Adventures on the West Coast

a photo journal by Matthew Neubauer
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Matthew Neubauer is a Toronto-based photographer who has built an impressive portfolio ranging from landscapes (his passion) to street photography (a product of his urban surroundings). Since the first time he experienced the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, Matt's jumped at any opportunity to return for more. 

This photo journal was captured on Matt’s recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. We were excited to show him around our home, and to see where his other adventures would take him. The result: some great times exploring in all weather, and some epic images to show for it. We hope you enjoy.

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Westerly Goods - Adventures on the West Coast

"Ever since the first time I visited Brandywine Falls, I've been itching to go back. On the last trip I'd only managed to walk the 200 meters from the parking lot to capture the exact same photo everyone takes. It wasn't until a while later when I came across a photo from the bottom of the falls. Getting there was bound to be an adventure, and I knew I had to find a way. Having grown up hiking and canoeing, I thought this would be a piece of cake, so I added it to the list for my trip out west. 
When I arrived in Vancouver, I mentioned this epic view of the falls to my friend Duncan, and he suggested some other spots that happened to be on the way. We decided to head out on a wet Sunday afternoon. When we stopped for lunch at the Howe Sound Brew Pub we learned that the forecast for 10mm of rain had quickly turned into a 65mm rainfall warning, but our minds were set. It just made for a more breathtaking drive through the mountains, and an even more slippery adventure to the bottom. When we finally made it there, we were amazed by the raging water. This was far beyond what I had visualized, but it made for an even more interesting shot.

Westerly Goods - Adventures on the West Coast

There is something about rushing water that has always drawn me in. During our hike down to brandywine falls the sound of the rapids was like a siren, urging me to come closer. 

Westerly Goods - Adventures on the West Coast

When Duncan and I returned from the bottom of Brandywine Falls, we found a thick fog rolling through the woods. I'm a big fan of the moody look, and there is nothing more moody than a fog filled forest.

Westerly Goods - Adventures on the West Coast

Standing at the end of an old logging road in brandywine meadows, near Whislter. The drive up to this point wasn't easy, along a 30 percent grade (incline) of loose rock road. It was incredible to watch as we slowly creep over the clouds 

Westerly Goods - Adventures on the West Coast

As we pulled into the parking for a pit stop at Porteau Cove, a lot people were heading for their cars. This was normal behaviour, considering it was pouring rain on a 45 degree angle. Although most would head for cover, we opted to face the storm. 
We took a number of photos at Porteau Cove, but this first one stood out. I like this image because although I missed focus, it perfectly captured that moment in time. The rain was so dominating, it only made sense for it to be the focus of the image.

Westerly Goods - Adventures on the West Coast

I want to thank Duncan and Westerly Goods for being awesome hosts during my time out west, and for allowing me to share my adventures with all of you."

Westerly Goods - Adventures on the West Coast

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