Flash photography banned at viewpoint to prevent dulling of Douglas Channel
In an effort to preserve local landmarks, a new Kitimat Landscape Preservation Society [KLPS] has successfully lobbied to have flash photography banned at the viewpoint at Coghlin Park.
The new rules are geared to preventing dulling of the natural beauty through repeated exposures from flash photography.
“We’re thrilled to announce the success of our efforts to preserve one of Kitimat’s most beautiful locations,” said Connie Thorgood, head of the society. “Now people will be able to enjoy this Kitimat landmark for years to come.”
Professional colour surveyers had noted the colour saturation of the viewpoint had dulled over the past four years. While natural degradation from the Earth’s 24-hour sunrise/sundown rotation played a role, it’s believed the problem has been exacerbated through artificial light sources from photogs taking to the area.
“The sun provides a steady stream of light, while flash photography is a single, high-energy burst,” explains a report from the RGB Institute for Natural Preservation. “Think of wind, it usually won’t knock you over, but a sudden gust can throw you off balance.”
Future projects of the KLPS include limiting skipping stones on the Kitimat River and only sideways glances at the Giant Spruce Tree.