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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 tooth, but he is a friendly giant.

 

And a new litter of puppies!  Furry face ones too, my favorite


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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.
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A shrimp in the west coast exhibit.
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It was divers weekend (discount if you bring your cert card).  Lots of interesting info for divers.  Here, coast guard divers prepare to dive in the big tank next to the entrance.
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I caught the dolphin show from the underwater viewing gallery.  These animals are amazing, incredibly fast and agile.  Here, one of them makes an entrance after some acrobatics.

Part of the bioluminescence display.  Preserved deep sea fish that use lights on their body to attract prey.  Wouldn't want to run into this guy while swimming in the ocean.
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This little guy seemed quite interested in me.
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Leopard frog taking in the rays.
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The colours on some of these frogs is just amazing.
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Not my wife's favorite.
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Hangin' out, looks nice and relaxed.
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You see a lot more than fish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
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Rays, another favorite.
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The Arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.
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Looks like this guy just finished molting or is about to.  Great looking snake.
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And the rest of the images from the day.

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Vancouver Skyline from Olympic Village 3

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 f/2.8.
Vancouver Skyline from Olympic Village Pano

This shot is taken with the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens from the Aqua Bus platform near Science World. Really enjoying this lens and can't wait to use it on an FX body. I like the how the reflections turned out in this shot.
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Vancouver Skyline from Olympic Village 1

The new and 'improved' BC Place along with the Plaza of Nations.
Vancouver Skyline from Olympic Village 2

Great design on this bridge, lit up at night and looks great.
Olympic Village Bridge

Some funky stairs and cool blue lights. They did a great job with the design and architecture at the new village. I'll be back to take more photos for sure.
Olympic Village Stairs

Science World always looks good at night.
Science World Vancouver


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


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


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

Puppies

Puppies!


Puppy Chomp
Puppy Chomp

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


Vancouver : Portside / Crab Park : Vancouver skyline reflection 2 : 2012-11-21

PHOTO: CRAB Park At Portside

A break in the rain gave me the chance to visit CRAB Park at Portside in Vancouver. The little pond made for some great reflections.
Vancouver : Portside / Crab Park : Vancouver skyline reflection 2 : 2012-11-21


Vancouver Aquarium Baby Jellyfish Macro Photo

Photo: Baby Jellyfish

a macro photo of a tiny baby jellyfish. You can see its reflection in the water's surface.  Taken at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Vancouver Aquarium Baby Jellyfish Macro Photo

 


Vancouver Aquarium Emerald Tree Boa

Photo: Emerald Tree Boa

A photo of the Emerald Tree Boa taken at the Vancouver Aquarium.  I have another photo of this snake which I took on a different day here.

Vancouver Aquarium Emerald Tree Boa


Vancouver Aquarium - Macro photo of butterfly

Photo: Butterfly

A butterfly in the tropical rain forest exhibit of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Vancouver Aquarium - Macro photo of butterfly


Vancouver Aquarium - macro photo of moth

Photo: Moth

A moth in the tropical rain forest exhibit of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Vancouver Aquarium - macro photo of moth


Blue Jellyfish

Photo: Pacific Sea Nettle Jellyfish

Pacific Sea Nettle Jellyfish

Blue Jellyfish


5th Annual East Van Show and Shine at the Whip Restaurant (Vancouver, BC. May 27, 2012)

Photo: Greaser Pickup Truck

This truck is described as a 'greaser pickup' by the owner.  Looks fantastic to me.  Taken at the East Van Show and Shine outside the Whip Restaurant in Vancouver.

5th Annual East Van Show and Shine at the Whip Restaurant (Vancouver, BC. May 27, 2012)


5th Annual East Van Show and Shine at the Whip Restaurant (Vancouver, BC. May 27, 2012)

Photo: Motor in a Late 60's Dodge Charger

Taken at the 5th Annual East Van Show and Shine outside the Whip Restaurant in Vancouver.  There were a lot of great cars there, but this late 60's Dodge Charger was my favorite.  This is actually an HDR shot converted to black and white with some transparency.

5th Annual East Van Show and Shine at the Whip Restaurant (Vancouver, BC. May 27, 2012)


Vancouver Aquarium - 2012-05-01

Photo: Hyacinth Macaws at the Vancouver Aquarium

I always love to see the two Hyacinth Macaws at the Vancouver Aquarium.  They are loud, colorful, and always active.  In this shot it looks like they are good buddies.

Vancouver Aquarium - 2012-05-01


Wreck Beach Vancouver 2012-05-08 Nikon D800 Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR

Photo: Sand Abstract

I came across this interesting natural sand sculpture at a Vancouver beach.  It kept changing as sand and water ran down, very mesmerizing and beautiful.

Wreck Beach Vancouver 2012-05-08 Nikon D800 Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR


American Pitbull Terrier - High Resolution Photo

Photo: Pitbull for adoption

I volunteer at Vancouver Animal Control to take photos of dogs available for adoption.  I hope the quality of the photos increases the dogs changes of getting adopted.  It is a lot of fun and very rewarding as well.   This 'cow patch'  pitbull was a big softie.


Chocolate Lab for Adoption at Vancouver Animal Control

Photo: Chocolate Lab for Adoption

I volunteer at Vancouver Animal Control to take photos of dogs available for adoption.  I hope the quality of the photos increases the dogs changes of getting adopted.  It is a lot of fun and very rewarding as well.   This chocolate lab was a lot of fun to shoot.

Chocolate Lab for Adoption at Vancouver Animal Control