Tuesday, February 28, 2006

mini space station

Mini fallen satellite dish. Please click image to view large for maximum effect.

Happy Birthday! (in fake miniture form)

Happy Birthday Annie and Eric (Beth, Matt, and Charlotte you can all accept this as belated birthday wishes too)!

I've learned something fun today. Via boingboing I came to this tutorial about how to make a photograph look like it was taken of a scale model of the scene rather than the scene itself. My picture above isn't great material for this technique (it works best looking down on objects that are further away) but I thought it was fun anyway. I can picture a miniature version of my doorknob picture hanging inside a model of dining room. There is now a flickr group for this technique if you want to see more examples of it. Some of my favourites are:
Philadelphia 1947



bryce canyon model

2005_1030ModelVillage50018 copy

Tiny spectacle


To see any of these pictures larger, just click on the image.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


Saturday, February 25, 2006


round rock

I love the way the shoreline changes constantly. Not just the stuff that washes up, but the way the rocks and sand get sculpted by the tides. Some things get covered with rocks pushed up by the waves. Some things get uncovered. I love the sound of rocks getting sucked back as a wave recedes. These rocks that get tossed up always amaze me. They seem so out of place sitting a few vertical feet above the high water line. I need to spend more time at the beach.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Andy Goldsworthy

This morning I went with Luke to the beach to see about making stone sculptures. Luke was inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Here and here are a couple of links to see some of his work. His work with natural elements is arrestingly beautiful. The weather was less than great so I didn't get to take as many pictures as I would have liked (I haven't had my new camera long enough to really risk a lot of snow exposure yet) but here are a couple. These are towers that Luke built. My work (a spiral of increasingly larger white stones) was too covered with snow by the time I finished to get even a workable picture. The top photo was taken by Luke.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

olympic spirit

I found these tracks by the bird feeder this morning. I think the birds are getting into the olympic spirit and having some cross country skiing races. I love the olympics. Go Canada Go!

Friday, February 17, 2006

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

more and more

different view


tulip leaf

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

tulip macros

tulip macro
tulip macro
tulip macro

Since I don't have a real macro lens yet, I have to make do with flipping my lens around and improvising. I had more luck this morning with figuring out distances and focussing. I think I'll probably be playing with this technique a bit more. I like these results.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

tulip 2.0

a different tulip

This is a different take on the tulip. It is a manipulation from a different base image than the previous post. I think it captures more of what I was seeing, although it still falls a bit short.


pink tulip

I should buy my wife flowers more often.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

100th post

sun peeking through the clouds over water

Yay! This is my 100th post here. I'm surprised at the number of people who have wandered through here in the last 100 posts (especially when I was on the boingboing main page). Hopefully now that I have my new camera my posting will be a bit steadier. Speaking of my new camera, one of the things that I really like about it is that I can change my ISO whenever I need to. The drawback is that if I forget to check it (as I did with this picture) then I can end up with more pixellation and colour distortion than I want. Practice makes perfect I guess.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Sherrie working with braille

I took this today while my wonderful wife was doing a bit of work at home. She was adding a few notes to a text that had been converted into braille for one of her students.

on the boat

lifeboat on Princess of Acadia with Saint John NB stenciled on it

Good news everyone! I now have my new camera. It's a lovely Canon 20D and it is phenomenal. I am so happy with it. It still hasn't sunk in yet that I actually have it, but the more I use it the more it will. There is so much I have to learn and this is the best tool for me to do it. Can you tell I'm excited about it?

Ah, Saint John, the city that I love. Saint John will always feel like home. I can't wait for a trip when I actually have time to go around and shoot with my new camera. For a much more interesting post dealing with the city you can read Josh's post.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006