Winter in Vancouver: Sunrise on Sunset Beach

Winter Sunrise on the Sunset

I can’t be the only one to be wondering “Where the heck has 2015 gone??!” Exactly one year ago today, I was getting my office cleaned up and organized before leaving on my six-month sabbatical. In some ways, that day seems so long ago, yet the year has gone by in a blink of an eye! Is that the sign of getting older? I’m not sure. Regardless, we’re both excited for what 2016 will bring ๐Ÿ™‚ | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

We have been on vacation while Jonty’s brother was visiting for Christmas, and for the last few days the weather has been glorious! Clear skies have made for some cold days, but when playing the tourist in our own town, it’s much nicer to leave the umbrella at home in exchange for a toque and warm gloves.

The added bonus to the clear skies have been the superb sunrises!

We went to Sunset Beach for the sunrise (?!) a couple of weeks ago. Even though we were looking out to the west, the glow of the sunrise cast an almost ethereal light over the water – it was gorgeous and very calming! | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

… and cold!! | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

I think we managed about 20 minutes before we decided a hot cup of coffee would be the next best decision ๐Ÿ™‚

We hope you all have a safe and joyful evening tonight, as you ring in the New Year! Here’s to adventures in 2016 (and yes, the van is still supposed to be coming shortly)!

Happy New Year!

Vancouver: Shades of Fall

Weekend Meanderings: 50 Mm Shades of Fall

Back in January, when I started my 6-month sabbatical, I decided to make a conscious effort to use my big-girl camera more and really start working on improving my photography skills. It’s definitely a slow process, but a fun one! Practice, practice, practice! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have the original kit-lens that came with the camera body we bought a few years ago, but the more pictures I take, and the more I look at the other people’s pictures, the more I’d like to experiment with different lenses. Enter Lens Lenders, a Canadian company that rents camera lenses! They send you the lens in the mail, along with a pre-paid envelope to send it back in, and you don’t have to return it until 4:00 pm the day after your last rental day, which means you basically get an extra day free! I was impressed with their service, it’s a great way to try different lenses before spending an (often) significant amount of money – I’m already looking at which lens I’d like to try next ๐Ÿ™‚

I rented a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens over the Thanksgiving long weekend. The weather was a bit hit-and-miss, but we tried to make the most of the moments it wasn’t raining.

Scenes from “The ‘Dale”… | Kerrisdale, Vancouver BC

The dry summer we had is evident with the hydrangeas outside our apartment. They are definitely not as full as usual, but still oh-so pretty! | Hydrangea petals, Vancouver BC | Hydrangea petals, Vancouver BC

I wanted to try shooting with a prime lens for a few reasons. First, there is no zoom, so you have to physically move around to get the shot you want. It definitely takes some getting used to! Second, this lens is great in low light situations and allows for those uber-dreamy blurry background pictures (much more so than my current lens) and I really wanted to take advantage of that, especially for some of our food photos.

One thing I love about Vancouver is that, even on the grey days, you can always find pops of colour. After the leaves fall, you just might have to look a bit harder to find it ๐Ÿ™‚ | Granville Island views from False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC | Granville Island views from False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC

I think we hit almost every type of weather last weekend – a bit of sun (we managed some great sunrise pictures from Queen Elizabeth Park), a lot of cloud, and a healthy dose of rain. | Granville Island views from False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC | False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC

And the best place to turn when it starts raining cats and dogs? Head to a cozy neighbourhood pub, find a bit of light along the way, and wait for the storm to pass ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Weekend!