I love taking photos of chaos. I love when the shot is busy, lots going on. I love lots of colours, details, movement. I find taking calm or placid scenes challenging because they are a lot less forgiving than the busy ones. The shot has to be perfectly level and the light optimal. I’m lucky that because of where I live geographically I get plenty of practice, at least for calm ocean/water shots. Above is in White Rock, a wealthy suburb of Surrey. It’s hopping in the summer with a great pier and a strip of restaurants (Uli’s being a personal favourite) but in the winter it’s much more subdued and serene.
Howe Sound is a lovely, calm inlet north of West Vancouver. This was taken somewhere between Lion’s Bay and Squamish. Both the weather and the sea were calm that day, a typical West Coast October. Not too cold but definitely not warm. The ocean isn’t quite a completely calm piece of glass, but still flat enough that it was a bit of a tricky shot to get right.
We took this peaceful scenic detour through one of Slovenia’s most iconic landscapes (Mount Triglav is on their flag) towards the end of our trip there. First of all, Slovenia is awesome. The people were warm and generous and the natural beauty was absolutely gobsmacking. Go there. Anyway, this was the typical view of our drive – shades of green and yellow, quiet, bright. Manicured hayfields and alpine homesteads dotted the landscape. Some of the stress of driving in a foreign land (temporarily) melted away.