The Phenomenal Sunrise (01/28/19)

These are just some of the photos I took this morning around 7:30, it was a bit of a jaunt down to the beach and back but it was absolutely worth freezing my hands off for!

Here is just one of the amazing shots I was able to capture this morning.
I got this nearing the end of the spectacular sunrise.
About 15 minutes after the sky had finished changing colours I got this unique photo.

Should the White Rock Pier become a National Historic site?

What is a national historic site?

National historic sites are places of profound importance to Canada. They bear witness to this nation’s defining moments and illustrate its human creativity and cultural traditions. Each national historic site tells its own unique story, part of the greater story of Canada, contributing a sense of time, identity, and place to our understanding of Canada as a whole. Parks Canada.

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Gastown was designated to be the national landmark of Canada in 2009.

What are the benefits of becoming a national historic site today?

Just a couple of benefits are that if the pier is a national historical place it would be protected from commemoration preservation and development. The Canadian government may also invest funds for restoration and reconstruction of the pier.

How can the White Rock Pier become a National Historic site?

The city, the museum, and the community would need to band together and approach the government for the possibility of the White Rock Pier becoming a national historical site.

My Thoughts:

The White Rock Pier should definitely be a national historical landmark because it has been beloved by the community for over a century. It has been my go to spot for nearly 5 years to take pictures and since its so close the convenience is great . It’s a local treasure that hundreds of people visit daily. The pier is White Rock’s biggest tourist attraction and brings in tons of money that funds numerous things in the city. There really isn’t a reason for the government not to sign off saying that it can be a national historical landmark. Even though we can’t quantify how much money the pier brings in. I am absolutely certain that it’s a big part of White Rock’s tourist appeal, and a key symbol of the history of the city.

The White Rock Pier is well known as a place for families to gather and this picture is a prime example of that.

I want to hear your opinions!

The Super Blood Wolf Moon 01/20/19

I was able to get this shot after continuously trying for close to 20 minutes and I have to say it was worth the struggle. I have gotten quite a few questions about the settings I was using to get a picture like this of the moon so, nevertheless..

Shutter Speed: 1/5th     Aperture: 5.6     Lens: 100-400 Canon EOS (F-Stop/4.5)

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Last night I was able to capture this shot of The Super Blood Wolf Moon. As seen on The City of Surrey’s instagram page. It wasn’t an easy pictures to take due to the lighting and since I didn’t have a tripod I had to hold my camera very still for 1/5 of a second which is a painstakingly slow shutter speed, especially at such a great distance.


Were you able to take any photos of the moon?!

The White Rock Pier’s Shocking Past, Present and Future

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ll know that the White Rock pier has been torn in half a huge storm and its future is uncertain. The White Rock pier is my favourite place to photograph so I go down there about 5 days a week for sunrise and sunsets. I am drawn to the pier because it’s a local treasure and historical landmark.



Past: The White Rock pier in 1914 and later rebuilt by the community in the early 1970’s.

The White Rock pier is a local treasure and a popular tourist destination.

This is the White Rock pier a few months prior due to the storm that collapsed the pier.
Calm before the storm.

The Storm



The Rescue

There is word that a daredevil wants to jump the pier on motorbike.


There is word that the pier will be rebuilt by late August of 2019. It will cost approximately 6 million. Stay tuned for updates.


The pier has had waves of change this year and only time will tell what its future holds. When will it be reopened? Who will fund it? Will there be a restaurant built again on the pier? Will the daredevil jump?


What do you hope to see happen?


Thanks, Ethan

Behind The Lens pt.2

For this blog post I focus on primarily on writing about how each image comes to life and I get more in depth about how it was that day and the conditions that I endure while out getting photos!

Last year in mid February I was looking for places to take photos. I caught a ride out to Zero Ave, Surrey, BC. Somewhere along that long stretch of road I spotted this rustic yet, modern barn. At first I doubted that it was worth while to get out and take any photos of it due to the heavy snowfall and the possibility of ruining my camera but sometimes it’s worth the risk and I don’t regret it. I only was out of the truck for a few seconds but in that time I was able to get this shot, so peaceful, and quiet- the only word that comes to mind when I see this photograph is “tranquility”.
A few weeks ago, before this photo was taken, I went out to do a portrait shoot at this railway crossing. While I was taking those, I saw this and thought “what if I were to try a couple different angles?”  Nearly a month later I went back there on my own time and experimented by taking a few shots. I love how this one turned out- to get this picture I had to stand on my toes and lean forward so the leaves would be in focus and the background would be blurred out. It wasn’t easy leaning against the chain-link and keeping my hand steady but it was definitely worth it.
On the very last day of 2018 I decided to go down to Crescent Beach and try to get some sunset photos. The sunset itself was quite dull but about 15 minutes afterwards I looked behind me directly at Burnaby and saw an opportunity to get this shot. It was getting dark quick so I ran from the other side of the beach to get close enough to see everything in great detail. It’s never easy shooting something that far away but sometimes its worth the difficulties. In order to get this shot I had to control my breathing to keep my hands steady to ensure that the image wouldn’t become blurry.
On this beautiful winter evening I went over to the White Rock Pier and got this stunning capture of what looks like a very fiery sky. As I saw two people passed through in kayaks I rushed further down the pier and got this stunning capture of them both mid-stroke in the perfect setting. Not dead center but not too far off to the side to where it would look odd. About 10 minutes after this photo was taken it was nearly pitch black out, I’m just lucky that I got down there in time to capture this.
I went down to White Rock Pier for sunset one night and it was a pretty uneventful one so I stayed afterwards and decided to attempt to take some nighttime-esque photographs of the pier and some other places but, out of all of those I found this one to have turned out the best. At the time of this shot I was using a borrowed wide-angle lens so I had a bit of pressure on me to get a quality photo quickly before I had to return the lens. In those 2 days I had the equipment I was able to get this picture the first night out testing it out. This shot was taken at 1/13th of a second so my hands were unbelievably steady for that short amount of time. I find that if you’re able to control your breathing you can get shots requiring a slow shutter speed a lot easier other than trying to rush it.

Like what you see here? Feel free to check out the first in depth post HERE

What was your favourite photo?