Alex Fraser Bridge from my car’s sunroof

Looking up at the Alex Fraser Bridge from sunroof

Looking up at the Alex Fraser Bridge from my car’s sunroof

A few years ago I spent more than seven hours on the sidewalk of the Alex Fraser Bridge to photograph the cables and pillars at sunrise. I even drove over the bridge heading north and set my camera on my roof with the sunroof open and clicked a number of shot.

Here is the photo I took through my sunroof while driving in the center lane.

This photograph was taken on August 3, 2012 at 1:41 p.m. using a Canon 5D Mark 111 camera in manual mode and the lens too was on manual mode with an ISO of 400 and shutter speed of 1000 sec with a 16 mm lens at F/7.1.

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Under the Alex Fraser Bridge

MV Laurel Ace under the Alex Fraser Bridge.

MV Laurel Ace passing under the Alex Fraser Bridge.

A few years ago I spent more than seven hours on the sidewalk of the Alex Fraser Bridge to photograph the cables and pillars at sunrise. I even drove over the bridge heading north and set my camera on my roof with the sunroof open and clicked a number of shot.

Next posting, I will put up the photo I took through my sunroof. It is a very nice and interesting image.

Now, here I am on an outbound cargo ship heading for English Bay anchorage, when the MV Laurel Ace heading for Fraser Surry Docks to load cargo, sails under the Alex Fraser Bridge.

People driving in their cars on the Alex Fraser Bridge heading north or south in the centre lane would not even see this view.

This photograph was taken on August 27, 2016 at 6:38 p.m. using a Canon 5D Mark 111 camera in manual mode with an ISO of 500 and shutter speed of 500 sec with a 16 mm lens at F/10.

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Sunrise and cyclist

ROEL0254_10x6x100 dpiSunrise over Seymour Mountain, North Vancouver, BC

I was at the Lynnterm Terminals in North Vancouver taking photographs of a ship when I noticed the brightness of the Eastern sky indicating that the sun was soon to rise over Seymour Mountain.

I put my camera on my Really Right Stuff tripod and looking through the lens, I thought that perhaps I should put on an Extender EF 1.4X to get closer to the sun.

While the sun was rising, I noticed a cyclist on the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge who was heading south on the new bicycle pedestrian walk way. I took a series of images trying to just capture the cyclist with no cars and have him in a good position silhouetted against the rising sun.

This image was taken on August 25, 2016 at 6:38 am using a Canon 5D Mark 111 camera in manual mode with an ISO of 100 and shutter speed of 800 sec at F/18 at 280 mm lens, with an Extender EF 1.4X.

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SST Capilano

SST Capilano coming along side the M/V Sea Charm

SST Capilano coming along side the M/V Sea Charm

SST stands for Saam Smit Towage Canada Inc.,  Capilano represents Chief Capilano, historic leader of the Squamish First Nation.

While on board the M/V Sea Charm, a Panamax class Bulk carrier ship heading for Cargill grain elevator in North Vancouver, I noticed the SST Capilano heading toward the ship to assist in docking.

The 71-foot ASD tug is among the strongest of Saam Smit Towage’s Vancouver fleet with a bollard pull of 65 metric tonnes.

The SST Capilano was built locally in North Vancouver by ABD Boats.

Here are a few technical pieces of information – Camera used, Canon 5D Mark 111, ISO 200 with a shutter speed of 500 at F/4 at 70 mm lens opening at 06:49 a.m., July 18, 2016.

PS Here is a link to the Christening of the SST Capilano, earlier this year.

http://bcshippingnews.com/photo/photos-saam-smit-towage-canada-christens-sst-capilano

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A view from the ships bridge.

Squamish Terminals seen from the bridge of the Star Dieppe.

Squamish Terminals seen from the bridge of the Star Dieppe.

When I saw all this steel pipe on the dock, I had to take a beauty photograph. A few months earlier, I spent half a day on the roof of the shed photographing the pipe. The pipe is one thing but the beautiful view of the mountains surrounding Squamish Terminals is breathtaking.

Here are a few technical pieces of information. Camera used, Canon 5D Mark 111, ISO 640 with a shutter speed of 320 at F/16 at 17 mm lens opening at 2:10 p.m.

PS. Squamish Terminals used this photograph in an Ad and it was also used on a desktop calendar by the shipping company.

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The little push.

Captain Keith Matthews keeps his tugboat, Sharbett up against the dry dock.

Captain Keith Matthews keeps his tugboat, Sharbett up against the dry dock.

It is 6:08 in the morning and the tugboat, Sharbett, which works the North Arm (Marpole area) of the Fraser River, is pushing the Meridian Marine Industries Inc.’s dry dock up against the dock, as a 220 Ton barge is rolled onto the dry dock.

The photo was taken February 23, 2016 ISO 2500 at one quarter of a second at F4 using a Canon 16-35 mm lens on a Really Right tripod.

 

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Seizing an opportunity

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In 1996, I was in the CKNW studios about a year before the station left the BC Pavilion Complex on the Expo 86 grounds to their current studios in Pacific Centre.

 I was kneeling at the end of the table, out of the way of the TV cameras. There was an on air commercial break and all the media turned their TV lights off and began to talk to each other, and I saw an opportunity. I asked the Right Honourable Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada, if he would shake Bill Good Jr’s hand which he did for me. I got the shot and just when the handshake was taking place, the media turned on their video lights and tried to catch the end of the handshake.  It was a very special moment captured in B&W.

I do not really remember any of the technical details other than it was Kodak Tri X 400 ISO shot on a Canon EOS 1D film camera full frame on a 24 mm lens. The reason I know this is  because the B&W print I have is 10” by 6”, which means full frame and no cropping.  Also the camera is sitting on my bookshelf.

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Four tails of Cathay Pacific Airways

HAECO hanger Hong Kong International Airport

HAECO hanger Hong Kong International Airport

I was in the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) maintenance hanger at the Hong Kong International Airport in 2001, working on a photo story for Cathay Pacific, CX World company newsletter.

When I saw the three Cathay Pacific (CX) tails, I immediately thought that this would be a great photo – and, at that very moment, I also saw another CX aircraft coming down the runway in the process of turning around for takeoff.  Once the aircraft began to start its run down the runway, I waited until I could catch the tail in between the other three.  It was a fantastic photo opportunity.

In Vancouver, you would never see this kind of grouping.

The photograph was shot on a Canon EOS-1 V film camera, and 70-200 mm 2.8 lens. Sorry do not remember the F-stop. The film was Fuji 400 ISO.

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Looking Up

Pulp being loaded into the No. 4 hatch

Pulp being loaded into the No. 4 hatch

It was a beautiful summer day standing on the floor in the No.4 hatch of the Cielo Di Vaino, a d’Amico ship docked at Harmac, just a short distance from the city of Nanaimo, BC.

The crane is lowering bales of pulp, which will sail through the Panama canal to Europe.

The technical details of this photo were taken on a Canon 5D Mark 111, with a 16-35 mm F/2.8L USM lens, focal length 27 mm exposure 1/400 sec; F7.1; ISO 100; Manual; Spot Metering.

I really like shooting under these conditions, as the impact is evident in the photograph.

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Woodfiber, B.C. …Then 1973 Today Woodfiber LNG

Three Fibreglass Scrubbers

Three Fibreglass Scrubbers

Back in 1973, I was young and knew nothing about safety on an industrial site. I arrived at Woodfiber, not far from Squamish, BC, on the first morning ferry wearing my leather open toe sandals. The foreman met me at the dock and looking down at my feet, asked me what was I there for? I said,” I am here to take photographs of the three new fiberglass scrubbers”.

He looked at my sandals and he looked at me and said, “go and get your shots and get out of here”. His tone was not warm. I went and took my photographs.

The Amalgamated Construction Association of B.C. awarded me 1st in the “Heavy” category of the Association’s Annual Construction Photograph Competition, 1973.

On a technical note I used my Hasselblad camera with a 40 mm lens with Kodak Tri X 400 ISO black and white film.

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Approaching the Lions Gate Bridge

A d'Amico Ship at Lions Gate Bridge

A d’Amico Ship at Lions Gate Bridge

Having photographed all through the Forest, Asbestos and Copper open pit mining, it was nice to spend some time on a bulk carrier.

I boarded the d’Amico ship at Harmac Terminal, just outside downtown Nanaimo, for a ride across the Strait of Georgia, to Fiberco Terminal in Vancouver harbor.

To take this photo of the ship approaching the Lions Gate Bride, I went out onto the bridge wing and set up my Canon 5D Mark 3 on my Really Right Stuff tripod.   The light on the ship’s deck is from the lights on the bridge.

I aimed my Canon 16-35 mm lens focused at 20 mm on the deck to get an exposure using ISO 2500 at 1-½ seconds at F5. A few hundred meters before, the deck was in complete darkness.  There are a few challenges to taking photos at night, but the results are very pleasing.

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Black and White Silhouette

Captain Lloyd McGill driving the R.D. Riley

Captain Lloyd McGill driving the R.D. Riley

I really like the impact of a silhouette black and white photograph. This image is of Lloyd McGill, who is the captain of the Pilot boat R. D. Riley, which is docked in Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island.

We were at the Pine Island Pilot Change waiting for an Alaska bound cruise ship that left Vancouver the evening before, to drop off two BC Coast Pilots, and then board the two pilots who would take the cruise ship to Alaska.

People often ask me how I take photographs. This photo was taken August 30, 2014 at 08:53 am on a Canon 5D Mark 3 with a 16-35 mm lens focused at 16 mm and the ISO was 640 at 1000 second shutter speed with an exposure of F9 in manual mode. I took the exposure of the sky and then focused on the back of Lloyd’s head.

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