Sunday, October 24, 2010

Vancouver's Pacific Spirit Park

The last few weekends I've been lugging my tripod and camera around Pacific Spirit Regional Park in West Vancouver.  Everyone knows where Stanley Park is, but seemingly even some Vancouverites don't know where this little jewel is.  Prior to it becoming a park the area was part of the UBC Endowment Lands, and many still refer to it as such.  Guess where it is now?

Here is one of my favorite pictures this has been uploaded to my Vancouver Galleries:
It's a great place to explore as throughout every season the park has something new to offer.  I encourage locals to check it out.  Remember to say hi!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Garibaldi Lake

This past August I hiked up to Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  I've seen other photographer's pictures of the lake online before and I've always wanted to visit myself.  The park itself is huge with multiple entrances to multiple different recreational areas.  To get to the parking lot for the lake and meadows hike, turn right off Hwy 99 just after you cross the Rubble Creek Bridge, 37 km north of Squamish or 19 km south of Whistler.  (Note:  The turnoff itself isn't well marked)  2.5 km later you'll find the (pay) parking lot.  Get there early if you actually want a spot!

This is my favorite picture I took from that day, it's a wide angle panoramic image.
It's a beautiful hike and it's well worth all the effort to go.  I'll admit my feet felt a little like they were about to fall off, but we did hike around 23 kilometers in a day.  Taking the Black Tusk Meadows loop adds to the hike, and I thought it was worth the extra pain to see the meadows.  I'm told the bugs can be bad during some points of the year - bring bug spray..

I've heard the Elfin Lakes hike is also gorgeous, that's on next year's list!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall is here, the gorgeous colours are coming..

Fall is a little bit bitter sweet in these parts.  Don't tell anyone but Vancouver doesn't become igloo country in the winter, however it does get cooler and the rain really starts to set in.  The positive is that as we move into fall, all the trees start to change colour so on those rare blue sky days, it's always time to head out with my camera.

I took this picture as part of a project I'm working on, I'll probably be posting more over the next few months.  The colour of the leaves are just starting to turn, I think it's beautiful..  To bad it's raining at the moment..  Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Team Photographer

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a team photographer for the CIBC Run For The Cure that occurred in Vancouver on Oct 3rd.  It's truly amazing to see so many come out to an event and have such a show of support for a cause - what a great thing to be part of.  Congratulations to everyone that finished!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

Something that I've struggled with over the last few years is when I should create a high dynamic range (HDR) photograph.  These special images are created by blending multiple images with different exposures into one new image.  (You can also cheat if you're taking pictures in RAW and just use one image.)  In doing so you end up with an image that appears a little closer to what our eyes see in the scene.

However, you can also end up with an image that doesn't look at all realistic as with this type of post processing you could end up with over saturated colours, and/or an unrealistic oddly evenly exposed image.  Some people hate them, and others love them, admittedly they've also been over done the last few years.  I've included a couple examples below.  In each case the HDR image is on the top.

I will admit that in my case I think I like both HDR images better.  Spirit Island is a gorgeous place, however being able to see into those shadows really helps in my opinion.  Similaraly, the colour and clouds in the Great Pyramid picture are also more pronounced in the HDR variety.

Which do you like better?