Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Keep a look out for him, he is out there. I saw his picture on the side of the bus. Who? Dade of course. Drivers side about half way down. I was working at transit today. Just finishing up and going to get a PO number when I saw his picture on the side of the bus. It looks just like the one I took yesterday.

What do you think?

I couldn't resist. I saw it and his picture was the first thing that came to mind.
By the way the bus wash is fixed so this one will probably be washed before it hits the road again.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Dade or Goober is 5 months old today. My camera works and I've tested it out on him. 46 pictures in 15 minutes, all keepers this time.

Want to know how to stop him from crying, put a camera in front of him. He was crying,  I pulled out my camera, he stopped in a instant.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Just Died

NOT ME. My camera.

So after15 months and some 15659 operations of the shutter my "new" camera has packed it in. That's correct fifteen thousand six hundred and fifty nine. That works out to about 34 pictures a day! It won't acknowledge a media card. I've tried all four and even a small 256mb one that I have. Remember when 256mb was huge, not that long ago! I've erased them, formatted them and yelled at them. But the camera still won't read them. And yes they work perfectly in both my computers. So the real question is .. What now?

Apparently an entry level dslr, like mine, was never designed to take that many pictures in that short a time. So what did "they" think we would do with it? I would say it costs nothing to take a picture but I think my $600 camera body would disagree. So it seems they rate the life span on shutter operations, approximately 50, 000 for this unit. So if this is true then I've burned through 1/3 of it's life in 15 months. I think it has more to do with luck, like buying a car that turns out to be a lemon.  I still have my first Fuji digital camera, it must be 10 years old. Works great. At this point I can only assume one of two things has happened to my camera. One, I zapped it with static and destroyed the card reader/writer portion. Or two, the pins that connect the card have become damaged from excessive insertion / removal of the cards. Do I crack it open or send it away?

Do I buy another Canon? Not much choice. I have way too much stuff to convert. A 50mm, 18-55mm, 35-105mm, 55-250mm, borrowed 500mm, 250 & 500D close up lens, angle finder, spare battery, circ polarizer, 6 cokin P filters & holder, remote release, FD to EOS adapter with af confirm, and a custom made pano head for the tripod. And there are probably a couple things I've missed.

I think I'm going to call the Canon support number tomorrow and see if I can get some idea of cost for repairing the camera. Of course there will also be shipping in both directions. I'm going to hazard a guess of $350 by the time it's all done.

30 min later...................

Oh.... I was just playing with my broken camera, examining the card slot & card. You guessed it, the camera read the card. The camera took a picture and stored it. So it probably isn't zapped, I just plain wore out the card slot. So far it only worked once but I'm going to keep trying. If I can get it to work more that a couple of times, it could prove repairable. I'll keep you posted!

60 min later...................

OK so now it works? I've opened & closed the card door near 30 times, pulled & installed the card about the same number of times. At first it was intermittent - working maybe every second or third time. Now it works every time. Door switch? Card contact? Had to be one of them cause now it is back to normal. But I just took another 200 pictures off the camera's expected life. And none of them were keepers! 15859 and counting, time for bed.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Long walk

Christopher & I walked to T-Harbour and back today.  During the drive to the park we saw two large Lynx run across the road and into the bush. No hope of a picture but it was neat to see the pair dash across the road. We walked about half the distance there (T-Harbour) and back on the shore line which is almost impossible to do in the summer. There were lots of interesting things to see along the shore. The ice formations and crystals are my favorite. I even got to make two more panoramas but you will have to goto the other site to see them. Below are a couple images from today.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dade Pictures

 Apparently I've been more interested in panorama photos than that of Dade.  Ron suggested I lay him down and shoot a panorama. I think he might be a little short for that.
So they found all of his blood test results in London, yea they lost them. Everything is good and the hematologist doesn't want to see him again.  And his mom doesn't "do" his hair, it stands up like that all by itself ! 
( Someone asked )

5 months old in less than a week!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

View from Picnic Point

A wide view of Mink Mountain created from 28 photos. Amazing what one little program can do. The original image is 15.7mb and about 70 x 27 inches in size ( at 150 pixel/inch)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Moving Panoramas

For the moment I have deleted the Panorama posts. It takes too long to load the page with so many of them.  They can be found at
This way they can be loaded and viewed individually. And I've added two more!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Goober shots

A couple Goober shots from late Feb.
He is just learning to roll onto his stomach. Won't be long and he will be everywhere.

More from Mink

I was back to the top of Mink Mountain again yesterday. I wanted to shoot a couple more panoramas and it is a fairly easy climb. I decided to take the direct route to the Sturgeon Bay lookout and that turned out to be a mistake. After about 2km into the walk the trail branches to head to the top. Unfortunately there were about 15 uprooted trees that had fallen in the way. I mean directly in line with the trail, which by the way, had no human foot prints. The only tracks I saw were deer and what I guess to be lynx or some other type of cat. Way too round  a track for wolf. Oh yea and the odd mouse or two ( see the picture below). I was too far into the trip to turn back so I decided to go around the trees in the knee deep snow. I finally made it to the top and took a pile of pictures. Then it was the decision of which way to return to the truck. Back through the deep snow or all the way around the top? No one else had been on the trail since at least the last snow fall but previous boot prints were easy to see. I took the long way across the top and it turned out to be better. I got a couple nice panoramas out of the trip. They actually view much better from Quick Time cause you get to view side to side like you are turning your head. It is more realistic. Unfortunately I can't seem to upload  the QTVR to the blog. But for a bigger view follow the link to my panaramio site and look at them full size.

Photo contest comment : My previous comments don't come from not winning. They come from seeing the same old things. I didn't care about the People category.  In Landscape, I saw three streams with three little waterfalls. The first is by far the best cause the other two both have blown whites at what I see as the focal point, the water falls. I also found it very interesting that from some 300 entries all three winners were little streams with waterfalls.  In Parks it was the big three, The Giant, Kakabeka Falls and  the Sea Lion. Same old things viewed from the same old spots. I should have entered this one, It would have been different,

But I couldn't, as much as I like it, it's not a very good picture. And in Wildlife, the fox is very nice and unique, the mouse ( or whatever it is )  appears over exposed and a duck is a duck, nothing special there. If you feel a need or desire to pick apart my entries, please do so. I'm sure I would learn something from it!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Four Months Old & No Winners

Well the little guy is now 4 months old. How time flies, it still doesn't seem real. Busy at work, busy at home and little time for anything else. I look forward to getting out Saturdays. Somewhere anywhere it doesn't matter. I did find time this week to finish my tripod adapter. It moves the center of the camera lens to the pivot point of the tripod. It helps to reduce parallax, creating a better panorama. I'll get to test it on Saturday. By the way the software I use to create the panorama is available in a freeware version. It is fully functional other than being able to create a Quick Time movie. It will compile & stitch the panorama, even from hand held pictures. The last 180 panorama I did was from 44 individual 10mp pictures. It can be found at

So what happened at the Out Door Show Photo Contest? This is what I've learned from it. 

" Stick with the same old same old and you'll have a chance"
"Brian get your eyes fixed you can't shoot worth a shit."

Here is a link to the winners and you already saw what I had to offer.