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Feeding time

I put a bird feeder out in the backyard. I’m starting to find the little birds fun to watch (I must be getting old).

As the little guys were feeding away, I discovered I could get pretty close to them. So I got my X-T1 and with the 16-55mm f2.8 I grabbed some shots. They were very accommodating.

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Blue Sky

Yesterday winter made one of its last hurrahs with a moderate snow fall. I was up to Carp to see my doctor and the snow on the trees looked fantastic. As I have mentioned before, a local freight runs up through Carp on a regular basis, and I always ensure that my appointments are on the correct day and rough time that it comes through. So I had my camera with me.

After the appointment (all is well) I drove around the area to scout out a new position for the train. In doing so, I caught a few pics of the snow covered trees. The blue sky just looks awesome.
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And after shooting this, I noticed the yellow fire hydrant. Blue and yellow are complimentary colours, so…

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Sadly, no train came. It seems to be a no luck week for the limited freight trains around here. Did make this shot down the line heading just outside of town.

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All shots with the Fuji X-T1 and 16-55 f2.8.

Heat Lamps

This past weekend there was a synchronized skating competition in nearby Kanata which my significant other’s team was skating in. After each category/grouping, they resurface the ice. During this time, I looked up and noticed the heating devices (some of them) were on. With the roof structure it made an interesting shot, so I pointed my X-T1 with the 16-55 at it, framed it up. The results below.

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I always think of these things as the heat lamps like the ones that keep food “warm” in fast food places. These ones give off a surprising amount (and very welcomed) heat.

Thirsty Work

A few weeks ago I was asked to photograph a synchronized skating practice. Its a bit of a different assignment as the goal isn’t necessarily to get perfectly composed and beautiful photos. Its more of just getting some pictures. These shots are then pored over by the team and coach to see where they…well, aren’t in sync, because if they aren’t, they lose marks. But I’ve mentioned that before.

I used my Fuji X-T1 with its new autofocusing magic and the 16-55 f2.8 to grab a bunch of images.

It was a longer practice with lots of review and instruction. During one of the breaks in the skating, I saw and shot this photo of the line of water bottles. I will shoot from the player’s bench side of the rink – typically in the penalty box – because there is no mesh that gets in the way of the focus, so all I had to do was lean out. Thanks to the LCD view, I could extend my arms a bit farther out and still see what I was composing.

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The Meeting

While raking the leaves and getting ready for Halloween, I noticed around the lamp in the front yard, a group of Ladybugs. I ran inside and grabbed the tripod, Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm macro to shoot a few shots of them.

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Sound Stage

I was recently asked to photograph Centrepointe Theatre’s new sound system.

I am a volunteer at Centrepointe on the stage crew, primarily as a lighting operator, but other things as well. The Supervisor of Production Services (Matt) asked if I would come and make a few images of the new setup. It’s a major update for the theatre, the same speakers had been there for 25 years. These new arrays are just awesome. During the shoot, I put on some of my favourite tunes to listen to. Amazing. I heard stuff in the mix I’d never heard before. What’s more, its very high tech. Everywhere in the theatre sounds the same and at the same volume, whether you are in the front row, back row, left or right side of the stage. It all sounds equal and great.

So it was a fun shoot.

Matt is a sound guy, and gave a tour of the system and what it can do. I’m more of a lighting guy, but I have a greater appreciation of the sound end of things.

And I have to give kudos to Scottie, who did the the lighting on stage and did some extra lights on the speaker arras to make them glow a little bit more.

All shots are with the Fuji X-T1 and the Fujinon 10-24 f4 lens.

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Obligatory Flower Shot

when you gat a camera, and start making images, one thing you do is make images of flowers. As a matter of fact, some nine years ago, when I bought my first dSLR – a Nikon D50, my first shot when the battery had charged was a flower on the Clamatis in the backyard. I’ve taken many a flower shot since.

But I haven’t for a long time, deciding to not go for the trivial.

However, this shot breaks that. It wasn’t on purpose. I was shooting the bees on the Sedum plant (photo to come soon) and I just pointed the camera a this flower and pressed the shitter button.
Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm f2.8 Macro. No post processing. What you see is what I shot.

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Fort Henry

A few years back, we went to Scotland. We stayed in Edinburgh a couple of days, and during that time, we went to the Royal Mile. Within the castle grounds, they were setting up for the Tattoo. We didn’t get to see it. There is also a Tattoo at Fort Henry in Kingston, a short 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa. While looking up when that was, we came across a Sunset Ceremony. It involved pipes and drums, army maneuvers (circa 1867) and fireworks.

We made a plan to go and see it. It was pretty cool. We arrived at the fort with enough time to get a tour of it before the actual ceremony. If you haven’t been, it is a replica of the fort that was originally built in the 1812 era to defend against the United States invasion – the only time Canada and the U.S. have been at odds.

The fort fell into disrepair after the war, and in later years was rebuilt and abandoned again. The fort was gain rebuilt in the 1930s as a museum piece, and that is what is there today. The really cool thing, is that it includes regular army reenactments from maneuvers, to punishments, and all the re-enactors are “on stage” when in public view. It’s like you are a silent observer of life 150 plus years ago.

But I digress. The sunset ceremony is pretty neat. It includes projection on the fort wall and audio. After our tour we found a spot in the bleachers and took in the ceremony. These photos are a few of the night.

All were shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 16-55 f2.8 lens. The ISO was cranked to 1600, f2.8 and the shutter at 1/128.

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Sunset with the Union Flag flying over the Fort.

 

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Pipe and Drum band

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Maneuvers

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Maneuvers

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Full battle line with canons.

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Piper

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Fireworks to cap off the show.

Sunshower

Since purchasing the Fuji 16-55 f2.8 lens last year, I’ve been dying to use it in inclement weather. Its a weather-sealed lens, and with the equally weather-sealed X-T1, its a no brainer for wet weather.

Granted, I wasn’t about to stand out in a downpour to prove it is weather resistant, but the opportunity to have it get wet a little bit and not worry about it was always on my mind. That and some sort of rain shot would be neat.

Yesterday, soon after I got home, a sun shower came through. As with a few other times this summer, I grabbed said camera/lens and hoped for something interesting.

That was the day. First off, as I stood under the canopy in the backyard (because I don’t really want to get wet), I shot the water dripping into the hanging bird bath.

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I went out to the front of the house. As it was a sun shower – the sun still shining – I hoped for a rainbow. I wasn’t disappointed. There were two!

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The camera and lens didn’t really get wet. A few splashes/drops. But its nice to not have to worry about water seeping in and ruining things.

Let it Rain

The one thing I like in the summer is a good old rain. This was a storm that came up one weekend. The neighbours were having their fence replaced, so I had full view of the rain drops (and resulting bubbles) in their pool.

Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 16-55 f2.8. The all weather sealed combination meant that if the wind picked up and blew onto the camera (and me) I needn’t have worried about them getting wet.

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