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November 2016Go to Slide Show

And almost every day was raining


Vancouver Train Expo

TT Scale Switching Yard In Guitar Case
My Dad likes model trains and even collects a very little.  He collects O gage from pre war Germany - wind up trains.  Even though you see very little of that kind of thing in Canada, we have still been to a few places checking out trains. This is my first time to the Vancouver Train Expo and Nara came along too.

Victoria Train Barge Scene

Far Tube Model RailroadClose Tube Model Railroad

Most of the exhibits were clubs with large sectional displays.  Each display would have 10+ (and sometimes 40+ sections where each section was connect to the next but might be independently built a different person.  These displays are assembled and model trains make a circuit around the outside passing worlds small and detailed.

What really attracted my attention was the guy making super realistic trees.  I think trees normally come out of a package, but this guy builds them all by hand and makes small scenes inside what would normally be a concrete forming tube.

Rainy Days


Rain, Rain Go Away! In November you can expect it to rain at least twice in a week - once for three days and the second time for four days.  Somehow this year was even rainier - almost every day had rain for the whole month.  Outdoor activities were miserable and any break in the clouds was taken advantage of.

Claira Climbing StoneNara Standing On StoneHappy Birthday Cake

Super Moon!

Sun BuildingVancouver Block Building
The moon's orbit is complicated.  I knew it had roughly a five year cycle where it goes above and below the ecliptic which causes the moon to be eclipsed by the sun.  Apparently there is a longer cycle where the moon gets closer and further and some random weekend in November it is closer than it has been in more than 70 years and it appears some 10% bigger than usual.  Being Vancouver, it was mostly likely to be overcast and raining on any given night in November, but suprisingly, it was just mostly overcast on Saturday night.


Super Moon With Vancouver Block

I had this image in my mind of a big moon next to a recognizable landmark in the city.  There are a few problems with this.  The moon rises in the sky so the later in the evening you go, the higher the moon is in the sky so the more "up" the shot is going to be.  An ideal shot is taken from far away (like kilometers) so that the landmark is reasonably sized compared to the moon.

Surprise number two is just how bright the moon is.  In the photo, you want to see the face of the moon, not some super bright white orb.  The face of the moon turned out to be 5 stops (32 times!) brighter than the well lit building fronts.  Really, the only option is to shoot at sunset where the buildings are lit by a fading sun to balance the exposure.  Or shoot silhoutte.  Needless to say, I learned a lot but didn't get a great image.

East Side Culture Crawl

Alley Studio
I've been going to the East Side Culture Crawl for about 10 years now.  In the past when I went, I saw beautiful things other than the artwork but, didn't bring my camera.  Cameras on phones being what it is now, bringing a camera isn't that insulting.  Many artists have "tag us" signs listing preferred tags to use for social media.


Glass Working ToolsPencil Crayons Sorted By Chroma

Leather Cutting Machine GearsPainting SuppliesSmall Brushes Under Palette
 
On my third day on the crawl (with the kids this time), an artist suggested the kids try and collect business cards.  The cards are often beautiful, or at least colorful, but I'm not sure that kids running around collecting cards really adds to the experience of being on the crawl.  I wonder about my photography - is taking the odd picture helping or hindering my and other people's experience?  I'm leaning toward helping me because the photographic eye/brain is different than the consumer brain (not that I buy much on the crawl).  That said, artists don't open their studios the try and widen the experiences of the humanity in Vancouver - they are trying to sell their art.  I think I'm okay.

Jerhico Looking For Bunnies


Claira Not Happy About RainNara Drawing With Stick In Rain
Realizing I had take almost no pictures of my kids this month, I tried to take some photos.  Claira likes bunnies so I thought going to Jerhico would be fun because there are bunnies (pet store releases) in the bushes.  Amazingly, it wasn't raining.  We got into the car and in the 20 minutes it took to drive over, it was raining.  We did see some bunnies (hiding from the rain) but the kids obviously weren't having fun.  A few photos and we were back in the car.


 


Sun Building
Altitude: 166m (544 feet)
Location: Go To...
Alley Studio
Tags: alley, balloons, Eastside Culture Crawl, night, Vancouver
Nara Drawing With Stick In Rain
Person: Nara
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Painting Supplies
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, paint brush
Pencil Crayons Sorted By Chroma
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Happy Birthday Cake
Person: Claira, Helen, Nara
Tags: birthday cake
Nara Standing On Stone
Person: Nara
Leather Cutting Machine Gears
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl
Super Moon With Vancouver Block
Altitude: 89m (291 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Climbing Stone
Person: Claira
Small Brushes Under Palette
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, paint brush
Close Tube Model Railroad
Tags: art, model, train
Claira Not Happy About Rain
Person: Claira
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Victoria Train Barge Scene
Tags: model, train
TT Scale Switching Yard In Guitar Case
Tags: model, train
Glass Working Tools
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl, tool
Vancouver Block Building
Altitude: 89m (291 feet)
Location: Go To...
Far Tube Model Railroad
Tags: art, model, train
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl(6), model(4), train(4), paint brush(2), art(2), alley(1)
People: Nara(3), Claira(3), Helen(1)
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