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Mar 16th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

The first phone dump of 2012 – it’s full-on snow action here… Some Mt Baker, Whistler and lots of riding on the local mountain at Cypress.

  • Katie got a free night at the Vancouver Westin Bayshore in Coal Harbour as part of their Wedding Fair booking for work, so we took advantage of a night downtown. It’s weird staying in a hotel in your own city… but anyway, here’s the view from our room down into the pool and harbour.
  • Just a neat concrete texture… and some screws poking out of it… I just like the feel of it, and the off-brown colour of the concrete is different.
  • Mt Baker – epic as it always is. This isn’t Mt Baker itself, this is actually the next mountain over in the range.
  • Driving around in Maple Falls, Washington we came across this duck, a few chickens, a cat and a rabbit all playing together in a ditch. Weren’t able to get them all in one picture, they were moving around pretty fast chasing the cat. Not something you see every day.
  • Pat Moore x Slayer snowboard, a colab with Forum Snowboards – I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this board until I came across it in person at a friend’s place. It looks pretty hot, a job well done.
  • “It pays to look well” – words to remember on this cool old-school barber shop pole at the barber shop in Maple Falls, WA.
  • Lunch at Mt Baker, a sourdough bread bowl filled with delicious, meaty chili. I could go for that again right now. Or anytime really.
  • Night shot of downtown Vancouver from the balcony of Westin Bayshore. I guess it looked better when you’re looking out the actual window, but I’ve never seen Vancouver from that view before. A tourist in your own city…
  • The new Raven Hut Lodge at Mt Baker is pretty awesome – this is where that amazing chili on the left came from. Now I’m thinking about that chili again…

 

Listening to:
Clutch – Blast Tyrant (reissue)
Rival Schools – Pedals (Deluxe Edition and Remixes)
Lamb of God – Resolution
Skunk Anasie – Wonderlustre
Aesthesys – Camera Obscura
The Big Pink – Future This
Pixies – Pixies at the BBC / Bossanova / Complete ‘B’ Sides
Nada Surf – The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy
Deconstruction – Deconstruction s/t and 1993 Demos
Destroyer – Kaputt
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Dwarves – Dwarves Must Die
Lungfish – Necrophones
McRad – F.D.R. / Absence Of Sanity
Isis – Wavering Radiant
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – 1992: The Love Album

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

Feb 24th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Here’s the final iPhone photo dump of 2011, and we’re only mid-way through the 2nd month of 2012 – sounds about right. Enjoy…

  • I guess I’m starting this one-off with one of the last photos shot on my phone in 2011 – New Years Eve at the cabin near Mt Baker. A little Jenga action kept us going strong, Katie takes a bit of advice as we make the tower as tall as you possibly could.
  • A scene from Christmas Day with the relatives – I can’t even begin to explain what’s going on here, and why so many people are going for Jeff’s moustache.
  • The ‘Eat’ sign is purposely (?) missing some bulbs to spell out ‘Fat’ at Brown’s Restaurant in the neighbourhood.
  • I’d really been feeling cheeseballs for a couple of months, and finally gave in and bought one of those suckers for a wine and cheese party – so high-end, but hey, it ‘goes with partying’.
  • A foggy day on the charlift at Cypress Mountain – putting our passes to good use this year.
  • Red Christmas lights on a tree that sits on the patio at work creates a nice glow through the windows.
  • This is a Christmas decoration my nephew picked out for me when he was about 5 or 6 years old – he added a picture of ‘my future wife’ into the photo frame, and it was so cute that I put it up every year. I think the photo is the singer ‘Jewel’ – not marrying her, that’s for damn sure.
  • Came across this ‘Successful Microwaving’ book at Katie’s relatives as they were cleaning out their archives. Check out that sweet microwaved ham! Wasn’t even a little tempted to take it.
  • Snowboard boot shopping for Katie on December 24th – her idea. We got up early and picked up her special ordered boots from Showcase and beat the last-minute shopping rush.

 

Listening to:
Twilight Singers – Live in New York and Dynamite Steps
Kyuss – Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss and …And the Circus Leaves Town
Venom – At War with Satan
Blackout Beach – Fuck Death
Rainer Maria – Rainer Maria s/t (Reissue)
Anthrax – Worship Music
The Sword – Warp Riders
Guided By Voices – Doughnut for a Snowman
Rogue Wave – Out of the Shadow
The Dead Milkmen – Big Lizard in my Backyard
Red Fang – Red Fang s/t
Biffy Clyro – Lonely Revoltions
The Redneck Manifesto – Friendship

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

Feb 19th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Another beautiful day up on Cypress Mountain. We finally got some much-needed snow on the local mountains this weekend (about 25cm or so), so we got up early on Saturday morning to get at it. If you squint, you might be able to make out Katie halfway up the hill on the right. Speaking of which, the hill is easily twice as steep as it looks in this photo – it’s actually a pretty gnarly little run.

 

Feb 9th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

I’ve been pretty busy over the last couple months, so I didn’t get a chance to look back at my November photos until February of 2012. Looking back, November looked like a thin month for pictures, seeing as a lot of these are very ‘work-centric’ photos, and reference photos of things in progress.

  • Vanier Park dirt jumps – one of the parks I worked on for over a decade – we were able to ride it well into November this year… That’s always a good thing to get a good long season in before the wet weather hits.
  • A birthday cake illustration I was working on for Dandelion KIDS, a freelance client of mine. This was for an email/blog graphic announcing their 7th birthday – the illustration was based on a hand-crafted cake they made from boxes and textured materials.
  • I came across the Sarah McLachlan School of Music – I’d heard about it, but didn’t know it was right in the neighbourhood, along 7th Avenue. I’ve got to admit, I’m Sarah McLachlan’s smallest fan, but she’s providing free music schooling to kids in Vancouver that couldn’t afford to do so otherwise, so that’s pretty cool. Hopefully she doesn’t teach the kids how to write ballads though.
  • A photo of a large banner-stand sample from work… I’m impressed by how bright the printers can print on fabric today – in the past printing on fabric used to be so dull and lifeless, and this sample was just popping.
  • We checked out Hey Rosetta! at The Commodore – you can see more pictures from the show here.
  • A brand new pack of freshly printed business cards that belonged to one of the guys at work that had moved on. It must have fallen out of the dumpster at work, but it was sitting in the alley in such a way… It was just funny. It has a ‘screw you’ thrown on the ground look about it. But that’s probably just because there’s always just the most random garbage sitting in this part of the alley – always a surprise.
  • This ad for Nitro snowboards was just printed so well, it looked really dimensional with the black/dark grey background that it made the colour part of the ad (the snowboard) just jump off the page. Considering there’s almost no control when printing an ad in a magazine, that’s a job well done.
  • This is the Christmas card I made for the studio this year… This tugboat ‘card’ actually folds down flat and fits into an envelope. It took a couple days to get the dieline to work and fold down perfectly, but it was a fun project, right down to the illustrations. I’ll have to put together a post breaking down how much work went into this card – it was a big hit with clients.
  • October’s final snack day at work kept the snacks going well into November… The ghost inhabited gingerbread house was shown no mercy into it’s final days.

 

Listening to:
Inspiral Carpets – Revenge of the Goldfish
Dub Trio – IV
Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime
40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room
Poster Children – Junior Citizen
Male Bonding – Endless Now
Sons of Freedom – Sons of Freedom s/t
X – Los Angeles (Expanded version)
Collapse Under the Empire – Shoulders & Giants
Samhain – Unholy Passion
The Psychedelic Furs – Forever Now

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

Dec 18th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Cypress Mountain bluebird day photo

Stoked on the feeling in this pic… That’s what today felt like on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. The fog was creeping in and out throughout the day, you can see it hanging low in the valley behind the trees.

Dec 2nd 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

October happened a little while back – seems like forever now, and I’ve been slacking on keeping up with the photos. Here’s the latest…

  • Hwy 99 on the way to the Squamish skatepark. The new Mastadon album was playing, which made the trip that much better. Been playing that album a lot.
  • Went to the opening party at the Museum of Vancouver for the Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver show – good stuff. Good to see some of those old signs buzzing like crazy again.
  • The fall colours of our neighbourhood in Kitsilano, this street always goes crazy bright red for as far as you can see.
  • For Thanksgiving weekend, we bailed on our annual Oregon coast trip because of heavy rains, and so we headed to the Okanagan to catch the last bit of summer. The warm days made up for the -15° temperatures at night in the tent left a little to be desired. We made some hamburgers on the open grill, but only had hot dog buns left over, so we had hamburgerdogs and those delicious potatoes you see wrapped in tinfoil.
  • One of the things we did on our camping trip was ride on our bikes on a 25km stretch (round trip) of the Myra Canyon Trestles, which is part of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail (and the Trans Canada trail). I’ve wanted to do that ride for a while, and the trestles were just completed their rebuild in 2008 (many of the 12+ trestles burned to the ground in the 2003 forest fires in the region). Doing this ride at this time of the year turned out to be perfect, because usually we’re in the area during the peak of summer temperatures… This photo is one of the larger trestles on the ride, and has a nice lookout area halfway across. A couple more pictures below are from the Myra Canyon ride.
  • I tweeted this picture of this ‘Cooksgiving Day’ cake at work on October 4th. Our web developer, James, makes special Apple-themed cakes for product announcements, and this was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. These product announcements, formerly know as ‘JobsMas’ needed a new name because this was Tim Cook’s first product launch as CEO. Steve Jobs died the following day. Bummer.
  • Camping at Hydraulic Lake, we rode our bikes a good distance down a very underused road, and stopped here to check out the sunset. There’s another picture of that sunset below.
  • A couple of carrots that Katie pulled out of our garden – how one can grow so large and the one right beside barely grow at all…
  • Halloween night this guy was riding his bike around the neighbourhood, and you could see the glow from half a block away. His ‘Tron’ bike was covered in LED lights (and many, many batteries), and was so bright the colours barely register in this photo.

 

Sunset at Hydraulic Lake.

I climbed up the side of a cliff to get an overview shot of the Myra Canyon Trestles, with this shot looking down in front of the tunnel in the following photo below.

On the trail, there’s a couple of tunnels that are a pretty good length, and it’s definitely dark in there.

 

Listening to:
Mastadon – The Hunter
The Rakes – Capture/Release
Rainer Maria – Rainer Maria s/t (reissue)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition)
Snowpony – The Slow-Motion World Of Snowpony
Wagon Christ – Toomorrow
Wavves – Life Sux EP
Rival Schools – Pedals
Karnivool – Sound Awake
The Flowers of Hell – The Flowers of Hell s/t
Feeder – Silent Cry
Anvil – Juggernaut of Justice

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

Nov 13th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Hey Rosetta at The Commodore Ballroom (7)

Hey Rosetta! was back in Vancouver playing at The Commodore on their ‘Yer Fall Tour, so we met up their manager Jason for a few drinks. I watched most of the show from the floor, which is a much better vantage point to see these guys live, but I joined the crew side-stage to catch the last few songs hoping to catch the confetti cannon when it went off. I got a couple decent shots of the leaf-shaped confetti as it blasted out… Pretty epic moment of the show.

Hey Rosetta at The Commodore Ballroom (3)

The iPhone can only catch so much low-light action… But here’s the confetti cannon going off.

Hey Rosetta at The Commodore Ballroom (12)

One of their fans made a cake that matched the ‘Yer Fall tour graphic, so I quickly took this photo up in the dressing room before anybody cut into it. People were pretty stoked on it.

More photos after the jump…

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Nov 6th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

I guess this edition of the iPhone dump is all photos from a Denman and Hornby Island trip. My parents did a 60+ day drive from Ontario, up to the Arctic Circle, over to Alaska and then down to meet us for the Labour Day long weekend at Denman Island just off of Vancouver Island. They did the drive in the truck camper (see the third photo)… Close living quarters for the two month journey here, and continued on back to Ontario over the following couple of weeks.

  • The sunset from the Ferry over to Nanaimo.
  • If you’ve ever been to Hornby Island, you’ll know this pub with the grass roof.
  • Here’s the truck camper my parents made the epic journey in.
  • This random sculpture was made on the beach out of things that were laying around, it’s about one-foot square.
  • Katie and I rode our bikes over to Hornby to hit the mountain bike trails… Fun day. That’s me up at the very top, with a massive cliff just off to my right side.
  • Ford’s Cove on Hornby Island have the craziest beach with these rock formations that go on forever. It’s a must see if you ever go.
  • The most southern tip of Denman Island at Boyle Point Provincial Park. There was a sea lion hanging out down here and he was making a bunch of noise, but he did his best to elude us.
  • Chains detail, on the ferry from Denman to Hornby Island.
  • Tribune Bay beach… It’s a pretty epic beach, I’m pretty sure it’s rated Canada’s best white sand beach. It was so nice to jump into after mountain biking for a few hours.

 

Here’s a couple of bonus shots looking across to Denman Island from Hornby Island shot while waiting for the ferry.

 

Listening to:
The Jealous Sound – Kill Them With Kindness
Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped
She Wants Revenge – Valleyheart
Q And Not U – Different Damage
Rogue Wave – Asleep at Heaven’s Gate
40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room
Verbena – Into the Pink
Luna – Lunapark
Poster Children – Junior Citizen

 

About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.

 

 

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