A Walk in the Park.


We are so fortunate where we live in Nanaimo, British Columbia. A 12 minute walk and we find ourselves in Bowen Park. A 36 hectare area, mostly left to the wild. And except for the muted sounds of traffic, you find yourself in the middle of the untouched forest. Given to the city in 1931,it also boasts a rec centre, pool, lawn bowling and volley ball courts.

What made our walk through there different this time is that we left our cameras at home. But we took our iPhones. On the phone I had loaded an app labeled, DSLR Camera. It has been there for a while, but I keep forgetting to use it. But not this time.

The unique feature about this app is that it allows you to take a picture using the RAW format, the same feature that we use on our Nikons. This allows you to shot in a much wider colour spectrum, with many more pixels than JPEG. Great features for post work in Photo Shop and Lightroom.

The local photography club has weekly rambles (in small groups) every Tuesday. The one coming up next week will be down to the water front, but no cameras, just phones. Though not as feature loaded as the camera, nevertheless, some of the basic control goodies are present; white balance, shutter speed, ISO and focus control plus a few more that I need to investigate, including filters for specials effects.

Enough of the preamble, the pics that follow are from the phone, with minimum processing in Photoshop.

The Millstone stream has carved it’s way through the middle of the park. At this time of year, the flow rate is greatly reduced from that of spring. The advantage here is that you are able to stand in the middle on dry rock and get your shots. In the spring some of the trails near the river are closed due to flooding.

This park is such a delight to wander through. Never crowded, and depending on the time of year, you can be rewarded by the many plants and flowering shrubs along your river walk.

In the spring time, with the rains and the snow run off from the mountains, it can be a bit of a challenge finding a vantage spot due to the high water levels. But, not at this time of the year.

Since this was my first venture out with this new toy, I found that there are several things I need to do. I need to dig out my selfie stick, and find out if I can attached a strap or cord to it. I get a great feeling of insecurity hanging my hands out over a bridge or railing and hoping that I don’t drop it in the water. Also, I like to shoot at a slow speed, which means a steady hand, which I don’t have. So, hope I can rig up a tripod, or at least a monopod. More on that in another blog.

Until my next outing, happy shooting (pictures that is), and stay safe. Cheers.

Red -Ryan’s Photo Challenge.


Autumn is a season of many colours. There is a flavour here for everyone. But I must admit that I am partial to red, yet at the same time it is hard to ignore the others dancing about.

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Japanese maple from our back yard.

I was hoping to be horticulturally correct and include the Latin nomenclature for these samples, until I found out that there are hundreds of varieties of Japanese maple. So we will leave it at that and just enjoy their splendid display.

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Another Japanese maple that leans more towards the purple side.

And now a red that is every bodies favourite. Whether it is in the morning or evening, a red sunrise or sunset has always drawn people to it’s magic. The picture below was taken a few days ago just as the sun came up over the Salish Sea here in British Columbia. Enjoy.

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Photo for the Week – 14 – Red

Streets


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For the last number of winters, we have been spending our time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Needless to say many pictures were taken. Water, buildings, people, the surrounding country side and their very unique streets. They are cobblestone. The best way to experience what it is like to travel them is to take a taxi or bus. It is quite bone jarring, as their suspension is worn pretty thin. But it is also worth the few pesos. An adventure all to itself.

The streets offer up many intriguing photo opportunities. What follows is just a small sample. Enjoy.

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Photo for the Week – 10 – Streets