heavy trees loom over cyclists riding around the seawall at stanley park

The Seawall at Stanley Park

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Vancouver’s Seawall on an overcast morning. The Seawall, which wraps around Stanley Park provides a long, protected path for recreating. On the back side of the park, the very tip of the peninsula, you can forget you’re in the city entirely.

The cropping of this image is deliberately awkward. While the subject would seem to be the cyclists—the path pulls you into them the framing of the trees contains them—the real focus of the image is the overhang of the tree. So the framing creates a picture within a picture, but the viewer take it in from the inside out. Black and white works to emphasize this juxtaposition by de-emphasizing the other attributes of the image which would move the eye around in it and instead balancing it; forcing the viewer to look at shape and contrast alone.

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  • Camera: Canon EOS M
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • Aperture: f/4.0


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