Dark to Dark, Mountain to Sea

Chris Wright Photo Trips

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 with the city lights, Lions Gate bridge, and Mt Baker. The second photo is of the Lions Gate bridge and a ship entering Burrard Inlet with the sunrise along the eastern sky.

After the sunrise, I headed for the downhill ski parking lot and then hiked up to the south and north peaks of Mount Strachan in Cypress Provincial Park. The fall colours were strong with the blueberry bushes coloured deep red and the mountain ash in a yellow to orange range.

The views looking southwest over Howe Sound were very nice with deep shadows from the early morning sun.

The Lions are always an interesting subject matter and in this composition I used the twin alpine firs to mimic and frame the mountain peaks. You’ll notice in the lower right traces of snow from the late week precipitation.

I particularly like this composition with the soft focus on the red blueberry bushes. This is looking east across the Capilano River valley at the mountains.

I should mention that Terry was on the sunrise and Mount Strachan portion of the day’s outing. He told me that when he was skiing the Slash run a few winters back, he thought the snags along the run would make a good photo. So on the way back from Mount Strachan we bushwhacked down the run to find those snags. As it turns out, the view would be better later in the day but we did find a few compositions with the right vantage point.

The magenta tone in these leaves contrasted with the green and tan grass.

Mid-afternoon and we arrived back at the parking lot. I had a very enjoyable hike and photography outing in Cypress Park. I always seem to come away with good compositions here.

Next up was Caulfield Park, a small postage size park in West Vancouver overlooking Pilot Cove and Burrard Inlet. It has clear views of the downtown and Mount Baker. The lighting was a touch hazy at this hour but I wanted to include the photo for reference.

The highlight in this park on this trip was the rock and the various plants and flowers. First off, are a couple of rock photos with interesting cracks and texture.

I was surprised to see these daisy flowers still in bloom for early October.

With the soft lighting from the increased cloud cover, those flowers and the salal were perfectly lit.

Nearing dinner time, I headed over to the lower Lonsdale area for a quick meal before concluding the day’s photography at The Shipyards.

The Shipyards, adjacent Lonsdale Quay, is the City of North Vancouver’s multi year redevelopment of the waterfront. This area was used for nearly ninety years by the Wallace Shipyards and is now a mixed public space. There are piers and walkways with impressive views of the city, art installations, and historical remnants from the shipbuilding days.

The latest addition is this plate steel wall enclosing the Seaspan marine operation centre, mimicking shipbuilding. I liked the door and the way the address is cutout and shows the steel siding behind. I do like doors as you can see in these next two photos! The second photo of the new Polygon Gallery and is an interesting study in lines and texture. 

The daisy flowers were also in bloom here and I liked how the flowers were nestled in the grass and with the orange plate steel wall behind.

One of the remnants from the Wallace Shipyards is this crane. I used the wood sculpture to lead the eye inwards.

The siding on the Polygon Gallery offers endless compositions. I elected to convert to a black and white for this dusk shot of the sign.

The Lonsdale Quay sign and market made for a nice composition with the oncoming darkness.

The Burrard Dry Dock pier juts out into Burrard Inlet and offers impressive and uninterrupted views of the city and the adjacent docks. Harbour Centre and Canada place are prominent in this composition.

In front of the Polygon Gallery is a water feature with a thin layer of water moving away from the building. As it is thin, you can walk on the surface. I was certainly taken with the photographic possibilities all of that reflective and moving surface presents.

It was a full day outing lasting nearly 14 hours and I must say how pleased I was with the results of each of the four photography locations.

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