C-GACK at Wampler Marine, Vancouver, B.C.

AUGUST 2002 – A De Havilland Beaver Floatplane (C-GACK) passes the Esso Petrol and Service Station Wampler Marine at Coal Harbour in Vancouver, British Columbia. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

One of the awesome locations in Vancouver, B.C., is Stanley Park. It’s close to the city center and offers plenty of space for recreation and relaxation. As a bonus, there are many stunning views to be discovered – for example, the Vancouver skyline, North Vancouver, the seaside, and of course the activity at Coal Harbour.

Back in 2002 there was still a lot of floatplane traffic. My photo shows a De Havilland Beaver DHC-2 marked C-GACK as it passes the Esso petrol and service station called Wampler Marine.

I remember taking this photo with my 300 mm lens, and the scan seems to be a bit on the soft side. Well, I did not have a tripod and wanted to avoid camera shake. So I opted for a short exposure time (probably 1/500 sec) and a large aperture (most likely f/4 or f/5.6) which resulted in a slightly soft image.

Still, I really like this image as it is quite unusual for us Europeans to experience such an active floatplane base. (The only one I can think of is at Lago di Como in Northern Italy.)

The high resolution image

Capture Date07-AUG-2002
LocationVancouver, B.C., Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 300mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6652 x 4295 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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