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First light, Canada Day, Downtown Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, Salish Sea, Burrard Dry Dock Pier, North Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Fotoeins Friday: Canada Day morning over the Salish Sea

Canada celebrates its birthday annually on 1 July. Known as Canada Day, the 2016 version marks the 149th anniversary of 1867 Confederation, with the creation of the “Dominion of Canada” and four provinces of Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

From 2015’s Canada Day, the photo above is first morning light on the downtown Vancouver skyline across Burrard Inlet (Salish Sea) from the Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Vancouver. The bright vertical reflection comes from light striking the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia (at Howe and West Georgia). Both tower and reflection converge at the “white sails” of Canada Place, a focal point for Canada Day festivities in Vancouver. Prominent at the left are three red gantry cranes at Port of Metro Vancouver’s CenTerm container terminal facility.

I made the photo above at 543am on 1 July 2015 with the Canon EOS6D, 24-105 L-lens, and the following settings: 1/160s, f/14, ISO500, and 105mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Marine fog streaming into Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, Canada,

Fotoeins Friday: fall fog in Vancouver’s 1st Narrows

Marine fog is another indicator of fall or autumn in Vancouver, as cool moist air from the north makes its way over the warmer waters of Georgia Strait. The leading edge of the fog seems to breathe and pulsate with the “lungs” of the Strait. Streaming through First Narrows, the fog partly obscures the two towers of the Lions Gate Bridge, spilling into Burrard Inlet. In the foreground are Coal Harbour and the changing colours of deciduous trees in Stanley Park.

I made this image from Vancouver’s Canada Place on 7 October 2014 with the Canon 6D camera and the EF 50/1.4 prime-lens with the following settings: 1/500s, f/11, ISO200, 50mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Sunrise over Burrard Inlet : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 1 July 2014,

Fotoeins Friday: First light on the 1st of July

At a latitude of 49 degrees North, Vancouver gets a lot of light from the early morning hour during the summer. If you stay up all night, you’ll watch the dusk’s glow diminish in the northwest, a faint glow hover over the entire length of the northern horizon, and dawn’s glow strengthen towards sunrise in the northeast. I awoke at 415am, headed out by 445am, and arrived on foot at the waterfront by Burrard Inlet by 515am. The morning sky continued to brighten until the moment the rays of the sun climbed up and over the North Shore mountains. Over on the right, the sails from Canada Place and the cranes from the CenTerm port facility reach high into the sky, as if by sheer reach they’re commanding the high wispy cirrus clouds to break apart for the big bright summer sun.

I made this photo at 545am to begin my 16+ hour marathon to photograph parts of the greater Vancouver area on Canada Day (1 July 2014).

I made the photo above on 1 July 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Inukshuk, First Beach, English Bay, ayyulshun, Salish Sea, West End, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver city by day

I was born and raised in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I left Vancouver in 1994, and for the next 17 years, I hadn’t spent more than one to two weeks in any subsequent visit.

I returned to Vancouver on 2012 January 4 after leaving job, career, and country of residence behind. In the six following weeks, I discovered new aspects to my hometown, and rediscovered “old” things I hadn’t encountered in over 20 years.

With this gallery, I’m showing parts to Vancouver which make the city beautiful and compelling. Anyone can find these gems for themselves at no charge, apart from the cost of public transit, because, really, why are you driving around town? Another gallery showing Vancouver at night will be posted very soon.

Here is some more photo goodness from Vancouver:

I made the photos above on January 2011, January 2012, and February 2012. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Heritage Horns, Pan Pacific, Flickr user ppacificvancouver, Wikimedia

My Vancouver: national anthem daily at noon (Heritage Horns)

Above/featured: Heritage Horns on the roof of Canada Place. Wikimedia image via Pan Pacific on Flickr (CC BY-2.0).

How does anyone in downtown Vancouver know it’s 12pm?

Look at their watch? That’s too easy …

Dig out their smartphone? That’s just boring …

How about stepping outside to have a listen …

( Click here for more )

My mountains, my harbour: my hometown

At sunset on a cold breezy late-January afternoon from Canada Place in Vancouver, I made the following panoramas of the waterfront.

Click on each of the following to blow `em up large on your display …

Waterfront panorama, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, CanadaWaterfront panorama, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, Canada

As always, the added bonus is the drone of seaplanes landing and taking off from the harbour, as the following 75-second video shows. Various companies offer ‘sea-to-sea’ flights from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

I made all of the above on 26 January 2012 with a 4th-generation iPod Touch; panoramas were constructed with the Photosynth app. This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

25000th photo in Vancouver

January 6 is known as Three Kings’ Day or the day of Epiphany.

A slow epiphany surely came about over the last few years (hence, the present RTW!), but walking around Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park on this cool grey morning made me realize two things:

  • I really am back in the city where I was born and raised. Since leaving Vancouver in 1994, coming back to visit has always bordered on the surreal. But this time, I’m sticking around for a few weeks, which adds a little more flavour and substance to the present visit.
  • The four-digit number-counter on my camera was close to ‘5000’, which meant exposure number 25000 after rolling over the counter twice already.

After clicking a few frames for the signage around the lighthouse nearby, the following is the 25000th exposure with my Canon 450D:

Lions Gate Bridge, First Narrows, Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park, Vancouver

  • 1202h PST, 6 January 2011
  • Brockton Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada
  • EOS 450D camera + EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens : 1/100s, f/5, ISO100

For a bonus, how about two more of my hometown …

Canada Place, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, CanadaNorth Shore, Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver

I made the three photos above with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) and the Canon EF 50mm prime-lens. This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

By the way, I also marked the 15000th exposure with a blog post here and the 20000th exposure on Flickr.

The Lions, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Vancouver: an enduring royal symbol

Every time I’m “home”, I’m amused as I travel around the city like a “tourist” to places I’ve known since I was a young boy.

I make my way to Stanley Park, which as an urban green-space expanding out to 1000-acres is one of the largest and most scenic city-parks in the world. A well-visited spot for locals and tourists alike, Prospect Point offers on a clear day a spectacular view of the mountains on the North Shore, English Bay and the Gulf Islands to the west, and Burrard Inlet and Burnaby Mountain to the east.

The Stanley Park Causeway bisects the park in half, and leads directly to the Lions Gate Bridge. Over the Causeway at Prospect Point is a small overpass, where statues of lions stand, noble and proud, their serene gaze a hint to the beautiful sight across the way.

Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver

Although there are a number of bridge crossings throughout the metropolitan area, the Lions Gate Bridge is an important well-photographed landmark and icon of the city. With the direct financial backing of the Guinness family (yes, the one and the same Guinness), the bridge was built in 1938 to cross over First Narrows and to provide access from the city proper with the growing residential development on the northern shores of Burrard Inlet (Salish Sea).

Ever since I was a boy when dad drove us over the Bridge, the colours have always remained, burned into memory. I think dad loved bridges, and I suspect he loved the view, too.

Green painted bridge.
Evergreen trees.
Silver grey skies.
Blue patches between clouds, and in the waters of First Narrows below.

The Lions, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver

Douglas Coupland once wrote in an essay:

I want you to imagine you are driving north, across the Lions Gate Bridge, and the sky is steely grey and the sugar-dusted mountains loom blackly in the distance. Imagine what lies behind those mountains – realize that there are only more mountains – mountains until the North Pole, mountains until the end of the world, mountains taller than a thousand me’s, mountains taller than a thousand you’s.

Here is where civilization ends; here is where time ends and where eternity begins. Here is what Lions Gate Bridge is: one last grand gesture of beauty, of charm, and of grace before we enter the hinterlands, before the air becomes too brittle and too cold to breathe, before we enter that place where life becomes harsh, where we must become animals in order to survive.

(p. 119, “City of Glass – Doug Coupland’s Vancouver”, 2000)

It’s hard to imagine Vancouver without “The Bridge.” And when I drink Guinness, I’ll raise my glass and cheer the family for building what has become a definitive landmark for the city.

For views of the Lions Gate Bridge similar to the photos above, head to the western edge of the downtown peninsula and into Stanley Park, and make your way to Prospect Point Lookout at the northern tip of the park.

I made the three photos shown above on 7 January 2011 with the Canon EOS450D camera, the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, and the EF 700-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress on as

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