Doing the same things over, hoping for a different result.
Celebration of Light
When you get a new camera, especially if it
is a step up in specifications, you can find yourself retaking
earlier pictures hoping that your new camera makes a dramatic
difference, or at least isn't a step backwards. I have taken
a lot of photos of the fireworks in Vancouver: webpage (mostly film)
, view from
my deck (old place)
, July 2007
and went out
looking to see a difference.
The D800 has higher bit depth which gives you more flexibility
with exposure after the fact. The resolution is higher so in
theory if you wanted larger images, you could. The D800
takes excellent long exposures without computing a dark image (The
D2X like to take a dark image after the exposure which takes half
as long as the exposure). Better photos? It's not a
Powell Street Festival
I have a one month old child so every
journey out the house is a victory. Being the August Long
Weekend, in the past I have like to travel (Penticton in 2006
or go hiking (Rainbow lake
), but there are lots of great things to do in
town. The Powell Street Festival is one such good long
Oppenheimer park is transformed with
Japanese themed performances, Japanese themed market of locally
made arts and crafts and of course the Japanese themed food
stands. The weather was good so just sitting in the park was
a good time.
Like a Cinderella story, you don't want to stay too long past
closing time - it doesn't take long for the challenge that is the
downtown east side to come back and fill the park.
Water Park in Kits
Last year, I took photos of Nara in the
water park in Kits (Nara
Standing at on the Edge of Rain
) which for some reason I
thought was a really good - you can't do better - kind of
image. I went to the park with this image in my mind (having
not checked it) that it was going to be really hard to best that
image. Don't even bother trying hard. So I tried hard
to do better. Really hard. Forty five minutes of up
and down hard trying to do better.
When I got home, I checked that image I had in my mind and it
really wasn't as good as I thought. Thinking it was good
though had pushed me to try hard to best it. It's funny what
imaginary goals do to you.
Oh, and I have a new pet peeve. Parents that bring Nudies to
the water park. I don't mind the kids running around naked,
but it really puts a hammer on me taking (or at least using)
photos. One naked kid in the background and I wouldn't use
the image. Sucks.
Claira is One Month Dinner
Where my wife grew up, it is traditional
to have a one month dinner party for newborns - kind of welcome to
the family dinner. When Nara was a little over a month we
had the same kind of dinner for her
You order the fancy dishes and
everyone has a good time.
Nara really likes crab ball (deep fried
goodness with a claw!) and likes other treats like roast pork and
noodles. Claira was really well behaved the whole time and
everyone got to give her a hold.
After dinner we did a few formal portraits with the city
behind. Thanks for coming!
Visiting the Millard Family Farm
The Millard family came to visit last
month and they kindly invited us to stay with them for a
weekend. Turns out this is a big year for birthdays - my
Grandparents are 88 and 90 and various other family members turn
65. Not everyone could come, but it was nice to have a
dinner with so much family around. But I'm getting ahead of
After a reasonable trip over in the
ferry, it was a great day to hit the swimming pool. We
normally go to city pools - concrete decks and heated (sometimes
too much) pools. Nara was a bit surprised at the pool
temperature, but she quickly adapted. The pool uses salt
purification so it smells and tastes really nice and you don't get
super wrinkly fingers.
The fall fair is just around the corner
in Courtenay and David's father built a special tractor for - a
child sized tractor! Marcus got to give it a go and he did
pretty good steering it around the farm. The cooling system
is pretty interesting (you can see the water boiling) so there is
a little cloud of steam in front of the tractor as it drives
I don't know much about the tractor itself
- I briefly looked only and there doesn't appear to be a wide
selection of childrens tractors available. I'll have to
remember to ask the next time we are over.
There is a lot to do at the Millard
farm. Justin and Kayla have a large trampoline and the young
kids had no trouble figuring out what to do.
I think the star attraction for the kids was the wagon
rides. Deanne used the wagon to bring over some of the
dinner supplies (Thanks Deanne!) and the Williams kids figure out
you could ride the wagon. Of course the wagon was way more
fun when one of the parents pulled it up the hill.
There are a lot of reasons to get
together. There was a great meal put out (Thanks Jennifer
and Deanne!) and lots of visiting, but I suspect seeing the babies
was also a high point. Lexi - Jessica's daughter - is about
7 months old and having a good time interacting with people.
Claira was very patient with the whole experience. She
generally likes to be held (although recently she seems to really
enjoy being in the gym) and who doesn't like to hold calm baby.
The next day we just relaxed from all of
the fun the day previous. Because it was a late night the
day before, everyone slept in a little. Nara picked up
apples and fed the turkeys as well as visiting the laying hens to
collect eggs. There were lots of left overs so meals pretty
much took care of themselves.
On Sunday we had some time (but not a lot)
so we drove over to visit my Grandparents after lunch. We
had a good visit - my Grandmother demonstrated that you don't soon
forget the skills for taking care of babies.
Thanks again Jennifer and David for having
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Saturday morning and your kid is litterally bouncing they have so
much energy. What do you do? In our household, we
usually go to the playground to burn off some of that energy and
then try to fit in something productive. As a parent I find
the playground a little boring so if I can figure out how to get the
same effect with only two trips to the playground in a weekend
rather than three, I'm game to try.
I've been to the Nitobe
Memorial Gardens at UBC before and I liked it so much I didn't post
a single photo. The garden is a nice classical Japanese
garden, but it is not without challenges. The central water
feature is a concrete lined pond. Having been to Japan a few
times, concrete lined is often how Japanese parks wind up, but it's
hard on western sensibilies.
The park is surrounded by trees and I find it hard to take photos of trees
There are definite seasons for the park - spring cherry blossums,
early summer Iris's and fall maple trees - our timing missed all
three. So what did I do? I found the reflections in the
pond the most interesting subject.
It's hard to take good photos and manage a two year old at the same
time. My wife would rather the camera go for a swim than my
daughter so I definitly have to keep the priorities straight.
That said, I had a good time and I hope Nara did to.
Tags: fireworks(8), water park(6), trampoline(5), Nitobe Memorial Garden(5), reflection(4), wagon(3)
People: Nara(18), Claira(10), Marcus(9), Edna(7), James(3), John(3)
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