Change–More than Just a Campaign Slogan

A man and woman on mountain bikes enjoy early morning light and fresh mountain air at Deer Valley Resort

This is an excerpt from the  February 2009 ABP In Focus Newsletter

It seems “change” is the word of the day. Every day. Whether it’s the historical inauguration of an African American president, or an anticipated drop in the mercury, change seems to be on people’s minds.
My mind, although quite stubborn and cluttered, has not been spared by this wave of change either. I have noticed a great change in the way fellow photographers speak of this industry that many of us fight for from the inside, or appreciate from the outside.
Put bluntly, photography is changing. Whereas skilled photographers used to be veritable needles in a creative haystack, they are now found at every family reunion, weekend wedding, and sporting event. The advent of digital imaging has made it easier than ever before to achieve levels of photography previously reserved for the studied and scholarly.
I welcome this change, and this influx of imagery with open arms. There are certainly pros and cons to the current state of the photography industry, but as a glass-half-full type of guy, I feel that creative boundaries, work ethic and marketing prowess are being pushed as never before. Competition breeds excellence, and true excellence is all that will stand out and survive.
I tip my hat to the photographers that have inspired me with their words and imagery. May the strong survive, and the weak get day jobs.

Vancouver: Olympic City Revealed

I’ve had opportunity to visit the city of Vancouver, Canada several times in the past couple of years. As far as big cities go, I think it’s one of the coolest around. It buzzes with culture and is a melting pot of people, food and lifestyle. Given the fact that Vancouver will host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games here in the next month or so, I thought I’d post up a couple of images from my travels there, along with some interesting tidbits about this coastal hub.

Vancouver is surrounded by water from three sides. Its climate is one of the mildest in Canada not only because it is on the south side of Canada, but more because of Pacific Ocean and the prevailing south easterly winds that keeps Vancouver mild and damp.

Vancouver is surrounded by water from three sides. Its climate is one of the mildest in Canada not only because it is on the south side of Canada, but more because of Pacific Ocean and the prevailing south easterly winds that keeps Vancouver mild and damp.

Vancouver is very rich with parks having close to 200 parks including well known Stanley Park of Vancouver City (pictured here).

Vancouver is very rich with parks having close to 200 parks including well known Stanley Park of Vancouver City (pictured here).

Vancouver was rated the best in the world for quality of life in 2001. Pictured here is False Creek Bay.

Vancouver was rated the best in the world for quality of life in 2001. Pictured here is False Creek Bay.

Vancouver is North America's second largest Port (in tonnage & physical size - after New York) and one of the worlds major cruise ship ports.

Vancouver is North America's second largest Port (in tonnage & physical size - after New York) and one of the worlds major cruise ship ports.

Vancouver is Canada's 3rd largest city (Toronto is 1st and Montreal 2nd) with an area population of 2 to 2.6 million.

Vancouver is Canada's 3rd largest city (Toronto is 1st and Montreal 2nd) with an area population of 2 to 2.6 million.

False Creek Bay (pictured here) is a quiet residential area along the water and it’s also home to the Olympic Village.

False Creek Bay (pictured here) is a quiet residential area along the water and it’s also home to the Olympic Village.

The Lions Gate Bridge has become of landmark of Vancouver and the North Shore. In 1986 the Guinness family, as a gift to Vancouver, purchased decorative lights that make it a distinctive nighttime landmark. In July 2009, the bridge's lighting system was updated with new LED lights to replace this existing system of 100-watt mercury vapour bulbs. The switch to LEDs is expected to reduce power consumption on the bridge by 90 per cent and save the Province about $30,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs. With the new LED bulbs, which are designed to last 12 years, it could be a decade before any work crew is called out to do a replacement.

The Lions Gate Bridge has become of landmark of Vancouver and the North Shore. In 1986 the Guinness family, as a gift to Vancouver, purchased decorative lights that make it a distinctive nighttime landmark. In July 2009, the bridge's lighting system was updated with new LED lights to replace this existing system of 100-watt mercury vapour bulbs. The switch to LEDs is expected to reduce power consumption on the bridge by 90 per cent and save the Province about $30,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs. With the new LED bulbs, which are designed to last 12 years, it could be a decade before any work crew is called out to do a replacement.

Vancouver has the highest proportion (per capita) of Asians of any North American city. This makes for a great selection of Oriental restaurants. It has one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in North America.

Vancouver has the highest proportion (per capita) of Asians of any North American city. This makes for a great selection of Oriental restaurants. It has one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in North America.