May 10, 2020

The colours of Stanley Park

British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver

This will sound so strange in the future, but it's May of 2020 and we're in the second month of physical distancing because of a pandemic caused by the corona virus. With most parks and trails closed and with non-existing travel opportunities, there isn't any landscape to take photos of right now. I'm currently confined in downtown Vancouver with no access to transit or car to go anywhere (well, even if they were open) and it's been more than 2 months I took my last photos in Sooke. So I decided to challenge myself and take photos I normally wouldn't.

I saw a post on Twitter that the first two weeks of May are the peak season for the rhododendron flowers at Stanley Park so I went to the park for several days trying to find the some good light and colours to shoot. Honestly, I went with no expectations of taking a single good photo, I was more thrilled to learn and do something new, specially learn how focus and bokeh work with my different lenses (16-35 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/4), and in the end I discovered so many things I didn't have the chance before, as this is not my primary type of photography.

My goal was to capture details and maybe create some abstract shots. In the end I was very happy with the results but I still have a lot to learn.

Here they are:

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”