This Saturday was a chance to do some non human photography while exploring the Vancouver aquarium. Most of the below shots I took while hand holding my DSLR and all manual everything (105 and 50 mm lenses) . Worked good for slow moving creatures such as star fish or jelly fish, but manual focus is truly a pain in the butt for birds (even if they are just being carried around by a human.)
Check out some pictures below, from the Vancouver Aquarium
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.
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!
During a bike ride last night, while the city of Vancouver was watching the Canucks in their face off with the Calgary rivals I had witnessed an outright dangerous moment in the life of the Seawall which surrounds Stanley Park. The composition of the hill side between Lions Gate and Siwash Rock is composed of a sheer plantless stone like wall.
What first looked like a vertical crack in the 70 foot hillside a few days ago broke off in a single flat sheet and came crashing down on the seawall below. No one was injured. It landed covering a portion of the bike path.
The Parks Board rangers have also been monitoring this area for failure – and in advance ,around the potential fail point cones were em-placed.
While I stood there taking pictures with my pocket camera and filming two Park Rangers (D and A) arrived. Two vehicles, cones and basic clean up equipment, the Vancouver Parks Board Staff were here to address and cordon off the fault area. As well as to clean things up.
Well done Parks Board Rangers, now the only thing which remains is review of the hillside and decide what to do with the giant trees looming right above the failed piece of the seawall hillside.
Over at the Lonsdale Quay as seagull had picked up a starfish and half eaten it with still pulsing tentacles hanging from its mouth. This can definitely be a type of a science fiction or a fantasy monster a bird with tentacles! 🙂