Thursday, June 21, 2012

Art of Photography Project: Lines [Horizontal and Vertical]

This is for Art of Photography, Project: Lines - vertical and horizontal
[note that I actually went to do this exercise in January, and am only doing the write-up now - when I procrastinate... I'll do it later]
The idea with this exercise was to take a picture of a line, so that it is the thing that jumps out of the photo.  As usual, I'm addicted to shallow depth of field.  I'm sure I'll move on some day, but for the time being, 2.8 is my number.

The creative process was as follows:
 - take camera along when meeting recruiters
 - don't take photos of anything downtown, where subject matter is abundant
 - feel bad
 - start taking pictures about 5 blocks before reaching home
 - see interesting things

Equipment and Settings
  • Canon 7D and Canon 17-55 EF-S
  • Aperture Priority, Auto-Exposure
  • F2.8
  • No flash
  • ISO 100
  • All photos taken January 24, 2012 between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 3.6






I recall being very frustrated when taking these photos.  When I looked for horizontals, I saw verticals.  When I looked for verticals, I saw horizontals.  I was intent on visual purity, where the line was absolute and unmistakable.  After reading on a bit further in the text, I came to see that it's not that cut and dried.  It's more about "across" than horizontal and "up and down" than vertical.  I got caught in semantics.  Unfortunately, this didn't sink in right away...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cycling Is For Everyone

Cycling For Everyone from Dutch Cycling Embassy on Vimeo.

I enjoy watching these videos.

"Hell yes, we could do that here!"

A sustained string of pro-cycling municipal governments could make it happen.  The only wrinkles I can see are wide acceptance of electric cars and/or an ice age.  The ice age likely won't happen in my lifetime, but the electric car thing - that's a concern.  Being stuck in quiet, zero-emissions traffic isn't any better than what we have now.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OCA Art of Photography - Part 2 - Exercise

Please don't laugh, but I'm trying to be a better photographer. To that end, I'm [slowly] taking a course called the Art of Photography.  Here's an exercise on multiple points, the purpose of which is to make a still-life arrangement with specific points/objects of interest, let it show a pattern without being obvious.  I am to take multiple photos, adding additional objects/points as I go.

I tried a few different setups over the course of the afternoon, but wasn't feeling it.  Then I thought about my tax return, which prompted me to use a glove as a prop, placing coins in the hand.  This represents our Benevolent Gov't.  :-D

Okay, I did this on a chair in my living room as shown here:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011



It has been two months since I came out of the woods, put on some cufflinks and started riding QWERTY.

I miss the woods. The gin smell of conifers, the freehub squirrels. Grouse thumping. SHUNK goes the mattock into the ground. When it's dry the dust fills the air and beams of light punch through the gaps between the branches like girders in an abandoned construction site. You can hear the cows down by the creek, polluting the watershed with explosive diarrhea. Sorry, didn't mean to paint that picture. Take it down and replace it with a curious chipmunk, darting across my path at the last possible second, tail whipping all about.

I've made a couple of trips out to work the trail since August, and I'll make a couple more before the snow sets in for good. There are a couple of puddles that I need to take care of, a section of trail that needs some smoothification.  I'd be lying if I said it was thankless work.  People thank me all the time as they ride by.  I thank myself when I ride the trail. "This kicks ass", I think. Sometimes I'm overly critical of others' work, but then I give myself a metaphorical boot in the ass and look at all the hard work they put in. Judge not, lest ye be judged, sang Mr. Marley.

I'm already thinking about next year.  I'm thinking about how I can ditch work at the start of June to go build in West Bragg, maybe learn to drive a mini-ex. I don't like diesel fumes, so maybe I'll just swing the mattock.

SHUNK. Smell the earth below the duff. Hold the soil in your hand. See the grains, the pebbles, bits of root. Listen for the wind moving through the forest, one tree at a time. Feel the ping through the handle of the Mcleod when it packs the tread.

See what you have made.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I've been thinking a lot about trail building lately.  Why do I like it?  Why do I do it?  

Saturday, July 23, 2011

On the Road - BC Riding Part 3

Typical weather in BC during July is sunny and hot.  2011 is the year to buck the trend.  With most of Canada experiencing a "heat dome" [SRSLY], BC and AB are experiencing a craptacular weather event.  It's like May was extended and made marginally warmer for all of June and July.  Ridiculous.  Anyway, after leaving Whizgnar, we found ourselves in Squampton.  I was still feeling like crap, but the Howe Sound Inn's healing powers beckoned to me...

Despite the drizzle and cloudy skies, 18 hours of sleep had me feeling well enough to venture outside for a ride.  We rode from the Inn to the SAC, bought a trail map and then fumbled about trying to find some trails to ride.  We wound up riding for over three hours on some great trails, including Lost Loop, S+M, 7 Stitches, etc.