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Welcome to East Van (expect no mercy)

posted on Feb 5, 2019
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And while I'm promoting photography projects on the Internet, you might also be interested in my dumping ground for random street photography, Live from East Van.

Exposure

posted on Feb 5, 2019
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I've upgraded my Exposure site, and started to post long-form photography pieces there. Check it out!

Ice Queen

posted on Nov 17, 2014
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Burn in the Forest

posted on Jul 25, 2014
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Check out my story on Exposure.

I Love You

posted on Dec 12, 2010
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A gang of hippies has been spreading their dangerous message all over Commercial Drive.

Recent HDR experiments

posted on Oct 18, 2009
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So after a bunch of experimenting with manually building HDR images and trying assorted programs to simplify and automate the process, I finally did the obvious thing and just bought a respected HDR program, called Photomatix Pro.  Rather than ramble on about all its pluses and minuses, I'll just post a few images and let them speak for themselves.

One small step for a man

posted on Jan 18, 2009
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Montecristo

posted on Jan 18, 2009
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Rough day at the beach

posted on Jan 18, 2009
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Under Okeover

posted on Apr 9, 2008
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Ghost Bird

posted on Oct 8, 2007
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A strange mark appeared on my living room window this weekend.  At first it looked like some kind of strange splatter-mark, but after a while I realized it was the complete imprint of a bird, pressed, Shroud of Turin-like, into the window pane.

You know that's gotta hurt.  I looked for a dead or unconscious bird below the window, but considering the number of cats who live around here, it's not surprising that I found nothing.  At any rate it appears that the bird's spirit got knocked right out of its body and was left pasted on my window.

Down the drains

posted on Aug 27, 2007
If I ever need a new hobby, I think it will be urban spelunking.  It reminds me of semi-terrified explorations of the underground tunnels below Van Tech when I was just a punk trying to find the fabled subterranean swimming pool and archery range that were supposed to be down there somewhere, before they got locked away because of some unspeakable accident involving the death of one student or another.  Most of the terror came from virtual certainty that if the boiler room custodian (a giant, balding man who bore an uncanny resemblance to a medieval gaoler or perhaps a torturer) ever caught us, we would be torn limb from limb, brained with his giant crescent wrench, or perhaps even suspended from class.  Terrific article here about the drains of Toronto, but it appears we have a nice little community in Vancouver as well.  No stories about giant medieval gaolers, but apparent the sounds of a subway train passing close by has an uncanny resemblance to the sound of a giant wall of water bearing down the sewer toward you.  The Vancouver site had a fairly creepy anecdote about descending into one sewer in winter, but finding that the manhole cover had frozen securely in place when they tried to get back out.

I have no idea why this sounds fun, but it does.

Cosmic Fencing

posted on Jan 4, 2007
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So we've been talking for years about doing some cosmic sword fighting, but we finally got out of our armchairs and made it happen.  It took five black lights, one fog machine, 50 pounds of dry ice, 140 feet of LED xmas lights, some rocking tunes, and a few cases of beer, but by the end of it, we were swashbuckling like radioactive alien lifeforms.

Sadly, the fog machines all choked and were pretty sad at cranking out fog.  The dry ice worked great for about 5 minutes, after which it just froze its water bath solid and refused to make any more fog.  The black lights were awesome, but some experimentation with tape for the blades is in order.  The tapes we used were only so-so at glowing, and when they move really fast they just disappear.  Now, that's not unlike what they do in normal fencing, so it's not a serious problem, but it would definitely be a nice enhancement to have the blades glowing like light sabers.  Perhaps genuine glow-in-the-dark tape instead of just day-glo tape would do the trick.  Clearly a prolonged and expensive research program is called for.

You can see more pics of cosmic fencers here and here.

Walking to the Uranium Mines

posted on Apr 10, 2005
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Do you think Dr. Suess made those fences?

Desert Door

posted on Apr 10, 2005
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Great white hunter

posted on Jan 28, 2005
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Fox hunting on the patio.

The End of the World, Part 2

posted on Jan 28, 2005
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Seriously, the 2nd annual End of the World party was right here.

I was here

posted on Jan 28, 2005
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First person shooter

posted on Jan 28, 2005
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Normally she's my model.

On the waterfront

posted on Jan 28, 2005
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I used to wander around the waterfront a lot, until they sealed it off to keep terrorists away... from piles of rusty wheels.

Steveston

posted on Jan 28, 2005
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I just like the tones in this one.

Mists of Garibaldi

posted on Jan 28, 2005
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We didn't see another person for two days...

Iona, my love

posted on Jan 22, 2005
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This is my secret spot. Someday I might take you there, but not today.

Manifest

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