It was mid way through the Spring of 2018 that I realized Social Media was not helping me get any better at photography. What started out as THE instigator that was developing my skills, turned into the very thing that stunted them. Often times I'd quickly appraise a location, intent on identifying the perfect location & time to take 'the photo', rushing the feeling of being in a beautiful place to maximize things that often mean very little.⠀
'The Photo' was superficially based off of popular Instagram accounts, trends, Youtube videos packed full of information about algorithms and optimal post times, and elements I thought would make a photo 'popular'. I rarely found success with this method, and instead misused countless opportunities to develop my eye, in beautiful locations, with freaking cool people. It's not 'wasted time' per se, more so a node on my path as someone interested in photography.⠀
We went to Oregon in 2017, and I shot with the intent of designing a little coffee table magazine with photos and stories documenting our experiences. Those photos were different. they had substance, and meaning. They presented context, and a story in and of themselves. To this day, it's my most prized possession, and the one I'm most proud of, even more than the photo of the cheesecake.⠀
There's something to be said about shooting to document, to tell stories, to convey emotion. ⠀
Shoot to enjoy, rather than shooting around the parameters that govern what's currently in the spotlight. ⠀
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After 16km hike through forest and alpine meadows, up and down glacial moraine, and past Mt Garibaldi and a couple black bears, only four km more across this volcanic landscape past Opal Cone to our campsite at Rampart Ponds near Mamquam Lake. Surprised to get in another BC backpack in conditions like this in mid-October. #ilovebc#backpacking#garibaldiprovincialpark#volcaniclandscape#rampartponds
Did you know that the Pacific ocean temperatures of Desolation Sound can reach up to 24 degrees Celsius during the summer months?! (That's around 74 degrees Fahrenheit!) Swing on over to our website and check out our 2019 offerings today! #exploredesolation
From one mountain to another... Vancouver Island’s Mount Arrowsmith has beautiful views of the Salish Sea and Mount Garibaldi on the mainland. The roads can get rough up here, but so worth the trip! #justgoshoot
Kelowna and area hosts a variety of events, like this past weekend’s @breakoutwest music festival, which saw more than 60 acts perform at venues across @downtownkelowna. Click the link in our bio to explore Kelowna’s events calendar and plan your trip. #exploreKelowna
Our Boundary Bay property in Delta is an important stop for birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. They eat insects and small organisms on the mudflats as well as biofilm, a thin layer of nutritious slime on the sand.
Photo by @elviraexplores
#MushroomMonday "Gomphidius Subroseus"
On any given mushroom foray, I almost always find several specimens from the Gomphidiaceae family.
This Rosy Gomphidius's name isn't as fun to say as it's siblings, the Hideous Gomphidius and the Insidious Gomphidius, but despite their names, they are all surprisingly safe to eat.