090: a ghost in the kitchen!

No, not really.  I found my poi hidden away today while I was trying to find things for camping.  The batteries were dead, so after replacing them, I decided to play with them a bit.  I was hoping for a brighter light, but they didn’t deliver, so I turned the lights on and ghosted around the kitchen for a bit.


10sec, f / 22, ISO 800.

PS: I’m heading into the backcountry for the weekend.  I’ll update once I’m back.

080: it’s all a fog

I wanted to do something which represented how I feel today.  The desaturation is a bit messy, but with the first full day of my fast coming to a close, I’m having a bit of trouble with my concentration and my vision.  Seriously, life is a little blurry right now.  Feeling good, though!  I have a few of the ‘usual’ suspects of a fast: lightheadedness, chilled, lack of concentration, and stomach cramps.  Mostly though, I’m just incredibly dehydrated, which is crazy, because I’ve had two litres of water today, and 5 16-20oz juices.  Oh, and two herbal teas.

So I present to you, my blurry life:


1/6sec, f / 1.8, ISO 800.

076: just chillin’

Completely unrelated to the picture: Don’t spray your paintings with finishing varnish in the house with all the windows closed.  My house is the land of headache fairies and unhappy cats.



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


074: coconut oil

Everything I touch is currently getting covered in coconut oil, because after seven days of not washing or brushing my hair, an oil treatment was the only way I was going to get my comb through my hair.

(before you ask, I don’t wash my hair, and I was too lazy to comb it)

So, a small handful of hair and a substantial amount of grease later, my hair looks like it is SUPA’ STYLED.

PS: I hate all the little torn hairs, but my hair is really thick and hard to brush, and it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE not to break the strands when I brush it (even when I do on a regular basis…)



1/13sec, f / 1.8, ISO 800.

073: I hate sundays

No, really.

I don’t own a car.  Nothing is open, except the grocers.  Not even the gym.

Sundays are the bane of my existence, here.

Here’s two things entirely lacking in creativity:


1/15sec, f / 1.8, ISO 800.
(Reflection in the window)


1/60sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
(my bear. I bought him in Iqaluit, NV.)



lightpainting for the first time.  I accidentally made a flower!


30 sec, f / 10, ISO 400.

053: little photographer

My last day in Vancouver before I head back home, and I tried to convince my little brother to have a bit of a photo shoot with me.  Mom unearthed some old Fujica cameras that my grandpa gave her, and I was trying to teach my brother about how cameras didn’t used to have screens where you could see the pictures right away, and that you had to send your ‘film’ away before you could see your pictures.

He thought I was crazy, and that it was a stupid idea.


1/8sec, f / 4.0, ISO 400.
He kept posing like this until I told him it looked like he had boobies.

Swapped to my prime lens here, and increased my ISO.  He can’t stand still.  There were a lot of really (I mean, REALLY) blurry photos.


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


1/80sec, f / 2.5, ISO 800.


1/100sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
“What the heck does this do?”


1/80sec, f / 2.5, ISO 800.
It took a ton of conniving and asking and pleading to get him to repeatedly pose like this until I got a shot I wanted. Damn kid, quit wiggling!


1/125sec, f / 2.8, ISO 800.
The last photo I took, I let him be as silly as he wanted to. He chose this. I thought he looked like a zombie, so I edited it accordingly. All his little freckles make him look a bit diseased. I like it.

052: When the sun shines, it pours

I made a two hour voyage by transit today in Vancouver just to go visit the sea for 30 minutes.  Worth it.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 16, ISO 400.
(English Bay)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/640sec, f / 16, ISO 400.
(graffiti on Davie St)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 18, ISO 400.
(Canada Place, with the mountains peeking from behind)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/10sec, f / 3.5, ISO 400.

Day Zero Three Seven: January Photo Challenge: CHILL

Day 26 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com (oh my god, I’m almost done with this!).  Today’s challenge was “Chill”, and ain’t nobody chiller than Cindy!  

I always have this little check-list of friends I have to get through whenever I come home for a visit, and no matter how short or long my visit to Vancouver, I’ve always got to go see Cindy.  (but the visits are never long enough…)


Canon Rebel XS. 1/50sec, f / 6.3, ISO 800.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/8sec, f / 3.5, ISO 800.
Meet Zoey!


Canon Rebel XS. 1/13sec, f / 5.6, ISO 800.

Day Zero Two Nine: I quit.

Day 18 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com.  Today’s challenge was “Close up”, and it will be the last photo I do for this challenge.  I have spent eighteen days struggling to keep up with the photo prompts, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t find most of them to be all that interesting.  Some of the prompts have led me to take what I consider to be rather interesting photographs, and perhaps ones I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of, such as Slumber, Change, and Growth, but for the most part, I’m just taking “photos”, when I would rather be taking art.

If you have an Instagram account, I recommend searching out other people’s photos, at #firstthirtyone, as some of them are quite good.  But this photo challenge, I’m discovering, just really isn’t for me.

On Wednesday of next week, I leave for a conference in the city, and I just simply won’t be able to fulfill some of the prompts for that week.  In fact, if I manage to post photos each of those days, I would be surprised, with how busy I’ll be.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/60sec, f / 5.0, ISO 1600.
Close-up of our fire this afternoon. I’m sorry, but no amount of editing can make this a decent photo.


So, I leave you with this.  It warmed up to +8C today, when we should be having -15C weather.  I built a snowman outside, in a t-shirt, and then we built a fire, and had hotdogs with some homemade baked beans I spent the day making.  I ended the day with a few glasses of wine at Linda’s house, and after my cup of tea just now, I’m about to head to bed.

Bon soiree. 


Canon Rebel XS. 1/400sec, f / 11, ISO 400.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/500sec, f / 14, ISO 800.
(Mr. Snowman)

Day Zero Two Zero: January Photo Challenge: CHEEKS

Day 9 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com!  Today’s challenge was “Cheeks”.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to take a self-photo with a 50mm prime lens?  I had to strain my arms as far as they’d go just so it’d focus.  But man, look at those sweet cheeks.  Just look at them.


Canon Rebel XS. 1/200sec, f / 3.5, ISO 400.
WHAT is that face I’m making?