Photowalking the City of Glass

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If you watched the Olympics in February, and if you don't actually live in Vancouver, you probably wondered whether this place really is as pretty as all those sweeping helicopter shots made it out to be. The answer is yes:

May photowalk - benches

Last night, a few of us took a photowalk along the south shore of False Creek just as the sun was going down. We enjoyed the boats going by, saw a seal and a great blue heron, observed a cormorant catch and eat a crab (my photos of that are coming), and watched the lights of the City of Glass wink on as it got dark.

Jon and Brennan, two of the participants, brought substantial photo rigs, with multiple digital SLR bodies, lenses, and tripods in backpacks. I learned a couple of summers ago that doing so isn't a wise move for me: after hauling my full pack o' gear up Whistler Mountain, I ended up using only my camera and the one lens I'd first mounted on it—the rest was just uncomfortable wasted weight.

So this time I tried to be more minimalist. Despite bringing two camera bodies (my digital Nikon D90 and my recently-purchased vintage Nikon FE film camera), I took along only three lenses, all relatively compact non-zoom primes: a 24 mm wide-angle, a 50 mm normal low-light, and a 135 mm telephoto for the FE. Despite also bringing a monopod for when it got darker, I didn't need a camera bag at all, just my pockets and my usual green Crumpler man purse.

Here are the pictures I took with the D90 (thanks to Brennan for lending me his wacky Tokina 11–16 mm zoom lens for a few shots):

May photowalk - I chose the smaller camera May photowalk - Jon and Brennan May photowalk - Brennan May photowalk - waterfront cone May photowalk - Masumi and Ryoma
May photowalk - Village scallop May photowalk - prohibited waterway May photowalk - condos May photowalk - checking the LX3 May photowalk - wide sunset
May photowalk - happy face May photowalk - hello Rio May photowalk - big Brennan May photowalk - Derek wide May photowalk - harbour ferry
May photowalk - Monk's marina May photowalk - sailboat May photowalk - rhodo May photowalk - purple May photowalk - marina sunet
May photowalk - ominous Cambie May photowalk - old and new May photowalk - Cambie Bridge May photowalk - City of Glass May photowalk - towers and sky
May photowalk - East False Creek May photowalk - Science World May photowalk - Edgewater Casino May photowalk - waterfront walk May photowalk - ghostly shooters 1
May photowalk - lamps May photowalk - ghostly shooters 2 May photowalk - railing May photowalk - bridge May photowalk - bridge and wood
May photowalk - surface May photowalk - benches May photowalk - moon condos May photowalk - sun leaf art

The black-and-whites will have to wait till I process the film (UPDATE: Here they are, with commentary). And my health held out: I managed the whole almost-three-hour expedition without any side-effect meltdowns, at least until I got home. Plus I grabbed some McDonald's afterwards. Mmm, Filet O'Fish.


Beautiful photos, Derek. And, more importantly, sounds like you had a great time. I'm heartened by your engagement in your hobbies. I hope my interest and zest for life comes back sometimes and I'm able to cultivate some post-c interests.

Keep soaking up that beautiful city for those of us who can't.

I agree; these are beautiful photos.

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