I could have spent all day outside with my camera. What an amazing day. The sun was perfect. The snow was so delicate and framed everything with its white outline. I did manage to take a break and slip out into my backyard before the sun was too high and started melting the snow. It appeared that all the odd little objects that are scattered in my backyard were wearing these lovely white hats. Perhaps a party occurred that I was not invited to.
Friday, December 19, 2008
The crows of Vancouver have fascinated me for years as they have for many who see them fly overhead every night at sunset. I believe most people either love them or hate them. I happen to love them.
I wanted to photograph them up close along their route at sunset. I chose a rooftop just off of Grandview Highway recently and experienced the most amazing sensory encounter. As I waited patiently for their arrival I was able to observe murder after murder flying from all directions to where I sat. In large roving circles they slowly came closer and then almost at once they converged onto the building where I was and onto a few of the rooftops around me.
As my eye was looking through the viewfinder I could only hear them arriving behind me. The swoosh of their wings surrounded me. I wasn't sure if I would be perceived as a threat or not. Crows are very close knit and protective of their family units. I heard them chattering away to each other and I felt safe. I sat very still and found it hard to photograph with any concentration. I was overwhelmed with amazement. Everywhere that I looked were crows. I have never seen them in such numbers.
I will go back another night and try to take some better photos. Now that I know what to expect I will be more prepared.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I asked my oldest and dear friend Ashlie if I could take photos of her nephew and her parents. I wanted a few grandparent photos for the website. She arranged for her mom to call me and we set up a date.
Her nephew is 4, the same age as my daughter and it is a fun age. Luca did very well sitting for me on his own and then with his grandparents and his mom. He had just sat through a haircut so I had to make the shoot short and sweet. In the end I like the photos with him on his own the best and one with his mother.
It was a little surreal returning to the same home where I used to hang out with Ashlie as a teenager. It was a great experience to take photos of her parents and her sister.