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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
My true love drowned in a dirty old pan / Of oil that did run from the block / Of a falcon sedan 1969 / The paper said '75
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August 27, 2010

Cycling to Salt Spring Island

Moonrise over Ruckle Park

I haven’t really been out of town much this summer, and I certainly haven’t been camping. This past week I hatched a fairly hasty plan to solve both of those problems and boy did it turn out well.

Salt Spring Island is the largest of the southern gulf islands located between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Accessible by ferry from either Victoria or Vancouver, its geographic area of about 183 km2 is less than 10% the size of the Metro Vancouver area and its population fo 10,500 is less than 1% of Vancouver’s total and Ruckle Provincial Park on the island’s southern tip seemed like the perfect place to pitch a tent.

Oh yeah…I decided to do this all by bike. I’m all about the low carbon footprint these days, though I’m not sure how much lower I can get it.

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August 19, 2010

Heron in Stanley Park

Heron in Stanley Park Heron in Stanley Park Seen on a walk around the seawall with my mother in July. Herons are relatively common in Vancouver, which hasn’t made me love them any less. More photos are in the galleries or on Flickr.

Posted by skooter at 11:19 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Nature.
Tags: Heron, Nature, Stanley Park, Vancouver Outdoors, Wildlife

A Walk Around the Neighbourhood

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Yesterday started gloomily, and after attending the CBC’s free concert at noon and a swim I wound up at home working in the afternoon. As the sun broke through a layer of clouds in the early evening it seemed like a decent time for a short walk. Little did I know that I’d bump into a dude who was chillin’ like a villen.

I sat down on the bench beside him for a while and listened in on a fairly active conversation that was obviously happening in his head. Topics ranged from why teenagers would carry firearms to school to the conversations his mother had with his aunts Dolly & Glenna.

Posted by skooter at 10:04 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Vancouver.
Tags: Architecture, China Creek Park, Mt. Pleasant, Sunset

August 13, 2010

A Day in Vancouver

Sometimes, it’s perfectly reasonable to just walk around with your camera for a bit.

Somewhere in there I attended a good old fashioned rock and roll concert. Photos of Cotton Jones and the Parson Red Heads are on Guttersnipe.

Posted by skooter at 5:40 AM This entry is filed under Camera, Cycling, Vancouver.
Tags: City Hall, cycling, Jericho Beach, Sunset, Vancouver

August 9, 2010

On Flash (Not the Adobe Kind)

Despite the fact that I’ve been shooting photos for well over 20 years at this point, I’ve never really used flash that much. There has, in fact, been extended periods of not even owning a flash in my life.

I’ve been shooting a lot of concerts and at the large ones there’s a pretty standard set of rules: first three songs only, no flash. This was true for Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold on Thursday night, so when I was asked to shoot a concert on Friday I left my flash at home. The shots turned out well, and everybody’s fairly happy but flash would have helped.

I picked up a Rogue Flashbender on Saturday, to give me more flexibility. It’s a versatile and flexible tool that’s easy to pack and carry.

The Waterfront Stage at the Under the Volcano Festival was completely unlit and the day was gloomy, so it gave me the perfect chance to play with the Flashbender. I was quite happy to see that it helped, turning what would have been a darkly lit almost impossible situation into some usable photos. All of the pairs below were shot with the same shutter speeds and aperture settings (you can see that the sunlit backgrounds are exposed similarly in them), the first one including a flash with the Flashbender in place and the second one with no flash.
With Flashbender No Flashbender

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Posted by skooter at 3:30 PM This entry is filed under Camera.
Tags: Flash, Photography, Rogue Flashbender, Under the Volcano

August 8, 2010

Is North Vancouver Part of Alaska? Google Says Yes.

Google Maps image of Burrard Inlet

I’m heading to the Under the Volcano festival today, so I checked out Cates Park on Google Maps to see what the walking distance is in North Vancouver from other destinations (most notably, Honey’s Doughnuts.) I was quite surprised to notice that while the waters of the Burrard Inlet are labeled correctly, the waters off of Cates Park—farther east, and surrounded on three sides by various areas of Vancouver—are not.

As it turns out, Google seems to think that North Vancouver might, in fact, be a part of Southeast Alaska.

There’s a shuttle running to the festival, and I think I’m going to take it over instead of cycling. It’ll make towing camera equipment around a whole lot easier.

The image is a composite of two Google Maps images. Click to see a larger view.

Posted by skooter at 5:35 PM This entry is filed under Technology, Vancouver.
Tags: Cates Park, North Vancouver, Under the Volcano

August 4, 2010

Paula Uteck: August 2005

Mom and Paula Uteck in La Fleche, Saskatchewan August 2005 Paula Uteck passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2010 after a six year battle with breast cancer. This was the last time my mother and I saw her.

Posted by skooter at 6:29 PM This entry is filed under Family.
Tags: Family, Mom, Paula Uteck, Saskatchewan

August 2, 2010

Yukon Blonde & Patrick Brealey at Shorefest

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The complete set of photos is on Flickr.

Posted by skooter at 6:39 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Celebration of Light, English Bay, Patrick Brealey, Shore 104 FM, Shorefest, Yukon Blonde