Vancouver has been subject to temperature inversions for some of this month, a relatively uncommon condition where low-laying fog shrouds the city and the Burrard Inlet.
If you are really lucky, this low cloud is actually low enough that the top of the Lions Gate Bridge and the higher downtown buildings are above the cloud, with the rest of the city and water hidden. When combined with the pre-dawn light (the inversion almost always dissipates by mid-day), you get the fog lit up by the city lights, and the sky lit up by the impending sunrise.
The conditions are rather finicky -- just a little too much fog and you can't see any of the city, which makes for an interesting photo, but not an iconic one.
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Born in the UK, I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2011. My career in photography has grown from a long-held passion for capturing the beauty of the world, aided on the technical side by my background as a software developer.
I specialise in fine art photography of landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes in and around the Pacific Northwest, with work exhibited internationally. Many of my photographs feature the beautiful city of Vancouver, but as well as capturing its iconic cityscapes, I can often be found exploring the BC and Washington coastline for new photographic opportunities, as well as developing my portfolio of night sky photographs featuring the Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis.
My 2014 calendar can be ordered here.
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