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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), August 2006, July 2007, August 2009 and went out looking to see a difference.
Ferries Doing Pre Show DanceRed With Blue Tips

Fireworks On Four LevelsPurple Bursts Over CrossRed Burst At The TopRed Bursts Over Barge Effects

Large Veil With Barge FireworksBig Red Burst With CityBlue And Wispy

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 step backwards.

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 in 2007), but there are lots of great things to do in town.  The Powell Street Festival is one such good long weekend trip:

Nara Standing On GrassNara On Step PlanningNara Has Landed

Hot Sauce Soaking Up The Wood
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.

Inari Gyoza And Red Bean Cakes

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.

Hand In Short FountainShort Fountain Of DropsNara Running In The Rain

 
Nara Inspecting Her ShoesWater Curtains As BackdropRunning Away From Large Fountain
 
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

Jenie And Claira
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.

David Jenie And Claira

Aunt Lillian With Claira
 You order the fancy dishes and everyone has a good time.

Lillian Theresa And Claira

 
Janet And Claira Lloyd And Claira
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.

Nara And Daddy
 
  After dinner we did a few formal portraits with the city behind.  Thanks for coming!
 
Shum FamilyHarvey Side, Three Generations

Visiting the Millard Family Farm

Nara Jumping Of Ladder
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 myself.

Nara In The PoolNara With Blue Lips

Nara Grass Covered Toes
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.


Marcus Driving The Tractor In Front Of The Turkeys
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 along.


Marcus Driving The TractorMarcus Turning The Corner
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.

Marcus Behind The Wheel




Marcus In Flight On The Trampoline Nara In Flight On The Trampoline
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. 


Marcus Hopping On The TrampolineMarcus And Nara In Front Of The BarnLexi Looking At Nara On The Trampoline

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.

Getting Ready For The Wagon RideWagon Ride At The EndWagon Ride Down The Hill


 
  Allison And Claira
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.

Lexi And AlisonLexi Peering Over The Couch

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.

Grandma With Claira On CouchGrandpar Holding Clairas ArmGrandparents With Claira Formal
Grandma With LexiGrandma With Claira In Arm ChairGrandma In Arm Chair With Claira
 
  Kayla And Smudge In The Field
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.


Grandma Feeding Claira
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.

Grandma Smiling With ASleeping Claira

Thanks again Jennifer and David for having us over!

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Nara And Claira On Saturday Morning
It's 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.


SBend Shore With Reflected Tree
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. 

Nara On Bridge To Turtle Island

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.
 
Three Trees On IslandWater Striders In The SkyShore In The Bottom Right
 
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.
 


Harvey Side, Three Generations
Person: Claira, Helen, John, Nara, Janet, Lloyd
David Jenie And Claira
Ferries Doing Pre Show Dance
Tags: boat, light streaks, long exposure, night, Vancouver
Marcus Driving The Tractor
Person: Marcus
Janet And Claira
Person: Claira, Janet
Running Away From Large Fountain
Person: Nara
Altitude: 37m (121 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Nara On Bridge To Turtle Island
Person: Nara
Tags: bridge, Nitobe Memorial Garden
Short Fountain Of Drops
Person: Nara
Altitude: 29m (95 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Kayla And Smudge In The Field
Person: Kayla
Nara And Claira On Saturday Morning
Three Trees On Island
Tags: Nitobe Memorial Garden, reflection
Hand In Short Fountain
Person: Nara
Tags: water park
Shum Family
Nara With Blue Lips
Person: Nara
Tags: pool
Nara Has Landed
Person: Nara
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Grandma With Lexi
Person: Lexi May, Edna
Aunt Lillian With Claira
Lillian Theresa And Claira
Person: Claira, Theresa
Grandma Smiling With ASleeping Claira
Person: Claira, Edna
Marcus And Nara In Front Of The Barn
Person: Marcus, Nara
Tags: trampoline
Lexi Peering Over The Couch
Person: Lexi May
Water Striders In The Sky
Tags: insect, Nitobe Memorial Garden, reflection
Grandma With Claira In Arm Chair
Person: Claira, Edna
Grandpar Holding Clairas Arm
Person: Claira
Marcus Turning The Corner
Person: Marcus
Grandma In Arm Chair With Claira
Person: Edna
Wagon Ride At The End
Person: James
Tags: wagon
Getting Ready For The Wagon Ride
Person: Marcus, James
Tags: wagon
Purple Bursts Over Cross
Tags: fireworks
Lexi And Alison
Person: Lexi May
Nara Standing On Grass
Person: Nara
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara And Daddy
Person: John, Nara
Nara Running In The Rain
Person: Nara
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Grandma With Claira On Couch
Person: Claira, Edna
Fireworks On Four Levels
Tags: fireworks
Grandma Feeding Claira
Person: Claira, Edna
Blue And Wispy
Tags: fireworks
Inari Gyoza And Red Bean Cakes
Altitude: 11m (36 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: street food
Wagon Ride Down The Hill
Person: James, Marcus, Nara
Tags: wagon
Big Red Burst With City
Tags: fireworks
SBend Shore With Reflected Tree
Tags: Nitobe Memorial Garden, reflection
Hot Sauce Soaking Up The Wood
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: street food
Jenie And Claira
Marcus Behind The Wheel
Person: Marcus
Nara Inspecting Her Shoes
Person: Nara
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Marcus Driving The Tractor In Front Of The Turkeys
Person: Marcus
Nara Jumping Of Ladder
Person: Nara, John
Tags: pool
Lloyd And Claira
Person: Claira, Lloyd
Nara In The Pool
Person: Nara
Marcus In Flight On The Trampoline
Person: Marcus
Tags: trampoline
Nara Grass Covered Toes
Red Bursts Over Barge Effects
Tags: fireworks
Water Curtains As Backdrop
Person: Nara
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Nara In Flight On The Trampoline
Person: Nara
Tags: trampoline
Nara On Step Planning
Person: Nara
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Marcus Hopping On The Trampoline
Person: Marcus
Tags: trampoline
Large Veil With Barge Fireworks
Tags: fireworks
Shore In The Bottom Right
Tags: Nitobe Memorial Garden, reflection
Allison And Claira
Lexi Looking At Nara On The Trampoline
Tags: trampoline
Grandparents With Claira Formal
Person: Claira, Edna, Philip
Red With Blue Tips
Tags: fireworks
Red Burst At The Top
Tags: fireworks
Tags: fireworks(8), water park(6), Nitobe Memorial Garden(5), trampoline(5), reflection(4), wagon(3)
People: Nara(18), Claira(10), Marcus(9), Edna(7), John(3), James(3)
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