Why #Vancouver 3 – It’s all About the Light

The print is by Roy Henry Vickers, an internationally famous west coast artist.


Surrounded by snow capped mountains and ocean, Vancouver is a gorgeous city in any light. It is a photographers dream.

One of the things I love about the west coast is the many shades of light we experience here and how it changes the landscape and the ambience. Mountains turn shades of blues and grays, sunsets vibrant oranges and reds. The illuminated scenery makes you feel closer to nature, closer to the divine. It makes you whole.

They say there are four main characteristics of light ( Jason D. Little, Light Stalking):

  1. quantity,
  2. quality,
  3. color temperature and
  4. direction

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dutch painter Vermeer would add another hundred. But I understand the four.

For me, light carries clarity and emotion.

So seeing Vancouver in “different light” is a treat.



This post is part of my Wednesday series, Y Vancouver, which looks at why I chose the city for the setting of my latest suspense series. I’m trying to not hit on the usual Vancouver topics, but still give you a sense of the place.


How does light affect my book? It’s a Suspense. Being able to work with scenes that have a moody ambiance helps me accentuate the tension and elements of fear. Give it more texture and nuance, than, “It was a dark and stormy night…”

You can pre-order the first book, Black Cat Blues, which launches on January 15th.


And you can join my launch party on Facebook:

Launch Party simple

Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744639742426522/

You may also like: Y Vancouver 1(An Intro) , Y Vancouver 2  (Shooting Zombies)

Next Wednesday: Y Vancouver 3 – The IChing

shutterstock_104723360 (1)My question today: What is your favorite kind of light for a picture?






Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

3 thoughts on “Why #Vancouver 3 – It’s all About the Light”

  1. I favor morning light for pictures because the colors are so vivid and clear but that may reflect more on my camera and ability then the light itself. When I look at other’s photos I love early evening, dusk and misty scenes. Driving down the Malahat on a foggy day I’m tempted to drift into another dimension so I really prefer car-pooling 🙂

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    1. Hi Helena
      What a beautiful comment. I can visualize the Malahat. It is so gorgeous on a foggy day. For those of you who don’t know where it is. It’s a mountain pass on Vancouver Island that takes you up and over a mountain. On sunny days the view is spectacular. Often it takes you into the clouds or as Helena has pointed out the fog. It is spectacular.
      Thanks for adding to the conversation Helena. You rock.
      Best Wishes


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