Praising something can be a bit of a nuisance; it can ruin movies. If you see one you like, especially if it’s really good, tell me you like it, but don’t gush over it like it just paid your mortgage, because provided I like you, I’ll value your opinion and then go to see it expecting to be blown into the middle of next week. And that eventuality almost never happens.
Traveling though, is where this really gets me. I often get annoyed when I’m pouncing about and someone tells me how incredible this 17th century Belgian church is, or how this restaurant in Nassau has oh just the best fish. Aside from the fact that I like to arrive at my own conclusions, the real issue is it’s really hard for a place to live up to the hype. I mean, there are a lot of great fish restaurants in Nassau. This leads to a lot of disappointment.
But it’s not just individuals, it’s tourist boards as well. They’re always on about the brilliant sides to their city or country, which on a billboard or a 60 second commercial, can sound like a lot, but leave out some pertinent details. Biarrtiz, for example, is often claimed to be the world’s first seaside resort and sits in the space just as Spain makes a turn toward France. It’s beautiful no doubt, but it’s also Basque separatist country. They have a penchant for small bombs, but seem to think it’s ok because they claim to have given the world the word ‘silhouette’ – whatever, even if they did, it’s not exactly up there with putting a man into space, is it? This is all a bit of a problem for me.
But then there’s Vancouver. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s Top 10 best cities to live in, dine in, and retire in. It’s one of the few places I can say, is more surprising when you get there. It is reeling with natural beauty and the man made bits sort of blend together to make something good, even better. Like a beautiful woman, with a few…enhancements. Ryan Emond is a Canadian hailing from my old haunt on the other side of the country, Toronto.
Spending 6 weeks exploring what Vancouver has on tap, he put together a hyperlapse that may be the best piece of advertising the city needs. Armed with his Canon 5D Mark III (more gear listed below), Ryan uses some real photographic witchcraft to create a timelapse the likes of which I’ve not seen; talk about production value. Transitions galore are done in such a way that the video doesn’t seem like a selection of clips of landscapes, but rather a single event, that immerse you in many events – like a football match. It’s gorgeous. Check it out.