Swansea Marina Trees

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.

Swansea Marina HDR

 

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 :)

Swansea Marina Trees


Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

Every now and then, I help out at Vancouver Animal Control by taking photos of their dogs available for adoption.  I believe the quality of the photos makes a difference in the dogs adoption so I'm happy to help out when I can.  I haven't done this too many times, but I hope to continue as it helps me and helps the dogs.  You can see the animals they have available at PetFinder.com (not just dogs but rabbits, lizards, and at times even more strange things).  Today I met a few great dogs, and I even had a Jack Russel nut me so I can check that off the bucket list.

Very cute but somewhat wild puppy :)
Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

"Judge" the pit/lab that likes to lean on you.
Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

 

Goofy but cute looking and very friendly
Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

Unhappy camper.

`Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

 

Shelter Dogs Dec 10 2011

 


 

These are some images from previous shoots at the shelter.
Shelter Dogs Sept 27 2011

 

Shelter Dogs Sept 27 2011
Shelter Dogs Sept 27 2011
Shelter Dogs Sept 27 2011
Shelter Dogs Sept 27 2011


Full Moon at 400mm

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 D90.

Full Moon at 400mm


Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Bald Eagle Photography in Brackendale

I took a trip with my friend Andrew to Brackendale to find some Bald Eagles.  The eagles were not hard to find, but certainly not easy to photograph.  Most of the time they were quite far away, but occasionally they would fly by a little closer.  The eagles gather here to eat Coho Salmon that have died after spawning.  I guess eagles are lazy, and prefer to let dinner float by rather than waste energy catching it.

I borrowed a huge 400mm f/2.8 lens with a 2x teleconverter from my boss, which was a huge help and allowed to me to get some good shots.  I wouldn't say any of the shots from the day were excellent, there was heavy cloud cover and relatively low light which meant a lot of the shots were at ISO 400 or even 800.   Add to that slower shutter speeds, and a lot of the shots just didn't turn out very well.  Considering this was my first time at this location, the first time shooting the 400mm, and the first time on a dedicated trip to shoot eagles I think I did ok.

Aside from the eagles, we were treated to a few nice views during the day.  Both shot with the 400mm, the darker blue image is a 3-shot HDR.

Portfolio Brackendale Mountains

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

These are some of my favorite shots from the day.  First, a juvenile eagle was flying towards me and about to land in a tree.  Of the 5 shots I got of him, this is the only one worth posting. (In case it's not obvious, you can click the photos to view the bigger version).

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Another flight photo, this one I attempted to pan the 400mm to get some shots, most were blurry or had only a part of the eagle in the frame.  This one turned out better than I thought it would.

Bald Eagle in flight Brackendale BC Dec 2011

Sometimes, eagles are not the graceful and majestic creatures we think they are. When you have to go you have to go.

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Some shots of the equipment used.

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

The following photos are not great, but I thought I'd include them as they capture a flight sequence and my attempt at capturing the eagles in flight.

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

And more, not good due to slow shutter speeds, but capture a moment when an eagle swoops in to steal the salmon away from the others.  Incoming!

 

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

And the rest of the images from the shoot worth posting.  They include a Great Blue Heron, which often go ignored when the eagles are there but they are no less interesting nor any less beautiful.

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Great Blue Heron Brackendale BC Dec 2011

Bald Eagle in flight Brackendale BC Dec 2011

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip

Brackendale Eagles Photo Trip


Bald Eagle in flight Brackendale BC Dec 2011

Brackendale, Sneak Peek

I took a trip with my friend Andrew to Brackendale today to find some Bald Eagles.  The eagles were not hard to find, but certainly not easy to photograph.  Most of the time they were quite far away, and occasionally they would fly by a little closer.  I borrowed a big 400mm f/2.8 lens from my boss, which was a huge help but a monster to try and pan as an eagles did a fly by.  Too tired to process photos today, but here are two from the trip.  More to come soon. another When we first showed up at the main viewing area, the eagles were far away but this fellow was close and didn't mind posing for a photo.  It's a Great Blue Heron, you can see a past photo I took of  a heron here.

Great Blue Heron Brackendale BC Dec 2011

 

I also managed to capture a couple of eagles in flight, this was one of the better shots.  The lens really is huge, so this is no easy task.

Bald Eagle in flight Brackendale BC Dec 2011


Spotted Moray among the urchin and coral, Lanai, Hawaii, Nov 2011

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.

Spotted Moray among the urchin and coral, Lanai, Hawaii, Nov 2011

 

Cathedral 1, Lanai, Hawaii, Nov 2011

 

Hawaii Diving: Wreck of the Naked Lady
Hawaii Diving: Wreck of the Naked Lady

 

Hawaii Big Island South Point
Hawaii Big Island South Point

Puppies Last Day

Last night with Morimoto and Flappy

Our last night with the two foster puppies Morimoto and Flappy.  At one point we had eight, but they were spread out among foster homes quickly.  These two stayed with us for over a month, and were a lot of work but very fun at the same time.  These photos are from our last night together.

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day


Queen Elizabeth Park

Fall in Vancouver

It was a beautiful fall day in Vancouver today. I decided to visit Queen Elizabeth Park to try and catch some fall colours.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park


Jamie Ibarra Photo

Jaime Ibarra Photography

Definitely a site worth visiting to see some stunning photography.   It is interesting to note that Jaime has Synesthesia (he 'hears' colours).

The site is not entirely safe for work, just a warning.

Jaime Ibarra Photography


Science World HDR

BC Place and Science World HDR Photos

A couple of HDR photos shot in the false creek area of Vancouver, BC. The new BC Place stadium and Science world. I processed with a demo version of PhotoEngine which I like a lot.

Science World HDR
Science World HDR
BC Place HDR
BC Place HDR

 


iPhone 4S HDR

My First iPhone 4S HDR

This is the first photo I took with the iPhone 4S in HDR mode.  Untouched, this is how it came from the phone.  Rather impressive considering it was shot in low light.  Looking forward to testing this new camera more now that I see the results.

iPhone 4S HDR
iPhone 4S HDR

Same file with some edits in Lightroom

iPhone 4S HDR Edit
iPhone 4S HDR Edit

And for comparison an HDR from the same scene, same time shot with a Nikon D90, 14-24 lens, processed with PhotoEngine and Lightroom. The iPhone photo isn't bad, but I don't think anyone can argue it's as good as shooting the scene with a decent camera.

BC Place HDR with D90 and 14-24
BC Place HDR with D90 and 14-24

One more shot, I had a request to try and tone the iPhone photo to more closely match the D90 shot.

BC Place iPhone 4S re-edit in LR3 to match D90
BC Place iPhone 4S re-edit in LR3 to match D90

Moon Oct 14 2011

Moon on Oct 14 2011

It was a clear night so I decided to get a shot of the moon.Read more


Puppies

Puppies!


Puppy Chomp
Puppy Chomp

We are fostering eight little monsters.  More photos to come.


Underground Mine Tour

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2012-06-17-Dragon Boat Festival 2012 : Team Logo

Dragon Boat Festival 2012

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