Photography
Sep 15th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Summer didn’t really hit Vancouver until about mid-July this year… Maybe later. This summer really feels like it was cut short – really short. Anyway, looking back, it looks like some fun was had in July.

  • Sitting on the dock at Weaver Lake, watching some clouds blow by an otherwise sunny day. Our red canoe is hanging out on the other side of the beat up fishing boat.
  • Newborn baby goats at a farm, totally forget the name of the place.
  • Found this gem of a slug crawling down a tree at Weaver Lake. Biggest one I’ve ever seen in my life – almost as long as my hand. And sick as hell. There was a bunch of slugs all in one spot, and they were all huge, but this guy was definitely the biggest one.
  • Wood burning stove at my friend’s cabin near Mt Baker. Sitting down to have a drink after a long days work cleaning up the overgrown yard from the previous property owners.
  • Backstage at the Tragically Hip show at Burnaby Lake… A good friend of Katie’s manages Hey Rosetta!, and they were opening, so we took in the show from the side stage. I’m not a Hip fan, but watching Gordy’s crazy dancing antics is sight to behold.
  • I was at a grocery store in the US, and found myself in front of a massive wall of brown beans. A crazy amount of brown beans for how big the store was. I was captivated. And then I started checking out all the different flavours. Wow. I bought at least six cans in flavours I’d never had before. I’m going back for more.
  • These blue lights lined the very back of the stage at the Tragically Hip show. They were pretty tech, and amazing how much they did for how little space they took off. They’re pretty tall, but they had my attention for a decent amount of the show.
  • I was at the back side of Hastings Park for some reason a few days after they opened the new ride at the PNE. This is that new swing ride that goes really high. I’m sure it has a really clever name, but it’s really just a swing that goes in circles.
  • I was putting together this massive sign at work that took a few of days to crank out (just because of how large the files were). I forget the actual dimensions but it was 16′ tall, and something like 96′ long. It stretches the length of a large warehouse. Anyway, working in Illustrator, it’s not very often that you’ll see the ‘Reading Image’ progress bar. The progress bar would take forever, and had to load EACH image placed in the file, which took about 50 minutes to open each file. Here you can see the finished sign mounted on the warehouse, and to help you get a sense of scale, click on this and look for the guy sleeping in the lower left corner.

 

Listening to:
In Flames – Sounds of a Playground Fading
The Sword – Age of Winters
Alkaline Tri0 – Damnesia
Amon Tobin – Isam
764-HERO – Get Here and Stay
Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence
Neurosis – Live at Roadburn 2007

 

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.

 

 

Sep 14th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 1

June was a busy month. I was back to New Brunswick for another wedding (I was just there in late February), but this time I was there for more than a couple days. This was my first trip to NB in the summer, so I was pretty excited about that. The weather was a bit grey for a few days of the trip, but we threaded the needle and were able to take the best days for a quick road-trip to the Bay of Fundy and camping at Fundy National Park.

Also, I finally got around to upgrading my iPhone 3G to an iPhone 4, so the pictures should be better. But I’m not promising that the content is going to get any better. Wink.

  • A group of kayakers floating in closer to the Flowerpot rocks at Hopewell Rocks minutes after the tide started coming in.
  • New River Beach at Haggertys Cove in New Brunswick.
  • Found this treat, some kind of decorative toaster at a general store in the back woods of New Brunswick. They had an ‘antiques’ section where we bought some Expo ’86 salt & pepper shakers. Antiques indeed.
  • The hip at Ron Mercer’s backyard ramp, hand-crafted, hand-sculpted out of plywood. Smooth as a baby’s butt even if it doesn’t look like it here in this close-up.
  • Sculpture in front of ‘Animal Land’ near Sussex, NB. No idea what the hell that thing is, but it’s wild.
  • The next 2 shots are just some peninsulas along the coast during our drive to Fundy National Park. I think I shot about 100 of these peninsulas. I’ll add them to the other 20,000 shots I have of ‘trees and rocks’.
  • Speaking of rocks, and coasts, here’s a photo from the other coast, our coast. Down on the beach at low tide, looking downtown from Point Grey.
  • The last shot is one of the many resident alpacas that are at Kingsbrae Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in North America. I shot a ton of photos there, and of course have yet to go through them.

 

Listening to:
Agent Orange – Virtually Indestructible
Male Bonding – Endless Now
Japan – Exorcising Ghosts
Treepeople – Guilt, Regret, Embarrassment
Doves – The Last Broadcast
The Germs – (MIA) The Complete Anthology
Trivium – In Waves
Boris – Variations

 

 

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.

 

 

Sep 14th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Here’s a special edition of the iPhone photo dump… Katie and I took a hike up in the mountains of West Vancouver, just above the British Properties. There’s a whole network of trails that crisscross the mountains, but we were looking to do something that was going to be fun, but not too crazy. We’d done a variation of the Brothers Creek Loop before, so we figured we’d do a slightly shorter version of it on this day. It was a bit warm, so I didn’t need to be pushing it up there. If you check the link there, the description will tell you it’s about a 4 hour hike, but that’s an exaggeration. We did the whole loop in just over 2, and we were taking our time and checking out things along the way.

Enjoy a few of the pictures from the hike…

And, a photo of my feet looking over the spiral stairs down.

 

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.

 

 

Jul 5th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

May seemed to blow by pretty quickly… It was a wet month if I remember correctly. Hard to tell all the months apart this Spring because they’ve all been really wet. We did a lot of ‘sight-seeing’ in Vancouver as we do almost every May as part of the Vancouver Tourism Challenge, as part of Katie’s work at the UBC Botanical Garden (which also just launched a new website).

  • These daffodils were looking good on the day we dropped by the market. It was a rainy day, and this was the only bright thing and they stood out.
  • Cute stuffed animals in a Seattle storefront of some kids store in Capital Hill. Happened to catch this out of the corner of my eye walking back to Jonathan’s house after the Mogwai concert, and a few drinks.
  • A rainy day at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, but was still better than sitting around at home.
  • Walking around Jericho Beach Park, looking around to find the baby ducks which were late this year. Nice backdrop looking north from this side of the little lake.
  • In the centre photo, this was at the local Safeway in Kitsilano. Somebody put a Metro newspaper box up on the roof of one of the cars in the ZipCar car park area. There were two other people shooting photos at the same time I was, so I wasn’t alone in thinking it was amusing.
  • Went to the Vancouver Art Gallery to check out the exhibits as part of the Tourism Challenge. We were pretty underwhelmed with the Ken Lum exhibit, as were many of the people I overheard as we made our way through the gallery. As I graphic designer, I saw a bunch of stuff on the wall I’d never put up.
  • My friend Jonathan’s dog Baxter chillin’ on the couch beside me. I drove down to Seattle to catch the Mogwai show after the Vancouver show was cancelled. It was a
  • This wig was hanging on the wall at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Can’t remember for sure if it was part of the Ken Lum exhibit or not, but I’m going to guess it was.
  • Funny looking tree down at Jericho Beach Park.

 

Listening to:
Stryper – The Covering
The Charlatans – Warm Sounds EP
Desert Sessions – Desert Sessions Vol. 10
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Del Tha Funky Homosapien – Golden Era
Big Country – Fields Of Fire – The Ultimate Collection
Foo Fighters – Medium Rare (covers)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

 

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.

 

 

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

A couple photos from our recent trip to Canada’s East Coast. We were in Saint John for a family wedding in June for a little over a week. The weather wasn’t the greatest, but we took advantage of the couple of sunny days there and went camping in Fundy National Park and drove around the Fundy region. The top photo is just outside of Fundy park at a place called Cape Enrage. We drove out to the end of the cape just to see what would enrage you… Nothing but beautiful views. Kind of like the time we drove 30+ miles out of our way to see Cape Disappointment on the Northwest Coast of Washington… There we were actually kind of disappointed, not much to see there.

The second photo was shot at the world famous ‘Flower Pot Rocks’ at Hopewell Rocks in The Rocks Provincial Park in New Brunswick. It’s a pretty stunning place with some of the highest tidal changes in the world, about 42 foot difference from low tide to high tide, which happens over 6 hours. We got there a bit late, and only had about 10-15 minutes on the ocean floor before the tide started coming in fast and furious, so you’ll have to check the link above to see some pictures of the vast differences, and how far out you can walk out during low tide (about 2 football fields).

I could shoot pictures of this coast forever… Much like I’ve been doing on the West Coast for years. You can never have enough cliff/rock and trees photos.

 

 

 

Jul 1st 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Spring started off pretty good in Vancouver, but then it stalled out for a few months. So you’re seeing some signs of Spring here… but it was short lived.

  • I was spec’ing some colours on a identity we were wrapping up, and I was trying to nail down my final brown colour… Do I go PMS731 or is PMS732 the better colour? The answer was right in front of me, right on the coffee mug. #designgeek #pms732
  • Driving down Cypress Mountain after dropping Katie off for a day of skiing (while I went off to ride bikes), the view was awesome, and the snow was amazingly deep for April.
  • Detail close-up of a crane on Granville Island
  • Horseshoe Bay skatepark cutout art, not exactly sure what animal it is, but it’s wild.
  • Ball of griptape leftovers at Antisocial skate shop, looks pretty cool, so why wouldn’t you put that in your front window?
  • One of the trees in the backyard blossoming… Like I mentioned above, all the signs of Spring started off well, and then totally petered out.
  • Venue nightclub downtown, went to check out the Rural Alberta Advantage show since we hadn’t been out in a while.
  • The spine at the Horseshoe Bay skate park… And my tire. I like the lines here. And at the park.
  • A few days after Easter I spotted this gem – one of my neighbours parked their car and probably didn’t even notice that they’d just rolled over somebody’s Easter basket. Nice.

 

Listening to:
Windmills By The Ocean – Windmills By The Ocean
Gutter Twins – Saturnalia
The Big F – The Big F
Ride – Nowhere (20th Anniversary Reissue)
7L & Esoteric – 1212
Low – C’mon
Buffalo Tom – Skins

 

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.

 

Jul 1st 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

…And I’m behind as usual to get the iPhone dump up on the site. Looking back, March was another good snow month, so lots of time out on the snowboard. Let’s take a look at these photos starting at the top left – walk with me…

  • I must have either have been excited that it was BBQ season, or was just psyched on how good that flank stank was looking when I shot this photo. This reminds me, gotta have flank steak again really soon (there’s some in the fridge)
  • I was working on some graphic concepts for a book at work, and couldn’t quite figure out what felt familiar, or ‘right’ about the layout. A couple days later when I was working on it again, it clicked. The layout, the type and the colours were reminiscent of The Police’s Synchronicity cover (shown just off to the right). Wow. That was random. Even the colours were in the same order. Blown away.
  • A light-drenched tower at a mall in Surrey, BC.
  • Typesetting Korean text – another work picture of something in progress… I designed a 60-page booklet for the forestry industry, and it was being produced in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Or rather, I should say I was producing it in all those languages. Sure the text came in translated, but it was no easy feat to lay all the text in place, and stay on top of it all. All I can say is InDesign makes working with foreign languages a breeze nowadays.
  • Bunny at Jericho Park. You know it’s Spring when the bunnies make their appearance by the dozens down in Jericho Park.
  • P.K. Ripper bike hanging up at Ride On Bikes on West Broadway – I love the turquoise colour of these bikes, and they’ve kept the graphics pretty close to how they were two decades ago right down to the vintage-style pad set.
  • Swapping hard drives in the new iMacs is no easy feat… I took out the original 250GB drive and dropped in a new 2TB drive. I’ll admit I was scared, there’s a lot going on in there.
  • Sunset looking across the Burrard Inlet from the pier at Jericho Beach.
  • Katie resting in the snow after a gnarly run down ‘Top Gun’, the double black diamond run at Cypress Mountain. When it’s good, it’s incredible. When it’s not good, it’s a brutal leg burning run that will have your knees bouncing into your chest if you’re flying down it. On this day, it was the latter, so we took a much-needed break on the hike out.

 

Listening to:
Primal Scream – Screamadelica (20th Anniversary Reissue)
Glasvegas – Euphoric Heartbreak
The Raveonettes – Raven in the Grave
The Jesus Lizard – Peel Sessions
Rival Schools – Pedals
Propagandhi – Supporting Caste

 

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.

 

Jun 9th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Pygmy Goat at Maplewood Farm

Just a goofy photo of a Pygmy Goat striking a pose at Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver. When he scratched his head on the fence, he’d stop and hold this position each time I pointed the camera at him. You’re allowed to go right into their pen and walk around with them – just watch out for the ones that like to eat your shoelaces, or anything they can get near their mouths.

Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver. If you have young kids, or you just like animals, it’s a must see – Katie and I go there at least a couple times each year. Aim to visit the farm early May if you want to see any of the new babies at the farm.

 

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