A Special Guest Photographer from Vancouver

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Young Girl Chasing Canada Geese at English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.

Young Girl Chasing Canada Geese at English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.

So we’re at English Bay by late afternoon to look at the Inukshuk statue (2010 Winter Olympics logo) when I see this little girl chasing all of the Canada geese away. Right after taking this photo, she came up to me and asked if she could take a few pictures with my new Canon 5D Mark II. Letting a complete stranger use my camera to take pictures, you’ve got to be kidding me! Well this girl certainly wasn’t going to outrun me in a public park and provided me with a few laughs so I figured why the heck not? Here are some of the results.

Vancouver Girl Self-Portrait with My Camera

Vancouver Girl Self-Portrait with My Camera

She was trying to photograph the Canada geese but my camera and heavy 24-70mm lens were too heavy for her… Her finger was on the shutter and my camera must have bursted out like 30 shots within a few seconds while getting parts of the grass and the geese in various frames. It was pretty much like a scene from the movies where a skinny guy picks up a machine gun and doesn’t have the strength to control where it goes.

Vancouver Girl Shooting Pictures of Her Dad with My Camera

Vancouver Girl Shooting Pictures of Her Dad with My Camera

Then the dad starts marching over, taking my camera strap off her neck and apologizes then they both leave. It’s too early to tell but who knows, maybe she might decide to pursue photography further down the road with a 5D MKIX. From this experience, I have no doubt that if I had kids it would be fun to give them a camera and see what they come up with.

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9 thoughts

  1. Other then the stranger danger you have to consider he’s thinking OMG if she drops that I can’t pay for it! You have nerves of steel Mr.Wong- I bought a point and shoot for my kids/spouse to use out of fear for my gear.

  2. Good point, Leann. I hadn’t even thought of the money part! The grass was wet though and cushioned by large geese poop so the odds of something cracking probably weren’t that high.

    You have a lot of trust in your family. 🙂

  3. Forget the stuff in the rear-view mirror. You did a good thing. The girl and you had fun and she learned photography was fun to do. I hope she got to see the images she made. Perhaps a pocket full of business cards that announce the website could be shared with the girl and her father and eliminate the extra time needed to share the photos on the spot. Or am I too old school to think business card distribution is a good thing. Aloha.

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