Days in Pictures

Days of twilight: days 276 — 280

Tuesday I decided to walk home along the Coal Harbour seawall again. It was quite a bit later, and the sun was seriously going down. Unbeknownst to me until I turned around, the near-full Moon was coming up at the same time, shining peacefully over the Convention Centre. Bonus: there was a little floating quay thingie that I could use to get a little distance from nearby buildings, thereby capturing as much natural sky as I could.

Fun fact: the default exposure seemed to result in way brighter photos than my eye was seeing, so I experimented with various exposure levels.

Less fun fact: the family had talked about doing another trip to Europe next year, this time to northern Italy—Venice and Florence and so on. Unfortunately I won’t have enough vacation days saved up. But we’re penciling in 2019 for Austria, which I’ve never visited, so that’s something to look forward to!

The last time I went to the Storm Crow quiz event, I stopped to take a photo of 4th Ave; really, though, that was only one of several I took that evening. Seen from afar, and especially at this time of day, downtown is gorgeous: the complex building-block texture, plus the water and mountains. And that night, it was neatly bisected by the horizon’s shadow. Amazing.

And I was just thinking, I could make a series of this, maybe? “Views of downtown from Granville Bridge.” Heh, five days ago wasn’t I worried about running out of material and inspiration?

Thursday, a morning photo that’s metaphorically about twilight. Because what is Fall, if not the twilight season?

Friday, a geometric perspective-y shot from the north steps of the Art Gallery. It’s overwhelmingly grey, and I experimented with different angles, taking in more of the background buildings, but I feel this works. This grey is not dull, it’s got texture. It’s got… oomph. I wasn’t that keen about this square’s redesign at first, feeling it too cold, too open, without enough green or shade or extra bits like the old fountain. But maybe it’s okay. I’m keeping an open mind.

And to cap things off, a semi-planned photo: I knew I was going to a seafood place for a friend’s birthday dinner Saturday, and I wanted to shoot something on the table. Unfortunately, for most of the meal I was distracted by actual delicious (and not very photogenic) food, but when a whole crab was deposited on the table, I grabbed my chance. Mind you, I could have held out for the lobster.

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