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Carl Lum

🇨🇦 Vancouver, Canada 🌇 Photography is my passion. 📷 M4/3 and 1" sensor enthusiast. ⭐ MEMBER of @ig_discoveries. All images are my own.

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“Vancouver Winter: BONUS” A peaceful winter scene in Vancouver after the snow. I wish I had something that more typifies the mayhem here after a snow storm": stalled buses, massive SkyTrain lines, cars sliding sideways, etc. But alas I didn't capture any of these. . . . Fun fact: Add "ice bombs" to "salt riots" and "snowpocalypse" to your Vancouver winter lexicon. It was discovered that our new $820 million Port Mann suspension bridge had this habit of raining "ice bombs" the size of softballs (or bigger) onto unsuspecting vehicles below (smashing windshields and more). The fix? A fancy cable collar clearing system to clear the ice buildup. During snowpocalypse, it cost $5 million to run the cleaner. By comparison, only $300,000 was spent the year before. . . Have a great weekend, everyone! New series next week. 😊 . . . . . . #vancouverwinter #snowscape #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouveroriginal #vancouverphotographer #hellocanada #igs_can #canadiancollective #vancouverskyline #total_sky #zonephotographer #super_world_channel #wms_america #raw_canada #lovephotography #exploreeverything #shareyourhobby #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #the_detail_lens #mirrorlessphotography #sonyrx100 #rx100 at Vancouver, British Columbia

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“Vancouver Winter #8: The End” Finishing off my shutter therapy stroll with something for my abstract fans out there: what do you see in the first image? A home-made spaceship? An alien submarine? The sunset in the last shot means time to head home. . . . Fun facts: The Fraser River is the longest river in British Columbia and 11th longest in Canada, at nearly 1400 km long. The river holds Canada's largest population of the mighty sturgeon, as well as being the largest sockeye salmon producer in the world. It has been home to the First Nations people for 10,000 years. . . . . . #peacefulstroll #winterstroll #silhouettelovers #tlwc_silhouettes #jetty_shotz #fivestars_sunsets #live_your_sunsets #ilovesunsets #sky_perfection #fraserriver #hellobc #vancouverwinter #hellocanada #igs_can #canadiancollective #explorebc #vancouveroriginal #southvancouver #vancouverisawesome #lovephotography #share_your_hobby #the_detail_lens #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #wms_america #raw_canada #getolympus #microfourthirds #mirrorlessphotography at Fraser River Trail

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“Vancouver Winter #7: Shutter Therapy Part 3” We finally got our first big dump of snow, but I'll continue to show how Vancouver typically looks like in winter. You'd swear that Spring is around the corner along the Fraser River Trail. The third image is the lowly cottonweed that plagues the neighbourhood, looking like an x-ray specimen against the sky. . . . Final galling fact from the 2017 "snowpocalypse": Many residents were miffed go see that the city studiously cleared all the bike lanes, which were unused. Meanwhile, the sidewalks were all but impassible. (Understandable, as it's not the city's responsibility to clear the sidewalks. But bike lanes are a contentious issue here in Vancouver.) . . . . . . #peacefulstroll #winterstroll #winterwalk #winterberries #winterberry #fraserriver #hellobc #natureinwinter #winternature #winterbeauty #vancouverwinter #hellocanada #winterplants #paradise_canada #igs_can #canadiancollective #explorebc #vancouveroriginal #southvancouver #lovephotography #share_your_hobby #the_detail_lens #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #wms_america #raw_canada #getolympus #microfourthirds #mirrorlessphotography at Fraser River Trail

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“Vancouver Winter #6: Shutter Therapy Part 2” Continuing my stroll along the beautiful Fraser River, there is plenty of life everywhere. This gave me a good opportunity to pull in the views with my @Getolympus 40-150 f/2.8, with teleconverter. . . Did you know? Vancouver ranks 3rd lowest for snowfall out of 100 major cities in Canada. But during our 2017 "snowpocalypse" (the one with the salt riots), Vancouver went through 7000 tonnes of salt by January. That's seven times more salt than used for an entire typical winter! To say it blew the city's snow budget is a bit of an understatement. 😆 . . . . . . #ducksofinstagram #winterducks #ducksinwinter #winterwildlife #bird_capture #wildbirds #peacefulstroll #winterstroll #winterwalk #fraserriver #hellobc #vancityvisualz #paradise_canada #igs_can #canadiancollective #explorebc #vancouveroriginal #ig_landscape_lovers #lovephotography #share_your_hobby #the_detail_lens #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #wms_america #raw_canada #getolympus #microfourthirds #m43 #mirrorlessphotography at Fraser River Trail

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“Vancouver Winter #5” I went for a stroll along the Fraser River by my house the other week when the weather was beautiful and Spring-like. No dog, no wife. Just two hours of shutter therapy! Here is my mini series-within-a-series. . . Did you know? Despite all the talk of rare snow here, Vancouver has actually had snow (at sea level) in all months except for June, July, and August. However, even small amounts of snow in the Vancouver area cause school closures and wreak traffic chaos. . . . . . . #vancityvisualz #zsevenstudio #amb_pics #super_world_channel #paradise_canada #mycanadianphotos #igs_can #canadiancollective #explorebc #vancouveroriginal #divine_forest #ig_landscape_lovers #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #share_your_hobby #aurorahdr2019 #the_detail_lens #placeintheworld #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #wms_america #raw_canada #getolympus #microfourthirds #m43 #mirrorlessphotography at Fraser River Trail

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Uh, sorry Beanie--you're about five weeks too late. Wait, you can wish a Happy Chinese New Year to everyone instead! Happy Year of the Pig, everyone! (@beanielum will make a reappearance next year for sure, when it's the Year of the Dog.) . . Did you know? (1) Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. (2) Fireworks are set off because it supposedly scares off a mythical monster called Nian, as well as warding off bad luck. (3) Single people in China sometimes resort to hiring fake girlfriends/boyfriends to placate nosey relatives during Chinese New Year. . . . . . . #chinesenewyear2019 #cutedogs101 #cutedogsworldwide #patientpuppy #dogfeatures #modeldogs #bestdogs #doggyfriends #shitzusofinstagram #shitzulover #sillydogs #sillydoggy #share_your_hobby #heyIhadtosnapthat #the_detail_lens #ig_discoveries #optimalmoments #ig_vision #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #getolympus #microfourthirds #mirrorlessphotography at Vancouver, British Columbia

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“Vancouver Winter #4” Continuing to chase the low winter sun in downtown Vancouver, using my new favourite street photography processing style . . (Not so) Fun Facts: During Vancouver's massive snow storm in 2017, the city provided free road salt at fire halls. The result? The halls were mobbed and people lined up for hours. Many took more than their fair share (one bucket). Police had to be called to control the crowds. Most galling of all, the free road salt began appearing on Craigslist. Unbelievable! Humanity's dark side emerges with free salt. What would happen in a real emergency? 🙄 . . . . . . #vancouveroriginal #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancityscapes #oh_canada_ #cityscapevancouver #cityscape_lovers #cityscapephotography #cityscapes_unlimited #vancityblackandwhites #goldenhourlight #goldenhourphotography #mycanadianphotosblackandwhiteonly #monochromephoto #lovephotography #share_your_hobby #aurorahdr2019 #splendid_xposure #the_detail_lens #placeintheworld #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #wms_america #raw_canada #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #mirrorlessphotography at Vancouver, British Columbia

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“Vancouver Winter #3” Enough of harping on Vancouver's bland wet winters. Let's take a look at the beauty you can get from the lower sun during the afternoons. I absolutely love how this editing effect brings out the tones and contrast I was looking for in these peek-a-boo sun shots downtown. . . Did you know? Vancouverites are perennially unprepared for the snow. Even a couple inches can cause traffic chaos and school closures. Buses can't make it up hills. Even our Skytrain (aka subway) grinds to a halt with some snow and ice. And unlike in many parts of Canada, drivers are not legally required to have winter tires. So we all drive on our balding all-season tires (which despite its name, are really only "3 season" tires). . . Happy Friday everyone! . . . . . #vancouveroriginal #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #cityscapevancouver #cityscape_lovers #cityscapephotography #cityscapes_unlimited #vancityblackandwhites #sunflare #sunflares #lensflare #goldenhourlight #goldenhourphotography #mycanadianphotosblackandwhiteonly #blackandwhiteisworththefight #monochromephoto #lovephotography #share_your_hobby #aurorahdr2019 #phoenix_hdr #total_hdr #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #wms_america #raw_canada #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #mirrorlessphotography at Vancouver, British Columbia

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“Vancouver Winter #2” This is how it typically looks like in Vancouver during the winter--dreary, damp, blah. Yes, we officially live in a "rain forest" and it shows. If you remove the barren trees, this scene could represent just about any season in Vancouver. . . Did you know? You'd think that living in a rain forest would make us experts on constructing weather-proof buildings, right? No! Another thing that Vancouver is famous for is the "leaky condo" fiasco. Built primarily between 1980-2000, these condos were woefully unprepared for our damp environment. Result? Mold and mildew. Entire buildings encased in mesh as their sidings were ripped out and replaced. It is estimated that $3 billion was spent fixing up leaky condos. . . . . . . #dreary #drearyday #drearydays #soggyday #blueday #bluedays #dampday #solitaryfigure #barrentrees #vancity #vancouveroriginal #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancityblackandwhites #mycanadianphotosblackandwhiteonly #blackandwhiteisworththefight #monochromephoto #lovephotography #share_your_hobby #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #wms_america #raw_canada #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #mirrorlessphotography at Vancouver, British Columbia

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Vancouver Winter (?) Mini Series NEW SERIES: “Vancouver Winter (?)” Okay, I will finally acknowledge that winter is upon us. But despite being in Canada at the 49th parallel, winter rarely really visits Vancouver. It’s often bland, wet, and blah. The mountains block most of the Arctic air. No pristine snow scenes to show off (at least within the city). But there is no shortage of lights, shadows, and shapes to explore. . . Fun facts: Vancouver's winter is the mildest of any major city in Canada by far. At times it seems like the rain never stops. Putting things in perspective: Vancouver sees snow depth greater than 1cm (less than 1/2 inch) fewer than 10 days each year. By comparison in Toronto, this is 65 days. But on the bright side, you can ski, golf, bike, sail and kayak in Vancouver--all in the same day. Take that, Toronto! 😆 . . . . . . #vancity #vancouveroriginal #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouverskyline #explorebc #treelover #treelove #aurorahdr2019 #skylum #total_hdr #phoenix_hdr #sunrise_sunset #sunrise_pics #lovemyview #wintercolors #backlighting #silhouettes #lovephotography #share_your_hobby #ig_vision #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #ig_awescapes #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #mirrorlessphotography at Vancouver, British Columbia

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"Abstracts #25: Full Circle” I’ve decided to end my Abstracts series with this 25th image. It was a fun ride and I loved everybody’s feedback! Time to move on. I am coming full circle, with an encore of my first Abstracts post. Quick, who remembers what this is? 😉 . . Answer: This is none other than the over-designed bus shelter next to the Vancouver Art Gallery! In flat light, it’s totally bleh. But at night or when the light hits it just right, it’s magical. The design was supposed to accommodate an information kiosk some time in the future, but that hasn’t hasn’t happened yet. New mini series coming up next: “Vancouver Winter (?)” . . Happy Friday everyone! . . . . . . #vancity #beautifulbc #vancouveroriginal #vancouverartgallery #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouverskyline #explorebc #nightscapes #lovemyview #abstract_buff #abstractlandscape #dailycollector #abstractandinteresting #super_world_channel #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #share_your_hobby #zonephotographer #ig_vision #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #ig_awescapes #mirrorlessphotography #olympusomd #m43 at Vancouver, British Columbia

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"Abstracts #24: Hybridity” Returning to one of my favourite and baffling artwork in town. What do you see in each of the images? A see a salmon, a raven, and...a....huge tongue? Again, this should be familiar to Vancouver residents. . . Answer: This is artwork by the artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, cryptically titled "SEI" (no further explanation over these letters). It took eight and a half tons of stainless steel, copper, granite, and marble to create SEI. It stands 12m long and 4m high. The artist says the sculpture "speaks to the idea of hybridity", which I have no idea what that means. Basically, this is a great conversation piece that can be what you want it to be. It is on permanent display at the McArthur Glen mall. . . . . . #steelart #steelartist #steelartwork #metaldesign #metalart #vancouverphotographer #mcarthurglen #mcarthurglenvancouver #fisheyelens #fisheyephotography #fisheye_effect #phoenix_hdr #fever_hdr #total_hdr #hdr_reward #think_hdr #whatsthis #abstractandinteresting #lovephotography #zonephotographer #super_world_channel #ig_awescapes #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #the_detail_lens #mirrorlessphotography #getolympus #microfourthirds at McArthurGlen Vancouver

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"Abstracts #23: Peekaboo” What do you see in this shot? I see a drooling alien head photo bombing my nice shot of that futuristic-looking building! . . Answer: Vancouver residents will recognize this as the "Burrard Confabulator" fountain (yes, it has a name!) on Burrard street against the CIBC building in the background. The fountain is this weird sci-fi looking metal scultpure that would be perfect as an abstract on its own. Swipe left to get a better look at this sculpture. . . . . . . #fountainlover #waterfountain #unusualshots #officebuilding #officebuildings #burrardconfabulator #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouveroriginal #vancouverphotographer #whatsthis #whatisthat #whatisthis #abstractandinteresting #zonephotographer #super_world_channel #lovephotography #exploreeverything #zonephotographer #super_world_channel #shareyourhobby #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #the_detail_lens #mirrorlessphotography #sonyrx100 #rx100 at Vancouver, British Columbia

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"Abstracts #22: War of the Worlds?” Returning to one of my favourite sci-fi views at a most mundane location. What do you see? I see one of those “War of the World” creatures with the long necks. 😉 Anyone remember where this is? (Hint: It’s in Singapore) . . Answer: This is the ceiling of the Singapore Westin. Through an ultra-wide lens, the freakishly long lights look like an inter- dimensional creatures bursting through a galactic web. . . . . . #elaboratelight #westinsingapore #westinsg #amazingcaptures #photo_hitchhiker #share_your_hobby #the_detail_lens #perfexionpix #lovephotography #zonephotographer #super_world_channel #whatsthis #whatisthat #whatisthis #abstractandinteresting #momentsexpress #ig_sharethemoment #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #ig_awescapes #igw_details #Hey_Ihadtosnapthat #getolympus #olympusomdem5 #microfourthirds #olympus714pro at The Westin Singapore

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"Abstracts #21: Metallic" What's your impression when you look at this? Metallic Mimes? Robots showing their innards? My Vancouver followers should be able to identify this. . . . . . . Answer: These are "love lock" holders, for lack of a better descriptions. Many of you will know about the love-locks craze sweeping the world. Vancouver decided to be progressive and commissioned this display/sculpture in beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park. Park goers are encouraged to place their locks within the metal figures. (There's also a metal canopy where people are discouraged from adding locks to, but people do it anyway.) . . . . . #metalsculpture #lovelock #lovelocks #padlocks #vancouverphotography #vancouveroriginal #vancouverphotographer #mycanadianphotosblackandwhiteonly #blackandwhiteisworththefight #monochromephoto #qepark #queenelizabethpark #queenelizabethparkvancouver #whatsthis #whatisthat #whatisthis #abstractandinteresting #lovephotography #zonephotographer #super_world_channel #shareyourhobby #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #the_detail_lens #mirrorlessphotography #getolympus #olympusomd at Queen Elizabeth Park, British Columbia

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"Abstracts #19: Where's Waldo?" What do you think this is? Do you see one of those optical illusions that flip depending on how you look at it? . . . . . . Answer: Okay, I cheated. There's no Waldo in this puzzle. 😁 This is actually a building from downtown Vancouver. Nothing special--just an office building I cropped in severely to isolate the abstractness of the edges and windows. . . . . . #opticalillusion #opticalillusions #unusualshots #officebuilding #officebuildings #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouveroriginal #vancouverphotographer #blackandwhiteonly #blackandwhiteisworththefight #monochromephoto #whatsthis #whatisthat #whatisthis #abstractandinteresting #lovephotography #exploreeverything #zonephotographer #super_world_channel #shareyourhobby #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #the_detail_lens #mirrorlessphotography #sonyrx100 #rx100 at Vancouver, British Columbia

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*** APPRECIATION POST *** I've been very tardy in thanking these wonderful hubs for promoting my photos. Thank you to all the gallery admins and the moderators for selecting my work! . . ▶️ Please be sure to check out these amazing feature accounts! . . GALLERIES (left to right, top to bottom): @ig_awescapes @ig_discoveries @raw_canada @through_the_travel_lens @pinkpanter_arts @wms_america @wms_america @ig_discoveries @through_the_travel_lens . . . . . . . #appreciationpost #appreciative #thankyoupost #ig_thankful #ig_awescapes #shareyourhobbywiththeworld #shareyourhobby #through_the_travel_lens #through_the_details #ig_discoveries #wms_america #raw_canada #the_detail_lens #the_travel_lens #pinkypanter_arts #nightlandscape #nightlandscapes #getolympus #olympusomdem5 #microfourthirds #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere

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"Abstracts #19: Which Way is Up?" This reality bender will have you question what's what and even which way is up. Vancouverites who work out downtown may recognize this. . . . . . . Answer: This is a display at the downtown YMCA in Vancouver. The "children" are stone sculptures affixed to the wall. The "fish" are suspended with wires, which I erased for greater effect. That's the stairway heading down at the left. What does it mean? I don't know, but it looks pretty cool. . . . . . #unusualshots #ymcavancouver #robertleeymca #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouveroriginal #vancouverphotographer #blackandwhiteonly #blackandwhiteisworththefight #monochromephoto #whatsthis #whatisthat #whatisthis #dailycollector #abstractandinteresting #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #shareyourhobby #ig_discoveries #ig_brilliant #photo_hitchhiker #the_detail_lens #mirrorlessphotography #sonyrx100 #rx100 at Robert Lee YMCA

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