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Vancouver’s VanDusen Gardens


This picture story was submitted by Bob St-Cyr Atelier from Abbotsford, British Columbia.


Autumn is my favourite time of year to work with colour reversal film, for example, Provia 100F. I would also be okay with Velvia 50 or 100 as these are my colour films of choice.  I process my own Black & White and colour work, so I usually have to wait on the colour as I need to save up enough exposed film in order to make mixing up a batch of E6 chemistry worth the expense.  

Now when we reach the end of September, on into October, and perhaps November, I love to walk in local parks looking for the vibrant colour changes of the deciduous vegetation.

There is one place I especially enjoy:  The VanDusen Botanical Gardens, which seem to be right in the middle of the city of Vancouver here in British Columbia. It’s about an hour drive from where I live, so it’s not too difficult if the traffic is light (not too likely).  As best I can recollect, someone from the darkroom group I belong to mentioned the gardens to me since he lives nearby and has a season’s pass. 

These images were captured with my Canon A-1 and the FD 28-85mm zoom lens. They demonstrate some of the reasons I love working with a zoom.

Unfortunately access to the VanDusen gardens is not free.  But it is quite large at 22 hectares so there can be a lot of walking depending upon which areas of the garden you are interested in seeing.

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