OKAY.....Why not go to Granville Island and photograph in the dark... in the rain?Even though the Sakura Illumination has been postponed, we can still carry on with this portion of our photo walk. Because the plans have changed, I haven't got an exact route mapped out, but it will all work out....it will last at least an hour, depending on the weather......maybe, just maybe we will get lucky and see some sort of a sunset. Even if we don't things will look different and amazing....so come on out and once again embrace the rain!
Granville Island is the heartbeat of our beautiful city. As day turns into night Vancouver lights up and becomes post-card perfect....even in the rain, she is gorgeous.....a spectacle to behold....
1) WHAT SHOULD I BRING: Rain is in the forecast so first & foremost: make sure you are dressed for the weather: If you allow yourself to get cold and wet this experience will quickly become no fun at all....Waterproof footwear is a must! A hat, (fingerless) gloves and an umbrella (even better if you have someone to hold it for you) will all be assets in the rain. If you don't own waterproof clothing, think about making a trip to a dollar store and picking up a plastic poncho....as long as you are warm, it will keep you dry.
A Camera, any type will be fine, a point & shoot or a DSLR. If the prediction for rain holds true, you will also need some sort of protection for your camera. If you haven't already invested in proper rain gear for your camera, Kerrisdale Cameras (and possibly other stores) carry rain sleeves...2 to a package for $8.00. In a pinch a large (litre size) freezer/storage bag will do a passable job of keeping your camera dry. Punch a hole in one end to poke the lens through and stick your hand in the other end. Even pushing the lens through a plastic bag and securing it with an elastic band will work....and I'm sure if you google "how to keep my camera dry in the rain" you can probably find a few more ingenious solutions.
A tripod is will greatly enhance the quality of your photos.
2) HOW DO I GET THERE: For transit information: www.translink.ca. If you are driving, there is lots of parking, most of it free....If you arrive and can't find free parking there are pay lots as well....you should only have to pay until 7PM, because it is my understanding that parking is free all over after 7:00...PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THIS AT THE METER! Another interesting way to get there is by ferry....either Granville Island Ferries or Aquabus.
RSVP Protocol - if you RSVP to this event and then can't make it please have the courtesy to change your RSVP so that people on the waiting list will have a chance to participate. This applies if you are on the wait-list as well...if your plans change, remove yourself from the wait list!
AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS! We will try to make this last for at least an hour but feel free to stay longer if you choose. We don't have to stay together as a full group all the time. You can pair off or go in threes. The idea though is to be within sight of each other and to share with each other what you are shooting. AFTER THE MEET-UP DON'T FORGET TO UPLOAD EIGHT (8 only) OF YOUR BEST IMAGES
I really hope to see you there,