Ucluelet Vacation Nov12

Ucluelet Vacation

In early October my wife and I decided to visit Ucluelet, BC. It had been too many years since I made a visit to the ‘real’ west coast of BC. I forgot how beautiful and how close it is. From Vancouver it is only 200Km plus a 1.5 hour ferry ride. The weather was truly amazing, it was unseasonably warm for October and we made the most of it. At night it got quite cold but during the day it was in the mid 20’s and sunny. I wore shorts, t shirt, and sandals, we couldn’t ask for better weather. On the way to Ucluelet, we stopped at a river to let the dogs have a break and enjoy some time out of the truck. Cedric...

100 Megapixel Nikon D800 Panorama from the Stawamus Chief Sep13

100 Megapixel Nikon D800 Panorama from the St...

Today, I hiked to the top of the south peak of the Stawamus Chief, a popular hike near Squamish, BC. I took a lot of photos including the panorama below. The full size panorama is 22,383×4378 pixels (ok, not 100 megapixels but 98, close enough). Shot with a Nikon D800 and 24-70 f/2.8 lens. The variation of color in the sky is due to the use of a polarizing filter. It helps with contrast but because so much of the sky is visible the angle to the sun changes substantially in the shot from left to right. First, a small version of the file, 2048 x 401 (0.82 megapixels, 641Kb)   If you want to see a slightly bigger version, here is a...

A Visit To Alberta Aug17

A Visit To Alberta

I decided to make a short visit to Alberta to see family and friends. Weather was good and I did some fishing, some hiking, and a lot of eating. On the way from the Edmonton airport, I stopped to take this photo of a lonely highway. There are many of these quiet secondary roads where you won’t see a car for ages.   My first destination was Saint Paul, the area has a lot of farmland with old and abandoned buildings. These make for great photos, especially at sunset.   One of the reasons I like shooting here is because the clouds are often interesting and completely change the composition. Montana is referred to as Big Sky...

Tim Hortons Small Town Drive Through Jul24

Tim Hortons Small Town Drive Through

You know you’re in a small town when… In early July my wife and I were driving through Quesnel, BC and I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.  I made her turn around and go back so I could capture something you are only going to see in a small town.  Lucky for me I had my camera with me, and could take some photos of a guy in the drive through with his horse.  I took a second to talk with him, he was riding the horse at fist but decided to walk him through thinking he will get better service.  He was also having a hard time getting them to take his order, speculating his horse wasn’t setting off the sensors....

A Day in Amsterdam Mar19

A Day in Amsterdam

Back in December 2011, I had to travel to the UK on business. I took the opportunity to route my flight through Amsterdam instead of London and I had to pleasure of spending an afternoon in this great European city. I’m finally getting around to posting some of the photos I took during my short stay. I definitely need to go back and spend more time in this city, it was a lot of fun. Most of the photos here were shot while on a photo tour with Photo Tours of Amsterdam.  I booked this tour after reading positive reviews on Trip Advisor.   Things didn’t start well as my flight was delayed.  Rather than arriving at 8:00am which...

Marina in Swansea, Wales Dec26

Marina in Swansea, Wales

When I was visiting Swansea I did some night time shooting with my colleague Leighton who just purchased a new Nikon D90.  There are some interesting sights in the area, so I appreciate that Leighton showed me around. This was the first set of exposures I took that night, an HDR of the pedestrian bridge at the marina.   This courtyard is very interesting.  There are lights on the ground that change colours and create movement.  The trees are not purple, but the long exposure combined with purple lights gives them an interesting glow.  Turned out better than I thought it would...

Trip to Hawaii, November 2011 Dec01

Trip to Hawaii, November 2011

A few photos from my trip to Maui in November.  I stayed at the Honua Kai Resort and Spa, which is the newest resort property on Maui.  Great place to hang out.   I didn’t get the chance for any really nice shots, so this is more documentary than artistic.    ...

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...

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