Susan Seubert rode the Rocky Mountaineer train, coursing through Canada and exploring the sights along the way for Traveler magazine. Follow along as she shares glimpses into making incredible images in the Canadian landscape. Seubert spent time on Vancouver’s photogenic False Creek before boarding the train. Here, she shares tips on how to connect with your subjects.
The adorable ferries that run people around False Creek in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, are one of the city’s most iconic forms of transportation. My editor and I had decided that photographing from the ferries would be the best way to show Vancouver from a unique perspective.
I spent the better part of a gorgeous afternoon hanging out on the ferries and taking photos of the passengers and drivers. You can buy a day pass, which is a wonderful way to explore different areas of Vancouver. It was a fun experience, as I met all sorts of people. Dogs always make for great photos, so I had asked this very nice woman if I could photograph her and her dog. Animals and people are very much alike in that, as a general rule, the longer you hang around, the more they get used to you taking pictures of them, and the longer you take pictures of them, the more natural they become. I really love the fact that these little ferries have no doors on them, so you can get down low and show the water. As I clicked away, the dog eventually stopped being nervous and started to look at me, much to the amusement of its human.
Photo Tip: Hang around long enough for your subject to get used to being photographed. Sometimes the photo happens right away, and sometimes it takes hours or days, but either way, spending the time to get the right shot is always worth it.
Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.
See more photos by Susan Seubert on Instagram at @susanseubert.