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Foggy Burrard Inlet | by Jonathan F.V.
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Foggy Burrard Inlet

I've been wanting to take a photo like that for a while. For years, I had seen those foggy photos of Vancouver, without even having an opportunity to get out there and take it when the moment was right. I wouldn't say the moment was perfect when I was there, as the fog was pretty thin and only covered parts of the landscape well enough and only for very short amounts of time. But I'm happy with that one shot I got.


I have to confess, it is heavily processed. I used 8 shots to reduce the noise, and the stars come from a stock image with open source license (very heavily modified). I really wanted to capture them myself, using the same focal length I used for the landscape (135mm) and pointing the camera towards the same direction as the shot was taken to make it "astronomically accurate". But I don't foresee any time soon when I'll be able to. The conditions probably won't be right for a little while, and my schedule is too busy for me to go out at night again for a long time. I wish I had more time to shoot.


As for those who might worry that the photo is a composite, I want to tell you that I wanted to create an image, above anything else. Yes, that night, I could see the stars. But I didn't have enough space in my bag to bring my tracker. So while the exact image is not 100% accurate to what I saw on that night, it's the general idea that matters to me and I want to be open about it. My intention is not to deceive anyone.

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Taken on January 14, 2018