A fire at one of the Vancouver’s downtown homeless housing shelters at a former Vancouver Quality Inn located at 1335 Howe Street, near the Granville Street bridge today took a life of one of the residents there.
The fire which broke out early this evening at the Howe Street site ( a hotel converted by the City of Vancouver in 2014 ) which provides spaces for up to 175 residents was localized to a single room/floor. The fire led to a closure of Howe Street from Davie to Pacific, and Drake from Granville to Hornby Streets. The Vancouver Police, Fire and Ambulance Departments arrived on site were unable to save the victim who was found dead.
The cause of death has not been released but speaking to the emergency response teams it appears that personal possessions and a mattress in a private room caught fire and led to the death.
The Howe Street facility was converted in 2014 along with a number of other facilities by the City of Vancouver to house the city’s homeless who were camping at areas such as the Oppenheimer Park.
A non work, or photo or business post, this is all about fun in the sun. I must admit, I haven’t seen that many people with smiles on their faces for a long time!
As my godson in the video said, ” real friends not virtual are the best, and as for chasing bubbles, it’s way more fun than playing xbox at home. ”
Family day has been designated a few years ago as a new statutory holiday in British Columbia, falling on the second Monday in February. Today Family Day decided to happen on a lovely sunny day with just a little bit of breeze.
Local “Bubble magicians” – as that is the term that best applies – were en force sending small and giant bubbles into the smiling faces of adults and to the delights of the kids who were running to pop them!
I had posted some photos on Instagram but here is the rest of them, a very quick blog entry but it was awesome.
A video and photos below.
Some photos too..
Hello 2016 – it started out with color and with black and white!
After some baileys and coffee and hot chocolate and deep conversations about meaning of life — no mainly just trying to understand the methods of the fairer sex, we had gone out for a walk with my friend Nick through downtown snapping photos of people and sights.
The city was muted, by the time the sun had set the polar bear swimmers (the annual event where people run into the ocean at english bay) were tired and heading home, couples walked in the fog which was starting to seep into the waterfront parts of the city.
Cab drivers were out, not sitting inside their cars, but they were out standing by their vehicles and spoke in quiet tones – almost in awe at the silence which was now enveloping the city.
Here are some of the photos from the first photo walk through the cold and moist streets of Vancouver (no there was no snow this year in the city) .
Perhaps this deserves to have its own gallery.. we will see!
This Saturday was a chance to do some non human photography while exploring the Vancouver aquarium. Most of the below shots I took while hand holding my DSLR and all manual everything (105 and 50 mm lenses) . Worked good for slow moving creatures such as star fish or jelly fish, but manual focus is truly a pain in the butt for birds (even if they are just being carried around by a human.)
Check out some pictures below, from the Vancouver Aquarium
A quick upload of pictures from a shoot with a wonderful model, Michelle ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/3526143 ) who can turn from sexy to sultry, to innocent for the camera in a blink of an eye.
Loved doing the test shoot and was able to capitalize on the fantastic fall colors.
For the techies, the setup was fairly simple one… two SB700s shooting into a 72″ umbrella with either the on camera flash of the D610 as a commander or using the SB910 in commander mode for the brigher outdoor area where there was too much ambient light.
Diagram of the setup for the shot against the wall with the Ivy.
Here are some shots! Enjoy! and make sure to like my FB page 🙂
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!
ILLUMINATED? Well on Fire more like it.
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
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:
See more here.
During 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.
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.