Nice to be back home after two months in Costa Rica and Honduras, but how can they compare to biking in December in the rain and sludge, or reaching for your water bottle and finding not a drop to drink as it be frozen like a Mr. Freezie. But back on the bike is all that matters. Even if the season must surely be over.

A New Look

October 4th, 2011

A new camera means a new way of shooting and a bit of boost in the desire to see new things department. So, yep, I have a new Olympus E-PL1 with a 14-42 lens on it. Love it. Great image quality and very easy to use and carry. Should make a nice back up to the Nikons or a great travel camera all on its own.

 

Foggy Foggy Day

October 1st, 2011

Well it isn’t always sunny on the Bay of Fundy, but missing a ferry can yield some photo ops when the fog rolls in. I had just missed the ferry from Deer Island over to Campobello and was standing around wondering what to do when the fog lifted just enough to see these fisherman gathering the day’s harvest of rock weed.

Set for Take Off

September 29th, 2011

Whale watching has to be one of the most exciting things going, and whale watching on the Bay of Fundy has to be one of the best places to do it. Yesterday I was out with Peter Wilcox of SeaWatch out of Grand Manan, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. Calm seas and sunshine and, after a bit of a hunt, Right Whales- lots of excitement, but this Gannet made for some great photos as we steamed out. Nice to be ready. Nice to have fast autofocus and digital technology. I’m not saying you couldn’t get these shots in the past, thousands did, but it’s nice to have equipment that allows you to think only of the subject and not the tech part of the world. Go Nikon Go.

 

The Bull Fight

April 16th, 2011

Just back in Canada after three weeks in Europe, most of it following the most twisted roads on the map- of course that means the least visited places on the map as well. And places where everything happens by chance and good fortune. We had just pulled into a town north of Sevilla in Spain, looked like another quiet town of sun-drenched, white-washed houses with a touch of Africa thrown in, when Steve discovered a bull fight going on up the road. We caught the last twenty minutes of it- can’t say I am a big fan and the matador in this contest took many a stab before he brought the bull down making it look even¬† less glamourous. I’ll post a few other shots later today from the fight and more later from the trip. Still ice on the river here in NB. Hard to believe.

Just An Another Snow Day

February 2nd, 2011

Sitting inside and working on the computer didn’t seem right with all that great white stuff coming down, and besides with winter tires on the sporty car, I couldn’t refuse a bit of slip sliding away anyway. Snow plows were out which is always fun to photograph from the other side of the road. And lots of room on the side to park so not getting spattered was assured. Changed the lenses in the car and went out when all was clear. Now back at the computer but at least it is dark outside.

Fresh Flowers

January 25th, 2011

With a wind chill nearing minus 40C it wasn’t a day that called on me to be outside, camera in hand, but then again the sun was shining and when it hit these tulips that had just passed their best-before date, out came the camera for some playing around. The manual focus 55mm micro lens by Nikon is perfect for these kind of shots- it focuses close and very accurately. Hook it up to a digital camera and the trip from shooting to emailing it out is down to under five minutes- slightly faster than the two weeks I had to wait for Kodachrome to make it back by pony express.

Tulips- A Day Late or... not.

Paris_Roubaix

January 2nd, 2011

Well, it is only three months till road biking returns to New Brunswick so to mark this momentous occasion I place this crank shot of my S-Works Paris Roubaix Specialized bike on the blog. Not quite a photo posting, more of a middle of the winter wish I could bike kind of blog thing. I guess it is worth noting that the lighting is from a nice overcast sky and the camera is the Nikon D3s with an 85 mm. lens on the front of it. Great for detail. And the diffuse lighting is just great portrait lighting. The background helps make the crank stand out and adds a touch of flash to the photo. Now back to thinking about cameras and stories. And bikes.

The Bridge that is Lethbridge

December 28th, 2010

Just home from another trip out West to Alberta. Ah, the prairies in winter. The wide open spaces are made for wide-angle lenses and a sense of wonder, but even though Lethbridge wasn’t named for the bridge it is certainly its defining feature. At a mile long and close to 400 feet high it is the largest bridge of this nature in the world and always a great subject for a camera. Lots of leading line action in this photo which imparts movement to what could have been quite a static scene.

Foggy Day on the St. John River

December 11th, 2010

Well, this photo is it. The last day on the St. John River in the kayak for 2010. Not that it is too cold but the ice is starting to form and that makes for poor paddling. I took the D700 out the last few times just to get a bit more detail into the photographs, more than my Lumix LX3 can give (although I would recommend that camera to anyone as a carry around all day fun camera). So the kayaks are out of the water, the skis are waxed and the bicycle in on its trainer- can the first big snows be far behind. And then winter shooting. Dress warm and get out there.

St. John River Early Winter