Visiting Vancouver
, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image data — nearby photos Vancouver View from our Room, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Canada -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/4 sec handheld (braced against window), f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
View from our Room, Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver, Canada

We're in Canada for a week, land of slightly odd spellings (e.g. “Centre”), specifically in Vancouver. It's very nice, but very, shockingly expensive... much much more expensive than Japan. It's more expensive by every metric I've noticed, except gasoline. Gasoline is slightly more expensive in Japan.

But it's nice. Pretty. Clean. Safe. We had a nice evening yesterday watching “floatboats” landing (pontoon boats) at the nearby harbor airport. The view when I took the photo above was filled with subtle, wispy deep colors, but they didn't really come out.

In the lower left is the Museum of Art. The stately copper-topped building to the right is a hotel (The Fairmont, I think). It's a pretty view.

All 9 comments so far, oldest first...

It’s actually the Vancouver Art Gallery. They’ve got an interesting, but poorly organized, exhibit on comic books, cartoons, anime, and video games on for another few weeks.

It is a Fairmont hotel, the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, in fact.

I love Vancouver. It’s a beautiful city. I might be living there in a year or so (I live in Victoria, about two and a half hours away, with a ferry!) or perhaps Montreal. If you get a chance, Science World is highly recommended.

— comment by Michael on August 20th, 2008 at 12:50pm JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’m sure most readers of this blog don’t realize how funny it is that Jeffrey is commenting about anybody’s spelling 🙂

— comment by Steve Friedl on August 20th, 2008 at 12:52pm JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Not that you’ll get this, but this really is an optimum timelapse location…

— comment by Sean McCormack on August 20th, 2008 at 2:39pm JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Interesting blog, interesting stuff, though I kept my 18-200 for 2 years 1/2 now 😉 As always, aperture is kept at the biggest, interesting. I didn’t know that the wonderful 17-55 had such optical distortion, but the most important is the perfectly clean shot.

— comment by Eric on August 20th, 2008 at 4:22pm JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

How did you stabilize it for 1/4 sec.? Of course, when you get your D700, you’ll be able to jack the ISO up to 6400 and have about the same amount of noise!

— comment by Zak on August 20th, 2008 at 8:09pm JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I don’t get you… Yes Vancouver is expensive. But why are you complaining if you are staying at Four Seasons Hotel? Isn’t that an expensive hotel anyway????

I’m not referring to the price of the hotel, but of pretty much everything, everywhere. Prices are approaching double what they are in The States. Some things aren’t so bad… Starbucks (there are 32 in the immediate downtown Vancouver area alone) prices aren’t all that bad, but everything else from a bottle of water to a T-Shirt are ridiculously expensive. (The bottle of water the hotel leaves for you, that you pay for if you use, is $8.50. For a bottle of water. But, that’s the hotel. Still, pretty shocking.) —Jeffrey

— comment by John on August 21st, 2008 at 9:41pm JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffy…you are in Canada where EVERYTHING is expensive (taxes).

— comment by Marty on August 22nd, 2008 at 5:48am JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Vancouver *is* an expensive city, but unfortunately this is more recent than not. A lot of items are nearly up 40% in price (in the past two years) and rising due to the coming Olympics in 2010 (Olympic Fever). In addition to that the city has just survived two huge strikes that did send taxes up. (Public Workers, Library Strikes) However just like any city, you have to know where to go, if you could have I would have sent you down commercial drive…a smaller yet just as ecentric part of the city with more livable prices, and some great photo opportunities. It shows a lot of the character you can’t find downtown. I lived there twice for six months at a time and whenever I ventured out to Robson/Granville Downtown District every spent dollar made me grimace a little.

— comment by Joshua Miller on August 24th, 2008 at 3:59am JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hey, welcome to Vancouver. I don’t know if you’ll have time to take-in Victoria, it’s rather small but a very pretty city as well. Enjoy the sites there!

— comment by William on August 30th, 2008 at 9:41am JST (15 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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