Winter solstice in Queen Elizabeth Park: Photos by Ned Jacobs

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“Photo Session,” Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Ned Jacobs.

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“Lions Clock,” Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Ned Jacobs.

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“Arboretum,” Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Ned Jacobs.

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“Un-named Sculpture – Bloedel Conservatory,” Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Ned Jacobs.

 

Queen Elizabeth Park Sweet Gum (Liquid Amber). Photo: Ned Jacobs

“Sweet Gum Tree (Liquid Amber),” Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Ned Jacobs.

These photos, contributed by Ned Jacobs, were taken during December to celebrate the solstice and herald the coming of winter. “Photo Session” and “Unnamed” are the titles of two photos. The other images capture a frosty late autumn morning in Canada’s first civic arboretum at Queen Elizabeth Park; a late-turning Sweet Gum tree, also known as Liquid Amber, in the arboretum; and the Lions Clock, a gift to Vancouver by the Hong Kong Lions Club.

These photos feature creative use of “lens flare”: shooting into the sun and framing the shot to allow the lens to function partly as a prism. The Lions Clock photo was positioned so that one of these artifacts, a white hexagon, falls directly on the clock face, creating a ghostly translucent effect. The only post-production editing involved slight adjustments of the exposures and colours.

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