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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.

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.