A street scene as I was approaching Howe Street on a Saturday night in Vancouver. I'm waking along Robson which is where a lot happens, it's the nerve center of shopping in Vancity. The rain is never a reason to stay indoors and from what I can tell people ignore it. That's a good policy and it will serve you well. If you can't beat it, join it with a raincoat and umbrella.
It was kind of funny actually. I found myself here with these amazing conditions early in the evening and got pretty excited. This is a street photographers dream because of the lights and rain slicked surfaces. I shifted into the zone as I looked for things to unfold all around. At one point I walked up and down this block several times just taking photos.
To get these street scenes at night it takes a very high ISO, especially if I'm shooting without a tripod. I used my Sony A7RII and set the ISO to 10000. That's a lot of zeros and up until recently, this just a dream and nighttime photography like this was not even possible. Thanks to the advances from Sony new possibilities have opened up for people like me that like shooting in very low light.
Tech talk aside, just getting out with my camera on a raining day, no matter where, is likely to provide a lot of subject matter to explore. Fortunately for me there is no shortage of rain in Vancouver and, I have both a rain coat and an umbrella.
This is a random beach shot I took last year at Bradenton Beach, Florida. I was standing alongside this old broken down pier, one of several which has since been demolished and removed. I don't know the county's plans but it would be nice if they built a new one so I could take pictures of that too. It's all about me.
I work during the day and spend much of my time at a computer. So when I write my blog I get to stare at something other than documents for a spell. I remember back when I took this I was standing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. That's about as far away as I can get from meetings and status reports. This picture shows where and how my batteries get recharged so I can do the stuff I have to do.
I think that looking at photos at the end of the day activates different centers in my brain. I have no idea which ones, just that they have nothing to do with computers. It has more to do with where I want to go. Wouldn't it be cool if I could just look at a photo and then enter a dream of that location? I've heard that some people can do that, and for all I know so can I, the only problem is I rarely remember my dreams. I'm going to hope that when I go to sleep this evening this is where I end up. Whether I remember it or not, that's okay with me.
The Foreshore Trail follows the shoreline around UBC in Vancouver. I walked several miles of it recently and took my time while I was at it. According to the map it was only three miles, but it took me two hours. I can be real slow when I have a camera in my hand. It's a good reason to go it alone.
These people were jogging in the same direction, but as the trail became nothing more than big rocks on the beach they slowed down which allowed me to compose this shot. Soon they were off and I was composing other shots, with other people. If you are ever in the vicinity of me when I'm taking pictures, chances are you'll end up in one of my images. Placing people in a landscape adds a human element, I find it allows me to project myself into the scene. I still shoot landscapes without people, but less and less these days. With people its like mixing street and landscape photography, two favorites of mine, a cross discipline of sorts. Mixing photography styles gives me more ideas and options with respect to the final image.
There is a very steep set of stairs to climb up to the road from this trail. If you walk straight up it will have you gasping for breath and wondering why your legs won't move. But of course I didn't go straight up. I stopped several times along the way and surreptitiously took pictures of the stairway through the forest with, you guessed it, people.