How to Photograph Science World at Night

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There have been almost 200 weekly photo roundups published on, over 46,000 photos shared with the Miss604 Flickr Pool, and over 11,000 photos shared with the #Photos604 tag Instagram. Residents and visitors alike love to capture our city and celebrate its poignant street scenes, beautiful landscapes, and memorable landmarks.

I enlisted talented local photographer Clayton Perry to help me share some tips for capturing some of the most popular types of photos we see of our fair city. This is the third post in a three-part “How to Photograph Vancouver” series sponsored by London Drugs.

How to Photograph Science World at Night

Shine On Vancouver

Across The Creek

Where was this photo taken?
Both of these images are taken from the seawall at the Village at False Creek (Olympic Village).

What is the best time of day for a shot like this?
The best time of the day for a shot like this is what is called the “blue hour” – this is the hour or so after the sun has set. The sky still maintains its blue colour and you are able to capture this along with the lights of the city and this photogenic landmark.

Is any extra equipment needed?
Ensure you are using a tripod and a shutter release cord (or remote control). This allows you the longer shutter speeds needed for the light stream from the False Creek Ferries as they sail on by.

What is your top tip for getting this image? 
My top tip for this shot as with any night shot is to use your tripod and shutter release cord and as always, dress warm, once the sun goes down, night shooting can get chilly.

About The Photographer

Vancouver-based photographer Clayton Perry was born on Vancouver Island and moved to the lower mainland in the late 1960s. He spent most of his childhood summers either in Sproat Lake near Port Alberni, Lake Okanagan while vacationing in Penticton, Victoria BC or his hometown of Richmond, British Columbia. He developed his skills around BC slowly developing a massive database consisting of over 45,000 images on Flickr alone. His passion lies in taking landscape and city images. Follow Clayton on Facebook and Twitter for more of his photography.

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  1. Scott GrahamMonday, November 16th, 2015 — 12:51am PST

    Save yourself a few dollars and skip the remote shutter release/shutter release cord. Use your self timer set at 2 seconds, that will eliminate the camera shake the remote shutter release is used to avoid.

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