Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cold and windy drive

After failing to get an H1N1 flu shot due to overwhelming demand and low supply, I decided to take a spin along the Beach Meadows/West Berlin road as I left Liverpool. It was raining and very blustery, but I stuck it out. A little water on equipment doesn't hurt, although I suggest that it doesn't become a habit.

D80 with Tamron 17-50 and Sigma 50-150 zooms.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A few leftover from tree cutting essay

Before my friend had the chance to cut the Christmas tree last Saturday, I patiently waited for the truck to arrive from Halifax that would haul it away. I arrived a bit early and was able to get some nice early-morning rays. D80 and Tamron 17-50mm.

The image of the junked car looks better in b/w.

Friday, November 27, 2009

A few lucky breaks

Oftentimes, I take just a modest amount of images for any given situation, and I can get lucky enough to record some satisfying files. Yesterday's lighting seemed ideal, although I had to snap the ISO up to 400 and, thankfully, the 70-300mm VR works amazingly well at slower shutter speeds. Kudos to technology at times like this........

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yet another blast of early-morning colors

This is almost ridiculous, being able to capture such beauty without suffering from cold weather so close to Christmas. With dawn breaking at 7:45am or so, it's not hard to get in the right position to get the warm first few rays of sunshine. I wanted to get some effective verticals, as well. Things unfold very quickly, I have to be quick on the shutter finger.........

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cutting a Christmas tree - photo essay

My friend Wayne gets the opportunity to cut down a large tree that is purchased by the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), it goes in a prominent market area in the city. This one measured about 45 feet, it would be a blast to decorate it!

Compared to last year's laborious task, this cutting was a snap. The truck driver wisely chose not to back up too far into the logging road.

The weather was amazing, I don't ever recall it being 1o degrees a month before Christmas.

All files recorded with the D80 and Tamron 17-50mm zoom, some benefited by the use of fill-flash from the SB-600.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The mist never seems to end

With all the warm days we had this fall, cold mornings breed a lot of fog and mist. It's relatively easy to get moody images. The biggest challenge is to be able to get the AF to lock on target, I often have to manually focus and hope my tired old eyes get it right.

The AF-S 70-300mm VR seems to be the lens of choice for most of my work.

Quick grab shots along the LaHave in Bridgewater

I rolled into Bridgewater, yesterday, I was in a bit of a hurry to get to work, I managed to find these nuggets on LaHave Street before the light got too contrasty. D40 and 70-300mm VR.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lunenburg County - Christmas tree capital of the world

The sign says it all when you enter Lunenburg County.

DeLong Farms makes most of their income from this endeavour. Orders need to be filled well before the holiday seasons starts as the product goes all over the world. This is my first visit to the farm with my Nikon DSLR stuff, I always seem to find some interesting images of hard-working people.

D40 and Tamron 17-50mm.