Category Archives: Photography

Cascades Train Ride

I have been riding the Amtrak Cascades for a some years now visiting family in Portland, OR. The last time I took the train back to Vancouver, BC the lighting seemed perfect and I was inspired to snap some shots of the farmland and small town Washington state.
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Chihuly Garden Visit July 2015

I recently took a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass. It is a museum in the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle showcasing the studio glass work of Dale Chihuly. I went to see the exhibit inadvertently as something to do with my family and was not sure what to expect. Much to my surprize, this was an unforgettable visual adventure. The intricate details, contrasting colours and the physical representation of forms in every piece was breathtaking and provides never-ending options for some great abstract photography. I did not have my Nikon with me; but tried to take some interesting pictures with my Z30.
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A Ferry Ride to Galiano Island

We took a trip to Galiano Island back in February. I had recently acquired a Samsun Galaxy S4 and decided to take some experimental shots with the phone camera. I was really surprised by the quality of pictures that the phone took – even from behind the dusty windows of the ferry. On the way back to Tsawwassen terminal, I was able to capture some spectacular shots of Mount Baker.
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Sun Sparkles on Gulf Waters Small Light House on a Projected Rock Seagulls Flying over the Gulf
Yachts Sailing at Sunset View from a Ferry Window
Vehicles on Ferry Deck Tan Suede Shoes
Post and Ceiling of Ferry Terminal Mont Baker and Gulf Waters

Dubai Visit in December 2014

I took some quick shots with my phone camera during a really short visit to Dubai last year.  Some of them turned out worth sharing.  You be the judge…

Burj Khalifa Tower Silhouette of Burj Khalifa Tower
Silhouette of Zayed City Skyscrapers Skyscrapers of Zayed City
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Garibaldi Lake Hike August 2014

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This is a spectacular hike that offers a variety of incredibly scenic backdrops for photography. The trails themselves provide tons of interesting subjects ranging from maple-leaf-like ground covers, rich green moss on trees, and even chipmunks that are friendly enough to come and take nuts from your hands. Taylor Meadows, after a 6K steady climb, are completely unexpected and the view of the ominous Black Tusk Ridge is breathtaking. Hiking for another 20 minutes opens up the trails to pristine sapphire-blue waters of Garibaldi Lake surrounded by sparkling glaciers – a perfect playground for outdoors nature photography.
Glacier and Tree Island Glacier Trees and Lake Glaciers of Garibaldi Lake
Black Tusk in Distance Chipmonk on Trail
Driftwood Reflection on Water Fir Tree on Peak
Hiker on Trail Inukshuk on Lake

Playing with Light at Home on Bute August 2014

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Here are some experimental shots taken during dusk and at night with an ASA 400 speed film and with manual shutter openings ranging from 2 to 20 seconds. The depth of focus on these is fairly shallow as well. Some of the longer shutter opening shots are starting to get hazy. I thought it made for a cool softening effect. The fireworks shots are of the view from our 8th floor terrace of the Honda Celebration of Light. I have included some additional low-light shots from around the house taken completely with manual settings.
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Red Fireworks in Distance Sunset at English Bay2

Sea To Summit Hike August 2014

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Squamish Valley and Mountains Squamish Valley from Sea to Summit Peak Squamish Valley from Sea to Summit Trail
Moss on Rock Rest Area at Peak
Sea To Sky Gondola Shoes after Hiking
Sunlight Through Trees Suspension Bridge

Here are some shots I took on my recent Sea to Summit hike just next to the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls. It is in total a 9.8 km trail with a combined 918 m elevation. Pictures include incredible views of Howe Sound, Sky Pilot and the surrounding peaks.  Watching the top of Shannon Falls was quite incredible as well.

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