Le grand air: Lighthouse Park

  • September 19, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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Lighthouse Park is home to some of the largest Redwood trees in the Lower Mainland. And the forest trails are home to many interesting animals, birds and insects. Along the shoreline you will find beautiful large rock formations that offer great foregrounds to breathtaking seascapes. The lighthouse is a heritage site and is a fabulous focal point. The theme of this event is to photograph the lighthouse at sunset and into the blue hour. There is also a full moon that night, which may offer some interesting opportunities of contrast.

Come join your hosts Shannon, Carissa and Dionysios for our first nature adventure out of Van City. In this second year of Van City Free Capture Photography, we will explore more of "le grand air".

Lighthouse Park by Shannon Leigh.

How to get there

Directions from Vancouver by car - Follow Marine Drive Westbound in West Vancouver until you pass Caulfield Cove Marina. Watch for the Lighthouse Park sign and make a left on Beacon Lane. Continue driving along Beacon Lane until you reach the parking lot. Parking is free.

Taking Public Transportation - Take bus #250 from Downtown Vancouver and continue across the Lions Gate Bridge, past Park Royal Shopping Center, and through Dundarave Village. The bus stop for Lighthouse Park is just past Beacon Lane on Marine Drive. Ensure the bus driver knows you are going to Lighthouse Park as he/she will know what stop to let you off at. From the bus stop it’s just a short walk down Beacon Lane to the park entrance. You will more than likely be heading out of the park after dark so make sure you are prepared to travel by public transit safely at night (i.e., whistle, cell phone, buddy).

Carpooling - If there are people with vehicles that can offer rides to others, please let us know; even if it is just one way.

The Walk-about


Destination: West Beach. We'll head out from the parking lot and meetup with the Seven Sisters Trail down to the West Beach Trail. Regardless of which trail you take, we will end up at West Beach and will spread out along the rocks and set up in time for the golden hour and sunset. The blue hour might also offer us opportunities for full moon and city lights shots. Then we would use our flashlights/headlamps and head back up towards the parking lot.


Trail map of the park: http://www.lpps.ca/trail-map.asp

What we can photograph

Moonrise is at 19:10 to the east and it will be a full moon that evening. Sunset is at 19:16 to the west and will be hitting the lighthouse in just the right places. Views of the city are south just across the water. There are occasional opportunities to photograph soaring eagles, diving cormorants and Canada geese. The forest flora is abundant and offers great opportunities for macro and telephoto lens shots. The shoreline has beautiful rock outcrops that provide fabulous foregrounds to the focal point heritage lighthouse. A wide angle lens and ND filters would be good choices for experimentation along the shoreline. This is when you would need your tripod and remote switch.

What should I bring?

- A tripod

- Neutral density filters, polarizers and graduated neutral density filters would offer enhanced colours and opportunities to try some long exposure shots.

- Wired and/or wireless remote switches (they help decrease camera shake when snapping the photograph on the tripod). They are especially handy for long exposures so you do not have to keep your hand "on the button" the whole time.

- Bring a variety of lenses if you have them. Otherwise, a kit lens will be just fine. Wide angles are typically good for landscapes and seascapes, telephoto lenses for birds or other wildlife and macro lenses would be ideal for small forest creatures and other unique flora specimens.

- A flashlight is essential; after sunset, you will find yourself hiking back to the parking lot in the dark.

- Good footwear because the trails are rocky and uneven so good sturdy footwear is also essential.

- Water bottle with water. Walking back is on a slight incline most of the way.

- Dress in layers and bring an extra layer for later because we will be along the water and it might get chillier as the sun sets.

- A map of the trails so you don’t get lost. See link above.

**Safety**

Cougars and bears are known to pass through the park on occasion. Just make sure to make some noise as you travel down the path in order to give any animal ahead time to clear the area before you get there. Also, you may be hiking back at night in the dark. A flashlight or headlamp is essential. Lastly, it’s always a good idea when you go into the woods to let at least one other person know where you are going and then check in with them when you’re back. Keeping a copy of the map on hand will help you get in and out of the park, in case you get separated from the group.

The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide(s). If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.

The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. Ask for feedback. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • Tegan

    It was great. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly, we couldn't have picked a better night for it! I really enjoyed the evening!

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Candy

    Besides mosquitoes attack all night, it's certainly a great spot for shooting rocks, water & sunset! We sure had beautiful weather that night! Keep in mind an insect repellent is a must! Am recovering from some nasty bites on knee & hand!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    Thanks to everyone who came out for this meetup. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. I am still itchy, however, from the mosquito bites around my ankles! I sure am looking forward to seeing some more photos posted- perhaps some of the ones you like and maybe some of the ones you're not sure of. Besides encouragement and compliments, It's encouraged to ask each other questions and give constructive criticism or personal opinions - that's what enhances learning!

    September 21, 2013

  • Carissa

    Please use this tag when posting on flickr "[masked]_LighthousePark" and you can find the group here http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancityfreecapture/

    September 19, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Well folks, that was an awesome outing. Thank you to Shannon for organizing it and to all for making it fun. À la prochaine!

    3 · September 19, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Who wants to ride the bus from downtown together?

    September 15, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Thanks Waseem, that's cool of you, but I'll ride the bus this time. See you there.

      September 19, 2013

    • Waseem

      See you there

      September 19, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    So everyone, the weather was looking touch and go there for awhile, but it is now looking more hopeful. Fingers crossed for no rain, and a few cool clouds to show off that beautiful full moon!! I'm looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday!!

    September 17, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Hi ya folks. Yes, to-day was nice for photographing and it looks like to-morrow will be as well. And think how nice it will be by the water. See y'all there!

      September 18, 2013

  • robert

    Sorry Folks I've thought about the Trails through this Park and I don't think this would be wheelchair accessible.Too Bad .Have a Wonderful Time All !!

    September 17, 2013

    • Shannon L.

      I believe you are right Robert. I'm sorry this fact will exclude you :-( But I'm hopeful to see you on another walk another time. I'll try and keep that in mind when I plan future walks.

      September 17, 2013

  • Garry

    We'll leave Coquitlam Station @ 4:00 PM. It normally takes about 45 minutes to get there, but it is rush hour so I think this should give us enough time. G.

    September 6, 2013

    • Candy

      Chris, is it ok for me to park at the visitor parking pls? We'll meet Garry at the pool then! Thanks!

      September 17, 2013

    • Garry

      No problem. See you then. G.

      September 17, 2013

  • Garry

    Car Pooling from Coquitlam Station. I still have room for 2 more photographers. We're leaving the station @4:00.

    September 16, 2013

    • Chris H.

      I'd like to join your car pool, please.

      September 16, 2013

    • Garry

      Done! See you at the pick up area. I drive a silver Scion XB. Garry

      September 17, 2013

  • McKay S.

    sadly, cannot make it any more. Took my camera in to get repaired. :|

    September 16, 2013

  • Grace R.

    Sorry I can not make it this time.

    September 11, 2013

    • Shannon L.

      oh, that's too bad Grace. Another photowalk though I hope!

      September 14, 2013

  • Grace R.

    How far is it from the lighthouse parking lot to the lighthouse. Is it all up hill? please let me know. Thank you

    1 · September 7, 2013

    • Shannon L.

      Hi Grace. It is a bit of a downhill walk to the Lighthouse (if I remember correctly about 30 minutes) and slight incline on the way back up. I will be going slow and taking breaks on the way up so if you're worried about bringing up the rear, I'll be there with you! :-)

      1 · September 7, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    I can pick up 3 others at Park Royal if that helps anyone.

    September 6, 2013

  • Garry

    Car Pool anyone; from Coquitlam Centre Bus parking lot? I can drive and take 4 people.

    September 6, 2013

    • Candy

      Garry I'd like carpooling with you. What time should I be at Coq Stn? Thanks so much!

      September 6, 2013

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