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Great Vancouver Photography Locations: Part 1- Cypress Viewpoint

Series: Great Vancouver Photography Locations

 

Part 1. Cypress Viewpoint

 

As a Vancouver based photographer, I've had the opportunity to shoot at a variety of locations around the city and would like to share some of my favourites. In each post, I'll cover one location and include links to the previous post.

Vancouver is a great city for photography. I moved here five years ago, and it inspired me to get more serious about it. I bought my first DSLR because I didn't want to waste my opportunities with a point & shoot camera! The city is surrounded by a beautiful natural ocean and mountain environment. Its northern latitude gives the city exceptional light with golden hours lasting much longer than one hour, and the proximity to the ocean provides a beautiful atmosphere. The biggest downside with Vancouver is its famous rain, which can settle in for a week or two at a time, especially in the winter! Ironically, that made me get more involved in studio photography where the unpredictability of the weather was not a problem! But when the weather and light are great, there's nothing I'd rather be doing than shooting outdoors at one of Vancouver's beautiful locations.

For those unfamiliar with Vancouver, the city's locations include:

  • Beaches
  • Mountains
  • Coastal Rainforests
  • Urban architecture
  • Industrial areas
  • City skyline
  • Reflections over water
  • Parks & gardens
  • Marine locations
  • Bridges

Please feel free to share your favourite Vancouver photography locations in the comment section.

Cypress Viewpoint

This is a great place to for breathtaking shots of the city. You can see downtown, the Lion's Gate Bridge, Burrard Inlet and a huge vista of the surrounding areas of Vancouver. Mount Baker, in Washington State is also very prominent on a clear day. If you get there an hour before sunrise, you will have both the city lights and a beautiful sunrise. It is easily accessible with a parking area next to the viewpoint.

Here's some information on getting to the Cypress Viewpoint.

Burrard Inlet

View of Vancouver from Cypress Mountain

Burrard Inlet and Mount Baker

Predawn Light from the Cypress Viewpoint

Mount Baker

View of Mount Baker from Cypress Mountain

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