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Archive for February, 2010


Ben (my son) had his birthday party last weekend and we hosted a shindig at a local community center for Ben and ten of his closest friends.  While we were there, a lacrosse practice started in an adjacent room in the building.

What amazes me most is not that these kids give up part of their Saturdays to practice, but that one of them ends up in goal.  These poor little goalies, dressed head to shin guard in armor, have all of their teammates use them as target practice for about two hours.  That’s like asking for the firing squad, but knowing the bullets won’t kill you, only hurt like crazy.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f4.5; ISO 800; 1/60 sec.

Robson and Hornby

Wherever I went on Sunday there were interesting people.  At this bus stop there was a group of percussionists.  On the bottom right you can see a little guest.  He must have happened by and thought the cowbell was worth playing.  When I got there this little virtuoso was clanging the cowbell like his audience was deaf.

And then, in one of those random thought moments, I remembered an old SNL sketch in which Christopher Walken states that he “has a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell” and I laughed to myself.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f3.5; ISO 100; 1/30 sec.

People…oh, so many people

What impressed me most in Vancouver on Sunday was the number of people.  I visited Barcelona last spring and thought that I would never again see as many people on one street as I did on “La Rambla”.  Vancouver, Sunday, rivaled my memory of La Rambla.

btw, I wish I could say I spent some time setting up this shot, and worrying about composition, but I really just lifted the camera over my head and pulled the trigger.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f7.1; ISO 100; 1/200 sec.


I don’t know how to describe this, but I love fire.  Perhaps it’s the twelve-year-old in me, but when I got up to the cauldron I was giddy – like a kid who was just introduced to his first lighter.  Hee hee.

Pentax K20D; Pentax FA 28-200mm; f8; ISO 800; 1/20 sec.

I’m a believer…

As I wandered around Vancouver’s downtown and waterfront area with 100,000 of my closest friends from all around the world, I couldn’t help but marvel at what the 2010 Olympics have accomplished.

Firstly, I was apologized to five times by people bumping into me in Robson Square, where thousands of people were wandering and bumping into each other and no apology was necessary.  I wonder if these are the most polite Winter Games in history.

Secondly, I heard thousands of fellow Canadians “ooh”-ing and “aah”-ing and cheering every time anything remotely athletic happened, including when someone would fly by on the giant zip-line set up in downtown Vancouver.

Thirdly, I heard complete strangers joining in victory when Canada scored and cry out in anguish as USA scored as we joined together to hope for a Men’s Hockey win.

I confess, I love these games.

btw, congratulations to Moir and Virtue – you were beautiful.

Pentax K20D; Pentax FA 28-200mm; f8; ISO 800; 1/30 sec.

Oh Canada!

Oh Canada!  Oh Montgomery, Ricker, Bilodeau, Nesbitt, Robertson, St. Gelais, Heil and Groves!

We couldn’t be prouder.  Thanks.

Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm (@210mm); f8; ISO 800; 1/160 sec.

Just beachy

My wife and I are planning out a family excursion of insanity for this Sunday – a trip to Vancouver during the Olympic festivities – with the kids.  The more I think about heading into Vancouver, the more I want to go.  So I went back and looked through all of my old photos of Vancouver and this one jumped out at me.  I love the seawall around Stanley Park.

Pentax K200D (before it was stolen); Pentax DA 18-55mm; f11; ISO 200; 1/25 sec.

Robson Square

This is Robson Square, refurbished just for these Winter Olympics. I “gotta” be honest; as an English teacher and a fan of good advertising, “GOTTA BE HERE” greatly annoys me.  First off, I don’t “gotta” be anywhere, and secondly, that’s the best we could do?  Really?

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 28mm; f11; ISO 100; 1/5 sec.

Go Canada!

Amazing performance by all Canadians today, but huge kudos to Alex Bilodeau and his gold on the moguls.

I’ll admit that I wasn’t too thrilled to have the Olympics in Vancouver, but I’ve caught the fever and I’m addicted to CTV and their coverage.

This shot, by the way, was taken back in December at Robson Square.  My kids have been the “torchbearers” (pun intended) in our house for Olympic excitement.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 28mm; f4; ISO 100; 1/80 sec.


Two things stand out to me about people I meet:  hands and reading material.

They’re kind of connected, but I love seeing people reading and can’t help but notice their hands while they hold their book.  My curiosity is piqued when I see people reading books that completely belie their outward appearances.  Like a Harley-riding biker reading The Notebook or a prim and proper princess reading Fight Club.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 400; 1/25 sec.


When I mark exams in February I have to get up when it’s dark, drive to SFU when it’s dark, and often (because SFU has its own weather patterns) work hard to stay dry and warm as I travel from the parking lot to the Maggie Benston Centre.  This year the sun would chase me up the mountain and bounce off the campus in weird places.

This is Terry Fox Field and the gym and pool complex at SFU as dawn breaks.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f10; ISO 100; 1/25 sec.

Fish story

This leads to a habitat in which fish live.  The end.

Also, my wife said that I had posted enough photos of clouds.  Hence, fish.

Pentax K20D; Tokina 28-70mm; f4; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.

Sunny SFU

This is from Sunday at Monday at SFU.  The shot is from the walkway above Convocation Mall, but facing south toward the Highland Pub.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 100; 1/4000 sec.

Clouds on a sunny day

Apologies for the absence for the last few days.  I’ve been at SFU marking English 12 Provincial Exams, and before that, I was sick and crazy busy.  I love the start of a new semester.

So this is what lunchtime at SFU looked like today.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f8; ISO 100; 1/500 sec.


White roses are for love that is dead or forsaken.


…that’s depressing.

Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; 2mm extension tube; ISO 100; 1/2 sec.; wireless remote, no flash


Areas all over town are illuminated all through the night.  It seems a bit of a waste, as I can’t see thieves running off with handfuls of pallets.

Maybe I just don’t understand the criminal element.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 160; 1/6 sec.


The birds!  Aaaargh!

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 800; 1/640 sec.


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