A photographic angle of a modern building caught my eye while walking through a big city. It's at the foot of Telus Gardens which is a new building with innovative architecture and is supposedly one of the most energy efficient in the world. The image is a little confusing. The translucency and reflections of the elevator on the left create a little perplexity.
I took several identical frames hand held using a high ISO setting. Normally I would use a tripod but this time I was trying a different technique. I used Photoshop to combine the identical images and eliminate the noise. I learned the technique from this tutorial by Serge Ramelli https://youtu.be/AMPwKC-8bac
Because I live in a small town walking around a big city is an experience for me. Sometimes I think I'd like to live in a large city. I love the energy, especially the creative inspiration I get for photography. I get a lot of that when I'm in a place like Vancouver.
Later when I get home I'm happy for the quiet and relative calm of a small town. It's not a contradiction, just a matter of being happy where I am. No matter where I end up, I'll always be looking for a photographic angle.
This reminds me of the saying that we are more alike than unalike. While in Amsterdam I took a ride on a boat through the city canals. It's a perspective that had me looking up at the houses, streets and people above the water level. It was a covered boat but sat outside the whole time taking photos. Being a foreigner I find it particularly interesting to watch people. I think that's a natural reaction to a new place, maybe because we relate to people more than surroundings.
I think people in most places around the world have a lot in common. Where we live is part of the equation, but not the most important part, at least that's my theory.
People here seem to be happy. There is a sensibility that's rarely found in North America, we have it but in isolated cases. What is it? It's hard to put my finger on it. Folks are content to ride bikes instead of cars. People spend quality time together rather than work all the time. It's a sense of identity of a small country that is sometimes lost in a large country. And then of course there are the laws, they are very different.
All that aside, at our core we are more alike than unalike. We think about many of the same things, we feel the same, we react to the same things. By experiencing and learning from each other we become wiser. When we look closely at people we realize we are not so different.
Photography is sometimes an opportunity to meditate on these ideas, to cut through the exterior and make a connection. That may sound counter-intuitive, but I think there's something to it, at least for me. But then, if we're not all that different maybe it is for you too.
Looking out over San Francisco from the top of Coit Tower there is a lot to take in. It was in the morning that I was here, and a good thing too because this is a popular icon and at any other time there would be lines to get up. But on this morning there were only a few people on top and the view in all directions was unobstructed.
San Francisco is hilly enough, but when you stand on top of the highest hill on a tower the elevation is accentuated. I used a wide angle lens to pack in as much as possible, but of course this is only looking in one direction; it was like this all around.
I think living up on this hill and then taking a walk everyday would ensure you are in pretty good shape. And that's exactly what you see, people walking up and down the hills. I get a little winded on just one hill but if I did it everyday maybe it would be different.
I was born and raised in California but I have never been up here. I've seen the Coit Tower countless times, I've been to the base of it, I recognize it as part of the skyline, but I've never been to the top of it until now. In my opinion its well worth the visit if you've not done that yet.
San Francisco is full of architectural landmarks but this ranks in the top two or three.