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Woot!

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Very cool!

Appears that my Canada Day 2012 photograph was chosen for this weeks Photography Week Cover!

Photography Week Cover

Photography Week Cover

They hold contests to be the cover photo via their Facebook page. For this round they were looking for firework photos so I entered and WON! I know I am not a professional photographer, and this is my hobby and not a business, but it is still very cool to get chosen; especially using my Canon SX40 Bridge Camera. I guess that makes me a published photographer now…crazy eh? The magazine is for iPad and iPhone and can be found on iTunes at: Photography Week.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…

D.

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Yes, I am still alive…

August 9, 2013 2 comments

If anyone is still following this blog I just have to say once again, sorry,  a daily blogger I am not…

I tend to find that life gets in the way of posting more often than not. That and I tend to not have much to say, at least not much that won’t get me in trouble… I have been posting a few photos over on my Flickr page instead of on here as of late. So if you want to see some of the new pictures head on over there for a peek:

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Other than that it has been all work and some play. Big car show tomorrow in town so I am hoping to fill up the memory card(s) on the camera. Don’t know if the 37 Celsius weather will be all that fun on the blacktop, but you gotta do it now and then. Considering I work outside most of the time now I think I’m getting use to it.

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Still trying to get into better shape for my Spartan Race in September. I’m doing better than I thought I would so far, but… I see many Burpees in my future…

Doing some push-ups here at the house and all I can hear is my elbows crackling as I work out…I’m getting old and those dang Glucosamine / Chondroitin supplements that I am taking are not doing a damn thing. Sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies® in the morning when I stretch…SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

An Evening Drive…

Was out of town for a quick visit with family this weekend and took a few pictures from around a town I lived in for years. The odd part is I never really took many pictures while living there, so here are a few of them. I also went out and about tonight to see what I could find locally and had some success I think. But it is late and it is a busy Canada Day tomorrow so I am off to bed…

Brower Hatcher - The Bear

Brower Hatcher – The Bear

Local Brownstone

Local Brownstone

Robert Dow Reid - Spirit of Sail

Robert Dow Reid – Spirit of Sail

Mariposa Lily #1

Mariposa Lily #1

I kind of like #2 better, which one do you all prefer?

Mariposa Lily #2

Mariposa Lily #2

Mariposa Lily #3

Mariposa Lily #3

Paramount Tilt-shift

Paramount Tilt-shift

Pine Branch

Pine Branch

Off the Ramp

Off the Ramp

Off the Ramp #2

Off the Ramp #2

Three Bridges - Redux

Three Bridges – Redux

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

More HTC One pictures…

A few from today, not much time to find anything as I am at work and only try this on break times. Some days the HTC one camera does very well and others not so much. Today it was giving me some weird colours, I had to restart the camera app and the phone to try to get it working right. Still I am trying to see what I can capture with this phone…the experiment continues…

Spider #2

Spider #2

Spider

Spider

Fly on a box

Fly on a box

Same fly, just off colour by phone...

Same fly, just off colour by phone…

Beetle #2

Beetle #2

Beetle

Beetle

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

HTC One pictures…

I have been taking pictures with my work phone which is an HTC One, and going for some macro style pictures. Other than the standard colour adjustments these are straight from the phone. I am finding the phone does quite well, it also seems to create a tilt-shift effect when shooting this close. Let me know what you think.

Here is what I have so far…

Worm #2

Worm #2

Worm

Worm

Moth

Moth

Moth #2

Moth #2

Ants dragging spider

Ants dragging spider

Ants dragging spider #3

Ants dragging spider #3

Ants dragging spider #2

Ants dragging spider #2

Rusty Nail #3

Rusty Nail #3

Rusty Nail #2

Rusty Nail #2

Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Father’s Day Car show photos…

I went out to one of the Father’s Day Car Show’s to snap a few pictures during the kids nap time…sense a theme here yet?…Nap time = Photo time (if I don’t have other things to do and it is nice out). The pickings were a little light at the show as there was multiple car shows on today, but here are a few pictures. Happy Father’s Day!

Some Classics in a Row

Some Classics in a Row

Corvair

Corvair

Dice

Dice

The Judge

The Judge

Chev logo

Chev logo

Chev Logo level...better?

Chev Logo level…better?

Chev Hood Layer Mask

Chev Hood Layer Mask

Chev Layer Mask #2

Chev Layer Mask #2

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Need more Bug Spray…

So on Thursday I took my camera into work as we had a robins nest in the rafters of one of our shops awnings. There are 4 of the little ones in that little nest. Mom and Pop have been keeping busy feeding them and keeping watch. Might try drawing this one later, but I will change the rafters into a tree trunk or something…

Four young-lings in that nest

Four young-lings in that nest

That adult robin was just sitting there eyes closed now and then rocking back and forth, wonder what it was thinking… We got four, maybe the noisy one fell out of the nest, ya that’s it… sleep, need sleep…

Feed Me!

Feed Me!

I have to say my work phone’s camera does a pretty good job on the macro front… Found out it is a Sculptured Pine Borer

Taken with HTC One phone...

Taken with a HTC One phone…

Headed out to one of the local lakes for a bit of a tour and got a few pictures in, had some loons on the lake but they were staying out of camera range for me. One day I will get a good loon photo, one day… I had doused myself in Off Bug spray but I must have an old can, because I had to re-spray 2 other times, the mosquitoes are bad this year with all the rain as of late, lots of pools of water for breeding grounds. I was trying for some pictures of some warblers but had to get out of the area as the pictures were being wrecked by the swarm in front of the lens.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Columbia Spotted Frog

Columbia Spotted Frog

Female Blue Bird

Female Blue Bird…from Thursday

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Spring Azure #2

Spring Azure #2

See the fish?

See the fish?

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Lakeside Tilt Shift

Lakeside Tilt Shift

The next photo was about the half way point around the lake, which is when I checked my time remaining from the kids normal nap time period. And dang was I running late, so I packed up the camera, cinched everything tight and did the rest of the trail at a fast jog. Missed a few picture ops, but them are the breaks. Made it back home soon after they all got up from their nap.

Lakeside Path

Lakeside Path

Kids got me an early Fathers Day gift, works quite well, but a touch finicky with the throttle control, it is kind of all or nothing, and my ceiling can’t take anymore all’s… might have to find some time to try this outside… I get about 10 minutes of flying time, might be a bit longer if it didn’t have all the lights on it, not like I would fly this thing at night.

New Toy

New Toy

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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