Landschaften - Landscape
City in the Park, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Dec 2020;Feb 2021;Apr 2021 - F2.8, 1/20;1/15;1/200 s, 5.3x 4.49 mm, ISO 100
Last Christmas Santa Claus brought a drone. So I decided to give it a try in our backyard. It is designed based on the Versailles gardens in Paris. Two month later I decided to reproduce the picture in the snow and four month later in spring.
Lightning over Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, Aug 2020 - F13, 30 s, 1.5x 130 mm, ISO 250
While cleaning up the kitchen last Sunday night I noticed a thunderstorm on the horizont over Vancouver Island. So I got my camera and tripod, placed it on the balcony and started shooting. With only about one lightning per minute and a big area to cover I had to get lucky to capture anything on a 30 second exposure. While many pictures showed only underexposed landscape I got a number of amazing shots. Here the best one.
Sunset Point, Cox Bay, Tofino, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F5.3, 1/125 s, 1.5x 75 mm, ISO 200
It's this time again. I miss Tofino. With the Corona virus all around we decided not to go to Tofino this summer but try something else. We went to Pemberton, BC, which was nice, but man, what place can compete with Tofino. So instead I look through old pictures and hope we'll manage to head over there soon.
(Posted Aug 2020)
Milky Way over MacKenzie Beach, Tofino, BC, Canada, July 2019 - F 2.8, 30 s, 1.5x 11 mm, ISO 4000
We went to Tofino again, this time for camping. Stargazing in Tofino is amazing due to the little amount of light polution. After last summer a friend took beautiful pictures of the night sky on our last day together in Tofino, I was determined to get some shots this time myself. The Milky Way was clearly visible but I was amazed by the colors my camera was able to record. Cropping the picture to portrait shape focused all attention on our beautiful galaxy. Next time, I'll try again :).
View on Rosie Bay, Tofino, BC, Canada, April 2019 - F 5.6, 1/320 s, 2.7x 8.8 mm, ISO 125
On a stormy morning during our last Tofino trip I climbed through the thick rain forest on the rocks at the southern end of Chesterman Beach. I emerged on a cliff high above the water. From here I had a good view on Rosie Bay. After watching the waves for a while I placed my camera on a tripod and took a self portrait in front of this beautiful backdrop.
Surf on Frank Island with Lennard Island Lighthouse, Tofino, BC, Canada, April 2019 - F 9, 1/320 s, 1.5x 78 mm, ISO 200
As we love Tofino so much, we went again and stayed in the same town house complex at South Chesterman Beach that we went to last summer. On Chesterman beach is Frank Island which you can only reach at low tide. We walked there and waited until the tide was coming in. Then the waves started getting bigger crushing relentlessly against the rocks. I took this shot with the Lighthouse on Lennard Island in the background before wading back with our rubber boots through the incoming tide.
Tidal Cave, Tofino, BC, Canada, July 2018 - F 2.8, 1/2 s, 1.5x 15 mm, ISO 250
Every time we go to Tofino we discover something new. This time one of the new things was this tidal cave that you can only reach at very low tide. I took my tripod after sunset to the cave and started taking pictures. I liked the view out on the ocean but needed something in the foreground. In his book "The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography" Galen Rowell shows pictures where he used himself as a motive. So I followed his example and ended up with this shot.
Fiery Clouds over South Burnaby, BC, Canada, Oct 2017 - F5.6, 1/125 s, 1.5x 18 mm, ISO 200
On my way home from work I noticed the low hanging clouds and the setting sun shining right through them. The clouds seemed to be perfectly positioned between my building and the sun. After arriving I rushed upstairs, grabbed my camera and went on the balcony. I expected to see something beautiful but was still astonished when I saw the view.
(Posted April 2018)
South Burnaby, Surrey and Mt Baker, BC, Canada, Feb 2018 - F7.1, 1/200 s, 1.5x 95 mm, ISO 200
Mt Baker looks good at any time of day, especially with such a clear view. On this February Sunday afternoon the sun just started to set and all colors seemed to be enhanced between the melting snow. When we moved to this apartment someone told me I would loose the enthusiasm for the view. Hasn't happened yet :)
Surfer on Chesterman Beach, Tofino, BC, Canada, Feb 2018 - F 16, 1/1000 s, 1.5x 70 mm, ISO 200
Tofino is famous for its legendary beaches. After spending a beautiful afternoon with my wife and my daughter playing on the edge of the water the sun started to set. While taking pictures of my little girl splashing through some puddles I saw a surfer leaving the water, walking over the beach just in front of the sun. I quickly framed a shot and got him and his shadow nicely accentuated with a gorgeous backdrop.
Passage Island, Vancouver skyline and Mt Baker, Straight of Georgia, BC, Canada, Feb 2018 - F5.6 1/125 s, 1.5x 150 mm, ISO 200
After a wonderful long weekend in Tofino at the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island we were on the ferry back to the mainland. Just before reaching the ferry terminal in Horseshoe Bay we passed Passage Island and I managed to frame Vancouver's skyline just between the island and Mt Baker in the background. The beautiful evening light gave the scene a pleasant warm hue.
Alex Fraser Bridge and Skytrain, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Dec 2017 - F 4.5, 1/50 s, 1.5x 92 mm, ISO 1250
When morning arrives Greater Vancouver gets busy. Skytrains start to roll and a great many cars start flooding the streets. While in the foreground the train is about to pass its depot, the background shows Alex Fraser Bridge with countless headlights. I took this shot just before leaving the house to drop my little girl at daycare.
Taylor Park, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Dec 2017 - F 8, 1/1000 s, 1.5x 65 mm, ISO 250
In September 2017 we unexpectedly had to move. We struggled a bit to find a new place and settled on an apartment high in a building in South Burnaby. The biggest asset of this place is the amazing view. Since living here often the first thing I do after waking up is taking pictures of the sunrise. Though while I am accumulating many beautiful sunrise shots this morning in early December captivated with the dense fog that was covering nearly all of the surroundings.
Shannon Falls, Squamish Spit, BC, Canada, May 2017 - F 5, 1/400 s, 1.5x 82 mm, ISO 200
About an hour drive from Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway you reach Squamish. This scenic drive takes you along the Howe Sound, a network of fjords with beautiful views and hikes. While many people go to Squamish for the outdoor sports I mainly visit for its peacefulness, the birds and landscapes. When we stopped on the mole at the Squamish estuary we saw a lot of kite boarders with their kites inflated on the spit waiting for the wind to pick up. From here you have a great view on the Shannon Falls but until now I was always missing something in the foreground for a picture. When the kite boarders started going to the water everything came together and I managed to get this dynamic shot.
Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Apr 2017 - F 10, 1/400 s, 1.5x 35 mm, ISO 200
Close to my home there are two lakes, Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake. I love Deer Lake and the surrounding park with all the beautiful nature. Burnaby Lake I like less. It's not so accessible, there are only a few spots that I know of where you can directly get to the water. One spot is a popular bird feeding spot. While I enjoy the abundance of birds I cannot get over it that feeding the birds (with seeds) is even encouraged here. As my daughter loves watching birds (or any animal that moves around) I stopped here on my way to do groceries. After watching birds for a while I went for a walk with her in the baby carrier so she could have her nap. I remembered that there was another spot about a kilometer away where one can see the lake. This is where I took this shot. I didn't remember that Burnaby Lake can be so beautiful.
Forau d'Aigualluts, Huesca, Spain, Aug 2009 - F 10, 1/400 s, 1.5x 34 mm, ISO 200
On a free day during a work trip to Benasque, Spain we went on a hike in a nearby valley with a number of waterfalls close to a famous karst formation called Forau d'Aigualluts. Going through my picture archive I found this breath taking view on one of the many peaks.
(Posted Jan 2017)
Surf of Cox Bay, Tofino, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F 9, 1/320 s, 1.5x 200 mm, ISO 400
The waves in Tofino keep crashing on the shore and you can just stand for hours watching the spectacle. I took hundreds of pictures trying to catch the beauty of that moment. In this shot I thought I managed to present the power of the surf but only some contrast enhancement of the photo allowed to show the strength of the water.
(Posted Nov 2016)
Sunset on Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Mar 2016 - F 5.3, 1/20 s, 1.5x 90 mm, ISO 1250
So peaceful. An oasis in the middle of busy Metro Vancouver; Deer Lake Park is always good for a walk. Once around the lake takes about an hour and leads through forest and swamp lands along the shore. In this night that feels an eternity away (getting a baby seems to change perception of time) two fisherman were patiently waiting to catch some fish or maybe they just came out to enjoy the quiet of this park.
(Posted Oct 2016)
Arbutus Tree and Bull Kelp, East Sooke Regional Park, Sooke, BC, Canada, Oct 2016 - F 7.1, 1/200 s, 1.5x 22 mm, ISO 400
There are a few things that are typical for the coast of British Columbia. Two of them are Arbutus Trees and Bull Kelp. I was impressed how well I could see the kelp under water off this cliff in East Sooke Regional Park. Using a polarizer I managed to capture both plants in one shot.
East Sooke Regional Park, Sooke, BC, Canada, Oct 2016 - F 7.1, 1/200 s, 1.5x 112 mm, ISO 400
I have been a number of times in Victoria but only now did we find out about East Sooke Regional Park. A beautiful park with hikes along the rocky shoreline. And in the backdrop the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, USA. The interplay of the ocean, the haze, the mountains and clouds made for a beautiful shot. The sailing boat made me finally feel satisfied with my composition.
North Chesterman Beach, Tofino, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F 4.2, 1/13 s, 1.5x 32 mm, ISO 500
In Tofino you can walk for hours along the beaches. That night we walked until dark along Chersterman Beach. Just before heading back to our vacation rental I got this atmospheric shot of the northern end of North Chesterman Beach with Tonquin Island on the left and Wickaninnish Island as the backdrop.
Bennett Bay, Mayne Island, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F 5, 1/100 s, 1.5x 18 mm, ISO 200
I got up early to enjoy the sun rise on Bennett Bay. As I was able to see the landing stage from our hotel room the goal was clear: A typical landing stage silhoutte with a beautiful morning backdrop. I walked and climbed up and down along the shore line but couldn't find a satisfying angle. By shooting in portrait mode I finally got the idea to combine the geometric shape of the stage with the natural forms of the tree branches and the warm hues on the clouds. Now I had a successful composition.
Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, BC, Canada, Sep 2015 - F 13, 1/640 s, 1.5x 20 mm, ISO 1250
One of the highlights when going to Tofino is the Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park. Here you can walk hours with rainforest on one and the pacific ocean on the other side. This day in late summer spoilt us with beautiful weather. A perfect last camping day in paradise.
Upper Myra Falls, Buttle Lake, BC, Canada, Aug 2015 - F 9, 1/5 s, 1.5x 18 mm, ISO 200
The beautiful area around the Buttle Lake on Vancouver Island is not very busy with tourists. Most of the hikes here are strenuous and take full days. But the hike to the Upper Myra Falls proved to be a nice hour long excursion (one way) and finished with this picturesque view.
Squamish Estuary and Mount Garibaldi, BC, Canada, Feb 2016 - F 8, 1/250 s, 1.5x 35 mm, ISO 250
The Squamish Estuary offers beautiful views. This February day came up with incredible early spring weather and a great combination of colorful wetlands with snow covered peaks in the background.
Sunrise in Cox Bay, Tofino, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F 11, 1/500 s, 1.5x 270 mm, ISO 500
The morning sun on the waves in Cox Bay was fascinating. I tried to capture the different stages of the surf in one picture. The hue of the morning light helped to set the surf apart.
Pettinger Point, Tofino, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F 4.2, 1/60 s, 1.5x 38 mm, ISO 200
While staying in Tofino this January I enjoyed every morning long beach walks with my camera. I tried to get a shot of the waves that adequately represented their beauty. And as so often the best shot turned out to be the one from further back that tells the story of the moment, not just shows the surf.
Sunset on Mt Baker, taken from Mayne Island, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F 7.1, 1/200 s, 1.5x 170 mm, ISO 400
When taking pictures of mountains the foreground often seems too empty. This time the picture of the beautiful colors on Mt Baker in Washington (USA) during sunset were completed by water fowls flying low over the rocky shore of Mayne Island.
Canada Geese and Cormorants at Sunrise, Bennett Bay, Mayne Island, BC, Canada, Jan 2016 - F 9, 1/320 s, 1.5x 130 mm, ISO 200
While photographing the sunrise at Bennett Bay I focused on the cormorants perched on poles next to the landing stage. But only when a flock of Canada geese flew overhead did I manage to catch the beauty of this morning.