Friday, August 21

Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS Lens

As thanks for babysitting Oliver for some of the summer, Dad and Mom gave me a Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS Lens they picked up at Don’s Photo.  It’s a pancake lens and is the coolest lens I have ever seen.

Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS Lens

Since I am using a APS-C sensor, it works out to be a 60mm Focal Length and was designed by Marc Newson who designed the look of the Pentax K-01.   It should be a great discrete lens to go on my camera when I do some street photography.  It’s pretty well rated and loved so I am really looking to try it out.  There will be lots of photos posted here.

Friday, August 14

Photos from downtown Calgary

Some of the photos I took while exploring downtown Calgary.  It was the first trip I was able to take with my new (to me) Pentax K-30.

Here is Century Gardens, a park in which you are prohibited from enjoying.

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I know I missed the focus with this photo of Oliver but I still like it.

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I spent a lot of time looking up in downtown Calgary

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Wednesday, August 5

A couple of things

I bought two posters while in Calgary, both from Heritage Park.  One was a retro camera advertisement and the other one was a history of aviation.  Instead of framing them, dad got them mounted and laminated at Don’s Photo in Saskatoon.  The both came back today and they look fantastic.  Now I just need to figure out the best way to mount them in my room.

Dad has been super sick lately.  When I say lately, I mean since November.  He was in pain all during our holiday and he was cool the entire time.  Since he has gotten home, they have kind of casted his legs and given him a goofy boot.  I realize now how much pain he was in.

I’ll post some more photos soon.  I haven’t had time since we have gotten back.  That and I took a lot of them that need to be edited.

Thursday, July 9

2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang

Dad is reviewing a 2015 Ford Mustang this week.  This is what it looks like.  As nice as it looks, it drives (well rides) even nicer.

Wednesday, July 8

He’s having a bad day

Down for the count by Mark Cooper

A skateboarder at Lion’s Skatepark in Saskatoon is down for the count.

Taken with my Pentax K-30 and a Sigma 70-210mm lens.

Lion’s Skatepark in Victoria Park

Lion's Skatepark in Saskatoon

Lion's Skatepark in Saskatoon

Lion's Skatepark in Saskatoon

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Lion's Skatepark in Saskatoon

Lion's Skatepark in Saskatoon

Lion's Skatepark in Saskatoon

Some photos I took at the Lion’s Skatepark last week.  Sorry for the hazy look to them but it was the smoke from the forest fires.

They were all shot on my Pentax K-x and the Pentax 35mm f/2.4 lens.

Sunday, July 5

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewsin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park just north of SaskatoonDad and I went out there to hike a couple of trails in June.

My new calling card

Mark Cooper: PhotographerI’ve been out taking photos all summer.  The other day I was down at the Victoria Park’s Lions Skatepark and guys were showing off as I was taking some photos.   They were asking me for my Facebook username (I am not on Facebook, something that some found hard to accept) so they could see the pictures.  It’s happened a couple of times this summer, so I asked dad if I could make up some business cards on the printer.

He went a little further and pointed out it would be cheaper if we ordered from Vistaprint.  The quality is better as well.  This what we came up with.   I’m happy with how it turned out.   Even if I can’t hand them out in Iceland (you have to have a Master’s in Photography to call yourself a photographer in Iceland).  If I make it to Iceland, I’ll do some cards up that say, “Tourist with a camera”.

Monday, June 22

My Photo Project for 2015

I just bought my first lens from Don’s Photo today.  I have several lenses for my Pentax K-x;

  • Pentax 28mm f/3.5
  • Pentax 35mm f/2.4
  • Pentax 50mm f/1.8
  • Pentax 50mm f/2
  • Sigma 70-210mm
  • Pentax 200mm f/4
  • Pentax 100-300mm

There were either handed down to by dad or ones that Mom and Dad gave me for Christmas (the Pentax 35mm f/2.4)

The Pentax 50mm f/1.8 was the first I had bought for myself.  It felt good.

Pentax 50mm f/1.8 lens from Don's Photo in Saskatoon

On the way home dad challenged me to get out and shoot every day.  Here are my goals.

  1. Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Open Stage
  2. PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival (the street performers)
  3. Saskatoon Ex
  4. Downtown Calgary
    1. The Bow
    2. Calgary Tower
    3. The Peace Bridge
    4. Street photography in downtown Calgary
  5. Heritage Park
  6. Calgary Zoo
  7. Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park 
  8. Banff
    1. Johnston Canyon
    2. Sulphur Mountain (Gondola)
    3. Downtown Banff
    4. Lake Louise
  9. Downtown Drumheller
  10. The Hanna roundhouse
  11. Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  12. Late night street photography in downtown Saskatoon.
  13. Early morning rowers on the South Saskatchewan River.
  14. Some long exposure photography of downtown Saskatoon.
  15. Grey Owl’s Cabin
  16. Action cam shots
  17. Shooting some the skateboarding in Victoria Park

In other news dad has been agonizing over upgrading his beloved Pentax K-30.  He is going to get a Pentax K-3 and when he does, I will see if I can convince him to give his K-30 to his loving, awesome, and eternally grateful oldest son.  Did I mention how awesome of dad he is?  Again, he sure is awesome. 

Monday, May 18

Exploring Prince Albert National Park

It is my birthday tomorrow (Happy Victoria Day by the way) but yesterday Dad, Mom, Oliver and I drove to Prince Albert National Park to do a day of hiking and photographs.

Dad and Mom gave me an imitation MSR Pocket Rocket stove, a fuel canister, and a mess kit.  

Imitation MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

The stuff should last me for years. It is really cool.  I will use it on our hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin in June.

The mess kit has a bowl, frying pan, and a pot to cook things in. It also has one of those cheap cups that I won’t bring with me (I’ll have my travel mug). It was a cool early birthday gift.

After that I packed up my camera gear (I took my Pentax K-x, my 70-210mm and 35mm lenses) and got into the car where we drove to Prince Albert and then Waskesiu. From there we drove to the Narrows, descended down a lot of stairs (while realizing that what goes down must also climb back up) and explored the Narrows Trail for a couple of kilometres. As Mom tweeted last night, we did hear a black bear in the trees but we mostly saw and talked to a lot of other hikers who were all having a good time.

After that we drove to the Waskesiu River trail where we walked the boardwalk and then walked for a couple of kilometres back to the trailhead. Oliver was exhausted by that time so we went back into Waskesiu, got some food, checked out Outer Limits, got some ice cream, and headed back home.

We wanted to hike the Mud Creek Trail but Oliver was tired and I don’t think it would have been any fun for him if we made him go on a “forced hike”. Plus, the trails took a toll on his body. We were 5 minutes into the Narrows trail when he fell hard the first time. He fell about 10 other times yesterday but never cried once. It was so funny because at one point he walked down a steep hill and goes to himself, “nailed it!” when he didn’t fall.

Oliver wasn’t the only one that was tired. I was tired enough that I fell asleep on the drive home until I felt Oliver giving me a “wet willy”. I wasn’t impressed in part because I think that wet willy may have been sanctioned from those in the front seat.

Not sure what the rest of my plans are for today but tomorrow I hope to play some disc golf (with mom’s discs) with Dad.

Monday, February 16

Getting ready for Grey Owl's Cabin

I have written about us going to Grey Owl’s Cabin before.  Initially we thought we would go up for my birthday but it is cold in Prince Albert National Park at night.  Instead we are waiting a couple of months until the weekend of June 13th and 14th, 2015.  It will be a little warmer but still before the bugs come out.

We have bought some gear for the trip.  

  • I was going to bring my 1 person tent but I have out grown it.  We have a three person tent but I am hoping I can find something lighter to bring along.
  • I have a foam sleeping pad and it sucks.  June 14th is going to be a painful day after sleeping on during the night.
  • I packed my backpack for the first time.  Everything fits with some space for food and toilet paper left over. 
  • Dad went out and bought me some Dawgs for when we get to Northend Campground.  They will be far more comfortable then wearing hikers.
  • I am not bringing my Pentax K-x.  Instead I will bring my Fujifilm Finepix XP20.  It’s a lot lighter.
  • Dad has been putting together a First Aid kit for us.  Apparently he is planning for a worst case scenario.  If Zombies do attack, we will be prepared.

Five months from now we will back in Saskatoon.