Tuesday, February 19, 2013

North Vancouver Photo Walk

I'll be back tomorrow with a new recipe, but I wanted to take a break from that for today to share some pictures with you.

You may remember a few weeks back when I had a near breakdown over having bad food photos. After talking with my ever-amazing husband and family, and getting tons of support from readers and fellow bloggers (not to mention friends), I made the decision to do something about my photo (non)knowledge.

At the beginning of February, my hubs and I challenged each other to post a daily Instagram picture of an artistic photo by me, and a drawing for the hubs. His challenge is to become a better 2D artist, and mine of course, is to take better photos and develop my artistic eye. Whether or not we get a good photo/drawing, we have to post it on instagram, and it also doesn't matter what medium we use (phone or DSLR for me), as long as we post a photo. You can check out (and follow) my instagram feed here, and my daily challenge photos are tagged #febdailyphoto.

I have been taking most of the pictures with my phone, but I have done a couple photography walks along the water in the last couple weeks, taking my DSLR along, and seeing what I can capture down there. I wrote in one of my recent posts that I did this, and Tara of Tara's Butter Dish asked me if I was planning on doing a post about it. That thought hadn't occurred to me until she mentioned it, but I thought it was a great idea, so thank you Tara :)

I wanted to show you some of the photos I have gotten and show you the little place we call home.

Oh and in case you are curious, I use a Nikon D3000 with a Sigma Macro lens 17-70mm f/2.8 to take my food and everyday photos.

If you haven't picked up on it yet, we live in North Vancouver, which is just North of the city of Vancouver. Go figure.

Matt actually works in the city, and takes a ferry into work. We couldn't love living outside of the hustle and bustle more! Not that North Van isn't busy, but it is so much more relaxed living than being right downtown. The commute is really quite fast and as you can imagine, the cost of living is cheaper out here. We are so happy to be living here, and I mean, people living in the city don't get this view! I feel bad for them really! This is THE BEST way to live in a big city :)

I love this dock. It makes me so happy. I don't know what it is, but I just love it.

The ocean and this view is a whopping five minute walk from our place, and on a clear day (which is sadly few and far between here), this is the stunning view we get. Seriously, we are blessed to live here.

Do you remember this one on Instagram? I got so many questions and comments about this guy, so I will explain a little bit. Like I said, this ocean view is so close to us, and this star fish was actually on the lower dock that you see in the photo just above this one. I think a fisherman caught him on accident (which I actually think is not allowed on this dock, but I wasn't going to say anything haha), and I don't know why he didn't throw him back in, but instead he placed the star fish right here on the edge. I thought it was pretty amazing, so when the fisherman left, Matt and I went down to take pics. Some people said it looked like a giant monster climbing up, others Davie Jones' beard. What do you think it looks like? Either way, its cool and very creepy all the same ;)

This star fish was on that same dock, just a different day. Quite different looking! And much smaller!! For reference, this one was about the size of my palm, and the other one was at least 6 times that size! So huge! And I did throw this guy back in the water, because I figured he had a better chance of surviving in the water than on this dock, and there was a gull looming very closely at the time.

Again, the same dock, that fisherman I was telling you about catching some crabs. I have seriously seen the biggest creatures on this dock than I ever have before. Pretty cool, but Ill stop creeping you out with creature pictures ;)

I loved the clouds in this picture. It looks like the trees and the clouds are almost one entity, just different colors. I love it. This view is on the way down to the ocean. Its next to a really cute little pond and creek area (man-made). And these buildings are just about the extent of tall buildings in North Van, which is perfect for me!

Here is the creek I was talking about. Even though this is man-made, it is still so beautiful. I am just amazed by the beauty that surrounds us.

That is the pond behind those plants, and also the first picture on this post is the same pond.

On my second photo walk, I was by myself (Matt was working), and on my way back from the ocean, I was passing this area and I saw a really cute older lady (really quite old actually. At least in her 80s), and she was by herself walking home, and it gets really uphill behind this pond! I couldn't believe she was doing that by herself, so I walked up to her and started talking to her. I was worried that she was going to hurt herself, so I wanted to offer her some support and company while she climbed the hill.

I didn't stay with her the whole time, but I walked and talked with her most of the way. Sometimes when I see new people, I get scared to talk to them, because I'm afraid they might be mean, or they might think I'm a stalker or something (I know, silly), but usually when I do, it is so nice to have a conversation with someone new. And most people in Vancouver are so incredibly friendly :) And I can only hope that me talking with the lady brought a smile to her face, knowing someone wanted to help her just a little bit.

I'll share just a few more pictures with you, and then let you go. I loved this picture. The water is so serene, there's the dock that I love (the other side of it), and then I'm not sure if you can see, but on the log over to the right, in black there is someone sitting. I just loved the serenity of that. It caught my attention.

I know I have a lot to learn about photography, but the only way to get better is to try. Take pictures everyday, using different mediums, and of different things. Not only food photography, but also of nature and anything else that catches your eye.

Nature is one of the most beautiful pieces of art there is, so why not try and capture it through a lens.

I hope you enjoyed North Vancouver, and feel free to ask me questions about Vancouver, or about my photos :)

I will see you back tomorrow with a new recipe!!! Thanks for letting me share these with you.

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  1. Beautiful pictures. Can't wait to come visit!

  2. Aww... that's so nice of you to walk with that old lady!

    Great pictures and I love the creature ones! It's so very pretty in your area. Lucky girl!

    And it's great that you're trying different stuff with your photography. I'm not kidding when I say that I have NO clue how to use the camera outdoors. Not even which automatic setting to use. ClueLESS. I can take decent food pictures, in a very specific environment, but other than that... nope.

    Oh! The other day, my husband was looking at the pictures of another blogger. She sometimes comes over here and bakes. He just laughed in disbelief because her pictures are SO far off from from and told me I had to do photography and Photoshop tutorials. It's annoying but he's right. I haven't improved since I started. I'm gonna go email you more about this now! We can be photography improving buddies. :)

    1. I know, I am lucky to live here :) As much as I complain about having to move all the time, I really am lucky to be living in such stunning places :D I know what you mean too. Its taken lots of horrible pictures to even get ones this good, and then I still have to do editing to get them looking decent. But I guess just practicing is whats going to make that better right :D

  3. Oh, these pictures made me so homesick for Vancouver. Playtime by the beach is one of the things I miss the most!

  4. When we are in Vancouver we love taking the Seabus to North Vancouver (is that ho Matt commutes?). I love strolling through Lonsdale Quay Market and I think we have actually walked along a dock in your picture. How cool you are living right there now!


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