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

Seawall Falling Down

sewall_00038During a bike ride last night, while the city of Vancouver was watching the Canucks in their face off with the Calgary rivals I had witnessed an outright dangerous moment in the life of the Seawall which surrounds Stanley Park. The composition of the hill side between Lions Gate and Siwash Rock is composed of a sheer plantless stone like wall.

What first looked like a vertical crack in the 70 foot hillside a few days ago broke off in a single flat sheet and came crashing down on the seawall below. No one was injured. It landed covering a portion of the bike path.

The Parks Board rangers have also been monitoring this area for failure – and in advance ,around the potential fail point cones were em-placed.

While I stood there taking pictures with my pocket camera and filming two  Park Rangers (D and A) arrived. Two vehicles, cones and basic clean up equipment, the Vancouver Parks Board Staff  were here to address and cordon off the fault area. As well as to clean things up.

Well done Parks Board Rangers, now the only thing which remains is review of the hillside and decide what to do with the giant trees looming right above the failed piece of the seawall hillside.

Pictures

 

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Music Man on Hastings

Hastings and Seymour corner has the Grant Thornton Place which features a dome-covered open-air plaza at the northwest corner of Hastings and Seymour streets. Which has a very neat acoustic property which allows this musician who I snapped with a 50mm on my D300s while he was jamming. A single speaker on a strap with a battery and his guitar and the dome is filled with sound.

 

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BC Ferries Photos

Went out to hunt down some photos of nature, wildlife and managed to get a couple of shots of the BC Ferries, with the Queen of Oak Bay and Queen of Surrey – one was leaving Horseshoe Bay sailing for Nanaimo while the second one was coming in from Gibsons. Attaching a couple of pictures. Both were very visible on the clear sunny day from Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver.

Equipment used Nikon D300s + 400mm Sigma Prime.

Queen of Oak Bay
Queen of Oak Bay
Queen of Surrey
Queen of Surrey

Night Time Photography (Sony Stabilization Problems?)

Night time is always a time for magic, as long as the air between you and the subject is clear and there is sufficient light (For your subject), and you have a tripod with you.

 

Beyond that its a mater of not being too cold. Having gone out yesterday I had taken some pictures of downtown Vancouver using a Sony NEX7 and the 55-210 Lens.

 

Camera was on the tripod, lens seemed to be auto-focusing very nicely, ( I have to say I am very impressed with the Sony NEX-7 and the E-Mount lenses). Even though the 55-200 is a fairly basic lens it looked like some nice shots were coming up on the screen. Being careful I checked them at 100% on the camera screen …  and they were blurry. On a tripod? Using a 2 second shutter release? Why?

 

Well what I found that the SONY NEX7s OSS (Stabilization) must be turned off in order to ensure a sharp shot on a tripod. Strangely, my Nikon with IS/VR turned on (weather on a tripod) does not interfere with the shot if the camera is on a tripod. With the SONY NEX7 they were coming out blurry with a shift to the right and slightly up.

 

I checked the tripod, tightened it, focused, re-focused, put on a 10 second shutter delay, then a 2 second, then walked away just in case my personal gravity was affecting the camera. Then thinking perhaps its the stabilization (OSS) that was being weird I had disabled it and voila fantastic pictures.

 

The shot attached is a 2 frame HDR combination with EXIF of the second shot attached (first one was one and a half stops lighter).

2 shot combined photo out of the Sony NEX7 with 55-210 lens of the Vancouver convention center.
  2 shot combined photo out of the Sony NEX7 with 55-210 lens of the Vancouver convention center.
Shot of the Port
Shot of the Port
the exif for the night time picture of the Vancouver convention center
the exif for the night time picture of the Vancouver convention center