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Another year behind us

I just wanted to take this time to wish everyone who reads this a happy holidays and a hope for all the best in 2010.

It has been another interesting year for me, moving to Bermuda once again, hopefully this time for a bit longer, but only time will tell that story. At the moment I am home in Nova Scotia with my family, which makes me happy. I only get to see them once or twice a year, so I definitely enjoy these times.

I suspect that 2010 will be a busy one for myself, but enjoyable none-the-less.

December 26, 2009

Photo Update

I have finally finished going through my photos from Christmas. Actually I haven’t, but the ones from the 21st to the 27th I have, and those are the ones which I uploaded not too long ago. Hopefully this satisfies those family members who were anxious to see them.

On another photography related matter, I have recently (as of today) assembled what I am dubbing the ultimate tripod. Instead of buying increasingly expensive tripods as I grow into my hobby more and more, I took the advice of Thom Hogan and went all out right from the start. I’ve already added them to my gear page, but the ingredients that went into this tripod are as follows:

  • Induro CX-214 Carbonflex 8X tripod legs — carbon fiber for reduced weight since I tend to fly my stuff around a lot. I went with a four section leg because of size as well. It is far more stable than what I had before so I can’t comment versus the three-section. It also has a center column which can be mounted horizontally for some pretty cool setups. It also allows for some very low shots if necessary.
  • Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR Ballhead — the cadillac of ball heads. This guy is expensive but fully impressive. Rated at 50 lbs, it is more than capable of handling anything I can throw at it. I also got the quick release lever clamp for it.
  • Really Right Stuff B50D-L L-Plate — this is the complement to the quick release clamp, the quick release L-plate. Custom fitted to the Canon 50D, this plate allows for the camera to be mounted in landscape and portrait orientation without repositioning the ball head. Brilliant. Great for panoramas.

The only other thing that I’m debating is getting a macro rail from Really Right Stuff as well. I was very impressed not only with the incredible quality of their equipment, but the service I received as well. I had trouble putting my payment through on their website, so I called them and they acknowledged there were some issues and offered to complete my order over the phone. So I told them what I wanted and gave my card details. I asked for the slightly more expensive UPS Express shipping because it was coming from California and the more expensive shipping usually includes free brokerage (making it overall cheaper). Not a lie, I had my merchandise 24 hours later. Seriously impressive.

Overall this combined tripod allows for rock solid positioning of my camera pretty much anyway I want.

January 7, 2009

The Eve of Christmas

I suspect that I won’t have the time or desire tomorrow to write anything tomorrow. So I will wish all of you a merry Christmas today. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, well I wish you well in whatever you do celebrate.

All the best from Nova Scotia.

December 24, 2008

Christmas vacation

Every year for my whole life, I have spent Christmas at home with my family. In the past six or seven years that would mean coming home during "Christmas break" at school. School wasn't always in the same spot, but I always had some time to make it back home. This, however, is my first year that I have to take actual vacation time off work to make the trip home. It would be easier of course if I weren't in a different country, but I am.

I was recently speaking with one of my colleagues at work who is originally from Singapore. He was asking me about my Christmas traditions, at least in regards to how I valued them in my life and whether I always spend Christmas with my family. I told him that yes, it was a very important time for me to spend at home with my family, and that it would take some sort of natural disaster to keep me from being at home at least for a couple days around Christmas. For him, he feels the same way about Chinese New Year. Which makes sense to me now because I knew that he had two weeks booked off from the 1st to the 15th of February.

And so, tomorrow I will be flying home, back to Canada to spend a week or so with my family. Now all I have to do is mentally and/or physically prepare for the drastic change in temperature that accompanies that flight.

Happy holidays everyone!

December 22, 2007


Bermuda: 15°C
Halifax: 0.3°C

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