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As is my weekday routine, after work, I picked up my kids from out-of-school care.  My son is almost seven, my daughter almost a teenager.  One of the assistants there, David, in his early twenties, said “Hi pops,” when he saw me.  Now, did that make me feel old or what?  I hate getting old.  I’d rather marry [...]

Windows Wallpaper #1

I have been hideously busy lately—at work and at home, pretty much ignoring emails, FB, and the like, and finding little time to work out or blog.  To maintain some measure of sanity, I spend a few hours at VanDusen Garden on Sundays for a bit of picture taking.  The arboretum is hitting its seasonal stride.  [...]

Bellevue/Seattle Trip: Highs and Lows

A young lady seated under a patio umbrella at University Village reading The Thorn Birds.  [Biggest Throwback] Pentax remote control shutter releases going for $4.80 at Kits Camera.  I picked up two. This was my only purchase on the whole trip.  [Best Bargain] The Steak Diane at The Cheesecake Factory.  Soggy is the best way to [...]

F’Art #2 (Frog Art)

I was surprised at how easy it was to get these shots.  Frogs make for very willing subjects.  My 100mm lens macro was just as much in its element.  I’ll be taking my manual focus Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 macro along on my next visit, though.  The extra reach will come in handy.  And I’ll remember to [...]

F’Art #1 (Fish Art)

Looking at my recent aquarium pics, only these two approach anything “arty” or “artsy.” The latter has clearly been manipulated—in Adobe Lightroom 2.2, to be exact. This is fun fun stuff. Clearly, I can justify the purchase of a “fast” autofocusing wide angle lens. Now, if only somebody could be so kind as to inform [...]

Fish Fotos

Recalling last summer’s not so (photographically speaking) successful Vancouver Aquarium outing, I made sure this time to pack the Pentax 100mm f/2.8 macro, and the 25-year old Vivitar 28mm f/2 wide angle, in my new Lowepro Flipside 400 AW camera bag.  These two lenses are optically well-suited for the dimly-lit tanks and displays.  They are relatively [...]