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This photo is very important to me because it signals the moment of change and optimism. Its the first photo shoot I took with my new girlfriend Joanne. She's never been with me while taking photos before, so it's exciting to share this moment with her. Hopefully in the next few months we will go on a holiday together.

Its too bad Lars and Rob from the Netherlands couldn't stay in Vancouver just a few days more, or arrive a few days later.

If they did, I would have taken them here. This is the Celebration of Lights in English Bay. Its held every year for 3 or 4 nights, and each night 1 country performs a 25-30 min fireworks display.

What I love about this photo, is that I know of a perfect point of view to watch the event :)

There are thousands and thousands of people along the waterfront, dealing with large crowds and insane parking problems. I had the idea to walk onto the Granville St Bridge to get this view and it certainly paid off.

There are only about 50 or 60 people on this bridge, most of which, I'd say 90% are photographers with tripods. Photographers know where to get the best views :)

In the photo you can see the Art Deco Burrard St Bridge, my favorite in the city.

I hope you like this Vancouver shot, and incase you're wondering, this is a 2.5 second exposure at F7.1 And there are several wild fires in our Provinces interior at the moment, one of our worst cases of wild fires ever, and now the smoke is movig south, hovering over Vancouver. This is what you can see in the photo, its a layer of haze that isn't going away.

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