First Post

My first blog bost on the new site.  The main purpose of this site is to have more creative control of how images I post are presented.  It also allows me to post content, recommendations, and news I find interesting in one spot rather than spread among many social networking sites out there.

Photo: Sunset in Belize...

Sunset in Belize.  Taken on a small island off the coast of Dangriga.  Very quiet, only a few people.  A fantastic spot to get away from reality for a...

Photo: Twilight In The Caribbean...

This photo was taken at twilight in Belize on a small island in the Caribbean Sea.  The dock is part of the Coco Plum Island Resort, a nice retreat to get away from city life.  ...

Protected: Testing “Retina 2X” Plugin for WordPress Dec09

Protected: Testing “Retina 2X” Plugin for WordPress...

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Testing “WP Retina 2X” Plugin For WordPress...

Now that WordPress 4.4 is out (and used on this site as of December 8, 2015) I wanted to test the Retina 2X plugin for WordPress to see how it works and if it makes a difference on my 4K monitor and iPhone.  I exported two images from Lightroom, one is 1024 pixels wide, the other 3840 pixels wide (4K). 1024 pixels version below.  The blog displays images here at 818 pixels wide, and if you click you get the large version.    The 3840 pixel version.  The theory is that high resolution displays should show a higher quality version than the one above (which is limited by the file...

Protected: Underground Mine Tour Nov15

Protected: Underground Mine Tour

I recently had the opportunity to travel 1.3Km underground at a copper mine in Sudbury, Ontario.  Not my first time in an underground mine, but the first time in a metal mine.  Previously, I visited a coal mine but cameras were not allowed (not approved for the environment).  So this was a welcome opportunity.  First, I had to get suited up to look the part. You then take a large elevator, or hoist.  This is the view at the 4000′ level where we got off. At first, the space is relatively large, but as you will see later it gets much smaller and messier. We find our vehicle, and hop in. My colleagues, Piotr and Jamie. Heading towards our first stop. Getting down into the depths.  The wire mesh prevents rocks from falling down, in spots it’s also sprayed with Shotcrete. Our guide talking to one of the equipment operators. All of the equipment down here comes down the same shaft as the people do.  It’s disassembled into pieces that will fit in (or under) the hoist, and some components even have to be cut in half and re-welded underground. One of the underground haul trucks waiting to be loaded. Loading.  The equipment all looks flattened compared to surface vehicles.  You need to be careful not to hit the ceiling.  Conditions are definitely not easy. Double set of huge bi-fold doors, part of the ventilation system. Down the rabbit hole we go. Luckily, I didn’t have to go.  But nice to know there are facilities. The orange pipe is the ventilation, shafts in this area were definitely getting smaller. We did get to see some amazing veins of copper in the rock, both in the face where there was active mining. And the ceiling, apparently we will come back for this copper later in the mine plan. The gear down there takes a beating. One of the excavators with a load of copper ore.  This machine is remotely operated to ensure operator safety. Close up of copper ore (~25% copper in this rock). One of our last stops was to view this very thick copper vein about 1.5m thick.  It was quite amazing to see and not all copper deposits are like this....

Photo: Sunset in Ucluelet, BC, Canada...

Sunset at the edge of the continent.  Taken in Uclulet, British Columbia in early October 2012.  My wife and I stayed in Uclulet for a few days and were treated to great weather and fantastic sunsets every day we were there.  The best sunset was the last one as some clouds rolled in and made the sky light up.  The best sunsets always seem to be over the ocean, I’m just glad I was there to see it and capture the...

Photo: Pacific Sunset...

Sunset at the edge of the continent.  Taken in Uclulet, British Columbia in early October 2012.  My wife and I stayed in Uclulet for a few days and were treated to great weather and fantastic sunsets every day we were there.  The best sunset was the last one as some clouds rolled in and made the sky light up.  The best sunsets always seem to be over the ocean, I’m just glad I was there to see it and capture the...

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