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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

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“For this week’s photo challenge, share your favorite photos of a sunrise or a sunset”

I am going to be restrained here and just post a few images. First sunrises

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At the end of the Panama Canal Cruise

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From an upper window of my then house in Richmond in 2011

Then sunsets – many more of those to choose from as our current home has west facing windows

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Sundown with Crepuscular rays

There is an album of my sunrise and sunset images on Flickr 

All of these images are as taken with no special effects or filters added.

And if you like the ones with crepuscular rays there’s a Flickr group for that that I administer with contributions from many lucky photographers.

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March 28, 2018 at 9:25 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favourite Place

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Favourite Place (and yes I have anglicised the spelling) ought to be harder to pick. But “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone” and while there are many places in Vancouver that I could pick, the loss of our view cones and corridors is one I feel very strongly about. We are blessed with a place of quite extraordinary beauty – a deep inlet (actually a fjord) at the foot of the North Shore mountains. For a long time Vancouver was mostly concerned about cutting down trees and making stuff from them. The old growth forest is almost gone except for one or two areas of park managed to make it look like we imagine it ought to have looked. Stanley Park is actually just one of several such places.

For as long as I have been here, there was a firm policy to protect the view of the North Shore mountains and the inlet from a number of significant places. Now the pressure to allow ever more taller towers across the city means that these views are vanishing. And one such development is right next to where I live. I took this photo with my phone while walking on the Arbutus Greenway at W 37th Avenue. Overlooking Quilchena Park with a spectacular view – and two tall cranes in the process of blocking that view with condos. The developer has recently gone back to the City to ask for permission to add more floors to the part of the development nearest to our six storey building.

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The roof of our building is just below the height of the current tree canopy, so it almost invisible. The new buildings will be up to 72m (263 ft). The developer says that fits the view because it would match the nearest skyline of the North Shore mountains: the snow capped peaks will still peer over the top. The City has yet to rule on this proposal, and I took the photo so I would be able to look back in future at what we will have lost if the developer gets what he wants.

I went back and took a picture with my camera using the zoom lens.

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March 21, 2018 at 10:35 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

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I am late to the field this week – and I missed the previous one altogether. I have been busy on flickr posting the pictures I took on my trip to Chicago. These images come from the flight home and after I posted them I realised they made a story.

For this week’s challenge, do some visual storytelling with your photography.

From the 'plane window

I try to get a window seat. I don’t always get good pictures. This one was driven by a recent viewing of a painting by Georgia O’Keefe at the Art Institute. This is leaving Chicagoland.

From the 'plane window

Since the plane was flying westward, we saw the sunset for a prolonged period. The autofocus was having a terrible time but one or two shots proved worthwhile.

From the 'plane window

To get a decent sunset, you need clouds. Being on top of them is a different perspective.

From the 'plane window

The sun is now near the horizon but is only visible through the cloud

From the 'plane window

And then the sun was below the horizon, and we were getting close to Vancouver.

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March 13, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

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A Face in the Crowd

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“Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden.”

I was stumped by the challenge at first, but then I looked at a couple of recent images that I had taken of the newly refurbished plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The original is posted on flickr but this version is cropped to better meet the challenge.

It was a sponsored food truck event, part of the Dine Out festival. I was surprised at the number of people willing to stand outside and eat in this kind of weather. I wasn’t intentionally anonymizing people – but their umbrellas, and the truck awning, did that nicely. This one is, I think, a better photo but you can actually make out some faces.

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February 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

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Sweet

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And now, if you will excuse me, I have to go take a gliclazide.

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February 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

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Tour Guide

Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love.

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Vancouver BC sits on the Burrard Inlet, one of the finest natural harbours anywhere. I recommend using the SeaBus to get across it – at weekends and in the evening one of the cheapest harbour tours anywhere.

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Vancouver has magnificent beaches, clean water and very safe swimming. Tourists tend to go for the “standard sights” like Stanley Park, or the Steam Clock in Gastown. I would recommend you set aside some time just to relax, go sit on the beach and admire the scenery.

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If you feel like a bit of exercise go for a walk in the woods. On the North Shore are a couple of reservoirs in closed watersheds, with old growth forests and many trails. This one is Capilano but Seymour is just as good.

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February 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

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January 31, 2018 at 9:44 am

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

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Variations on a Theme can include “a series of shots showing the same place, person, or object in slightly different light’. So there are a number of possibilities that occurred to me. One was the shot out of the window as the weather or light changes. I have a lot of those. Or one of my early albums on flickr “36 Views of Mount Baker

But then there is also my passion for beer – especially, but not exclusively – strong, black stout. Thanks to the explosion of craft brewers here and elsewhere I get to try plenty of these. I have tried a number of ways to at least record the different brews which means a well lit close up with an undistracting background. Always indoors, of course, so it must be somewhere clean and tidy. After a lot of different attempts I found the stove top to be ideal for my purposes. The flat glass top is usually clean and bare, when not in use, and the tiled backsplash is kept clean. There is also good lighting in the over the range combined hood and microwave. Just the place to display the stout bottle and the freshly poured glass full. Here are just a few of the recent ones. There are more (nearly 100 more at present) on the flickr album.

Perfect Storm

Barkerville Brewing 52 Foot Stout

Creepy Unkle Dunkel

Stoutnik

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Goliat Imperial Stout

Big Rock Midnight Rhapsody

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Doan's Rye Stout

Postmark Oyster Stout

Bridge All Out Stout

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

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January 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

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via Photo Challenge: Silence

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I am a bit dubious about a challenge that asks for silence but then illustrates it with a picture of the ocean – at Big Sur – and states

The only sounds came from the ocean, the birds, and the chapel bells that rang several times a day.

Sorry Cheri that does not sound like silence to me. Now, on the top of a mountain there might be birdsong – and probably the noise of the wind – but I do not recall there was much of either at this location. Manning Park, southern BC, and in what the map said were “subalpine meadows” next to Blackwall Peak (2063m). One of the quietest places I can recall because at the end of September there were very few people.

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Pingback notes  the top link takes you to a much earlier WordPress challenge – not today’s photo challenge. That is embedded in the text above the map. Odd how often WordPress challenges muck up pingbacks. The first one comes from using the “post about silence” tag in the WordPress reader version. The second from the instructions from the DailyPost version.

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January 17, 2018 at 11:05 am

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

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Weathered

This is a photo I took in May of 2011 at the Seattle Art Museum. The text below it is taken from the museum’s web page.

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Curve XXIV

1981

Ellsworth Kelly

American, 1923 – 2015

Ellsworth Kelly arrives at his work through a prolonged experience of observing nature and the distilling of observations and sensations to simple lines, planes and forms. Although its silhouette appears entirely abstract, Curve XXIV suggests a rust-hued autumn gingko leaf. The narrowest of relief sculptures, it projects and expansive space: its surface coloration and texture echo painting-a reflection of the artist’s fascination with the overlap of these art forms.
3/8″ weathering steel, 76 x 228 x 3/8 in.; 5″ off wall (193 x 579.1 x 1 cm), Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2016.17.2, © Ellsworth Kelly

Provenance: [Leo Castelli, New York]; Purchased from gallery by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, August 1, 1981.

Now on view at Olympic Sculpture Park


 

You can also see other weathered pictures of mine from the flickr group “Rusty and Crusty” 

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January 10, 2018 at 1:36 pm