The sun is finally out shining among us Vancouverites and I managed to get out early enough to enjoy some of it. I suppose I could go back outside but after walking around Vancouver for 4 hours, my feet are a bit sore. I’m sure there are more great photos out there to be taken, but I must rest my feet.
Today’s walk was a fun little journey. I headed towards the Inuksuk as my first stop and the lighting was pretty cool. So I took the photo below and processed it as an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.
Some people on Twitter were saying that it’s postcard worthy for the 2010 Winter Olympics. My little sister was even saying that the photo should be a postcard. What would make someone buy a photographer’s photo anyway? I’ve seen some pretty good work out there (like at Granville Island, Hornby Island and such) but I never thought I would buy someone else’s photography. I guess because I tend to think, “Why buy that, when I can go out and take a photo like that too?”. Perhaps once I get my head around that and then look at figuring out how to sell my photographic work! Back on track, the rest of my Vancouver photowalk.
I took the False Creek Ferry ($3.50 one way or $5 for return) from the West End to Granville Island, watched the sun rise above and headed towards the Cambie Street bridge. The rest of the seawall past the bridge is closed to due security measures at the new Olympic Village, so I continued up onto the bridge and headed towards Gastown.
A lone guitarist plays his tunes next to the Steam Clock. Yup, with the max reach of 200mm I can shoot a little bit inconspicuously. But then if you looked towards me with my big white lens, it’s quite noticeable. Even from far away you can notice that a 77mm diameter of a lens is fairly large. I really need to get more comfortable taking photos of people, being shy with my camera I think doesn’t help to much.
I walked past Waterfront Station and into Coal Harbour. Here they are prepping the area for the Olympic Flame to arrive. I find it silly that the new Vancouver Convention Centre was built and then they have to go and tear a bunch of it up to accommodate for the various tents that are going up for the Olympics. It will take them a long time to put things back the way they were after the Olympics are gone. Even the Westin in Coal Harbour is going to be home parts of the Olympics too. It also seems that the members of IOC (International Olympic Committee) are staying at the Westin. Their rooms don’t have bad views though.
I eventually headed towards Lost Lagoon to meet up with a fellow photog buddy. Thinking to myself, that it must be spring a Red-Winged Blackbird was out and about chirping away. I don’t think I have seem any of them during the Winter thus far.
Meandered around Lost Lagoon, but nothing was really active. Too bad too, as the sun was peaking over the trees quite nicely, illuminating the area.
It was time to head back home and rest my feet. Nearby there is a bit of a tribute for a guy named Eddie, one of the West End’s local homeless guys who recently passed away this Winter. I’ve heard and read stories about him and have seen him around too. He was always keeping busy by cleaning the sidewalks and some of the store-fronts. Unlike some of the other local homeless people who just harass you for change and at times are a wee bit too aggressive for it.
He seemed to have a big impact on the local area and the people in this part of the West End. It is nice to see a tribute like this to someone that people were fond of. The tribute to Eddie can be see on the side of the building at the corner of Nelson and Denman Street.
Let’s hope this great sunny weather stays around for a bit longer.