehicle traffic, the 1989 Skybridge for the rapid transit line, and the 1904 New Westminster Bridge for trains.

Here is the Pattullo Bridge and the New Westminster Bridge. The Pattullo is slated to be replaced within the next few years.

This black and white composition works well to show the intricate steel work of the through arch bridge design.

The Skybridge is a very sleek and modern design making for some great photo compositions.

Downriver and on the opposite bank is the New Westminster Quay, with views back to those bridges.

The walking path offers diverse views of the river, the plantings, and the marine traffic.

There is a large sandbar that is present at low tide and I was able to capture the clouds reflected in the bar with the Fraser Surrey Docks behind.

My previous attempts to capture the Inn at the Quay hotel have not been successful, but on this visit I felt I captured it well.

The First Capital Place office building has a striking façade, though on this composition I used the building edge to lead the eye into the swirling clouds.

Across the river on the eastern end of Lulu Island is the New Westminster community of Port Royal. The roses were in bloom with an abundant aroma! In this view, the Quay and the Skybridge is visible.

The Pacific ninebark shrubs were flowering with a light scent.

The railway swing bridge and condo towers reflecting in the Fraser River.

Downriver from Port Royal, at the south end of the Alex Fraser Bridge, is a First Nations park with views of the adjacent cedar mill and the bridge. The river is wide here though the current was still strong.

Form and Reflection In Downtown Vancouver

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I had a very enjoyable walk through the downtown Vancouver recently, photographing the various sights there. While I enjoy photographing natural settings, my other interest is architectural photography.

I like the strong compositional line and the reflection from the glass wall in this composition of the Parq Vancouver. Even the traffic arrows add to the flow, as does the Zhang Huan Slow sculpture of the bears heading towards the building.

Here is the mother bear in Zhang Huan’s Slow sculpture.

The Robson Square offers views of the Hotel Vancouver and the old courthouse containing the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Arthur Erikson designed court house made for an interesting study in form with the heavy rectangular concrete columns supporting the rounded slender steel roof posts.

The North Plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery recently had an update and I was very impressed with the paving tiles consisting of various shapes and tones.

How many different colours and shapes can you note in this plaza shot?

When I spotted the Hotel Vancouver reflecting in the TD Tower, I decided to try a composition where the decorative posts on the plaza shelter roof (see the last photo) would be placed in front of the reflection. The end result is pleasing with various straight and curved elements.

Tucked behind Cathedral Place and elevated above Hornby Street is this small park. I liked the soft and vibrant tone grass contrasting to the hard straight edged building material.

Rising from the Christ Church Cathedral is the 100 foot bell tower, containing stained glass panels designed by Sarah Hall. I will have to visit at night time and capture those illuminated.

I am often times drawn to compositions that mix the natural with buildings such as this composition of the Scotiabank Tower. I like contrasting the colour and tonality difference between the darker blue glass and the green leaves, plus the straight window lines and the curved branches.

This is an interesting study in lines, rectangles and squares, and reflections.

The MNP Tower has this interesting curved wall section and with a cloudless sky, the black and white composition is striking.

Here and There in the West Fraser Valley

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Over the last few weeks I have explored various areas in the western Fraser Valley . This is really the first year that I have spent any time poking around here and I must say there are some interesting areas and vantage points.

Devon Falls is tucked behind residential housing on the south-west side of Sumas Mountain. The conditions were perfect with overcast and early morning light.

We climbed up the nearby McKee Peak and were rewarded with spectacular southward views overlooking the tulips fields and the Fraser Valley.

Almost directly north is the Matsqui Regional Trail that follows the Fraser River on the south side.

The CP Rail bridge crosses the wide Fraser River, with one swing section for marine traffic.

The spring leaf out was so very vibrant combined with the blue sky.

I spotted this composition and thought the tree with the lone cloud centred above would be an interesting study.

The Highway 11 bridge makes for some interesting compositions with the strong red linear shape set against the blue sky.

Cultus Lake is the type of place that I avoid during the busier times of the year, but in the early spring it is so quiet.

We hiked the nearby Seven Sister Trail to Teapot Hill and took advantage of the shade and later cloudy conditions to photograph the flowers and understory.

Red Elderberry growing alongside a western red cedar.

One of the remaining old growth Douglas-fir trees towering over the forest. Standing under a tree that is over 600 years old is certainly impressive!

The moss draped forest was quiet and well lit on this early morning outing.

Western Trillium.

Dull Oregon-grape flowering is neat to see given the short duration it flowers.

I was very pleased to capture a sharp photo of the fern frond opening given the breezy conditions.

Of course, being Teapot Hill, one would expect teapots to be decorating the forest and we were not disappointed. In fact, it was difficult to not become obsessive trying to photographing all of them!

The hazy conditions did not make the view very spectacular but I wanted to include the view for completeness sake.

We hike up a local trail called Abby Grind that is very steep, ascending 500 metres in about 2.5 kilometers. The conditions were a bit hazy for the south looking view, but the understory was photogenic.

Field Chickweed.

On the way down, I spotted this backlit red alder forest with the vibrant new growth.

Good Friday In The Hood

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With the clearing weather conditions near noon as forecasted on Good Friday, it was time to explore the area where I live in south Burnaby. At this time of year, the area is so green and lush. It was a beautiful afternoon wandering around the neighbourhood capturing an ecliptic set of photos.

The tulips were in bloom in the small City in the Park gardens and even though I prefer flowers in overcast conditions, I do like this composition.

Here are a few photos of the gardens and the surrounding residential towers.

One of the interesting things with the gardens is the combination of open areas as seen above and more sheltered areas such as this pathway lined with trees.

The Edmonds Skytrain station is nearby as is the BC Hydro Edmonds Campus tower and midrise buildings. I have mentioned before how much I like photographing buildings and I spent part of the outing capturing them and the clouds.

I liked the curving pathway with the shadows and thought it would make an interesting black and white composition.

One of the subjects I like to photograph is the mixture of natural and artificial, such as this pair of green leafed trees and the grey brick wall.

Crossing over the Skytrain line are these painted wooden fish, created by students at the nearby elementary school.

Looking through that chain link fence, the Expo line tracks curve southwards. I am not sure how effective the photograph is with the blurred fence lines, but I wanted to try a different composition.

Uphill from the trenched line is the original railway bed and I wandered along it looking for something interesting to photography. I soon spotted this crabapple tree in bloom.

The clouds were photogenic and I found a few more compositions to showcase those.

Kapalua Part II

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Continuing on from the previous article on my Spring Break trip to Kapalua on the island of Maui, here is the second half of this dual post.

The early morning light looking over Namalu Bay towards the island of Molokai was lovely with soft pink and orange tones.

This was a brief photo shoot because I wanted to head up to the “jungle” at Honolua Bay. This impressive section of forest has large Banyan trees that is a sight to see.

It was a beautiful walk through the forest, made all the more interesting by the numerous wild chickens running around!

Later that day, I headed over to Slaughterhouse Beach, accessed from the highway down an extensive set of steps.

The beach had fine sand and more exposed dark rocks, all with a view towards the island of Molokai.

There was more lava tubes here and I found this interesting composition showing the different textures and colours.

As I noted in the first article, there were lots of flowers to be photographed and here are two more of my favourites.

On my last day in Maui, I headed out early for the first light of the day. The rocky headland between Kapalua Bay and Namalu Bay with beach naupaka and the island of Molokai.

With the sun partially risen, the beautiful landform of Molokai is visible.

The adjacent Montage Kapalua Bay resort has well manicured grounds including palm trees and flowering trees.

Punalau Beach was the final location before it was time to head to the airport. It is a beautiful beach, with a certain wildness to it.

Lipoa Ridge is located at the western end of the beach and rises sharply.