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How to Photograph Vancouver: Winter Skyline

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 — 10:44am PDT
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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 first post in a three-part “How to Photograph Vancouver” series sponsored by London Drugs.

Winter Skyline

Vancouver's Winter Skyline

Where was this photo taken?
From Hadden Park near the Museum of Vancouver.

What is the best time of day to shoot an image like this?
I took this shot on a cold winter morning after some snow had fallen on the mountains overnight. It doesn’t take long for the snow to melt off the trees so you need to get out there early before the snow melts and the sun is still shining.

Is any extra equipment needed? (Tri-pod, flashes, etc.?)
I did not use any extra equipment on this shot but this is a 4-image panorama that I stitched together with Photoshop.

Do you have a top tip for getting an image like this?
My top tip for getting this shot is two-fold:
1) Get up early.
2) Dress warm. These sunny, cold, crisp winter days are great for skyline shooting.


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.

Sponsored by London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store. London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business.

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