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I Am Still Getting Ready To Party…

…so you get a second photo with no explanation.  Tomorrow I might post words. :)

Old School Photo Wanders

After a hearty breakfast at the Wolf & Hound on Broadway (we went there for the full Irish breakfast and while the food was merely OK the service was horrible!! While it might be a great place to go for a pint, the breakfast situation was large buckets of pure awful) Coaxial & I went out for an old school photo wander.  I took the camera that started out our old school collection The 360 Polaroid Land Camera (M bought this way back when we lived in E-town) as well as the other old school camera staples like the Seagull and the Meg. The film isn’t developed yet but here are a couple of the Polaroid shots.

I am sorta excited to see some experiments in double exposure that we did.  Basically I shot 36 exposures on a roll of regular colour film. After rewinding, I unloaded and reloaded the same roll of film, handed it to J, and said shoot 36 photos! We will see what happens with that! I also shot a roll to cross process.   All this is me getting ready to set up my darkroom again so I can play away during the winter months in a small poorly ventilated room with random chemicals.  I am also excited because with the addition of the new home and the second laundry room I should be able to make my darkroom only a darkroom! As opposed to the darkroom/storage/laundry/hide things quickly because there are clients coming over room that it currently is.  This year I am going to try and add a sink to it (which should be quite easy actually because there are already water and drainage in the room for the washing machine) and better, more stable counters so I am not constantly on the verge of an epic chemical spill. I wish there was a way that I could take the washer and dryer out of there completely but I don’t really have anywhere to put them :) Also on the darkroom front, Tracey the dear that she is, has graciously donated a whole whack of random colour paper and a bulk film loader to us.

The paper is exciting.  I know nothing about it other than it is colour paper and no one knows how it has been stored, but I will do some research on it when i find time. It should give us some really unpredictable craziness!

Morning fog in Stanley Park!

Miranda and I went for a morning drive the other day and well the fog was so pretty I had to stop and take a photo!

Stanley Park Fog!

Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark II
Aperture: 5.8
Shutter: 1/320
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 48mm
ISO: 400
Date Taken:November.20.2007

Just a Sunset


Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark II
Aperture: 3.2
Shutter: 1/250
: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 48mm
ISO: 800
Date Taken: June.02.2007

Snowy Stanley Park Trees

This is a blast from the archives of the institute! I am going though my Lightroom catalogue and looking at photos that I haven’t seen since they were taken. This was a photo from a day that I wandered around Stanley Park in the snow!

Snowy Stanley Park

Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark II
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/2000
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM @ 16mm
ISO: 400
Date Taken: Jan.10.2007

Fall is coming!

So I don’t want to be a Sour Sally but it looks like fall is on the way! I actually like fall I think the best, although since moving to Vancouver spring is becoming a close second. Looks like leaves are changing and falling, like this leaf the was floating in coal harbour.


Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark II
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/25
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 200mm
ISO: 50
Date Taken: Sept.10.2007

Black & White Iona Beach plants

Black & White Iona Beach plants

More Iona Black & White!

Traveling back from Alberta

So over the last two days we have been slowly driving back from Alberta the long way around. Instead of going the most direct way that would get us from Edmonton to Vancouver very quickly we thought we would make the drive fun and go the longest possible way that we could. We went south to Red Deer and turned west at Sylvan Lake where we found the neatest little scooter company that is actually based in Langley BC – Volano Scooters – although we are sure these are the “cheap P.O.S’s” that Jiang Wayne was talking about one time. We thought that it was hilarious that we went to the middle of a field in Alberta and discovered uber urban things that come from our home.

Stopped on the highway to take photos of this old house in the middle of a canola field.


We actually were going to go through the field and check it out, but the canola was so thick we couldn’t even walk. The best we could get is a long lens shot of it from the highway. We stopped in Rocky mountain house on our way to the parks. We took the ice fields parkway south to the Trans-Canada and we stuck on that till we got to Revelstoke where we decided that we would spend the night. We ended up staying at the campiest place ever just for the heck of it! We didn’t set out to stay at the campiest place ever but it just sorta happened that way. Check out the floor in the bathroom! A word to the wise, Round Beds suck!





In the morning we hit the road early but we didn’t make it far before we found a place that we had to check out. This is an old abandoned motel right on the side of the road. We only had to hop one fence to get to it!





So we wandered around with cameras for 20 minutes. After that we weren’t on the road for more then 10 minutes before we found the next abandoned place. This is an old sawmill that looks just like it shut down one day and never started back up.




There is everything still there and not even badly vandalized (probably because it’s in the middle of nowhere.) So we wandered around that for about an hour. We stopped next in Sicamous for breakfast. We found a country breakfast buffet that wasn’t half bad. Because we like to drive places that we haven’t seen before we took the long way home. We went though Vernon and Kelowna as apposed to the quick route via Kamloops. We didn’t really stop anywhere except this._y1o3301.JPG

I have never been to Osoyoos or Princeton so we took the 97 and the 3 home. Fantastic scenery and we found a few more scooters on the way! There is a town called Keremeos that is about halfway between Princton and Osoyoos that was filled with old beat up tractors and well worn Vespa’s as well as wicker scooters!

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A photo wander at Grandfather’s

So anyone that goes though the archives of the institute (on a side note I am currently downloading 52 episodes of astroboy w00t) knows that I love wandering around old farms and homesteads with my camera. I find the photographic treasures that are hiding just below the surface very hard to resist. So imagine my glee when we went to my grandfathers for coffee and pie!! (you always have coffee and pie)

So to start the skies were fantastic. I also took a few medium shots of this with black and white. So we will see how that works out!

Grandpa’s Place

This is the side of the conflict house. It’s called the conflict house because any time my grandparents had a dispute this was their version of the couch, or the doghouse.

Grandpa’s Place

This is one of my Grandpa’s tractors. I remember as a kid when he bought this one it seemed so big then. Looks small and cute now!

Grandpa’s Place

Tiger Lily’s in the garden.

Grandpa’s Place

I wanted to stay and wander around the yard some more but I had to get going. There is a gold mine of photography glory out in the back yards like my parent’s old beetle and older tractors, combines and other good stuff. Next visit I guess.

Scooter Camping is the best!

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