A non work, or photo or business post, this is all about fun in the sun. I must admit, I haven’t seen that many people with smiles on their faces for a long time!
As my godson in the video said, ” real friends not virtual are the best, and as for chasing bubbles, it’s way more fun than playing xbox at home. ”
Family day has been designated a few years ago as a new statutory holiday in British Columbia, falling on the second Monday in February. Today Family Day decided to happen on a lovely sunny day with just a little bit of breeze.
Local “Bubble magicians” – as that is the term that best applies – were en force sending small and giant bubbles into the smiling faces of adults and to the delights of the kids who were running to pop them!
I had posted some photos on Instagram but here is the rest of them, a very quick blog entry but it was awesome.
A video and photos below.
Some photos too..
Magic of Ballet captured through the lens. I had the pleasure of shooting two beautiful ballerinas from Mexico they have been performing in Vancouver for about six months. I was able to have them do their magic in the studio last weekend and here are the amazing photos. .
For the techies the shots were made with a 6 foot impact umbrella and a 7 foot parabolic umbrella shooting with a d610 and d5100 using a 24-70 lens. For the flash I used an sb900 commander with sb700 and sb600 slaves. For the seven foot umbrella I used two flashes firing simultaneously into it to provide enough output.
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
Last weekend I had a pleasure of working with the beautiful Ann Narky who stroke up some amazing poses and Konstantin who joined her in a few pictures for a couples’ sensual photography shot and then stayed for a couple of candid and head shots).
Their amazing couples shots will be published soon but now for the star of the shoot..Ann
Ann was the star of the shoot – with our goal really focusing on the body and shape and form – a couple of the pictures are attached here. Shooting in the studio was a bit chilly but the camera and the talented model kept going until we ended up with some fantastic pictures.
The setup was a softbox at -2 stops, iso 125, a fill umbrella and a use of my cell phone LED light to add touches of highlights to the body. All shots taken using the Nikon FX with a 24-70 setup.
A quick upload of pictures from a shoot with a wonderful model, Michelle ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/3526143 ) who can turn from sexy to sultry, to innocent for the camera in a blink of an eye.
Loved doing the test shoot and was able to capitalize on the fantastic fall colors.
For the techies, the setup was fairly simple one… two SB700s shooting into a 72″ umbrella with either the on camera flash of the D610 as a commander or using the SB910 in commander mode for the brigher outdoor area where there was too much ambient light.
Diagram of the setup for the shot against the wall with the Ivy.
Here are some shots! Enjoy! and make sure to like my FB page 🙂
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?
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