Summertime in Vancouver generally means people are out embracing barely summer temperature, although Global Warming is certainly helping. The fireworks is another event synonymous with the arrival of summer in Vancouver. It has gone through a number of iterations in its title so far. I still remember the "Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire" days. Benson & Hedges is a tobacco company, and by having the name attached to a fireworks event means people will pick up smoking out of the blue. You simply can't have people pick up smoking because they are watching the fireworks. That's blasphemy! Nowadays, it's referred to as the Honda Celebration of Light. Oddly enough, I have the sudden urge to run out and buy a Honda vehicle right now. I am just really feeling the Honda Odyssey. That sexy automatic sliding door and the ability to haul your drunken and semi-conscious friends around town while they verbally and physically abuse you. That's just too much to pass up. This inception all came from the fireworks' name.
I decided to head Downtown for my typical wander on the night of Disney's fireworks performance. This was apparently quite a big deal. This ain't your other Mickey Mouse BS fireworks, but except it is Mickey Mouse in a good way I guess. It apparently broke some sort of attendance record, but it was all lost on me. I havne't been down to the fireworks for the last few years. It seemed no more busy than what I remembered.
As I made my way to English Bay, I was eager to see what potential pictures the crowd would bring with them. It wasn't the goldmine that I had hoped for at all. Perhaps my eyes weren't really open or I am becoming more selective with the shots I take. I am just glad that I got a couple of pictures that I enjoyed unlike a more recent outing.
As the title suggests, it was a fireworks-less night for me because I didn't actually stick around to see the fireworks. I was more interested in the people and the surroundings as per usual. As the darkness fall, this uncoordinated man's falling percentage increases exponentially. In an effort to protect my camera, which is arguably more valuable than my limbs, I decided to vanish like a fart in the wind. I fought the onslaught of eager fireworks beavers walking the opposite direction as me. I don't want to exaggerate, but I now know how Jon Snow felt when he ran into battle against the Ramsay's evil army. There was only a slight technical difference. No one tried to stab me, but it was almost the same otherwise.
All the pictures were shot on Ilford HP5 Plus at its box speed of ISO 400. The camera is the usual Lecia with Zeiss C Biogon 35mm F2.0. On a different note, I tried process the Ilford at a reduced time like I did with Kodak Tri-X. Some negative came out a little "thin". I came to the conclusion that the development time should remain at around 8:30 to 9 min for Ilford while reducing agitation for my preferred result. I will update my film processing method on the following rolls and report back any observable changes. I hope you enjoy the shots. Until next time!