Duck Creek New Lens

So I have this new macro 100mm 2.8L IS USM except it’s 160mm on my APS-C sensor. Looks pretty cool with the aperture wide I think.

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Daffodil

Phallic yellow daffodil. New macro lens. Click, click. Photoshop color inversion. Blah, blah, blah.

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No. 5

Four days a week: every morning, every afternoon, the No. 5 takes my beautiful little monkey away from me then brings her home safely. Andrea, the driver, is not only a fantastic human being, but also one of EV’s favorite people here on the island along with her grade one teacher, Mrs. Burgess. Thanks Andrea!

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Too Big for Eatin’

This guy (girl?) hangs around up here on the south end of Channel Ridge (Salt Spring Island) from time to time along with another eagle—his (her?) mate I presume. I think he likes to gnaw on the rabbits that plague the island and his perch at the edge of our infested lawn would seem to confirm it. That and the rabbit populations...

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Canon PowerShot Time Machine

Earlier in the blog I confessed that my first camera was the classic Nikon F1. She was awesome, yet I grieve, for she met cold watery death on the bottom of a raging whitewater river while rafting—rafting upside down it so happened. My ex-girlfriend, who also flew into the drink that day, she survived. I remember panic,...

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Ganges Fall Fair

I was repatriated to Canada almost a month ago and after nearly a decade in China I’d be terribly remiss to not update. So… Salt Spring Island is home: EV and I are living just north of Ganges. I reckon in its naming the town was supposed to evoke spiritual thoughts on the famous Indian river and the origin of...

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Manila, No Pictures

No posts for a while… well… because no pictures. I’m living in Taguig City, Metro Manila and I’m not feeling the security here (meaning locally): all the more so after having my passport, credit card, and identification lifted the week before last. The pickpockets here are ghosts. And so walking around...

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Boracay

This photo is coming up a wee bit late: it’s from April 2011, my birthday in Boracay. Wife Elf is taking a picture. Daugher EV posing in her yellow bikini. This at a private beach on the island Boracay in the Philippines. Not bad. Not bad at all. Thank you Elf! For anyone that’s interested the resort was the Lingganay...

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Escape from Weihai

Escape from China. I’m gone. It’s over. I made it. Sweet air of freedom! On that note, a few things about Weihai driving and food need to get off my chest: In Weihai… When choosing between a 5 foot bike lane or 20 foot sidewalk, people still choose to walk in the bike lane, increasing their chances of injury...

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Gold

Spring of 2011. The Autumn of my 9 years in China. Out riding a Weihai City Park, I see a newly installed sculpture on my usual bike route: a fairy ring of giant golden bamboo shoots. Always curious and carrying my camera, I roll up on my bike. Lay it down. An old man with skin the look of an old leather wallet rests on a bench....

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It Lives!

Yo. Yes, I’m finally bloody done: meaning I can finally stop f*%king around with this site. Everything before today was just me trying to figure html out. And making a website ain’t easy. Figuratively speaking: sometimes even when starting with WordPress and a developed layout you can still end up blowing into a...

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Kelly

This is Kelly. She cries a lot. Kelly is one of my daughter’s classmates from the “Kid Dear” Kindergarten (of Weihai, China… and man do I love that name). On Christmas Eve the school rented out a convention hall and the students put on plays and performances to joyfully, lovingly and innocently celebrate a...

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Liu Gong HDR 2

Taking pictures in howling ice cold wind doesn’t have much to recommend itself. I mean really, you’ve got to be seriously sturdy to get into winter photography—or have no nerve endings in your finger tips. This is my second go at a Liu Gong Island HDR composite—HDR or high dynamic range (exposure) is why it has...

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Blue Boats

I get up before sunrise and cycle for an hour to keep myself from getting frail, cranky, and overweight, and I got into the habit of bringing my camera—which turned out to be a really good thing. Judging by the brilliant blue, it seems that I arrived shortly after old-boat-painting-day for someone at the fisherman’s jetty...

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Light Post

I browsed past this light stand in my photo archive while sitting here thinking “I need something pink”. So, necessity being the crack mother of invention, I made something pink. I did it, and I’ve gotta say I like it. It’s fun taking a boring shot of lights and diddling it in Photoshop until it looks pink...

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Red Lanterns

Some of the coolest places in Beijing are found on the side streets in the grotty corners and down the back alleys. This ruddy little pub is off Beihai Park (near the Dagoba Temple—not the Dagobah with an “H” where Yoda lived). It’s cached away on one of the narrow, winding lanes that sprout out everywhere...

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Weihai Weir

A huge proportion of China’s population lives by the seaside, and fish farming goes back at least a thousand years in the Middle Kingdom. What you usually see these days, though, are endless acres of gaudy 10 meter plastic floating rings with nets that hang down into the sea and prevent the food from swimming away. But all...

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Someone’s Kid

When you go to China it’s fun to take pictures of the people who stare at you.

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Baby Coconut Tree

I love macro photography but alas I just can’t seem to sneak a macro lens into my budget, not with my wife watching anyway. So, ummm,  if anyone’s interesting in pulling a starving photographer up out of the muck I’m happy to take donations on paypal… thanks! Anyway, I can still get close enough for...

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Rain Trees

The rain trees at Clark Airfield are a gorgeous, towering canopy of knotty, twisting pillars (yah I know… I’m tossing hard with the adjectives there). Really they’re huge, and booting around Pampanga province it looked like all the largest trees were there on the Clark base (it occurs to me now that it could have...

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Clark Field

I void warranties. The instructions for my camera warn me not to point my camera directly at the sun, but I just can’t stop myself from doing it. I am obsessed, totally obsessed to the point of sleep deprivation sometimes… no really… I just can’t stop taking pictures of the sun going up and coming...

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Dried Flowers

I’d just spent the afternoon in a tourist trap at some kind of overlook in Baguio with a spectacular photo-op vista. And like everyone else I’d thrown around our dirty tourist money taking pictures of the troop in gaudy ethnic costumes, posed on died pink ponies, and chumming up with dogs wearing sunglasses—you know,...

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Baguio Big Wheel

Picture taken in Burnham park, Baguio. Funny thing about the park’s name “Burnham”, aside from it reminds me of the woods that come to Dunsinane in Shakespeare’s Macbeth: the park is named for the American landscape architect who designed the park. A square lake. Straight roads. I wouldn’t want to be...

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Residential Mountaineering

Baguio is a landscape of jumbled cubes—mountain peaks swallowed by a labyrinth of concrete, rebar, and corrugated steel. God threw down this maze of clamorous anarchy on a tropical alpine table land over 5000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the coast. Two lanes of noodle-narrow road coils down from Baguio to the sea...

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Raimundo

This shot is taken in Mabini Barangay in Santiago City, Isabela, The Philippines—that’s the hometown of Elf and the birthplace of EV (my wife and daughter by nicknames, in case you don’t know me personally). The cute little corner store is manned by a small tastefully clothed canine named Raimundo, which as he tells...

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Cousins

This is my daughter (on the right) who had just turned 5 at the time of this shot, swimming with her cousin Nicole (on the left). My wife and I stayed in the Makati Peninsula hotel in Manila for a few weeks in February. We’d never really had a honeymoon due to the blitzkrieg of lifestyle change and sudden amplitude of...

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Wangjia Village

This B&W HDR shot was taken from my office in the Follea building in December of 2009. (Edit: Today the original factory is gone, it burned down on January 14, 2011—taking lots of my stuff with it—but I sure enjoyed the view while it lasted and shall ever fondly remember my Follea servitude.) From my office window (and...

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E.V.

My daughter, almost 5 years old in this picture. This is one of the first pictures I took on the Canon 7D, in November 2009. We were at the Golden Bay Hotel in Weihai, China—known as “Papa’s House” among family because my daughter remembers her grandfather staying there a few years earlier. The day I took this...

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Observer 0

Blah blah debut post blah blah WordPress blah blah blogging. I’m going to be working on this thing for a while, so by the time anyone reads this hopefully all kinds of other stuff will have piled up on this post. Credit for this outrageous autoencomium (that nobody will read) goes to my wonderful family; to my daughter who...

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