Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Busy Days

I'm moving tomorrow... well technically I'm only 1/4 moving. See I have two residences, one up in Minden where, I like to say, it's nice all the time regardless of the weather... and one here in Toronto where I spend half my time because I have to be here for business.

I'm moving the Toronto home -- but not all in one day -- hence the "1/4" thing. The new place is technically not IN Toronto, I'm going up to the North end of Richmond Hill, around Lake Wilcox. Hopefully my internet access won't be interrupted too badly.

Actually I won't have access until they give me the codes for the WEP encryption on the network. Hopefully that'll happen tomorrow night. So no pictures for a few days. I'll try to get some shots of the new place soon.

By the way, I decided to hang on to my D70. Everyone needs a spare body, right? Anyway I can hang a lens on it so I can react quickly if the glass on the D300 isn't right for the shot. I have to send it to Nikon for a cleaning, though. There's some stuff on the sensor I can't easily remove and I don't want to do anything silly. We'll see how that goes, and I'll report back here in due course.

Later, folks!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Spectacular Colours

I don't think I mentioned it in yesterday's post, but the fall colours up North are SPECTACULAR. Anywhere North of Minden along #35, the reds are OUTSTANDING as compared with last year's dull yellows and browns. Get thee up there!

I haven't shot any images in the last day or two -- being away for a week plays havoc with your schedule and I've been 'way too busy. And I'm moving on Wednesday, so it will be a little longer before you see new pictures from me. Stay tuned, though!

Oh, and I want to talk about Blurb.com -- I'll do so tomorrow, probably -- out of time this evening.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack...

I just spent a week up here at the Haliburton School of the Arts (Sir Sandford Fleming College), attending the "Travel & Landscape Photography Workshop" with professional photographer, Rob Stimpson. My friend Sean Shapiro attended as well, and he stayed with me at the house in Minden, about 15-20 minutes away from the campus.

The course started slowly but it spooled up eventually. The problem was, it was billed as an "advanced" course, the criteria for attendance being that you were familiar with the digital photography world and how your camera worked. Some of the participants had little experience, and Rob had to spend some time bringing them up to speed. I was a little guilty as well, since I have been the proud owner of a new (to me) Nikon D300 for about 4 days before the start of the course, and hadn't familiarized myself with all of its awesome features yet. Still, there was a broad spectrum of people there, all with different perspectives. One lady had published her own book (I've been meaning to...) and successfully sells art photos; another has a registered butterfly garden and has won some prizes with her photography; there was a retired teacher just getting back into photography, and more.

Sean and I agreed that we could have TAUGHT this course. Watch this space...

Anyway, if you want to see some of the photos that I took during the course, you can visit my photo gallery at Smugmug. This link takes you to the September 2008 monthly gallery, where some of the pictures are posted. By the way, I had about 1200 shutter actuations during the week.

I keep saying that I'm going to post here regularly. I'll try. I doubt I have an audience (going to work on that!), so it's hard to get motivated to do so, but I'll try.