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Get out there!

I want to be an adventurer, or maybe I always have been one and just want to do more. How do I know it, how did I figure it out? I think right now I’m measuring it against my two most recent regrets, encountered on a trip to kauai:

  • I regret not jumping into this river (or off of this waterfall, depending on your perspective) and only filming my brother in law doing it. It didn’t even strike me at the time, and only later did I figure it out, and now I’ve missed the opportunity:

  • I regret not doing a drift dive following the two boat dives I did while on vacation. I felt guilty about signing up for another dive and leaving my family for a day, so I didn’t do it; but now i feel I’ve really missed something.

These may sound like strange regrets to some, but I find myself seriously bummed out by them. This is not to say that I didn’t have fun with my family on my vacation, because I did; I just think I came up a bit short of where I could have, personally. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a midlife crisis, because this is kind of a long standing problem, and I think it’s just a symptom of the fact that I want to be an adventurer. So I’m re-purposing my blog to talk about that.


Local resident gets a cleaning


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Kelley and Tony’s Wedding

Back in August, Adena and I were invited to photograph the wedding of Kelley Fea and Anthony Kroeker.  We have been friends of Kelley’s family for years, and her maid of honor suggested as they were scrambling to find photographers that they might give us a try.  We talked it over and decided to sign on for the gig.  It’s always harder to work for friends and family on gigs like this, as you feel the expectation is so much higher – weddings are a one-shot opportunity and we didn’t want to disappoint!  When we met up with Kelley and her family at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club (the venue), we got even more nervous… we’re signed on to do it, and we need to work hard to get it right.  Still, we are really glad we went, as it was a beautiful wedding with lots of fun people and a terrific theme.  It would certainly be a day to remember!

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The family in fall

We had an absolutely perfect Saturday to go down to North Glenmore Park and take some family photos.  I gotta say, if you get a perfect fall day in Calgary, it’s pretty tough to beat.  It was high 20s (Celsius for those who would think me nuts!), and not a cloud in the sky.  All the leaves in the place were yellow, with half of them on the still green grass, and half of them still on the trees.  Talk about an idyllic setting for photos, and a great environment for Graham to run and romp and generally wear himself out.  We took the “Umbrella” video on the same outing, but the pictures were slower to come than the video out of my phone.  Anyways, as you can clearly see, I love my family!  You can find the full photo set from this day here.

Our family in September, 2011

Running... always running.

Turns out we really picked the day right, too; the next day the winds picked up and all the leaves are likely off the trees now.

Photography vs Security

Paranoia. It’s an interesting thing. I really enjoyed this exercise that a group of street photographers undertook in central London. It actually made me uncomfortable several times, and as a photographer I’m not sure how I would have handled the passive-aggressive nature of the security guards who were dealing with the photographers. I’ve never been approached while doing street photography in London or in any other city, and I carry just as much if not more gear than some of these guys do. The great thing to observe is how polite all of the police officers were: and that’s an experience I have definitely had in England.  When you travel, it certainly pays to always be on your best behavior, but also to know your surroundings.

Ipswich Calling…

Ipswich Harbor from the Salthouse

I mentioned a couple posts ago that I was on my way to the UK.  I was recently in Ipswich, England for business.  Here’re the sorts of things I saw!  Really, it’s quite a small place (relative to something like London, anyways).  I just went for a little walks near the harbor where I was staying.  It’s an old commercial port which is steadily being modernized/reclaimed as less commercial more people-friendly area.  Apartments, restaurants and a collage campus are all taking residence there.

I made two trips.  On the first trip, my last night there saw a regional darby between Ipswich Town FC and Norwich City FC.  Fierce rivals.  30,000 people showed up for this match that Norwich eventually won 5-1.  With the win, Norwich moved up into the Premier league.  I tried very very hard to get myself a ticket for it, but the ticket lady at the ticket office wouldn’t sell it to me because I’d never bought tickets from them before.  With no history, she couldn’t guarantee that I was a Norwich supporter or an Ipswich supporter, and she wouldn’t budge.  This match was in Norwich last year, and I guess they had… problems?  I was depressed walking away from the stadium as I heard the reaction to Norwich’s first goal.

On my second trip, I arrived on the final day for the Premiership.  I could have wandered over to get tickets for West Ham vs. Sunderland in London, but decided I was too damn tired after getting off the plane and still needing to get myself to Ipswich on the train.  On our way out, we drove from Ipswich to Heathrow.  The route took us right by Wembley stadium… the day before the UEFA Champions League final between Man U and Barcelona.  I almost got them to pull over and drop me off and switch my flight, right there.  Would have been awesome, Barca played a flawless match, but it would likely have been impossible to get tickets.

Anyways, now I’m rambling.  Here are a few select shots from the visit.

Spring Has Sprung

Hey, what you want?

OK, back to business.

As opposed to my last post on the subject, it looks like spring might actually have sprung here in Calgary.  How do I know it?  Well, the locals seem to be into the swing of things for spring.  We found this little dude (or dudette?) while walking down the pathway to the park by our house.  He’s still looking pretty winter-white, but he had a brown stripe right down his back.

We had the camera with us, so I started stalking.  He was really interested in digging the hole he was in, so I managed to get within 10 feet or so equipped with a 100mm f/2.8 lens.