Jailhouse rock

22 May 2015

A few weeks ago I went to Holland to attend some family business. During my stay I walked around a lot, just to see how much my native city had changed from what I remembered. Most of the city was still the same, but then I remarked some subtle changes.

Closed as usual

For example the centuries old high security prison I knew from my childhood. I knew it from the outside, not the inside… It had a banner on it that made no sense for a prison. It was an invitation for some brunch market… Huh?!?

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Raptor Festival 2015

17 May 2015

A few weeks ago I went to the Raptor Festival in La Riviere, Manitoba. It was my second time and this year I came prepared. Prepared with a 600mm lens and patience enough to wait for all those birds to come fly over us and present great opportunities for  great pictures.

Barn Owl

When I drove there last year, I could see a lot of the birds flying over, even from inside the car. Back then, I only had a 300mm with me and the shots turned out a bit disappointing. This year,

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Cool shooting

09 Apr 2015

A few weeks ago I joined a group shoot with the Manitoba Foto Friends at the Railway Museum in Winnipeg. It was to be a welcome, warm change from the brutal wind and cold outside. With the added benefit of shooting something else than snow sculptures, ice sculptures, skaters, curling players and frozen rivers.

The countess of Dufferin

It was definitely different Smile. The countess of Dufferin was as welcoming as always with her steel grate aiming my camera.

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Marsh realities

02 Apr 2015

A few weeks ago, I went to Oak Hammock Marsh. Most people have already read about this fantastic natural environment on my blog. Lots of animals inhabit the marsh, some of them year-round.

Devoid of wildlife?

But winter is harsh in the marsh and the permanent residents prefer to stay under ground or under-snow. The result?

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Dead stuff

25 Mar 2015

So, here I was, walking in the middle of a dog-park, on my lunch break on a pretty drab day. Not because I really wanted to walk in this particular spot, more because a tiny piece of nagging electronics told me that I needed to move more.

Ominous sky

I had already combed all the streets in the neighbourhood and I wanted something different. The dog park, only a few kilometers away seemed like a good idea.

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Bingo!

19 Mar 2015

I haven’t seen many auroras this season. Of what I saw, nothing was really worth writing about. With a lot of effort I assembled enough pictures of a series of mediocre aurora displays to make a post on this blog. While I was doing that, someone on Facebook started talking about a huge display at 5:30am… Sure enough, another night of fierce aurora display had gone by in my sleep.

Aurora from the deck

The following day, the aurora displays kept showing red in the forecasts, so in the evening I wanted to have a look for myself. A shot from my yard revealed aurora from within the city limits! Red alert!

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Park treats

13 Mar 2015

Street photography is not my “thing”. I don’t like the idea of people not liking my idea of shooting them. Even if they don’t keel over after I have shot them, to them, it always seems as if they would (keel over).

Closed

No, not my thing at all. On the Duck Pond in the Assiniboine Park, however, people photography comes way easier to me. Mainly because the people over there have come to have a good time, not thinking about nagging a simple photographer over a picture. That is the environment I like Smile.

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Of times long gone

09 Mar 2015

Many people know that I have lived in Ukraine a few years back. In 2005 I bought my first digital camera, a Nikon Point and Shoot of 4.2MP. Today that is nothing to be “proud” of, but back in the days that was one of the top models of its class. Apart from any available DSLRs, that was.

Reflections

But even today, DSLRs in Ukraine are not very popular. Probably for many reasons, the first one being that they are expensive, way more so than the small P&S cameras. Secondly, in Soviet times SLRs were mostly/only used by people who you didn’t want to be photographed by. That is still very present in the memories of many people.

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