Jun 24, 2009

Baby Tristan


Baby Tristan
Originally uploaded by Uptown Photography
Soaking up the scent of baby Tristan who joined the outside world at 1:10am of June 23.

Jun 12, 2009

Paris Apartment for 4 days


Paris Apartment
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown
While traveling with my Nikon we stayed in a fantastic apartment in Pairs for four days. I had posted on Craigslist a few months back, spent four or so hours researching all the responses, features, locations, and then decided on one that fit into our budget. We paid well below hotel prices and enjoyed all the comforts of home as it is a home. The couple had gone traveling themselves and were happy to make a little money on their newly renovated apartment. Faith worked in both of our circumstances. This apartment was everything Paris in style and efficiency. The view was outstanding and at our door step was a quiet street full of local vendors. 2 minutes from metro line that would get us everywhere.

Jun 10, 2009

Art Motif at Granville Island

Railway Alley in Granville Island never fails to have some new treasure to admire. Street Photography is one of my favorite all time pleasures and it doubles as fodder for location scouting. I lived in this city for 35 years now and never grow sorry calling it home.

Jun 3, 2009

Accordionist in Holland

We took a sunshine break and sat down on the bricks outside Amsterdam Centraal. I was carried away by the piano accordion to another timeless place and thankfully our schedule allowed me to hang there for a while. These performers seemed to be pleased to have me capture them and although we spoke no language in common our friendly smiles and laughter filled the distance between us. Unfortunately they did not have email. Only mobile phones and I wished there was some way to send their portraits to them. Anyone know if it is possible and cheap to send photographs by mobile?

May 26, 2009

Nimes, France


Nimes, France
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown
Roman conquest in Gual. We were lucky enough to be staying the day of a local competition. This was for real. One of the guys was unfortunately seriously injured. Three punctures in the near groin! Thankfully he will be ok. Nimes, France was an amazing place to visit and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Roman History. Photographically amazing opportunities! Local are very friendly and helpful. For more photos of the competition go to my flickr site by clicking to enlarge the photo.

May 23, 2009

Marseilles Net Patcher


©Kristina Hockley 2009 "Marseilles, France"

Two man boat catching fish for the market. His partner was carrying their catch onto the dock while this man was patching the net.

Red Shoes of Nimes

© Nimes, France 2009 by Kristina Hockley

May 20, 2009

Champs-Élysées Curb

I felt really grumpy a couple nights ago. My new Gorilla Pod that I bought to go backpacking with turned out to need a lot more practice than I thought. I regular tripod would prove to cumbersome so I thought this Gorilla Pod would be perfect. Well...I think it would be more useful if I had a ball head to go with it. Every time I adjusted the frame the pod would loosen and slip. Not to mention I couldn't grip it to anything to get a portrait aspect instead of landscape format. I sat down on the curb in despair as I felt I was missing an image that I might never get another opportunity to shoot again. Then I remembered another time when I used the curb (for lack of anything else to stabilize with) and it worked out great. I was losing light fast and I wanted to use the polarizing filter and low ISO to punch out the sky so I was really grateful for anything that would help keep the camera still during a burst of 5 exposures set 1/3 apart. Used the 5 photographs to make this dynamic image. Thanks to Grant for being so patient with me! All worked out in the end.

Louvre Lady


Louvre Lady
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown

The Metro in Paris


The Metro in Paris
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown
Paris Métropolitain Stations are currently undergoing a revamp. This above ground station is completed and adorned with giant ads.

May 9, 2009

Vancouver's new convention center

HDR can vary quite a bit...from subtle to almost illustrative. I'm pushing it right now as it is still quite new to me. This HDR came from a combination of five exposures.

May 7, 2009

Gateway to Canadian Pacific Port

My friend Ed told me if you want good photographs you have to take chances. Use your two legs and move to make composition and fill the frame. Worry about what you didn't capture rather than how or where you got the shot. So I took his advice on this shoot and was lucky... I realized that most likely after 9/11 there were restrictions on photography around the Port of Vancouver but I managed to fit in an hour before security showed up and told me I wasn't allowed. Now I don't feel like anything I shot that day is top secret so I don't feel bad about being there. I do feel that showing the beauty of industry is a good idea as it is such a big part of our urban/Pacific environment. Thanks Port of Vancouver.

May 5, 2009

Shanty in Coal Harbor

Vancouver's Coal Harbor used to be full of one room cabins like the one in my pic... floating homes in what is now VERY expensive waterfront. In the lock down zone for the upcoming Olympics.

Apr 29, 2009

Baby Mikaela


Baby Mikaela
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown
a sweet baby girl who seemed to enjoy the camera. mmm I LOVE BABIES! Congratulations Marta and Julian.

Apr 23, 2009

Coal Harbor


Coal Harbor
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown
Coal Harbor is changing. Shaw Tower and the Vancouver Convention Center has brought a lot of activity to the area. Harbor Air float planes continue to come and go all day and the Olympic Swat teams periodically have drills on Deadman's Island across the way.

Apr 13, 2009

Vancouver 2009


Vancouver 2009
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown
Woodwards is on the right...this building changed the city line yet again!

Port of Vancouver Guardian

Enjoying a spring walk on Main Street. Port Authority Patrol said the public isn't aloud to take photos of our city's harbor. I say, "why not"?

I can't find anything on their website that says you can't take photos???

Apr 10, 2009

Coal Harbor Buildings, Vancouver BC


0904_CoalHarbor-49
Originally uploaded by UptowninVantown
Rented a Nikon fisheye lens this weekend to play around with. Loving it!!! This images does not use HDR but rather a Nikon Speed Light and in camera Nikon D-lighting system. The statue you see on the left is about twenty feet high and topped with two bronze globes.