Blowing Through Vancouver

(Copyright Robert Giroux/Getty Images)When I received the call from Getty Images to go shoot travel/tourism, aka: “pretty pictures” in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago with the budgetary stipulation that I could go for only 3 days, and had to have it filed by end of Feb I was outwardly confident and happily accepted.  On the inside I was a little bit unsure.  After all, it’s February, in the Pacific North-West, there are no flowers, no leaves, relatively short days, virtually no tourists and a high probability of rain on any given day – could this even be done?

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As it turns out there are a couple of advantages and I did get lucky with the weather with Sun every day I was there.  Few tourists means fewer obstructed views, shorter lines getting into certain “attractions”, less traffic (I did a LOT of driving around).  Thanks to weather.com being fairly accurate I even managed to pick the right 3 day slot but still only decided the day before leaving to actually commit to hit the road as forecasts change from day to day.

I’ve been to Vancouver quite a few times for work but only once to see the sights and briefly at that… I had quite a few ideas, but probably not enough.

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While looking at Google maps, to find directions to the Marriott, I noticed the “photo overlay” feature for the first time.  Yeah, I think it’s been there for a while, but I never played with it.  Turns out this was a hugely valuable research tool to plot my trip and find locations of interest.  Believe it or not, there are lots of good amateurs out there and while I didn’t outright copy anything I found online I’m not ashamed to admit some of the pictures I found there inspired my own versions.

Here are 14 of the 66 pictures that ended up in the final edit.  They are some of my favorites but I think they are also representative of the whole take.  ~ Please comment!

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