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Archive for December, 2013

Double the Fun

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For the last post of 2013, I will go out with double the fun! Leighton is having a blast being big sister to Laya and Levi. We had a fun little shoot with the twins and they cooperated swimmingly well.  I’m always taken aback by how well the little newborns tolerate photo shoots and photographers! 🙂 So here’s to 2013! May 2014 double the fun yet again! . . . Photographically speaking of course! 😎

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Garmin Dakota 20 GPS for Sale

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EDIT: This GPS is SOLD!

I’m selling my nifty little Garmin Dakota 20 GPS. It’s a sweet little touch screen model. I bought it new in 2010 and it’s been awesome. I primarily used it for geocaching. I’m selling it because I got a different unit that will work better for my hunting needs. I’m asking $200.00 which includes the GPS unit itself, the carabiner clip, Garmin USB cable, a 4 GB micro SD card for map expansion as well as a silicone slip case that my kids affectionately call the “Ninja Suit.” 😀 It gives a very nice non-slip feel to the unit. I made a YouTube video about it back when I got it which you can view here. Drop me an email or a tweet if you’re interested. Thanks!


2013 in Review

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This last month of December hath been a whirlwind of adventure to say the least. I’ve hardly had any time to blog between family commitments and church work stuff. Lots going on and too many irons in the fire. But as 2013 comes to a close, I thought I would go back over the year (and the literally tens of thousands of images I shot) and put together a couple of slideshows of my favourites. They may or may not be my very best work. Probably more of the emotional connection I have with them. 😎 But I realized that since I got the FujiFilm X100s, it’s really become my camera of choice for my personal work.  I attribute this to 2 main factors. 1) Fuji is awesome. The image quality is fantastic and the cameras a literal joy to use because they work great and have a compact form. And 2) as a Pater Familias, I’m usually chasing after my kids or at least have them in tow. DSLR is a good system but its bulky and not conducive to life with wee ones. The X100s has really filled my camera needs and I used it for probably around 75% of my personal photography this year. It’s been a great experience. So much so that I would consider completely switching to Fuji mirrorless cameras totally! I’ve heard a rumour that a weather sealed X is coming in January. That camera with the 10-24, 35 and new 56 1.2 lenses and I’d be one happy customer.  That said, I do love my D800 and I made good use of it for the majority of my client work this past year. The image quality is really tremendous. And of course Nikon’s CLS system is awesome for lighting on the fly and working with speed during weddings. So I probably won’t be parting from it anytime soon. But Fuji keeps beaconing me. 😀

For 2014 I want to do more work on my personal projects. And I think I’m going to get a big printer and enter into the photo printing foray. It’s definitely more art than science. But having complete control of my images will be nice, as well as having the in house ability to make big prints whenever I want. That will be a fun addition! Should be a fun 2014! 😎

But for now, here’s my photography from 2013 in review. This first video is my personal and family shots while the second video has client work.

Thanks again for your views and interest! Have a very blessed 2014. 😀


North Pole Exposure

Group Photo Display at OPHS

Group Photo Display at OPHS

Well another Christmas Concert has come and gone. It was TREMENDOUS again this year! Such talent in Oxbow! Mrs. Jeannot did a fantastic job putting it all together and the kids stole the show with their acting and singing. I took the group shots again this year which worked very well. I was glad I could attend the production and nab a few photos from the performance.

For the group shots, I setup a triflash into my Photek Softlighter. It made for a good big group light!

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But anyways, here’s the group shots and the candids from tonights performance. Bravo kids! You rocked the set! 😎


Santa #FAIL

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My lovely wife volunteered me to take Santa photos at Oxbow’s Expressway Family Centre. It’s always a riot. By and large the kids all do great. But thankfully, there’s always a few who are absolutely terrified of jolly ol’ St. Nick! 😎 It’s priceless!!! I love these shots because they are so real. You can’t fake this kind of anguish. bwhahahaahaha…….. 😆

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A great big thanks to our friendly neighbourhood Santa Claus too!