117: goodbye, jerkface

One of Tim’s friends is leaving Yellowknife for a house he bought in Nova Scotia, so yesterday we baked him a cake (filled with rum) and went out for dinner at a local burger bar.

(and in case you are wondering, the blue icing on the side is a bunch of penises)

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1/30sec, f / 2.8, ISO 400.

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115: aurora

Stayed up late last night to get some aurora shots.  It wasn’t a great night, because it was really faint, but I’m tired of waking up every night at 1am in the hopes I’ll see some good aurora.  There isn’t anything good forecasted until next week now, but…this’ll do!

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30sec, f / 9.0, ISO 800.

114

Just a pic of Tim being silly in the local hunting/fishing/northern store.  We played Little Big Planet all afternoon, and just came back from an ultimate frisbee game at the soccer arena.

AWESOME.

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1/40sec, f / 1.8, ISO 400.

WHY DID YOU FOCUS THERE, AUTOFOCUS?! WHY?!

Hmph.

113

Dinner in Chez Baker is always a bit of an ordeal.  We both like to cook, but don’t really enjoy cooking alone as much as we enjoy cooking for others.  So when one of us is visiting (in this case, I’m visiting) …we make it a bit of a big deal.  Tonight’s menu was grilled asparagus and peppers, homemade hummus, crackers/cheese/olives/pickles, fresh salad, and the remainder of our wine from the previous night.

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1/80sec, f / 2.5, ISO 400.

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1/50sec, f / 2.0, ISO 400.

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1/50sec, f / 2.0, ISO 400.

111 + 112: no pew, no camera, and a dinner

I lied.  No video, because I shouldn’t be uploading firearms videos to my blog.  In which case, I missed 111, because I forgot my camera and I didn’t take any photos with my iPhone either.  I’m sorry about all the shittiness lately, I’ve been taking naps in the evening and waking up in the middle of the night to try and get aurora (northern lights) shots lately, but every night when I wake up at midnight-or 2am the aurora hasn’t been great, and it’s really messing with my sleep to sleep like this.  Anyhow…

…here’s 112:

Dinner last night.

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1/50sec, f / 2.0, ISO 400.

 

110: ptarmies

Running a bit behind.  I haven’t had a lot of time since I got up to Yellowknife, and I was stupid, and forgot my camera for the last two days.  So here’s an iPhone pic, and tomorrow’s will be a video.

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ptarmies!

109: airplanes, and a brief foray into Vancouver

I’m flying to Yellowknife today, but I had a six hour layover in Vancouver, so I headed downtown to see some friends (and my friend, the sea)  I forgot it’s actually Spring in other parts of the province.

Oh Vancouver, how I miss you so.

 

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1/640sec, f / 7.1, ISO 200.

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1/800sec, f / 7.1, ISO 200.

108: the guilty party

Packing to head up to Yellowknife tomorrow, and this guy has been giving me the evil eye/third degree/how-dare-you-abandon-me face all day.

 

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1/60sec, f / 2.0, ISO 1600.

107: Hello Toms!

I’ve been lusting over this hipster pair of shoes for months.  In perhaps poor judgement, I now own them.

And it amuses me to wear my grandpa’s name on a shoe.

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1/60sec, f / 2.2, ISO 1600.

106: nectar of the gods

So…I MADE MEAD TODAY.  In a bucket, because I’m the epitome of class, and because I can’t seem to find 1 gallon carboys or 5L demijohns anywhere.

Have some pictures of my ingredients!

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1/125sec, f / 3.2, ISO 400.

Weighing my mead in the only way I can.  Spoon meet bucket.  Spoon meet scale.

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1/125sec, f / 3.2, ISO 400.

My must (a must is the honey water mixture).  This is 4 lbs of honey, 5L of water, an organic orange, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, and 25 raisins

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1/60sec, f / 2.2, ISO 400.

I pretended I was Elvis and shook up my mead to aerate it (“I was all shook up” …if you didn’t get it)  This is before I’ve pitched my yeast, which I’m still waiting to do.  Just gotta get to the right temperature!

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1/60sec, f / 2.2, ISO 400.

I can’t wait to drink this.  I really can’t.

101: lavender syrup!

Trying my hand at food photography.  It’s tough work!  I made some lavender simply syrup earlier today (1:1 sugar: water, handful of dried lavender blossoms) …and it’s delicious.  Not only that, I’m perpetually impressed by the colour, which is why I thought I’d try to photograph it.

How all those food blogs do it, I’ve no idea.  These were the best ones I got…

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1/100sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.

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1/100sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.

099: a little fun outside

My roommate and I have been having fires more frequently since it’s been getting warmer out, and earlier today, I finally got around to fixing up my glow poi, so I wanted to give ’em a shot outside.  I had our friend Ryan take the first couple of shots, because it was easier than using the self-timer.  I’m really rusty at my poi – it’s been well over a year since I played with them last, and now that they’re on chains instead of in socks, the weight difference throws me off again.  But I’ll get better!

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2.0sec, f / 11, ISO 1600.
possibly a 3 beat?

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2.0sec, f / 11, ISO 1600.
Buzzsaw!

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2.0sec, f / 11, ISO 1600.
Extended buzzsaw!

Then I found where all the fire spirits have been hiding…

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0.6sec, f / 5.6, ISO 1600.

After a while, I gave up and put my camera on a timer on the BBQ on the deck and ran around my yard like a six year old.  I giggled, and shouted, and screamed “Wheeeee!”

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10sec, f / 14, ISO 1600.

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10.0sec, f / 8.0, ISO 1600.

…and it looked like so much fun that my roommate joined me with the other poi.  That bit in the middle where everything stops abruptly is where we accidentally ran into each other and almost fell over.

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20sec, f / 11, ISO 1600.