Location

Supermoon Sunset with vancouver in the background.

Jumped into the car and drove to Jericho near UBC to take some quick shots of the moon (super moon ? blood moon ? ) the MOON. Looking east I could not see it, well that was because with the partial eclipse which was ongoing from the moon rise, it was too under lit by the sun. and looked pale until the sun had set and it became dark enough to really see the moon.

Here are some shots, Jericho / Spanish banks, people getting ready to shoot and some wide angle shots.

I was shooting manual iso 500 – then up to iso 1600 using my sigma 400mm, 105mm f2.5 and 24 f2.8

Manual lens magic. Moon!

moon and super moon

moon and super moon

beach shot

beach shot

people Vancouver and super moon

people Vancouver and super moon

Retail of the Future

What is the future of retail, with discounters, online stores and mega chains?

The thought around this blog came from visiting an open mall near the massive IKEA in Richmond BC (recently upgraded from a normal sized a 130,000 square feet location) – across Bridgeport road is the other “mall” which contains Staples, Home Depot and the once proud flagship of technology sales Future Shop.

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Now the once busy store stands empty, signs on the front doors advising the location is closed until further notice and there are other stores to serve you. There were once large proud red letters spelling FUTURESHOP above the entrance, these have been removed, but almost as a scoff at its demise – behind the letters the paint remains, weathered by years but not faded out and in stark contrast to once red, now in blue spelling FUTURESHOP.

If you are not a Canadian you don’t know, but its not Futureshop which is there now the long going merger of Futureshop and Best Buy (a US electronics retailer) has concluded with Best Buy buying out all of the Futureshop locations, shutting some down, re-branding others.

But lets rewind back to 1982, the year of some amazing events – including the establishment of the first Futureshop, which later grew to be a prominent Canadian electronics retail chain.

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By 1990 it had grown to be the largest retailer of electronics, consumer electronics and computers in Canada. With its peak in 2013, Futureshop had 139 stores across all of the great white north.

Although, there were 139 Futureshop stores in 2013 Best Buy was already in the northern realm of Canada – having quietly bought Futureshop in 2001 and at that time started opening its own Best Buy stores – as this was occurring you could see an eventual merger coming. Especially after 2003/04 when Best Buy and Futureshop nearly mirrored prices and stock, as well as the only different in the advertisement flyers were the logo, colors, and fonts.

One would stay, and it was going to be the bigger name. Best Buy.

This indeed happened in March 2015, with all of the Futureshop stores shuttered and closed overnight, some to remain so forever others to be re-opened as re-branded Best Buy Stores.

Is this something to cry or be upset about, its business and Best Buy just like Futureshop has to survive against Amazons and online retailers of the internet.

What is the Future of retail? Sun has set on Futureshop but I hope  retail adjusts and survives and shows that somethings are just not worth buying online. People think these days about killer apps, customer service is the killer app of sales and business, I hope that its not something forgotten and lost and replaced with tapping buttons on your phone and then writing angry reviews that what you had bought was too big, too small, wrong material or completely wrong – when you can just go and see and feel it in a real store and ask questions.

But is it that convenient?

Best Buy Stock

 

Smoke Photography

ILLUMINATED? Well on Fire more like it.

Shawn Sviridov galleryss.com posing for Nikon Ad

Shawn Sviridov Nikon Illuminated

Wanted to share this picture and the story #Vancouver BC, and the Lions Gate Bridge (in the background) is in a haze. Smoke from forest fires burning around British Columbia filled the coastal areas. Heroes, the firefighters, volunteers and tree fellers, are fighting the blazes around the province (and world wide) protecting and saving lives, homes, and keeping us safe – this has been one of the driest seasons on record  and thus far over 800 fires have sprung up around the province.

More information on being fire safe can be found on the BC Wildfire service: http://bcwildfire.ca/index.htm

The shot was done with my #Nikkor #18-200VR my trusty #D300s on a tripod at ISO 500. I grabbed my mobile phone and tried to stand as still as possible.

 

Here are a few more shots from that night

lions gate smoke

Lions gate bridge smoke

Lions gate bridge smoke

Lions gate bridge smoke

Over exposed by +2

Over exposed by +2

Lions gate bridge smoke

Lions gate bridge smoke

Night Time on Cypress

The shots from last weekends trip up to the top of cypress and camping there for 5 hours. Watching space, stars, trees and listening to the sounds of the forest… and occasional scion and mazda racers.

The Car

RX8 Mazda

RX8 Mazda.

 

The Stars Spinning

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Iona Beach – Close up on Nature Pt.1 – Insects

On Saturday Morning this long weekend I had ventured out to Iona for an early morning hunt and shoot. The Iona Beach Park opens at 8 am, so being early means you have to wait in the car as there is no where to really park outside the park (park your car that is ).

Within the park the number of ducks and waterfowl has decreased from the winter months when migratory birds come to visit the Lower Mainland, but the park is alive, from insects buzzing, to baby geese chasing them and nibbling on grass and swallows and goldfinches flying through the air singing and chirping.

Here is a quick part one of the life i saw in the park, these are mainly insects.

Also check out the link to Sean M – he was doing some amazing macro photography of bugs at the park as well – (his flickr link ).  Always a pleasure to meet a great photographer!

Swallow

Swallow

Flies

Bee

Bee

D-fly 1

D-fly 1

D-fly 2

D-fly 2

Wasp

Wasp

 

Zombies Cobalt What?

Downtown Vancouver, while everyone was happily getting ready to watch Game of Thrones there was a shoot happening. Cobalt Crew and thats all that I could find out, no one would say what the shoot was about. It was on Pender and Thurlow with lots of CA Police and News.

I got two shots off before the staff sternly warned me off. Looks like a zombie apocalypse Fear the Walking Dead.

Couple of Pics Here:

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Being waved off even though I was shooting from across the street

Being waved off even though I was shooting from across the street

Fake news trucks for the shoot

Fake news trucks for the shoot

See more here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_the_Walking_Dead

Mt. Garibaldi and the Chief

Took some pictures while on a hike in Squamish British Columbia last weekend. The view from Chiefs’ first peak was quite amazing of the valley below to the north, and to the south was Howe Sound. Truly truly beautiful.

 

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Here is a shot of Mount Garibaldi  which is to the north of the Chief. I used my 18-200 mm lens and focused on infinity. I did do some post production because of the ultraviolet light was very bright in sunshine and because I did not have any filters with me.

How about some more pictures from my phone too. And just below is the super large picture if you want it for a wallpaper.

Very BIG version of the pic

Very BIG version of the pic

Phone Pics!

Valley North towards Squamish and Whistler beyond it

Valley North towards Squamish and Whistler beyond it

View to Whistler

View to Whistler

The ladder to First Peak of the Chief

The ladder to First Peak of the Chief

Double Ferns

Double Ferns

Howe Sound View

Howe Sound View

View of Trees

View of Trees

VPD Traffic Enforcement Unit

Ran into the VPD Traffic Enforcement Unit down on Denman and Georgia this Saturday in Vancouver … with the motorcycles lined up and shining in the weekend sun I was able to snap some photos.

The great battle of mid day sun and its shadows vs … well a camera. 🙂

Here are some of those. With logo and without.


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