Dragon Boat Spring Sprint in Vancouver

What a great day for some dragon boat racing.  Since my wife is on a team, I went down to take some photos and enjoy the nice weather.  Spring Sprint is a warm up to the big Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, which is in mid June.   The boats are smaller, only 10 paddlers instead of the usual 20 and the distance is substantially shorter as well.  Still fun to watch, especially when you can soak up the sun after the miserable April showers. The races are held in False Creek with downtown Vancouver as the backdrop.  Hard to find a nicer venue than this. The staging area is right beside Science World. Some shots of the action.    ...

A Walk on Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC

I don’t always take my camera when I’m out walking the dogs, but since the D800 is new I decided to bring it along today. I was using the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR lens, which I love. All shots hand held, so may not be critically sharp especially when shooting in the shady areas. It’s still too early in the year, and too cold, for the nudies to be out so I had the beach to myself. This is one of my dogs, Jammie.  She is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, small but thinks she is a big dog. You see some interesting critters when you start getting close I have also been playing around with black and white images more and more.  The...

First attempt at light painting

This didn’t start out as a light painting shoot. My friend Andrew wanted to get some long exposure shots of planes taking off so we ventured down to the airport near sunset. Before the sun went down, we took a few shots at Iona Beach. The beach wasn’t particularly interesting, so as the sun was going down I decided to try out the variable ND filter I purchased.  First time I have ever used an ND filters, but it was a day of firsts so why not.  Here are a couple of shots, looks like it could be fun and the effect can’t be duplicated any other way. And here is Andrew setting up for a sunset shot. The sun finally set so we...

A Visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Apr06

A Visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bir...

Today I paid my first visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary located near Ladner, BC.  It’s a great spot to spend a few hours and I’ll definitely go back more than once to see what species of birds visit this park.  Cost is $5 to get in, well worth it.  Here are some of my photos from the day. My first shot was actually taken in the parking lot, this girl was walking around in the grass right behind my truck (Mallard Duck). Not sure what this guy is, someone needs to help me identify it. Napping while standing on one foot, showoff (Canada Goose). I think this is a Northen Pintail, beautiful birds. Just a common...

Shelter Dogs March 17 2012 Mar17

Shelter Dogs March 17 2012

Another set of dogs from Vancouver Animal Control, you can see others here.  As always, you can see the animals available for adoption from this shelter by visiting their PetFinder page or just drop in at the shelter. The little husky puppies are still there, and still cute.  The first dog today was Root Beer, a very active but loving young pit bull.   At one point go got a case of the zoomies.   This girl likes to lean on you while getting some attention, I don’t think she knows how big she is.   Coming in for my close up.       A young shih tzu, very playful.   This guy looks grumpy, is missing a...

A Trip to the Vancouver Aquarium

I visit the Vancouver Aquarium several times a year and always enjoy it.  They recently expanded and also have bioluminescence displays which were great to see.   A friend of mine stole (ok, borrowed) my favorite lens for my visits to the aquarium, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR, so these are all shot with the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8.  Since everything is hand held, the VR is actually quite useful. One of my favorite tanks showing the Pacific Sea Nettle.  I feel very relaxed after watching it for a while. A shrimp in the west coast exhibit. It was divers weekend (discount if you bring your cert card).  Lots of interesting info for divers....

Vancouver’s Olympic Village At Night

A friend of mine just purchased a new Gitzo tripod and was eager to try it out. We decided to head down to the Olympic Village in Vancouver to get some shots at night. Below are some of the shots that turned out ok, all shot with a Nikon D90, 3 exposure HDR at +/- 2 EV. Processed with Lightroom, Photomatix, and Photoshop. This is the first time I have attempted an HDR panorama. This is a panorama stitched from four HDR images. I don’t think it turned out that well, but I learned a few things and will try something different next time. I think some of the other images from the nights shoot turned out better. Shot with a Nikkor 24-70mm...

Almost a full moon

A friend of mine (Maggie) told me about the December 10th lunar eclipse.  No idea how I missed the fact that this is happening, very unlike my geek self.  We had a clear sky tonight, and I still have the monster 400mm f/2.8 lens I borrowed for the Bald Eagle shoot so I decided to take a few practice shots.  No real point posting more than one photo, the moon doesn’t do much different between shots.  The lens, as expected, delivered great results on my...

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