Story and Photography by David Nunuk
Looking for great landscapes in nature can eat up a lot of travel time. It may mean a long drive and then a hike, with your gear, into the backcountry. Sure, there’s freedom in traipsing around the wilderness without worrying if it’s time to plug the parking meter. But if you learn to work with its rhythms, your city offers all the elements a landscape photographer could want plus surprises that make the scenery worth coming back to over and over again.
Searching for scenery
It’s said that photography is about being in the right place at the right time. I often find the right place, but at the wrong time. For me, Vancouver offers the advantage of being able to easily return to a scene with great potential when the time and light are right.
When I was driving past the airport one day, I noticed how the planes were taking off and landing to the west. I thought it would be great to shoot them taking off and landing into the sunset. But it was July and the sun was setting way to the north. A little compass work and checking my sunset calendar app and I knew the shot was to be had in the first two weeks of September. Vancouver airport in September is now an annual pilgrimage for me.
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