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June 2017 has been a great month for me. I got to go on a cruise, I got another photography gig which hopefully will lead to more, and today I got a brand new Nikon D7200. I've had a D3100 for six years and I thought it was time to upgrade, especially if I get more photography gigs and if I want to make a career out of my photography. I haven't even gotten any pictures with it yet but I already think the D7200 is an impressive camera and well worth the money. I also think it's a HUGE step up from my D3100. My D7200 will become my primary camera but that said, I will still use my D3100 and it will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first professional as well as my graduation present from my parents when I graduated high school. It changed my life in a very positive way. I can't wait to get shots with my D7200 and I intend to get decades worth of photography out of it.
Just got back from my cruise and it was awesome. The Celebrity Infinity is a wonderful ship and Celebrity X Cruises have established themselves as the best cruise line on the seven seas. The food was great, the service was great, and the shows were awesome. I probably drank a few gallons of booze over the past week and I woke up a little bit hungover a few times. The weather could have been better, but I had a smooth sailing to and from Alaska. Alaska was amazing. It had beautiful scenery and each one of the three ports my ship stopped at were awesome. Hoonah was a village by the sea, Juneau had a Tram which went 1800 feet in the air, and Ketchikan was the real Alaska and the transportation hub of the state. There were five cruise ships in port, including mine, on the day my ship was in Ketchikan. This was something I've wanted to do for years and now I can scratch it off my bucket list. I got off the ship with plenty of great photos and a lot of great memories. I hope that one day I can do this same cruise again and go back to Alaska in the future. To anyone hoping to do a cruise, definitely go to Alaska and book a sailing with Celebrity. To my watchers and friends, I will post all of the photos I got as soon as I finish going through them all.
Tomorrow will be a big day for me, I will be heading to sea on my first ever cruise. I'll be boarding the Celebrity Infinity at Canada Place in Vancouver and then I'll be heading off to Juneau, Icy Strait, and Ketchikan in Alaska. I have been a ship enthusiast since the last years of my childhood and I have always loved cruise ships. I love taking pictures of them and I have always wanted to go on a cruise. Alaska has always been the place I wanted to sail to, although if I ever got the chance I'd take a cruise on one of the Cunard Queens from London to New York. I used to get a little bit sad and jealous whenever I watched the cruise ships depart from Canada Place because for a few years, I honestly thought I'd never would get to go on a cruise myself and yet so many people on those ships that I saw had probably been on two or more already. This has always been one of my dreams and plans in life and finally the day I've waited for so many years has come. I head out tomorrow afternoon and I'll be back home the following Sunday. I haven't even gotten on the ship yet, but I'm certain I will come home with great memories.
Celebrity Infinity - 16 by AveragePhotographer
It was three years ago to this day that I joined DeviantArt. At the time I didn't have high expectations. I knew I wasn't going to become one of the most watched Deviants, I knew my artwork wouldn't become the most viewed or most favorited, and I knew I wouldn't be a household name on the website or in the art industry. I just wanted to become part of the DeviantArt community. I had been visiting the site for eight years and I felt it was time to join it. I actually discovered DeviantArt by chance. I was browsing images related to H.G Wells The War Of The Worlds on google images and I came across a pencil drawing of tripods from the 2005 movie. The link said it was on an art website called DeviantArt so I decided to have a look. My mind was instantly blown. I had always been artistic and I loved to draw, but the website expanded my horizons. A couple of years later, I became interested in photography. I got a Sony SnapShot for Christmas back in 2007 and for the next four years I played around with that, taking pictures of stuff I owned and things I saw on my vacations. After I graduated high school in 2011, I signed up for a photography course at Surrey College and my parents bought me my first professional camera as a graduation present. It was a Nikon D3100 and it expanded my horizons even further. Ultimately, I stopped using my SnapShot and my Nikon became my main camera for everything. My SnapShot was broken anyway, I dropped it while I was at a Vancouver Canucks game back in 2012. I studied and learned the skills of photography while taking two courses at Surrey College from 2011 to 2012. Some of my skills were self taught and I actually learned more since I joined DeviantArt. In fact, I've actually gotten better since I joined DeviantArt and I've had a much bigger reception than I thought I would get and I've even made some new friends along the way. Of course I've had my share of criticisms, but I haven't let them drag me down or let myself lose my spark because of them, nor have I questioned my skills and capabilities as a photographer. I'm still just an amateur and hobbyist, but I would like to make a career out of my photography one day and truly become professional. I still have many dreams and plans involving photography. There are many places I hope to visit one day and capture through the lens. I also still long to capture a perfect shot of an Eagle in the wild. For now I will keep photographing my usual subjects like cityscapes, birds and animals, landscapes, and the various forms of transportation. I will also keep sharing them on this wonderful website. To all of my watchers, I'd like to thank you for your continuous support. I don't think I would have stayed on DeviantArt without it. I look forward to what the next three years have in store for me and what I will achieve and produce in that time.
2016 has been a great year for me and has been so photography wise. This was the first year of my life that I went out and got photos every month and not every once in a while. 2016 has produced some of my most popular photos as well as some of my personal favourites and I'm looking forward to 2017. For now, after twelve months worth of photography, here are my personal favourites from the year for my watchers to look at and for me to reflect on. Tell me what you think:

Vancouver At Night - 2 by AveragePhotographer  Nieuw Amsterdam by AveragePhotographer  Vancouver At Night - 13 by AveragePhotographer  Zaandam Sail Away - 2 by AveragePhotographer  Parrot by AveragePhotographer


Vancouver At Sunset by AveragePhotographer  Radiance Of The Seas - 5 by AveragePhotographer  Red Kite Hawk by AveragePhotographer  Sydney At Night by AveragePhotographer  Sydney Opera House Lit Up by AveragePhotographer

Vancouver At Night - 21 by AveragePhotographer  Vancouver On A March Day - 6 by AveragePhotographer  Up At The Lake by AveragePhotographer   Vancouver On A March Day by AveragePhotographer  Canada Place At Night - 2 by AveragePhotographer
Aquabus by AveragePhotographer  Celebrity Millennium Sail Away - 6 by AveragePhotographer  Vancouver On An April Morning - 2 by AveragePhotographer  Nieuw Amsterdam Sail Away - 4 by AveragePhotographer  Amtrak Cascades - 3 by AveragePhotographer
Vancouver At Night - 4 by AveragePhotographer  Hungry Joeys - 3 by AveragePhotographer  In Sydney - 12 by AveragePhotographer  Vancouver At Night - 7 by AveragePhotographer  Ukulele Duo by AveragePhotographer
Granville Island At Night by AveragePhotographer  Gastown Steam Clock - 3 by AveragePhotographer  Coral Princess by AveragePhotographer  Summer Sunset - 3 by AveragePhotographer  A Snow Covered Night by AveragePhotographer
Blue Mountains by AveragePhotographer  The Tide Returns by AveragePhotographer  Star Princess - 7 by AveragePhotographer   Sunset Under The Bridge by AveragePhotographer  Sunset At False Creek - 2 by AveragePhotographer

Tugs Moving Down The River - 2 by AveragePhotographer  Little Tug Big Help by AveragePhotographer  Crown Princess by AveragePhotographer  Beluga Whale - 2 by AveragePhotographer  Boats In The City - 2 by AveragePhotographer
Gastown by AveragePhotographer  In Sydney - 2 by AveragePhotographer  Vancouver At Night - 28 by AveragePhotographer  Vancouver At Night - 22 by AveragePhotographer  There Goes A Train by AveragePhotographer
Rusty by AveragePhotographer  Summer Sunset by AveragePhotographer  White Rock At Sunset - 2 by AveragePhotographer  Winter Trees by AveragePhotographer  Vancouver At Night - 19 by AveragePhotographer
1.) Cruise Ships
2.) Cities and Cityscapes
3.) Planes
4.) Tugboats and other Boats
5.) Classic Cars
6.) Street Performers
7.) Trains
8.) Cities and Buildings at night
9.) Landscapes
10.) Old and Historic things
As some of my watchers have noticed, I've been making and submitting Black & White edits of some of my photos. After giving it some thought and seeing how nicely the edits have turned out, I've decided to make that a regular thing for me. I'll be making Black & White edits of my best photos from now on, or of pictures that I think would work in Black & White.
More to come so stayed tuned! :)
So it appears I have found myself a photography project: photographing and capturing all of Vancouver. Vancouver is beautiful, it has great architecture, interesting monuments, beautiful parks, busy streets and transit, it's big being the ninth largest in Canada, and it's my birthplace and hometown. I want to show and share as much of Vancouver as possible and capture the feel of the city. I think every photographer professional or amateur needs to have one big project and photographing Vancouver is going to be mine! B-) (Cool) 
I few months ago I went to Victoria, BC. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and it's a great place for photographers because of it's architecture, the monuments, the parliament building, the completely different atmosphere it has from Vancouver, the street performers, and the Royal BC Museum. It's also home to the Coho. The Coho is a ferry that runs between Victoria and Port Angeles in Washington, she was built in 1959 and is owned by the Black Ball Ferry line. When I first discovered the Coho online I immediately became fascinated with her, because of her unique and artistic design. I went to Victoria back in 2011 and I went into town when she was docked at her berth. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so I couldn't get any shots of her :sigh:. I went back in August of this year and I saw the Coho again and I had my camera with me this time, but I got to the dock just as she was heading out and I couldn't get any good shotsfrustrated  . So I stuck around, getting pictures of the boats and smaller ferries around the harbour and got a good shot of the parliament building. A couple of hours went by and I was going to head into the main city, when I heard a familiar horn. There she was coming back from her round trip to Port Angeles Ultra Excitement . I rushed over to her berth, got my camera ready, and took sixty shots of her as she got closer and closer. Out of those sixty shots I got three keepers, the third one ultimately becoming my favorite shot of her as well as my favorite photo out of all the ones I've ever taken. While it's not my most viewed photo on Deviantart, it remains my favorite. Getting a shot of the Coho became a quest for me and in the end I succeeded.
I just recently started toying around with night photography. Night photography gives a different perspective of what you can see in the light. There's something you can see at night that you can't see in the day as the late O. Winston Link would say. For example I have two pictures of Vancouver, one at night and one during the day, and I can say that the city looks very different at night than it does when the sun's out and it looks more beautiful. That is why I love night photography, because of the hidden beauty it reveals.
I love taking pictures. I started out with a Sony Snapshot and I took pictures at Airshows, family vacations, etc. Then I got a Nikon D3100 for a photography course I took after I graduated High School and then I started taking pictures of birds, planes, ships, and trains. I got some pretty good pics as time went by, but then I had a problem: I had all these great pictures and nothing to do with them! I started sharing them with my friends on Facebook, but then I had a brainwave. I had always been fascinated with Deviantart, sign up was free, and I had plenty of pictures, so...why not? Nod 
I'm glad I joined because since I joined Deviantart, I found I've gotten better at Photography. :D (Big Grin) 
And since I've joined, I've joined a few groups, had my pictures requested by a few groups, my pictures have gotten plenty of favorites and views, and I've also gained a few watchers. Clap But the thing I've enjoyed the most is that people look at my pictures and they like them....and that makes me feel proud! B-) (Cool) 
What I think of photography? I think it is in all respects Art. Paintings and Sculptures can bring out one's creativity, but Photography gives a sense of realism. It's like walking around in your own canvas or painting, because the thing you wish to capture is right in front of you! That's what I've always found captivating about photography and why I enjoy it so much. Painters have their paintings, Sculptors have their Sculptures, and we Photographer's have our Photographs. Our own art.