Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weather bitching

I've spent a whole month complaining about how shitty the weather's been with the non-stop rain and cold. Then the barometer hits the high twenties for the last couple days, and wouldn't you know it, I start bitching about how fricking hot it is. There's just no happy medium. On the bright side, I'm looking forward to the heat continuing to scorch the local foliage, so that I can roam around the neighbourhood and capture more shots like this:

Taken sometime last year while we were walking the pathways around our house, with the Kiev88 CM and Arsat 80mm lens combo, on Kodak Ektar 100. Shot wide open of course, hence the shallow depth of field.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Five Dollar Elephant

I folded an elephant out of a five dollar bill. An Asian, money, and origami. Can I get anymore stereotypical?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Random Photos from Portugal pt. 3

Third in this series of random images from Portugal. In this set, we have ceramics, tile, mini beer, manueline sculpted architecture, milk coffee, Taylor Fladgate's port cellar, remains of a Roman wall, storks circling overhead, and some interesting shadow play. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

G.Mach - Dog/ Orchidsitter

The in-laws are currently in Hong Kong, and while they're away, I'm trying my best to 1) make their dog lose weight, and 2) NOT kill my mother-in-law's orchids. It's day 3. So far, so good. If any of you have any pointers for the orchids (ie: water often, or not?), that would be appreciated.

Both photos shot with the D300 and Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 lens.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dog Turd Rubbernecking

What is it about the human mind that can't resist doing the opposite of what you've been told? You know when someone tells you to not look at something because it's gross, and you just can't stop yourself, even though you know it's going make you want to gag? Or when someone says that it stinks, your natural inclination is to take a deep breath? What causes that urge?

Tonight I was walking Tubby (our dog), and he did his business on the pathway early on in the loop. I cleaned it up with my handy little plastic bag, and dumped that in the first trash bin I saw. We continued our walk, stopping in for a lengthy chat at my uncle's place, before heading towards home. At that point, Tubby decided he needed to squat and drop another package off on someone's driveway. I panicked as I had already used and tossed the one plastic bag I brought for his earlier deuce. So I approached these three young girls playing outdoors a few houses away to hunt down a plastic bag, explaining what happened. Then one of them literally ran over in the direction we came, and I thought, is she actually going to rubberneck (the dog did have an accident, so to speak). Sure enough, she got up close to inspect the turd, wrinkled up her nose and gave me the 'ewwww, that's gross' look. And then I thought, 'told you so...?'

Sunday, June 19, 2011

More Immature Shits and Giggles: Photobombs at Nerdfest

A friend referred to this weekend's Calgary Comic Con and Expo as 'Nerdfest,' which I guess isn't actually that far from the truth. I'd never really seen it that way, though, in part because a person can actually enjoy comics or sci-fi stuff, while also having non-nerd-like hobbies too (you know, like scrambling mountains, drinking beer, playing sports, and all the other non-nerdy stuff that we do on a day to day basis). But for a couple hours today, I guess I was a pocket protector wearing nerdbag... and proud to say that I enjoyed it anyways.

I made it a mission to take photos of all the costumed folks while Dean would sneak in behind the scene and photobomb. We got about 30 sets of these done before it got boring. These are some selected highlights:

Tank Girl!!

Wonder Woman and girl Robin

Green Hornet and Kato.

Riker. This one is my favourite because not only is Dean photobombing, but some random chick also happened to be doing it not knowing that was our game. Oh, and the dude actually looks like Riker.

The cast of the original Final Fantasy.

The Batmen...

Scarlett Witch and Kitty Pryde

??? Any idea who they are?

This one wasn't a photobomb, but Robocop is awesome, so he gets a guest spot in this blog post anyways.

AT-AT Style.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Random Photos from Portugal pt. 2

As promised, second in a series of random shots from Portugal. This time featuring - rocks painted like yellow whales, huge stork nests, streetcars, churches, and MORE! Enjoy.

Immature shits and giggles

And this, boys and girls, is why you should password lock your phone. Text message courtesy of Gregg... er, Gregg's unattended phone.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Random Photos from Portugal

As the title suggests, I've curated a few of my favourite random shots from our trip to Portugal. I have a few more series of these I will post in the coming nights. Enjoy!