A month of losing things
March is a bit of a weird month for
us. Normally we go to Asia for Spring break to visit
family. With the Corona virus outbreak we had to cancel our
trip and come up with new plans for the month of March. Some
months I take nearly no photos in Vancouver in March so this year
is an outlier.
I've always like Lighthouse park - short
walk to see a lighthouse and nice beach access. The only
downside is that the parking lot can fill up and parking becomes a
Claira managed to bring her natives rather
than regular shoes and socks so we were worried she wouldn't have
good grip while walking around on the rocky beach.
Some of the rocks are quite slippery but she did well in her
Sunset from the office roof
I work in a tower downtown and I recently
discovered that we have roof access after hours. It was a nice day
so I brought my tripod and camera and took a time lapse during
sunset. This particular sequence (667 frames) started at
5:31pm and ended at 7:00pm. Sunset was at 6:05pm.
Taking a timelapse of sunset has a challenges, a few of which I
got wrong. My biggest two mistakes were allowing the tripod to
shift mid sequence and allowing the aperture to get too large
causing vignetting in the corners. A few things went well
here. I started with the exposure compensation set to -2
steps so that I didn't blow out the sky. I took photos every
8 seconds, and made sure that the shutter time didn't hit 8
seconds. I took enough photos.
What I didn't realize is that we only had a week left of working
in the office before they closed the studio and sent us all home
Taekwondo Belt Testing
The kids have been doing Taekwondo for about
a year and have progressed up to yellow belt. Today they did
their testing for orange belt. They had to demonstrate two
"Poomse" - forms that demonstrate a number of blocks and response
Both kids passed to orange belt!
Reifel Bird Sanctuary
The bird sanctuary can be a good way to make
both me and the kids happy - they enjoy feeding the birds I like
to take photos. We hit kind of a weird window - the winter
owls have left but the spring babies have yet to
arrive. When you buy your bird food at the gate they
ask if you want Chickadee food or duck food. We reliably go
through two bags of duck food per kid, but this time we also
picked up a bag of chickadee food. Once we walked into the
park it was clear that the Redwing blackbirds were hungry because
they were very close to people. They would easily comes to
kids hands and eat half a dozen seeds before flying off.
We walked around various ponds before we found chickadee's.
They are much less patient with landing on peoples hands.
They will generally take one seed and go back to a tree before
eating it. The would eat about three seeds before they went
off to do whatever they wanted to. We did find a pair
excavating hole in a tree - perhaps some day a nest hole.
It wasn't warm so the cut the day short and headed into town for
lunch. They closed the Reifel bird Sanctuary a few days
later to help reduce the spread of COVID19.
Cambie Street Bridge Sunset
I tried a sunset Timelapse a week ago (just
before the daylight savings change) and it had some
problems. I wanted to try again and do better.
I didn't anticipate how windy it was going to be. It was
cold, but the surprise was how much the anchored sailboats were
blowing around in the wind. The false creek ferries and
aquabus's made this timelapse more interesting. Both
of the ferry companies closed a day or two later to help combat
Airport from the Oak Street Bridge
For the first week of spring break we got
unseasonably good weather - a whole week of clear skies instead of
the usual month of rain clouds. On a Thursday night I
decided to try and take a timelapse of the airport.
The best places would be the Arthur Laing bridge.
Unfortunately, there is no sidewalk and a sign that says no
pedestrians. You couldn't even take the photos with a bike -
there is a no stopping sign. The best I could was the Oak
Street Bridge, one bridge back. This video had challenges
too. Turns out there are a lot of birds flying through this
area and birds don't work well with timelapse - the look like
flickering noise. I had to blend 465 frames to make
QE Park Birding
It was a nice morning and I figured birding
in a park still passed the social distancing rule.
I can see
how birding is addictive. There can be a long "chase" where
you try to spot something interesting and then a risk/reward phase
as you try to get close enough fast enough to get a good composition
but not so fast or close that you scare your bird. Eventually
the bird flies to do something interesting and the cycle starts
I once got advice to try and get a
single good photo out a day rather than trying to get a larger
number of mediocre shots. That can be tough if your first
encounter is the best you have for the day.
Tags: hand feeding(5), Reifel Bird Sanctuary(5), Taekwondo(4), Queen Elizabeth Park(4), time lapse(3), Vancouver(3)
People: Claira(5), Nara(5), Helen(1)
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