Dad has posted some Christmas Gift Ideas for the Teen over on his blog. I have also carefully gone through this list looking to see if there are any clues for me and so far, I am not finding any but still, it is worth checking out.
Wednesday, November 4
Friday, September 11
This weekend I find myself behind the driver’s seat of a 2015 Ford Focus. When I say that I am behind the wheel, I am really behind the wheel… in the back seat of the Focus.
The good news is that Ford Canada is lending us a 2015 Ford Focus and sending us across Saskatchewan to try it out. We are heading down to Moose Jaw where we are staying at the Temple Garden’s Mineral Spa. Then we are checking out the historic Claybank Brick Plant. After that it is back to Moose Jaw where we are eating at the world famous Smoke’s Poutinerie before relaxing in the mineral spa.
Sunday we are off to Rouleau and then Ogema where we will embark on the Southern Prairie Railway train for a historical look at the Saskatchewan prairies. Then it is time to put in the iPod, find The Guess Who and crank this up.
Friday, August 21
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.
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
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.
I know I missed the focus with this photo of Oliver but I still like it.
I spent a lot of time looking up in downtown Calgary
Wednesday, August 5
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
Wednesday, July 8
Tuesday, July 7
Sunday, July 5
I’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”.
Saturday, June 27
Monday, June 22
- 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.
On the way home dad challenged me to get out and shoot every day. Here are my goals.
- Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Open Stage
- PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival (the street performers)
- Saskatoon Ex
- Downtown Calgary
- The Bow
- Calgary Tower
- The Peace Bridge
- Street photography in downtown Calgary
- Heritage Park
- Calgary Zoo
- Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park
- Johnston Canyon
- Sulphur Mountain (Gondola)
- Downtown Banff
- Lake Louise
- Downtown Drumheller
- The Hanna roundhouse
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park
- Late night street photography in downtown Saskatoon.
- Early morning rowers on the South Saskatchewan River.
- Some long exposure photography of downtown Saskatoon.
- Grey Owl’s Cabin
- Action cam shots
- 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
Dad and Mom gave me an imitation MSR Pocket Rocket stove, a fuel canister, and a mess kit.
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.