Category Archives: B.C.

Vancouver, B.C. – Goodbye

Every trip must come to an end, and in this last post I’m going to share with you a few more travel photos I took during my two week holiday in the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C.

A great time to shoot any kind of cityscape is after sunset, but before the sky turns totally black.  The skyscrapers of North American cities look particularly good at this time of day. The photograph of downtown Vancouver below was taken from a location close to the Auto Mall in North Vancouver.

Downtown Vancouver after sunset, seen from North Vancouver.

Downtown Vancouver after sunset, seen from North Vancouver.

The classic sightseeing location in Vancouver is called Cypress View Point. You get a wonderful view of the whole city of Vancouver and one of its landmarks, Lion’s Gate Bridge. It was a bit hazy that day, so the buildings in the distance are not as clear as they could be. One of the advantages of being a resident is you can shoot when the conditions are optimum. As a tourist, you have to take what nature gives you while you are there.

Vancouver at night, from Cypress View Point.

Vancouver by night, from Cypress View Point.

I like to learn new techniques all the time, and the best way to experiment with them is when you are taking pictures for yourself. So I tried doing a few panoramas, a couple of which are shown below. I took many pictures (9 for the first and 11 for the second panorama) and stitched them together in Photoshop.

Vancouver panorama, taken around sunset time from the shore of North Vancouver

Vancouver panorama, taken around sunset time from the shore of North Vancouver (click on image for bigger photo).

Vancouver by night panorama, taken from Cypress View Point

Vancouver by night panorama, taken from Cypress View Point (click on image for a bigger photo)

Also, I’m not really used to taking pictures of moving subjects, so it was nice to practice with the seaplanes taking off from Vancouver harbour. I managed to get a few good ones, like the photograph below.

Seaplane taking of from Vancouver harbour.

Seaplane taking off from Vancouver harbour.

 

 

 

 

 

Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver, B.C.

Situated in West Vancouver, Whytecliff Park is the first Marine Protected Area in Canada and is home to some 200 marine animal species. It is yet another beautiful public park in the Vancouver area.

Whyte Islet from the swimming beach at Whytecliff Park

Whyte Islet from the swimming beach at Whytecliff Park

We were lucky to spot some seals around Whyte Islet. Unfortunately, they were too far away and I was unable to photograph them, but we got a good look through powerful binoculars.

Whytecliff Park also provides some spectacular views of mountains even on an overcast day.

View Toward Howe Sound From Whytecliff Park

View toward Howe Sound from Whytecliff Park

 

Rice Lake, North Vancouver, B.C.

The fourth instalment of my Canadian trip report is about  Rice Lake.

The quiet and calm Rice Lake in North Vancouver makes for some beautiful reflections.

The quiet and calm Rice Lake in North Vancouver makes for some beautiful reflections.

It is a calm, quiet man-made lake in North Vancouver, B.C.  It used to be a reservoir of drinking water for the residents of North Vancouver. Today it is a wildlife refuge. A relatively short hike will take you all around Rice Lake for you to enjoy its natural beauty. The lake is also a popular fishing ground.

The hiking trail around Rice Lake allows you to enjoy some beautiful scenery

The hiking trail around Rice Lake allows you to enjoy some beautiful scenery

The pictures above were taken in the early to mid afternoon, which is not usually the best time to shoot landscape photographs. However, the cloudy skies provided some nice diffuse light, and the calm lake made for some beautiful reflections. On a cloudy day the sky can be quite bright and bland relative to the landscape. In that case, it is usually best to avoid showing the sky in the photographs.

 

 

Capilano River Park, North Vancouver, B.C.

For my third blog post about my recent trip to Canada,  let me introduce you to another beautiful regional park.

The Capilano river flows from north to south on Vancouver’s North Shore and is one of three primary sources of drinking water for the residents of the Vancouver metropolitan area.

Also within the confines of the park is the southern part of Capilano Lake.

Capilano Lake, North Vancouver, B.C.

Capilano Lake

The lake is separated from the Capilano river by the Cleveland Dam.

Cleveland Dam, Capilano River Park.

Cleveland Dam. It hadn’t rained for a while, so there was only a little water flowing down the dam.

The Capilano river has a salmon run, that was obviously affected by the construction of the dam in the early to mid 1950’s. A fish ladder was built downstream of the Cleveland Dam to allow the salmon to bypass the dam.

The beautiful scenery makes the park attractive to film and television productions. And when I was visiting, it proved an ideal location for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in Capilano River Park.

With good weather, Capilano River park is an amazing location for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

 

Burnaby Lake Park, B.C.

This is the second blog post about my recent trip to Vancouver, B.C.

One of the reasons Vancouver is such an attractive city to visit is that it is close to beautiful natural scenery and parks.

Dramatic sky over Burnaby Lake, in Burnaby Lake Park, B.C.

Dramatic sky over Burbaby Lake, B.C.

Burnaby Lake has its origins in a melted glacier and formed about 12’000 years ago. The lake was named by Colonel Richard Moody, the first Lieuteneant-Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, after his secretary Robert Burnaby. The lake has a surface area of 3.11 km2.

The area is frequented by a great variety of bird species such as the Great Blue Heron, the Green Heron, bald eagles, and osprey.  Unfortunately, I only saw various types of ducks during my visit. Aside from birdwatching, the park has many kilometres of walking and hiking trails circling the entire lake.

Canoeing is a popular activity in Burnaby Lake Park, B.C.

Canoeing is a popular activity in Burnaby Lake Park

Canoeing and kayaking are also very popular. A group of people accompanied by an instructor left in the boats shown above minutes after the photograph was taken.

 

Vancouver, B.C. – Downtown

I was lucky to spend a couple of weeks in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., visiting relatives.

I had not been in North America for a few years, and the modern architecture of downtown Vancouver provided an interesting change of scenery from the city where I currently live, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Photographically speaking, the abundance of lines and shapes in downtown Vancouver made for interesting photo opportunities.

Lines and shapes: elements of design at work. Modern buildings in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

Lines and shapes: elements of design at work. Modern buildings in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

I probably could stay at Canada Place and take pictures all day. The architecture of this building is fascinating.  Canada Place is located on the waterfront and is the home of the Vancouver Convention Centre and Vancouver’s World Trade Centre.

Detail picture of Canada Place, a landmark in the city of Vancouver, B.C.

Detail picture of Canada Place, a landmark in the city of Vancouver, B.C.

I also love to photograph reflections, and if you look for them in a modern city, they are nearly everywhere. Some of the glass covered buildings of downtown Vancouver reflected their surroundings in interesting ways on that sunny day.

Reflection of a nearby building in a glass covered skyscraper in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

Reflection of a nearby building in a glass covered skyscraper in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

A standard creative exercise consists in combining ideas to create new ones. How about a combination of lines, shapes and reflections? Add colour and you are all set.

Combining a green tower in Vancouver, B.C. and it's reflection in the nearby building with the use of a telephoto lens.

Combining a green tower in Vancouver, B.C. and it’s reflection in the nearby building with the use of a telephoto lens.

Lines, shapes, color and reflections in modern building, Vancouver, B.C.

Lines, shapes, color and reflections in modern building, Vancouver, B.C.