Archive for the ‘river’ Tag

No Spitting!   2 comments

wetlands, duck, bird, bird photography, Reifel Island, Vancouver, British Columbia


Third Time Lucky   12 comments

Seven Sisters, Indian Canyon, Palm Springs

I’m back in Indian Canyons for today’s post. There are three broad areas where you can hike in the canyons – Andreas Canyon, Palm Canyons and Murray Canyon. At the end of the Murray Canyon is a waterfall called the Seven Sisters. Being a sucker for waterfalls, I wanted to give this hike a try. It’s a 7.4km hike round trip. We’d started out on this hike three years ago on a previous trip, but one of our group fell and hit her head leading to a very exciting rescue by the fire department. Needless to say, we didn’t carry on with the hike that day.

For my second attempt at this hike, I set out about two hours before the park closed. Unfortunately, I dawdled too much taking pictures on my way out. With just 45 minutes left before the park closed and the hike not yet half done, I wasn’t at the falls yet and so turned back.

For my third attempt, I brought my 11-year old along. We left in the morning to make sure we had plenty of time. It’s a fun hike that follows a small stream with the path zig zagging back and forth across the water the whole way. At the end of the hike, we found the scene above.

Day 232 – Cleaning Day   3 comments

Rainbow Falls, Whistler, BC

I finally cleaned my sensor (actually the low pass filter in front of the sensor) today. I should have done it ages ago, but I’ve felt that first-time-cleaning anxiety. There are so many warnings out there about how you can scratch the glass if it has any hard particles on it. Warnings aside, I’ve also learned that it’s just a bit too hard (and expensive) to get gear serviced professionally (and locally) so if I can do it myself, I’m going to because really, how hard can it be? As it turns out, not too hard at all.

I put the camera in sensor cleaning mode, gave it a few puffs with a filtered blower, put the cleaning fluid on the swab and gave the low-pass filter a single wipe from side to side. All done. Checked it with a few test shots and it’s all good. Cleaner than it’s been in months and months. Hopefully it’ll last and I’ll have a lot less post-production dust removal.

This image is, once again, from Rainbow Falls in Whistler, BC.  This image unfortunately needed a bit of cleanup. I discovered, on returning from my travels, that there were some small fibers right in the middle of the sensor that I’ve had to remove from every single image. Next time, I should apparently do a test shot before I pack.

Day 231 – Falls in Cyanotype   8 comments

Rainbow Falls, Whistler, BC

As suggested over the last couple of days by commenters Brandon (of When This Becomes There) and Adrian (of Adrian Harvey Photography) here is one of my recent waterfalls with a cyanotype treatment. I added the toning using Silver Efex Pro which offers some quick and easy preset tones that you can then fine-tune yourself.

Day 230 – I Prefer Water Falls to Children Falls   11 comments

Rainbow Falls, Whistler BC

So I’m on my own again this week. My wife is out-of-town (business trip). This isn’t a new occurrence. Over the years, she’s spent more than a little bit of time travelling. Usually it’s only a week at a time. The longest was about six weeks. More often than it seems reasonable, one of the kids comes down sick with something while she’s away. In fact, they often catch something the day she leaves.

This week did not disappoint. No one got sick, but our youngest did a face plant at the playground at school. She hit her forehead pretty hard on the one of the wooden platforms. Thankfully there was no blood. Unfortunately I was not by my phone when they called me to come fetch her, so she had to wait 45 minutes before I turned up to rescue her. Bad Dad.

As a parent of active kids, I know, as I’m sure many parents do, the basic checklist for checking your kid for a concussion. Sadly, this list has been useful to me in the past. This time she came through the list clean. No concussion, just a big, colourful goose-egg.

The photo today is Rainbow Falls again in Whistler, BC. It offers an endless range of photo opportunities.

Day 229 – Rainbow Falls, Whistler, BC   10 comments

Rainbow Falls, Whistler BC

This very photogenic set of waterfalls, called Rainbow Falls, is located in Whistler, BC. To find them, you need to be prepared to do a bit of hiking, but they’re well worth the effort. We spent a couple of hours at the falls and didn’t encounter anyone else. Happily, not even a bear. This is bear country, so the risk was there. In fact, we’d encountered two bears already this day, one less than 10ft from us before we even noticed it. Thankfully the bears weren’t interested in us.

In capturing this image above, I learned to use a feature on my camera I’d never tried before. It was an overcast afternoon and we were pretty deep in the bush and in the small valley made by the river that I was able to shoot with some long exposures from 3s to 25s. I like long exposures, but I don’t actually do them that often. What I encountered in this specific situation was that I was getting some image-ruining camera shake.

I made some attempts to stabilize the tripod, but got nowhere. Finally I realized that the problem was likely coming from the camera itself. So, for the first time ever, I tried shooting with the mirror lockup function turned on. It worked a treat. The mirror lockup function completely eliminated the camera shake.

Day 228 – What Have You Learned Lately?   9 comments

Rainbow Falls, Whistler BC

Photography (like so many things) is a constant learning process. At least it should be, but we’re all guilty of falling into habits and not trying new things. Well, maybe you’re not, but I certainly am.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit friends in Vancouver. One friend in particular is someone with whom I used to do a lot of photography. We did joint photo assignments where we would select a theme and then have one month to shoot our best work. At the end of the month, we’d get together to critique each other’s images. It was a great way to learn. He always left me wanting to do better next time. Happily, he and I had a chance to do some shooting together for the first time in nearly 10 years.

We haven’t yet had a chance to compare images from our hikes, but I learned something from him without even seeing his images. When I’m out and about I tend to shoot big pictures – landscapes, vistas. Given that we were hiking in the west coast Rockies, vistas would be the name of the game for me. And then I watched him shooting and so much of what he did was up close, capturing details, seeing textures or light that intrigued him right in front of his nose.

Many of my pictures from the hikes are still mountain vistas, but I learned to look at the little details too and find images in those smaller details.

What have you learned lately?