The title to this photo reflects many Vancouverites feelings about the Orca.
The Orca whale is an Iconic symbol of Vancouver, and if you come to our city you'll see it plastered everywhere. There are whale boat sight seeing tours, and many T-shirts, hats, and souvenirs with the Orca whale.
A big reason why its 'hated' is because of the passion of our fans for the National Hockey League team the Vancouver Canucks.
Hockey is religion here in Canada, so the passion runs through our veins, mine included.
The Vancouver Canucks team logo used to be a skate blade, and everyone liked it, there were no issues or complaints about it.
Then when the team was sold to a new owner in the late 90's, the owner changed the skate blade logo to......you guessed it...an Orca Whale!!!!!!!!!!
Needless to say, almost ALL hockey fans here dislike the new logo and often make fun of it.
In this photo, you can see a large Orca whale located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with Coal Harbour seen in the bg.
I'll add a couple of WS photo's of the same area too.
thanks for looking
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jcpix (13724) 2013-10-04 9:46
I'm sneaking this in at work today, so you'll have to excuse me for being limited here...but I wanted to express my condolences for Scooby. I lost my dog (Snoop) over a decade ago, and still have very fond and strong memories to this day. It's a tough thing, I wish you the best.
Friendly wishes from Az.,
By the way, "Scooby,"....what a great name! :) A very good looking dog too!
lousat (79772) 2013-10-04 9:48
Hi Craig,the orca sculpture is really original and catch the attention,it seems made whit Lego bricks...ehehehe....a very interestng capture in a rich scenery,i like it1 Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (26109) 2013-10-04 10:52
That Is made of Lego yes? I hope I am not the only one that sees it like that, haha I thought part of the picture had not loaded properly. I have to admit, I like this sculpture. Just for the sheer weirdness of it. I don't know much about th fine sport of Hockey, but who culd ever complain about a Lego orca!?
As well as the statue. What a brilliant presentation of the beautiful towers of glass and steel, this picture is like two worlds have collided. One, a super city from the future, the other...well a world of Lego whales I guess. Sorry, weird critique but I am fascinated by your subject here.
Sorry for no green smiley on this Craig, I ran out early today, it's deserving of many but I wanted to comment as soon as I seen this cool picture.
Have a great weekend.
worldcitizen (7309) 2013-10-04 11:16
I like orcas, but this one is a bit odd. :-) It really does look like somebody took a giant set of Legos and built this. It's certainly a modern interpretation. I had to look up the meaning of "canuck", and wiki said it's a slang term for a Canadian. Maybe the team should just choose one Canadian citizen to be the new team logo. It could be you! LOL! I like the photo, complete with some tourists posing in front of Lego orca.
On a sadder note, I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved Scooby. My condolences to Tosca, too...
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-04 12:18
Ciao Craig, l'orca è un animale dotato di grande vitalità e di una bella livrea, però - ad essere sincero - questa sua rappresentazione molto stilizzata a me non piace molto. Una interpretazione troppo libera da parte dell'autore anche se la posizione in cui si trova è quella giusta e con i grattacieli e l'ampio piazzale crea un bel contrasto ed appare giusta nelle proporzioni.
Forse con una luce più diretta e sotto i raggi del sole assume un aspetto diverso, ma, mentre trovo bella ed equilibrata la tua fotografia grazie al bel punto di ripresa e al solito grandangolare che fa miracoli nelle tue mani l'orca non mi piace perchè appare troppo simile ad un LEGO gigante.
Peccato! Credo che l'autore della scultura abbia perso una ottima occasione per dare alla città una migliore immagine di quello che è il suo simbolo.
Cioa e buon fine settimana
delpeoples (54141) 2013-10-04 16:29
Even before reading your note and looking at the WS I thought of dear Scooby, as I remember well the photo of him in front of the whale you posted on FB ages ago. Love it or hate it, this landmark will always have good memories for you. I'm actually stunned that no one has defaced it. It wouldn't last 5 minutes here. Anyway, a beautiful dedication to your second best friend. RIP Scooby matey!
tyro (21126) 2013-10-04 17:25
First of all, I must send you my heartfelt condolences for your recent loss of Scooby. I've had and known several dogs in my time and they really do become very good and faithful friends. We presently have Phoebe - who is now six years older than in that picture - but a cat can never be quite such a companion as a dog.
Anyway, Craig, to your pictures. I can quite understand why this rather strange structure can be so controversial. It looks to me (as I read from other critiques that it does to others too) like some Legoland concoction though from your main picture I see that other people do want to photograph it too. The subject might not be inspiring to you but, as always, you have produced a picture which is technically perfect and which does have appeal. I like it and I like your two workshop pictures too - especially the one featuring Scooby. Poor Scooby. At least he died knowing that he was loved.
P.S. I thought you would appreciate this poem by Jermome K. Jerome - it was one which my father used to quote to me when I was a child and I think it's so very, very true:
He is very imprudent, a dog is.
He never makes it his business to inquire
Whether you are in the right or in the wrong,
Never bothers as to whether you are going up or down upon life's ladder,
Never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint.
You are his pal.
That is enough for him,
And come luck or misfortune, good repute or bad, honour or shame,
He is going to stick to you, to comfort you, guard you,
And give his life for you if need be -
Foolish, brainless, soulless dog!
jjcordier (77870) 2013-10-04 22:52
Ce Lego(rque) géant est original et s'associe bien avec les immeubles de Vancouver.
Une pensée pour Scooby -(
annjackman (20371) 2013-10-04 23:05
I recognize the red shades I think from a previous picture of yours - an oudoor cafe area I think. Do they collapse them when not in use? Anyway they provode a gorgeous splash of red for your photography. The 'pixelated' Orca looks like it is made of giant lego. Love it or hate it, it does nicely balance your composition with the glass clad tower blocks.
Kind Regards, Ann
carlo62 (36147) 2013-10-04 23:40
una scultura molto originale, perfetto l'inserimento delle persone, si capisce molto meglio il senso delle dimensioni.
Bello scenario, i palazzi creano un bellissimo panorama a questa scultura.
fabbs99 (16803) 2013-10-04 23:50
Wonderful shot.Excellent sharpness and colors.Very well done.tfs.
emka (82596) 2013-10-05 0:02
Hi Craig, First of all, how sad is the workshop photo, I can imagine how you miss Scooby. I am so sorry.
Interesting note about this icon of Vancouverites and the love for hockey. What can people find in it? The sculpture is funny, looks like made from Lego blocks.
Warm regrads from Warsaw
snunney (87324) 2013-10-05 2:50
The angular edges of the whale seen here in silhouette give the impression it is made out of Lego blocks:-) I like how you have composed the shot with the whale in juxtaposition with the background skyscrapers. The red marquees add a nice splash of colour as if to compensate for the rather grey surroundings.
bukitgolfb301 (37056) 2013-10-05 4:00
Hi dear Craig
Great postcard presenting your great country so well! Ya I should go out when I transitted there 5 yeras ago. Sharp and clear image as usual as your trademark.
All the best and have a good Saturday! Takero
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-05 4:04
first and foremost so sorry to hear you lost Scooby.
I love this Lego Orca it looks amazing and in this setting just so powerful and endearing. On the screen it looks like it is a set of giant pixels that make you double take. A fascinating shot full of irresistible lines and contrasting elements.
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
mesutilgim (87354) 2013-10-05 4:26
Interesting entry with many interesting notes.
Everyone get's used after a while, allthough at first instance many people disaggree with different sculptures or architectorial Works.
Think on the Pyramide in the garden of Louvre in Paris, when it was been opened to public the first time in 1989 !
TFS and have a nice weekend
dkmurphys (50734) 2013-10-05 5:11
I like the Lego artwork from your city. As for the problem of the logo what can I say... I like orca and hockey (I' m a big fan of Finland national team) so I guess those should go hand in hand for you as it does for me:P
Anyway, nice image.
sandpiper (6788) 2013-10-05 5:45
Oh yeah a lego orca.... Sorry, but I don't like it and I can see why many others don't too. Good composition apart from the lego (LOL).
PS, sorry to hear about your dog, RIP
Sergiom (64011) 2013-10-05 6:04
On dirait que l'animal est un pixel un peu déformé dans l'image ce qui donne un drôle d'effet , mais c'est très réussi.En ce qui concerne tes Canucks, je ne suis pas certain quel les choses vont aller mieux avec leur nouveau coach.
holmertz (43289) 2013-10-05 7:14
Sorry to hear about your dog. Yes, pets can become close friends. As a dog lover you may not like cats, but I can tell you that I still often think of the cat we had when I was a child, and it's been dead for 55 years.
This is a better photo than the one featuring Scooby, but he looked nicer than this Orca whale, which looks like it's assembled by Lego parts. The red and yellow "things" (I wouldn't know what to call them in English, not even in Swedish in fact) really brighten the mid level view and there are some strange but interesting steel structures behind them. The highrise buildings are quite attractive and probably offer nice reflections from other angles.
marina7 (8055) 2013-10-07 1:33
beautiful cityscape with excellent light and your trademark sky. I'm intrigued by that sculpture, it was sure a pretty original idea to make it look sort of pixelated. Actually at first I thought there was a problem with displaying images on my laptop:))
Thanks for a great pic and have a great week.
ikeharel (60401) 2013-10-07 2:32
Your dog had lived well till old age, my heart goe's to you as a dog lover, understand the feel - yet, take a new dog, that's best cure.
Town high buildings in the main photo, contrst well to the statue of the big Orca. People scale well the picture.
ChrisJ (101814) 2013-10-08 6:17
I am ambivalent about this Orca statue. On the one hand it fills an empty space giving people something to look at and talk about and on the other it looks like a child's lego block creation. Good sharpness and the 3 red pyramids contrast well against the blue grey sky. The people add scale and animate the scene. Tfs!
clic (15586) 2013-10-09 9:17
You should put aside your old 1mp camera when taking whales pictures!!
Despite the coarse pixels, it composes an appealing visual balance to the cityscape!
rigoletto (34269) 2013-10-09 13:13
good title, which made me read the whole note...
i still don't get the issue, why would people hate orcas even though a team takes it as a logo...
anyway, it seems like the autumn clouds started to rip off your light... good time to go b&w or stick to interior photos.
mjw364 (7512) 2013-10-10 13:47
Well I hate to say it but you made a hash of the resolution on this one - the whale is so pixelated I can hardly tell what it is - one of your worst images ever! Ha ha! Sorry - couldn't resist that!
Love the shot of course - a careful composition with depth and various points of interest for the eye!
Take care - emailing ain't working form TE for me sorry.
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-10-10 15:15
Wow, Craig -- what a shot and what a story! The blocky sculpture is jarring in a foto -- it looks pixelated!
I am preparing for a trip to La Paz with the goal of photographing the many sculptures along the Malecón, so I have been studying approaches to this task. You show me a new one here: use the perspective of distance to balance the art against the city! (Brilliant!)
Have a great evening!
claudeD (34406) 2013-10-11 4:03
very fine picture from Vancouver showing this amazing ORCA. Excellent informative note. Very good contribution to TE.Like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adidas5nb (5671) 2013-10-19 20:51
just a fantastic wide perspective with great light .love the effect.
InasiaJones (31554) 2013-10-25 15:16
To my surprise, some NHL matches are broadcasted on DSTV here, so I have initiated my girlfriend to Hockey Night in Canada two weeks ago, when Montreal's Canadiens were playing in Vancouver against the Canucks (yes, that game that we won 4 to 1... :-p)) She kind of liked it, as it is so much more spectacular and action packed than boring cricket and rugby, the big sports here... Zzzzzzz!
Now that I am reading your note, I am more confused than ever; the Canucks have a hockey stick for their main logo on their jerseys, than a lumberjack on their shoulder, and a whale in the middle of the ice????????? Which one is their actual logo? The orca whale doesn't appear anywhere on their jersey?
Concerning your photo, the Lego whale is interesting to discover, but I feel that your choice of framing isn't what it could be. There is too much of empty space in the foreground and you cropped the sky very close to the building, while it as so much more to offer than the pavement, with big clouds.
Being from Newfoundland, which hockey teams was your favorite, considering that there is none in the Maritimes? And did you follow the Senators while living in Ottawa? My father was a police officer like yours, but he never watch sports on TV, and neither did I... Only since I am living in South Africa do I follow the Canadiens matches on the web... and I rarely miss one. I guess I am missing Canada a lot...
Cheers my friend!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (58890)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-04 9:25