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Yale BC | Aerial Photo

We’re lucky that Yale is just a 20 minute drive from where we live in Hope. It’s lucky because (a) I can legally recreationally fly my drone there , and (b) because the river is a great place to walk along. In tourist season there is also the ‘Ward Tea House’ based in a house that dates back to the gold rush. If you’d like a sense of scale in the photo below, look for the road at the bottom and you can just make out the cars appearing as small dots! The Fraser Canyon is an awe-inspiring place!

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Silver Lake | Hope BC | Aerial Photos

We finally made it back to Silver Lake; we were last there towards the end of autumn and then the snow came. And came. And came more. The Silver Skagit Rd is an unmaintained road that leads to Silver Lake and further on to Ross Lake, and at the best of times it’s a rough ride, so over the winter it was absolutely impassable and under a meter of snow. The local word was that the road had since been graded (which on this road basically means clearing mudslides and redistributing the gravel and rocks to form a semblance of a surface good enough to drive on) so at the first opportunity we headed up to Silver Lake. I’m looking forward to returning with some film, but for now here are a couple of aerial shots from my Phantom 4 Pro.

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Sunset over Hope | British Columbia

Before drone laws changed in Canada I could fly from the deck of our house. The view from directly above our house is stunning in all directions so I am lucky to have taken quite a number of shots with my drone before the new laws came into effect. One evening when driving back from Othello tunnels I could see an amazing sunset developing in the sky; we rushed back and I just managed to capture a few shots before it disappeared. Shot on a Phantom 4 Pro.

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A Rainy Walk by the Coquihalla River | Hope BC

If you walk down our driveway, turn right and right again, after a few minutes you reach the Coquihalla River on its way to its confluence with the Fraser. It’s a pleasant, forested walk that borders the river and eventually loops back around to make a nice circuit route. I had some Ilford FP4 in my Leica M6 that I was wanting to finish so I took it along for the walk. Film stock: Ilford FP4 shot at ISO 250 and pushed 1 stop | Camera: Leica M6 | Lab: Canadian Film Lab

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The Old Alexandra Bridge | Yale BC | Aerial photography

My blog has always been a place where I only ever post work shot on film and these days there are only 2 non-film cameras that I pick up; my iPhone, and my Phantom 4 Pro drone. I’ve been toying with the idea of posting some of my aerial shots from my drone on here for a while but because they’re digital I have been hesitant…I suppose I felt I wanted to keep my blog purely for film and didn’t want to ‘dilute’ it. But since there is currently no accessible method for shooting one of my film cameras using a drone, I’ve relaxed my self-imposed ‘film only’ rule and I’m going to start posting a few select aerial images. First up are a few shots I took of the old Alexandra Bridge just outside Yale.

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Merritt and the Nicola Valley | British Columbia

The Nicola Valley enjoys a dry, sunny micro-climate, and if it’s rainy in Hope it’s probably sunny in the Nicola Valley. We’re lucky to have easy access to this ochre-hued ranch country – just an hour or so up the Coquihalla from Hope – the temperature drops by around 13 degrees or so over the course of the journey and then goes back up again to be warmer than the temperature in which we started out. We’ve been through Merritt and surrounding areas a few times and anyone who knows this area knows that there’s little else around for quite some way, so ‘Mandolin’s’ coffee shop in Merritt has always made a good pit stop when on long road trips. Here are the photos I shot on our recent trip, starting off in Merritt (Canada’s country music capital, as you will gather) and then taking a drive through Nicola and Quilchena.  Shot on my ailing Leica M6 (which despite a recent repair still has a malfunctioning shutter) and with Kodak Portra 800. Film processing by Canadian Film Lab.

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