This summer I had gone down to Silicon Valley (silicone or silicon?) and had a fantastic time including a trip down through SF and the ocean front areas. On the way back we had stopped in at the Windfarms just east of SF and took some shots. From fishing in the ocean, to pelicans, and horses to massive wind farms here are some of the photos from that trip.
A fantastic and positive event at Rocky Point Taphouse in Port Moody and I was invited to capture and photograph the event.
Event Page: ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1687564171462822/ )
Here are some shots and see more on my facebook page and make sure to like it too 🙂
"Fun"draiser for 6year old Seanny 3x Cancer Survivor. Mister Nickel will be hosting the Event with Pennie Bell starting off the Evening. Jay & The Cadillac Bones will be Belting Out the Best Rockabilly in the Lower Mainland!! Dixie Delight will be hosing an Auction mid-way through the night with some "Very Cool Things".. Audrey Marx and Ann Narkey will then be showing off their Sultry Burlesque moves to be followed by Jay & the Cadillac Bones.
Jumped into the car and drove to Jericho near UBC to take some quick shots of the moon (super moon ? blood moon ? ) the MOON. Looking east I could not see it, well that was because with the partial eclipse which was ongoing from the moon rise, it was too under lit by the sun. and looked pale until the sun had set and it became dark enough to really see the moon.
Here are some shots, Jericho / Spanish banks, people getting ready to shoot and some wide angle shots.
I was shooting manual iso 500 – then up to iso 1600 using my sigma 400mm, 105mm f2.5 and 24 f2.8
Manual lens magic. Moon!
What is the future of retail, with discounters, online stores and mega chains?
The thought around this blog came from visiting an open mall near the massive IKEA in Richmond BC (recently upgraded from a normal sized a 130,000 square feet location) – across Bridgeport road is the other “mall” which contains Staples, Home Depot and the once proud flagship of technology sales Future Shop.
Now the once busy store stands empty, signs on the front doors advising the location is closed until further notice and there are other stores to serve you. There were once large proud red letters spelling FUTURESHOP above the entrance, these have been removed, but almost as a scoff at its demise – behind the letters the paint remains, weathered by years but not faded out and in stark contrast to once red, now in blue spelling FUTURESHOP.
If you are not a Canadian you don’t know, but its not Futureshop which is there now the long going merger of Futureshop and Best Buy (a US electronics retailer) has concluded with Best Buy buying out all of the Futureshop locations, shutting some down, re-branding others.
But lets rewind back to 1982, the year of some amazing events – including the establishment of the first Futureshop, which later grew to be a prominent Canadian electronics retail chain.
By 1990 it had grown to be the largest retailer of electronics, consumer electronics and computers in Canada. With its peak in 2013, Futureshop had 139 stores across all of the great white north.
Although, there were 139 Futureshop stores in 2013 Best Buy was already in the northern realm of Canada – having quietly bought Futureshop in 2001 and at that time started opening its own Best Buy stores – as this was occurring you could see an eventual merger coming. Especially after 2003/04 when Best Buy and Futureshop nearly mirrored prices and stock, as well as the only different in the advertisement flyers were the logo, colors, and fonts.
One would stay, and it was going to be the bigger name. Best Buy.
This indeed happened in March 2015, with all of the Futureshop stores shuttered and closed overnight, some to remain so forever others to be re-opened as re-branded Best Buy Stores.
Is this something to cry or be upset about, its business and Best Buy just like Futureshop has to survive against Amazons and online retailers of the internet.
What is the Future of retail? Sun has set on Futureshop but I hope retail adjusts and survives and shows that somethings are just not worth buying online. People think these days about killer apps, customer service is the killer app of sales and business, I hope that its not something forgotten and lost and replaced with tapping buttons on your phone and then writing angry reviews that what you had bought was too big, too small, wrong material or completely wrong – when you can just go and see and feel it in a real store and ask questions.
But is it that convenient?
I made it out to Anime Revo today very briefly – as I was passing back on my way home from the Gym (yes that’s work in progress too) – and was able to get a pose and snap about 5 pictures of a well armed couple.
Always shoot with an end result in mind – mine was, a battle field? I have the action heroes already so why not shoot in that manner. Sadly it is hard to find a battlefield type background in Vancouver so the next best thing – a STAIRCASE.
Here is the before and after picture! Just one picture, but I think it worked out (please forgive for quick photoshop technique!).
ILLUMINATED? Well on Fire more like it.
Wanted to share this picture and the story #Vancouver BC, and the Lions Gate Bridge (in the background) is in a haze. Smoke from forest fires burning around British Columbia filled the coastal areas. Heroes, the firefighters, volunteers and tree fellers, are fighting the blazes around the province (and world wide) protecting and saving lives, homes, and keeping us safe – this has been one of the driest seasons on record and thus far over 800 fires have sprung up around the province.
More information on being fire safe can be found on the BC Wildfire service: http://bcwildfire.ca/index.htm
The shot was done with my #Nikkor #18-200VR my trusty #D300s on a tripod at ISO 500. I grabbed my mobile phone and tried to stand as still as possible.
Here are a few more shots from that night
I have been invited to a new project called Undefined Video (www.undefinedvideo.com) where we will post random videos of random people doing random stuff. And not just people! For example, here is me messing around with a 50mm ais 1.4 handheld and my d300s filming BABY GEESE!
On Saturday Morning this long weekend I had ventured out to Iona for an early morning hunt and shoot. The Iona Beach Park opens at 8 am, so being early means you have to wait in the car as there is no where to really park outside the park (park your car that is ).
Within the park the number of ducks and waterfowl has decreased from the winter months when migratory birds come to visit the Lower Mainland, but the park is alive, from insects buzzing, to baby geese chasing them and nibbling on grass and swallows and goldfinches flying through the air singing and chirping.
Here is a quick part one of the life i saw in the park, these are mainly insects.
Also check out the link to Sean M – he was doing some amazing macro photography of bugs at the park as well – (his flickr link ). Always a pleasure to meet a great photographer!