Friday, 23 December 2011

Metcalfe Rock from Bruce Trail

Well, here it is the 23rd of December... Just came back from a hike near Duncan Ontario, on the Bruce Trail. I took along my trusty little Nikon P7000. Nice kit that. I particularly like the simulated wide angle I can get by taking panorama shots and putting them together back at home. Considering the snow and lighting you get this time of year at this particular latitude, these are demanding situations. The P7000 looks after it well.

I also looked at the newer P7100... I found right away that the camera is much thicker than the P7000, and heavier. I think this is to accommodate the folding display screen. Personally, I saw that as a drawback, needing the smaller size for getting into remote areas and being mindful of the weight of the stuff you are carrying. This particular image was taken from the top of the bluff overlooking (to the left) Metcalfe Rock, and almost encompassing 180 degrees of view. A few steps straight ahead equals a 60 Metre fall to the valley floor. The hike through the Bruce Trail to this vantage point was on pristine trails, with a skiff of snow on the ground, and not a single foot print. This completely complies with my desire to hike in areas that are remote in nature, and lack the crowds. Interesting thing I found out about Duncan... You plug "Duncan" into the GPS and it doesn't find it! Perfect. 

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Another Day

Well, another day. Remarkably beautiful outside, this time of year. I have just finished processing about 40 kilograms of fresh honey and it is fantastic this year. There is no sensation like opening the hive (I am a beekeeper, after all) and listening to the bees hum, smelling the scent of fresh bees and honey and soft beeswax, and licking your fingers as you pry apart frame after frame of sweet honey. What is more amazing, is that the bees allow you to remove part of their home, and steal their honey, and they don't get too upset about the whole process.
One of the problems I had with this blog, at the start, was after I completed, where did it go? I was a little snarly in the first post, but I still stand by what I wrote. It took me a while to find it again. Should have book marked it!
I was out in Peterborough Ontario taking a few photos at the "Head of the Trent" for my daughter, who is a team coach, (sort of like getting paid, you have to do these photos, like it is a family obligation!) so they were more or less, cheesecake photos. I hate cheesecake photos... but then, it was more like sports photography. I don't mind that so much! I used my Nikon D300 and the Nikkor 24-120 1:3.5 - 5.6 G ED lens. It was a beautiful day as well. Just downloading the photos to the computer now. Shooting RAW at 200 ISO, and what the hell, why wouldn't you shoot RAW? I could talk about that all day. That is why I actually purchased the Nikon P7000 - it shoots RAW! And it's a lot smaller than my D300 for back packing across Gros Morne National Park. Regardless, I digress. If you have any questions about any photo or anything I've said, then please respond. (Of course, up to now, I don't have any followers! ;-))

Friday, 16 September 2011

A good start

Gros Morne National Park Newfoundland

I really hate people. I need to go where no person is standing in front of the scene I want to shoot and smiling like an ID-10-T into a point a shoot camera to prove they've been somewhere. Particularly when they are doing a self-portrait. I yearn for the Trans Labrador Highway... the Dempster Highway, anywhere I can get away from people in greater numbers than a city has to offer. I have been to these places, and I want to go back. Gros Morne is another one. Nice place with fewer people and the ones who are there? The nicest people on the face of the planet (Newfoundlander's). I could live there... I am going to use this blog to post my photos and details of my trips. I will let you know what equipment I use as well. I am, afterall, a lifetime photographer. I have taken pictures and made pictures all of my life. I have even been paid professionally for this service, but the pictures I like, are the ones no one pays me for. I don't show off my pictures very much, and they are very personal. Now that I am paid to stay away from work, I can do this even more.