I’m trying out a new look for the website. There is still a fair bit of work to do, as not much is yet available besides the photo blog. Hopefully that’ll change in the coming days. For now here’s a photo from the English Bay in Vancouver. Fall here is sure colorful. So colorful in fact that the yellows are coming out a little different than on the actual picture file. Click on the photo to enlarge.
Unlike the title of that rock song this view couldn’t be anywhere else but Vancouver. After several years in Europe and some other places I’m back to British Columbia, the place I know better than any other in the world. I’ve left and come back here many times over the years, this being my longest time away, and it does feel a little weird coming home. Though maybe it’s just the jet lag 😉 There is however always a little nervousness about it, sort of like seeing an old friend. How long will I stay for? I’m not yet sure. For now it’s family, friends and familiar peaks while I decide on my next step. This scene gives me a nostalgic feeling, so I thought it appropriate to post an HDR retroish version of the photo too 🙂
On a side note I’ve been having some technical difficulties with the website. Over the next few weeks I’ll be moving my host and will possibly try some new things. So if the website is down or looks like a 3 year old built it, don’t panic. It’s just me trying to fix things up.
I took this while the skytrain was stationary at the oakridge station in Vancouver. With people blocking the view coming in and out I didn’t have much time to take all 3 different exposures. Luckily I only needed 1 attempt.
This is a very ordinary scene, nothing special about it. A regular sight of people waiting for the skytrain at the waterfront station in Vancouver. Yet still a good example of what HDR really does to the photo. If you don’t know what HDR is, I’ve talked about it in one of the older posts with a photo of an old coffee shop in Ghent.
Above are the 3 exposures of the scene (0,-2,+2). None of them on its own truly capture the lighting or the colours of the scene. Combining those together with a bit of more work we get the result below. Much more interesting isn’t it?
This is a back alley just off one of the main streets in downtown Vancouver.
This is one of the spanish banks beaches in Vancouver, an amazing place to be in the summer or on any sunny day actually. Also a great place to watch the sun go down. These trees remind me of Africa for some reason. Don’t look very Canadian really, do they?
This is on the ferry departing from horseshoe bay here in Vancouver. I never get tired of taking these ferries on a sunny day. Do you think the people who live in horseshoe bay get ever tired of this?
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Vancouver Block is a building on Granville st. I’m going to pretend like I know something about the architectural history in Vancouver but we all know that would be a big fat lie. Google is a big reason why one might sound knowledgable sitting behind a screen. It was built by a company run by a brit named John Parr who built lots of things in this beautiful city. It is designated as a heritage building by the City of Vancouver and must have been one of the tallest in the city when built back in 1912. Maybe not the oldest or the most spectacular building around the world but it does stand out in this young city, if you lift your head up that is. I guess happy 100th birthday, whenever that day happens to be.
I find steam clocks to be pretty cool. They aren’t some sophisticated piece of machinery; the steam engine technology has been around forever. But maybe that’s exactly what makes it so cool. In the world where so much of our life is being computerized, an odd mechanical watch is a bit of a rarity. That lady looks interested.
I’m going to cheat a little once again and post another old photograph. What can I say, I’ve been a little lazier than usual lately. I’m sure that many of you haven’t seen this anyway. As the name suggest this is Jericho beach in Vancouver.