1. Science World

1. Science World

This photo was taken right after work. Working at Science World is honestly one of the best jobs ever. My day mostly consists of making fire balls, playing with liquid nitrogen and taking care of animals. 

For this shot I was looking for a perfect reflection in the water. Often times it can be quite windy making the water very choppy. This night, it was so calm and so peaceful. 

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 24mm, 30s, f/16, ISO 100. 

Location:

Vancouver, BC, Canada

2. Vancouver Waterfront

2. Vancouver Waterfront

Being off work today, I had a lot of time to think about where I would shoot my photo. I didn't want to go too far but I did want to get a good shot. 

Today's sunset was nothing spectacular but I had to try to find something. I almost didn't share this photo on my Instagram because I didn't think it was good enough. Luckily today, a couple of things changed my mind with that thought. The first was a video I watched this morning. It was about a gentleman that didn't try out for a talent show for 5 years because of his self doubt. Eventually he realized it was BS and he was the only one holding himself back. He absolutely rocked it. 

The second was from a photographer I follow on Instagram. Her name is Erin. I'm constantly inspired by her work and how she makes a conscious effort to give back to the world. On her IG story, she spoke about getting started. About not overthinking the process and just getting started. 

I may not be diving to the depths of the ocean photographing whales or on Safari in Africa at the moment, but I'm working towards it. Right now, I need to work on removing self doubt and focus on perfecting my craft to become who I want to be. 

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 24mm, 15s, f/18, ISO 50. 

Location:

Vancouver, BC, Canada

3. Rushing By

3. Rushing By

Today was a bit of a struggle to find a photo. I stayed in bed for most of the day (no work). Around 3pm I forced myself out of the house and walked down to the local park. I still couldn't find anything to shoot. I felt stuck. 

About to head back home I looked in the distance and saw a bunch of cars rushing by. Might as well, I thought to myself. So today I practiced a skill I recently learned, pano shots. 

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 70mm, 1/10s, f/14, ISO 400. 

Location:

Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

4. BC Place

4. BC Place

I took this photo right after work. Unfortunately during winter it's hard to get out and take photos. It gets dark early, it's cold and all I wanna do is go home and be warm. 

But then again, are all those excuses really valid? So what it's cold out, so what it's dark? Why should I let that stop me form taking photos. If I'm going to get to where I want to get to with my photography, I'm going to have to start taking risks. I'm going to have to start getting uncomfortable. That's the only way I will grow and reach new levels. 

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 32mm, 30s, f/16, ISO 100. 

Location:

Vancouver, BC, Canada

2. Squad Hanging out

2. Squad Hanging out

Shot at Science World on this morning. Some cool facts about pigeons. They are actually incredible birds. They can fly for hours and hours at a time without rest. This is why pigeons were used to carry messages and also why they are found all over the world! They can fly over oceans!! Isn't that insane?!

But in Vancouver, pigeons have been causing a lot of issues with transit systems. They would sometimes land on Skytrain tracks, tripping an emergency system and causing trains to come to a screeching hault. This can be dangerous for people as they sometimes go flying (not expecting a sudden stop) but also delays on the transit system. 

One way Vancouver is trying to rectify this is by bringing in Raptors and Hawks to common places where pigeons hang out. One of the coolest birds on this planet is the Peregrine Falcon. It's also the fastest bird in the world as it is able to dive at speeds of 390 km/hr. The tactic is to have handlers walk around these pigeons with these hawks and falcons scaring away the pigeons. How long until the pigeons realize not all of them are going to get eaten by those hawks and falcons though?

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 70mm, 1/80s, f/4, ISO 640. 

Location:

Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

6. Almost missed it.

6. Almost missed it.

Oh man, today I came very close to breaking my 365 project. I didn't make the time to take a photo today but 30 minutes before the day was over, I was able to grab a quick photo in my bathroom. 

This is me. Like many other people, I have flaws that hinder my confidence and struggles that hold me back. But I have improved drastically from where I used to be. I am beginning to realize nobody will achieve my dreams for me except for me. I am also beginning to realize that I will be with me until the end of time, so I better get conformable. 

I want to get to a point where I love myself so deeply that I would not even consider the thought of harming myself in any way. Whether that be putting bad food into my body, keeping bad company or putting junk and trash from the world around me into my brain. It's a process but things will get better. 

Today my friend posted a pretty great quote on Instagram that I would love to share. 

"Make the first move, tell people how you feel, stop being scared of rejection, stop feeling so engulfed with thoughts that aren't even yours, and stop wasting your fu*king time." 

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 70mm, 1/80s, f/4, ISO 2000. 

Location:

Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

7. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

7. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Today was my first time ever at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. I went with to friends, Ashley and Parker (be sure to check out their Instagrams). 

Oh man was it an incredible experience! We got up early and arrived at the park at about 8:45am. It was a rainy Vancouver day so we didn't expect to see much people and we didn't. We were able to get the whole bridge to ourselves for a while leaving plenty of time to shoot photographs. 

We walked around for a bit longer, took some photos of the trail and surrounding areas before we decided to make an impromptu trip to Cypress Mountain. Our goal, find the cypress mountain cabins (some are actually outhouses haha). BUT they do look like Cabins so it counts. 

Anyways, I will be writing a blog post all about todays adventure with some photos later this week. So keep an eye out for that! 

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 24mm, 30s, f/4, ISO 1600. 

Location:

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge - North Vancouver, BC, Canada

8. PNW Vibes

8. PNW Vibes

Ahhhhhh today's adventure was incredible. I met up with a friend to shoot at Buntzen Lake, a place I have been many times before but not in these conditions. It was rainy, moody, foggy but absolutely incredible. I gathered so many images I am so proud of. 

This 365 has been amazing. It's really opening my eyes to what can be possible if I just keep pushing and going against the grain. I posted this picture on my Instagram with the following quote I had stored in my phone. Enjoy. 

"The most dangerous risk of all is the risk of spending your life not doing what you love on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later."

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 70mm, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 250. 

Location:

Buntzen Lake - Anmore, BC, Canada

9. 50mm

9. 50mm

This is a shot of my Canon 50mm 1.8 STM lens. One of the best lenses I have ever owned but unfortunately it's on it's way out :(. Some time last year I was taking pictures at Lighthouse Park with my friend and I got splashed by a massive wave! The camera was all good (thanks Canon weather sealing) but sadly this budget lens was not so lucky. 

It still takes awesome photos but the focusing system is messed up! Not a huge deal seeing that it is less than $200. 

 

10. Morning Skies

10. Morning Skies

Day number 10. I feel pretty good about this so far. There have been a couple days when I didn't think I can take a photo of anything but those are the days when I have to get creative. I have to take a moment or two to step away from my everyday schedule and remember what goals I am chasing. 

Today I did something I haven't done before. Some of you may or may not know that I am planning (and hoping) to travel to a new place every month for this entire year. To compliment that, I have reached out to a few tourism boards. I e-mailed them explaining what I am planning to do, when I am planning to do it and why. So far I have only done four but hopefully I will hear back from at least one. 

If I don't hear back from any, does that mean I will not go to that place? Nope. That's definitely not true. I will FOR SURE be going. For me, this will be a commitment to myself to grow my dream. My dream to travel around the world and photograph it. 

Why though? Why would I want to do that? It's hard for me to explain, but there is this awesome feeling I get when I travel to new places and photograph it. I will have to try to find the right words to explain it. 

Anyways, in terms of reaching out to tourism boards. What helped me do it. This quote. "Lower the cost of failure."

Oooooo. So powerful. Love it. 

Settings:

Canon 6D, Canon 24-70 f/4 IS, 50mm, 1/160s, f/4.0, ISO 100. 

Location:

Vancouver, BC, Canada

11.

11.

Not much to say about this.