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Archive for January, 2010

Just milling around

I have to pass the Matsqui Penitentiary in order to get to the Abbotsford airport.  I was impressed with the lights and the incredible light pollution that place produces.  I promised myself I’d go back and shoot it some foggy night.

This is not the Penitentiary.  It is a feed mill.  There is no correlation aside from the night lighting.

Pentax K20D; Tokina 28-70mm; f4.5; ISO 1600; 1/5 sec.; +1ev

Welcome to ‘SFORD

Sorry about the absence yesterday.  My head felt like the sign looks – a bit messed up.  I feel the same way about my sinuses as I do my car – as long as they’re working, I don’t notice them, but when they go wrong, oh my do I wish I could trade them in for something new.  I’m not sure that metaphor works, but given that I’m not completely well yet, I’ll settle for it.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f2; ISO 800; 1/40 sec.


This is January in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  I’m not inviting the world (although I think Vancouver/Whistler is) to my little part of the world, but this has been a phenomenal winter so far.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f16; ISO 100; 1/160 sec.

First trespassing, now this?

Okay.  You caught me.  Now I’m trespassing on BC Rail land.  Sheesh…you’d think I’d learn my lesson.

This is one of my favorite places to shoot in all of Abbotsford.  The wall art changes every few months (or sooner) and the artists are mostly anonymous, unless you count the other artists to whom they are proclaiming their names.  Weird…artists who go by aliases they plaster, or spray, all over walls for other anonymous artists to see.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 800; 1/50 sec.


Is trespassing a crime?  If it is, do you think it’s more or less of a crime than graffiti?  Do you think documenting graffiti on the side of a semi-trailer would cancel out trespassing?

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO400; 1/100 sec.


The aim of every photographer is to turn the mundane into the interesting.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 400; 1/100 sec.


“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.” – W. Blake

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II (@48mm); f8; ISO 400; 1/200 sec.


We had a dance at school last week.  I used the school’s Nikon D50 to shoot the dance.  I have to say I love my Pentax more every time I use that Nikon.

This was handheld, btw, and I did the b&w in Photoshop CS4.

Tiny People

We use a screensaver on our desktop computer that scrolls through our “My Pictures” files.  As I moved to the desk to post this evening I caught sight of photos taken on a trip to Seattle two and a half years ago.  I shot this on my K1000 on ISO 400 Kodak film.  I looked over my shots from that trip and I got a little misty at the thought of my neglected, old, but beautiful SLR.

I may have to pick up a few rolls of film and go shooting this weekend.

Pentax K1000; Chinon 50mm

I thought it less like a lake…

… and more like a moat…I need you so much closer…

I was playing tonight, at Mill Lake in Abbotsford, with my camera’s ability to shoot in the dark.  Then, while processing, I was listening to “Transatlanticism” by DCFC and got the feeling that someone was across the lake, looking at me while I was shooting.

Thinking about it now and listening to Death Cab, I think we often put up moats that we think are protecting us but are really shutting us off from one another.   Hmm…

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f11; ISO 1600; 1/6 sec.


I’m glad the sun came out and turned the water in the cedars to steam.  Otherwise this shot would have been very difficult.  I mean, I’m pretty sure I don’t have the “x-man” power to vaporize water, and I have no idea how I would have otherwise created that lovely, low-lying cloud.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55 AL II; f11; ISO 400; 1/250 sec.

Holy keyring…


Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 800; 1/80 sec.

Today has been brought to you by the letter…

G.  This G was found on the gate and guides one to the trailhead at the Abbey in Mission, BC.

G is for garrulous and garish and ganache (ooh, I love a good chocolate ganache) and grumble and gamble and googly and great and gruff and goofy and grape and goober and gaga and goombah and…

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/100 sec.

Hello there

Sorry about the lack of posts for the last two days.  This week was awesome and torture all in one.  Yay!

Anyway, the unusually nice weather in January around the Lower Mainland of BC is giving me cause for joy.  This was taken on a family walk around Westminster Abbey in Mission BC.  The Abbey is a local monastery with beautiful walking trails and some very friendly, if quiet, caretakers.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f16; ISO 800; 1/20 sec.


I fell in love with Ansel Adams’ photos when I first saw one.  Ever since then I have tried to capture in my own photos what it was that made me love his photos.  It never works, but I consider it the unattainable goal for which I will always strive.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f22; ISO 100; 1/15 sec.; ev -1; b&w in PS CS4

Sneak Peek

Shhh…we’re hunting great views of Cultus Lake.

We sneaked onto the grounds of Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre and wandered around a bit, and then we found this lovely little view.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f11; ISO 400; 1/320 sec.


…spent together is nice.

Although I’m practically across the lake taking this picture of my happy family.

Okay…time spent taking photos of my family is nice.  There.  All better.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f22; ISO 100; 1/13 sec.

Hannah at the lake

We went to Cultus Lake today.  We wandered.  We strolled.  We jumped over streams.  Hooray for global warming!  (just kidding)

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 400; 1/200 sec.

The Birds

“I think we’re in real trouble. I don’t know how this started or why, but I know it’s here and we’d be crazy to ignore it… The bird war, the bird attack, plague – call it what you like. They’re amassing out there someplace and they’ll be back.”

I love that movie, and it creeps me the heck out.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 400; 1/500 sec.


This is for Hilary.  She loves weeping willows.  As the guy who has had to rake up the seemingly infinite leaves and trim off the never-ending new growth on the one we had, I could live without them.  But my Hilary likes them, so I will too.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 100; 1/100 sec. (B&W in PS CS4)

Beautiful Morn

I’ve been waiting for a dangerously foggy morning, but have been disappointed as of late.  I like those mornings when even the fog lights don’t work, and everything is swimming in pea soup.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 28mm; f2.8; ISO 100; 1/1600 sec.

Lil’ golfer

Ben, ever conscious of what’s going on around him.  I would brag and say he’ll be the next Tiger, but I don’t think I want that anymore.  Maybe the next Phil Mickelson, or Jack Nicklaus.

Pentax K20D / Pentax M SMC 50mm / f1.7 / ISO 200 / 1/60 sec.


She shows up everywhere, that Starbucks mermaid.  She sings the caffeinated siren song and thousands run, only to find their ruin.

Pentax K20D / Pentax M SMC 50mm / f1.7 / ISO 800 / 1/40 sec.


We named her Hannah Jayne, which turns out to mean “grace grace”, and she was born on a Tuesday (Tuesday’s child is full of grace).

We must have really needed some grace.  She certainly has offered unmerited favor to me.  Thanks Hannah.

Pentax K20D / Pentax M SMC 50mm / f1.7 / ISO 800 / 1/160 sec.


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