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The Heavens Above



– The Heavens Above
– Photographed by Brad Koop
Mediums: Framed Forex, Metal, and Archival Paper

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The Heavens Above

Mediums: Framed Forex, Metal, and Archival Paper


Grey days in the city offer perfect conditions for moody black and white photos. Monotone photography is all about textures, shading, and contrasts that are not so readily revealed through color. Exploring a city on a day like this is an ideal way to find an abundance of these kinds of subjects.

In this shot, the building provides sharp, distinct lines and geometry with the stark contrast of whites and blacks. The heavens above provide a wonderful gradient of grey waves rolling past the rigid structure of the urban tower. Secondly, a brief white highlight reaching down to the treed penthouse deck. The layers of texture and contrast immediately caught my eye. And, as I often do in Vancouver, I headed for the nearest parking garage to gain a clear view of the subject.

This shot was finished using Adobe Lightroom® and an older version of the Nik collection photo editing suite. The right editing software is as critical a tool for the modern digital photographer. Similarly, as the darkroom tools were for film photographers of the past. The goal for me is to draw out the emotion and introspection of the moment. And most importantly, share them with the viewer.


The Fraser Valley has been my home for more than thirty years. The beauty of this region certainly captured me right from my youth, and exploring the outdoors was the common thread in all my interests. The lakes, rivers, and mountains that define the geography of this area continue to draw me into the backcountry and inspire my photographic pursuits. Even the urban centers of the southern coast of British Columbia are kissed by their intersection with their natural surroundings.

Ironically, photography became an integral part of my life when I left this province to work overseas. The zeal to capture the experience of living in a vibrant foreign city led me to delve into the relatively new realm of digital photography. The ability to capture what I was seeing in a way that expressed how it was making me feel became my artistic passion.

Over the last ten years I have worked to hone my craft both with the camera and the computer. In the field, this is all about finding locations that move me; locations that tell a story. In the post processing, it is all about highlighting the mood and lighting to evoke a response from the viewer. It is my hope that through my work people will be able to share in the sense of wonder I feel in the world around us.

Although all of images are color compatible for viewing online, most computer monitors vary in their color configurations. The images that you see may not have accurate color representation.

Additional information

Dimensions 8 × 10 in

Frame Forex, Di-Bond Aluminum, Fuji Crystal DPII Paper (Matte)


12×16, 16×34, 20×43, 28×60, 31×69


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