Vancouver Sun Halo

Yesterday, on my way to the East Van Show and Shine, my friend Eli pointed out a circular rainbow around the sun.  Not something you see every day, and since we both had our cameras we took some photos.  Someone suggested that this phenomenon is called a sun dog or sundog (Wikipedia), but I think it is actually a sun halo.  A sun dog is a ‘mock sun’, or a bright point of light similar to the sun.  I this case, it’s a complete circular halo around the sun and looks like a rainbow. There are some references to these things here and here. Update (May 29):  After posting on a forum, it turns out this phenomenon is called  a sun halo.  It is seen when thin cirrus clouds are present high in the atmosphere on a sunny day.  Light refracts off ice crystals and creates the effect.  More info here: 22° halo at Wikipedia,...

Another visit to the Vancouver Aquarium

I have had a membership at the Vancouver Aquarium for the last few years and I like to visit often.  It’s a great place to just walk around and relax.  I almost always see something new and different.  I like to bring my camera, you never know what you will see. Don’t bug me, I’m crabby Best buds, Gus and Ollie, hyacinth...

Dragon Boat Spring Sprint in Vancouver

What a great day for some dragon boat racing.  Since my wife is on a team, I went down to take some photos and enjoy the nice weather.  Spring Sprint is a warm up to the big Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, which is in mid June.   The boats are smaller, only 10 paddlers instead of the usual 20 and the distance is substantially shorter as well.  Still fun to watch, especially when you can soak up the sun after the miserable April showers. The races are held in False Creek with downtown Vancouver as the backdrop.  Hard to find a nicer venue than this. The staging area is right beside Science World. Some shots of the action.     Organized...

A Trip to the Vancouver Aquarium

I visit the Vancouver Aquarium several times a year and always enjoy it.  They recently expanded and also have bioluminescence displays which were great to see.   A friend of mine stole (ok, borrowed) my favorite lens for my visits to the aquarium, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR, so these are all shot with the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8.  Since everything is hand held, the VR is actually quite useful. One of my favorite tanks showing the Pacific Sea Nettle.  I feel very relaxed after watching it for a while. A shrimp in the west coast exhibit. It was divers weekend (discount if you bring your cert card).  Lots of interesting info for divers.  Here, coast guard divers prepare to dive in the big tank next to the entrance. I caught the dolphin show from the underwater viewing gallery.  These animals are amazing, incredibly fast and agile.  Here, one of them makes an entrance after some acrobatics. Part of the bioluminescence display.  Preserved deep sea fish that use lights on their body to attract prey.  Wouldn’t want to run into this guy while swimming in the ocean. This little guy seemed quite interested in me. Leopard frog taking in the rays. The colours on some of these frogs is just amazing. Not my wife’s favorite. Hangin’ out, looks nice and relaxed. You see a lot more than fish at the Vancouver Aquarium. Rays, another favorite. The Arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. Looks like this guy just finished molting or is about to.  Great looking snake.   And the rest of the images from the day. [tag-gallery tag=VanAquaJan12 columns=3...

Vancouver’s Olympic Village At Night

A friend of mine just purchased a new Gitzo tripod and was eager to try it out. We decided to head down to the Olympic Village in Vancouver to get some shots at night. Below are some of the shots that turned out ok, all shot with a Nikon D90, 3 exposure HDR at +/- 2 EV. Processed with Lightroom, Photomatix, and Photoshop. This is the first time I have attempted an HDR panorama. This is a panorama stitched from four HDR images. I don’t think it turned out that well, but I learned a few things and will try something different next time. I think some of the other images from the nights shoot turned out better. Shot with a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8. This shot is taken with the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens from the Aqua Bus platform near Science World. Really enjoying this lens and can’t wait to use it on an FX body. I like the how the reflections turned out in this shot. The new and ‘improved’ BC Place along with the Plaza of Nations. Great design on this bridge, lit up at night and looks great. Some funky stairs and cool blue lights. They did a great job with the design and architecture at the new village. I’ll be back to take more photos for sure. Science World always looks good at...

Fall in Vancouver

It was a beautiful fall day in Vancouver today. I decided to visit Queen Elizabeth Park to try and catch some fall...

BC Place and Science World HDR Photos

A couple of HDR photos shot in the false creek area of Vancouver, BC. The new BC Place stadium and Science world. I processed with a demo version of PhotoEngine which I like a lot.  

Protected: Dragon Boat Festival 2012

A few of the processed team photos. I’ll have the rest of the photos available soon.  Click on the photo to view a larger version.  You can also download the high resolution version of these photos here (140 MB, it’s big). Team 1     Team 2 Group Shots   Black and white version And one processed in the style of the movie “300”, just for fun :)   Adding one just for Brian. Random Shots Bob, the team, and me   Team mascot getting a belly rub   Rough life   Katie giving me the eye   Steve conserving his energy   Lunch   Stefa with offspring   Guys clowning around   Peace   Team warm up   Watch as David Blaine will attempt to levitate!   The name is Bond, James Bond     Getting ready to race   Racing       Hastings Street Band     Hard to see in the small photo, but I like this shot as Charlie obviously saw me :)   Winners   Good times   The Gong Show that is the Guts and Glory             Looks like the geese are enjoying the show too I also found a very cool video, shot by the steersman for Kai Ikaika of Portland, Oregon, winners of the Guts and Glory race. Looks like an exciting...

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