Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge

Thinking back to my few days in Vancouver, I wish I had spent a little more time wandering around Stanley Park. There was a lot more there than I appreciated, and for a start it would have been nice to have seen this bridge from a few different vantage points.

As it stands, I only saw the bridge from the base – and I spent a long time in doing so as I took several different exposures, and they were all pretty long. This particular exposure was 8 minutes long.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Vancouver skyline

Vancouver skyline

I was very fortunate during my brief time in Vancouver to actually have a nice sunset.

I had spent a few hours of the afternoon wandering around Stanley Park with the aim to visit this particular spot in time for the sun to go down, and was very pleased by what I saw. I had been out since around 5am and was pretty tired by this point, but you forget the aching feet and the hunger in your belly for a brief period of time when mother nature puts on a show for you.

Though there was another spot I really want to grab a few images from due to the composition opportunities, I opted to stay rooted to this particular spot after the sun went down so that I could grab images of the lights from the buildings being switched on to use for the final edit.

The image here is actually a combination of 3 different photos. One of the long exposures I took had a deep red colour and was taken with my ND filter, but it didn’t really work for what I wanted the final image to look like; the water was nice though, if nothing else. I therefore took the water element from that photo and added it to the sunset shot you see here with blues and yellows across the scene. Of course, this would look odd with the water being in red so I simply used the colour matching features within Photoshop to transfer the colours from one layer to another.

Finally I blended in one of the last shots I had taken with the lights on the buildings on.

Really pleased with the end results.

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Dark science

Dark science

Just before heading out to Vancouver I got my hands on a set of filters for the 14mm lens. I had the chance to very quickly try them in London but was essentially using Vancouver as a learning curve for them.

This spot was about a 20 minute walk from my hotel, and after doing pre-trip research I had decided it was a location I really wanted to get a long exposure from. Arriving in Vancouver at 11pm at night I had been up for 26 hours, of which half of that time was spent flying, and an additional 7 hours was spent waiting around in airports. Straight to bed with me then, and then up before sunrise to make my way to this spot and see what the day would bring.

The sunrise was very uneventful, and what’s more I found that I was getting a lot of light leakage which were making my images unusable. I retired to a nearby spot for coffee and breakfast, and then popped into a supermarket where I picked up a pack of foam earplugs. John uses these to stuff into the viewfinder and block light so I figured I should too.

I returned to this spot and retried. It worked well, to some degree, but at times I was still getting light leakages which made the shots unusable. I am really not sure if this was coming from the back of the camera, in between the 10 stop and 6 stop filters that were in place due to the position of the sun, or something else.

It really is a dark art, but regardless of what was happening, I was leaving here without a shot.

I spent two days wandering around Vancouver and continued to try my hand at the dark art that is long exposure on the 14mm, with varying degrees of success.

On my final night, as the sun was starting to set I returned to this spot for one last go – and finally it worked. I can only assume it was the fact the light was dimming and the sun – or at least what was left of the bright part of the sky – was directly ahead of me. I’ll figure out and overcome the issues eventually, but even if you do see an influx of black and white long exposures in my stream while I am working on that, I promise not to turn to the dark side completely.

Perhaps I should be booking myself on Vulture Labs’ long exposure workshop this weekend…

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Empty Orchestra

Empty Orchestra

I’m finally back from my recent travels where I visited Vancouver, L.A. and Scotland. It’s good to be back at home where I can fall back into routine for a while.

When in Vancouver, which seems like months ago now, I was fortunate enough to have a personal tour of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts where I was able to view their beautiful Chan Shun Concert Hall – which is what you see here – as well as the Telus Studio Theatre. Thanks very much to Wendy for giving up her time during the day to show me around, and for the Centre itself for reaffirming the Canadian hospitality I have seen on my few trips there.

It’s a great venue and I only wish I had been there to see a performance of some sort.

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Boat on a rope

Boat on a rope

Automated post while I’m travelling to Vancouver, LA & then Isle of Skye

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Symmetric

Symmetric

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Milky Montenegro

Milky Montenegro

Automated post while I’m travelling to Vancouver, LA & then Isle of Skye

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