What World Photography Day Means To Me

A couple of people tagged me in a Facebook post because it was apparently World Photography Day. I had no idea but there’s a “day” for everything so it makes sense. Socks and Sandals Day is April 21st, mark your calendars. Being tagged in those posts made me think about photography and what it means to me. Turns out it means a lot.

My kid is my favourite subject
My kid is my favourite subject

I’ve become the person who always has a camera with them . Not a smartphone, a REAL CAMERA. My smartphone has an amazing camera for a phone but it can’t come close to the image quality of a proper camera. This has made it possible to capture wonderful moments with my daughter as she grows and learns. She even has her own camera and we go on photography adventures together.

This is a family heirloom. I spend a lot of time letting it teach me how to shoot.
This is a family heirloom. I spend a lot of time letting it teach me how to shoot

Photography has given me a chance to reconnect with my Grandpa who I lost when I was a teenager. The Pentax SP1000 pictured above was his and I’ve recently restored it using a parts camera a found on a local auction site. Shooting with film teaches me how to use light in a way digital just figures out for you. Using those skills with a digital camera has made me a better photographer.

I love long exposure photography
I love long exposure photography

Long exposure photography is awesome. You’re capturing light over a long period of time creating dramatic photographs. You can use long exposure to capture light streaks, light painting/writing, stellar photography. It’s given me somewhere to be at night that isn’t a bar.

Street photography, balancing art and not getting punched in the face
Street photography, balancing art and not getting punched in the face

Street photography can be a little intimidating but it’s given me a reason to get off the couch and explore the world around me. Not everyone wants their picture taken so it can be tricky. I switch between prime lenses and long zooms depending on what neighbourhood I’m in… You know?

Editing is not my thing but sometimes I make it work
Editing is not my thing but sometimes I make it work

Post processing isn’t my favourite part of photography. My editing (outside of Instagram…) is usually just cropping and straightening. Every now and then I dive into Lightroom to play around and I’ve come out with a few keepers. Overall though I like to take pictures that stand on their own and don’t need hours of work after the fact.

Better than a selfie
Better than a selfie

Portraits are so much cooler than selfies, that’s a fact. The only problem I have with portraits is how critical people are of their own appearance. It makes me turn away a lot of paid work because I don’t like hearing people pick themselves apart over the way they look. You’re hot, I’m hot, let’s take some pictures.

I love film
I love film

I know I’ve already talked about film but it really is a wonderful thing to use. You don’t get to take 300 pictures to get 10 good ones. It forces you to compose better, to be picky about your subject, and to understand the basic functions of a camera. Film cameras are very inexpensive these days because no one likes to do anything themselves anymore. Pick one up and shoot a few rolls of film. It’ll make you a better photographer.

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Fuji X-E1

I shoot with Fujifilm X Series cameras for most of my digital work. I was given an X-A1 which got me hooked on this great camera system. I picked up a used X-E1 body at a local camera shop a few months ago and I have 3 X-mount lenses along with some adapters to use some old glass I have. I also have a Pentax DSLR but it’s too big for most things I like to shoot. It’s a great camera though and Pentax uses a lens mount that gives you thousands of options.

Black and white is worth the fight
Black and white is worth the fight

What does World Photography Day mean to me? Well, nothing really. What does Photography mean to me? I’ll try to keep this short. It means I have a hobby that gets me outdoors, a hobby I can share with my family, a hobby that isn’t drinking beer or eating food in the name of “blogging”. It allows me to be creative, to be sensitive, to show the world the things that make my brain tick. Photography has changed the way I look at the world, it has changed the way I interact with people. When I take a picture I am stopping time.

There it is. You may now set your alarms for Socks and Sandals Day 2016.

Scott.

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What’s your favourite building in Vancouver?

Do you have a favourite building in Vancouver or the GRVD? Tell us what it is! Over the next few weeks I’ll be exploring Vancouver taking pictures of my favourites and sharing a little history about the building, the previous building that occupied that space, or whatever interesting facts I can dig up. If you have a favourite that you’d like me to explore leave me some info in the comments section or send me something at wflbcscott@gmail.com.

The Woodwards Building.
The Woodwards Building.

Info I’d like – Building name, address, and why you love it. During this time my Where In Vancouver Instagram adventures will be going on hiatus until I’ve finished this project.

Here’s some of what you can expect. Make sure to follow me on Instagram as this will be a non blog post project, Twitter/Instagram/WFLBC Facebook Page only. I’m planning on having a few guest photographers join me, let me know if you’re interested!

Emery Barnes Park and parts of Yaletown
Emery Barnes Park
West Cordova from Waterfront Centre
The Marine Building and The Guinness Tower along West Cordova street.
Towrds the DTES from HSBC
Harbour Centre, Granville Square, PWC Place, and various other office buildings.
VPL Central Branch
The VPL Main Branch.
The Vancouver Block
The Vancouver Block.
The West End from The Maritime Museum
The West End at dusk.
Trump Tower construction
The Trump Tower under construction.
The Qube
The Qube.
The Planetarium
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
The Marine Building
The Marine Building.
The Landmark Hotel from The Melville
The Landmark Hotel.
The Electra
The Electra.
The DTES from DVS
The Woodwards building.
Scotia and TD tower from HGR
The TD Tower and Scotia Tower.
Shangri-la from One Wall
Shangri-La
Still Creek
High rises along Still Creek in Burnaby.
Sunrise from HGR
The DTES under the rising sun.
Telus Gardens construction
Telus Gardens under construction.
The Convention Centre
The Convention Centre.
Science World and False Creek from Espana B
Science World.
Rooftops on Dunsmiur
Rooftops at Howe and Dunsmiur.
Robson Square from HSBC 2
Robson Square and the VAG from above.
Rasty shack on Granville Island
A run down shack on Granville Island.
Metrotown and Mount Baker from HGR
Mount Baker and Metrotown as seen from the heart of Vancouver.
MNP Tower construction from The Melville
The MPN Tower rising in the morning sun.
One Wall though cherry blossoms
One Wall seen through cherry blossoms.
Patina in the fog
Patina in the fog.
Port of Vancouver from undernaether 200 Granville
Port of Vancouver from West Waterfront Road.
Looking south west from Waterfront Centre
Jameson House
Looking NW from Electric Ave
A few of my favourites in one shot.
Looking north west from the dome of the Sun Tower
The Harbour Centre seen from a top secret location.
Infifity Towers
The Infinity Towers in Surrey.
Hudson's Bay Company
The Hudson’s Bay Company.
Harbour Centre at night
The Harbour Centre from below.
Harbour Centre from 200 Granville
The Harbour Centre.
HGR and HSBC from Hornby
The Hotel Georgia Residences and the HSBC building.
Highrises on West Georgia from The Melville
Office towers on West Georgia.
Highway 1 from Lougheed Mall area
Highway 1, the Port Mann Bridge, and Surrey’s City Centre from Lougheed and Austin.
Hotel Vancouver relected in the TD Tower
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver reflected in the TD Tower.
Gastown at night
Gastown at night.
False Creek from One Wall
False Creek and the Granville Bridge.
False Creek from Habitat Island
Yaletown from Habitat Island.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from HSBC
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver bathed in light from Cathedral Place.
Downtown-Central Van from One Wall
Lots of my favourites in one picture.
English Bay from One Wall
English Bay and the West End
Dawn from HSBC
The Port of Vancouver at dusk.
Central City and Library
The Central City Tower and the SPL Main Branch.
Central City
The Central City Tower in Surrey.
Cerry Blossoms and The Electra
The Electra hiding behind cherry blossoms.
Chinatown
Chinatown.
BC Place
BC Place.
BC Place from One Wall
BC Place with Metrotown in the distance.
BC PLace and Scotia Tower from HGR
The Scotia Tower, VPL Main Branch and BC Place.
Alex Fraser Bridge durting SF Perimeter Road construction
The Alex Fraser Bridge as seen from underneath the new South Fraser Perimeter Road.
1500 West Georgia
1500 West Georgia, a very under rated building, quite stunning in my opinion.
1075 West Georgia
1075 West Georgia aka The Concrete Waffle
200 Granville aka Granville Square
200 Granville in the morning fog.
West Georgia from Georgian Towers
West Georgia street.
The waterfall at Waterfront Centre
The Water Fountain at Waterfront Centre

Pictures of our city

It seems like you guys like pictures of Vancouver. It’s a pretty good looking city so I don’t blame you. Sometimes I take pictures of our beautiful city from some interesting places. I like to sneak into areas that most people never see and show them what I see. Early in the morning before I start my day, during my lunch or after hours only, just to be clear…

These are my favourites, follow me on Instagram if you like them!

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Scott.

 

New photography project – Where In Vancouver

Instagram is pretty cool, right? My personal/blog account is a mix of food, architecture, my kid, and random other stuff thrown in. I wanted to start a side project that was somewhat unique and a little more focused than my regular Instagram page. Where In Vancouver is very simple, 2 pictures per day taken within seconds of each other. One of my feet pointing in the direction I’m looking, up for north, left for east, down for south and right for west. The second picture is the view my feet are pointing at. Pretty simple right?

I’ll be using a Nexus 4 from Monday to Friday during the day and a Nexus 5 for weekends and evenings.

Check out the first 3 days of Where In Vancouver

Day 1. Facing east.
Day 1. Facing east.
Day 1. The Iron Workers Memorial Bridge.
Day 1. The Iron Workers Memorial Bridge.
Day 2. Facing south.
Day 2. Facing south.
Day 2. A murder of crows near Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby.
Day 2. A murder of crows near Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby.
Day 3. Facing south.
Day 3. Facing south.
Day 3. A 1950's Texaco gas station on 216th street in Langley.
Day 3. A 1950’s Texaco gas station on 216th street in Langley.

 

You can follow Where In Vancouver on Instagram – @whereinyvr and on Twitter – @WhereInYVR . To see more pictures of peoples shoes (because why wouldn’t you) check out the #whereistand hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

Scott.