Seeking Inspiration

CK Wright Photo Trips

On rare occasions I find my motivation and inspiration for photography lacking, and such was the case this weekend. It’s partly the long days of summer with the bright lighting conditions that runs counter to my preference for soft lighting and partly from wanting a change from recent outings. At times like this, it is important to simply get out and be open to the possibilities and opportunities. I also like to explore areas that I have found past inspiration in, but have not visited for some time.

On Saturday in the late afternoon I took a stroll around Rice Lake in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. The lake has a very reflective quality to it and with later day lighting the surrounding coniferous forest positively glows with various shades of green. With this photo of the lake surface, I explored various shutter speeds from a few seconds to 1/20 second (the length of time that the sensor is exposed to the light).  I liked the very abstract look with this shot captured at 1.5 seconds where it gives enough smearing for the green coniferous branches while maintaining form and structure for the two birch trees.

There were some gusts of wind that I elected to take advantage of in this next photograph. I used a neutral density filter, designed to greatly reduce the amount of available light, to decrease the shutter time to 3 seconds. During this period, the wind gusts moved the ferns and the water surface in an abstract means while the tree trunks remained static. I like how the photo explores a certain yin-yang harmony.

On Sunday afternoon with partial cloud coverage, I headed to the Lynn Creek along the Baden-Powell Trail (BP Trail) located adjacent to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. The forested bench above Lynn Creek has a beautiful collection of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and vine maple that I have found difficult to capture in the past. I am not sure how successful this capture is, but I wanted to share how the bright green vine maple contrasts with the darker coniferous forest.

Leaving the forested bench, the BP Trail descends rapidly to Lynn Creek. The District of North Vancouver is busy re-building the trail in this area and I liked the form and mass of this new set of stairs.

Once at the creek, I spotted this granite boulder with interesting quartz veins. As I approached closer I also noticed the almost perfect circular wet band on the foreground boulder.

Lynn Creek was in shade at this point of the day so it provided some excellent opportunities. As I have photographed countless streams, I wanted to capture this section of the creek differently. I selected a pool, positioned the camera at a low angle, and used a polarizer filter to reduce the glare. The result is close to what I had in mind and certainly shows the underwater clearly.  In fact, it almost looks inviting to go for a swim!

I spotted this bracken fern growing on the cobble shore and though I found the background busier than I prefer, I decided to use a shallower depth of field to offer some separation.

I also used a shallow depth of field in this next photograph to separate the rounded boulder and moss from the busy background.

I was pleased that I worked through my uninspired state and found what I feel are a good set of images.

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