August 30, 2012

Lunchtime Stroll in Burnaby’s Foreshore Park

I love Burnaby's Foreshore Park along the mighty Fraser River. It's a three-minute drive from my home/office, so I can pop down there with a bagged lunch and go for a walk with camera in tow.

A few shots on a sunny, relaxed, end-of-summer day:

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Posted by Paul at 09:22 PM

August 24, 2012

Me with Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games HQ Photo Staff

After several days of taking thousands of photos as a volunteer at the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games, I had the presence of mind to hand my camera to someone to shoot me and the always cheerful and helpful photo gals at Games HQ, Ellen and Arielle. Thanks!

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Posted by Paul at 09:07 PM

Slo Pitch at Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games

After my volunteer photography assignment to cover ice curling at the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games, back on Wednesday, Aug. 22, I decided to go and shoot some slo pitch, too. It was a gorgeous day to be out having fun in the sun, but I tell ya, these are competitors!

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Posted by Paul at 07:47 PM

Ice Curling at Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games

One of my volunteer photography assignments at the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games was ice curling, back on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

I had never shot curling before, and it proved to be a challenge, as I was not allowed to access the ice during play, but only during warmups. So I ended shooting live action mostly through the glass in the upstairs lounge. I pushed ISO as high as 2500, but even then I was having trouble getting action-stopping shutter speeds in the relatively low light.

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Posted by Paul at 02:50 PM

August 23, 2012

Burnaby’s Korean War Memorial With Haunting Moonlight

As we were walking back to the parking lot after the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games Opening Ceremony, I noticed that a crescent moon was dancing about the statue commemorating BC soldiers who gave their lives in the Korean War.  A bit of walking to and fro, a bit of flash to bring out the form, and I got the moon cupped in the hand of the female statue. I wonder how often soldiers in the mud, the blood, the cold, and the heat of the conflict looked up at the moon, and thought of loved ones far away. . . There may have even been a veteran or two of that war at the ceremony tonight. . . and certainly many who personally knew boys who died over there, in the fight to preserve freedom.

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Posted by Paul at 10:44 PM

Great Fun Shooting Photos at Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games

It's been a blast being a volunteer photographer for the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games.

The official photo stream is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcsg/

I haven't seen any of my photos up there yet, but volunteers are super busy!

Here are a few shots from the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 22. My job was to be up in the stands on the right side
with a long telephoto to cover things from that angle. Other photographers were high centre and several were roving.

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RCMP sergeant, RCMP horse, and RCMP dog were a great hit
on the way in from the parking lot!

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Start of parade

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Athletes on parade

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Marching band

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Choir

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Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and other dignitaries

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Competitor in the crowd

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Singer Stephanie Standerwick

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BC Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Ida Chong lights the flame at the Opening Ceremony

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Posted by Paul at 07:33 PM

August 21, 2012

Feeling the Words Flow

I love it when a couple of days of reading and pondering result in words flowing miraculously from my fingers. This came to me in a rush within half an hour early this morning, and I don't think we will change much when the book is published. I should note that this had been churning in my mind for a week or more, and it was a nearly physical relief to see, and feel, the words tripping off my fingertips, through the keyboard, onto the screen.

This is a draft that I "knocked off" in a few minutes before, gasp, coffee this morning. It's a back-cover blurb for the latest translation we're working on at Language Lanterns Publications Inc.

"Bread is for the stomach, a tale is for the heart," says one of Oles Berdnyk's characters in these two enchanting stories, The Eye Flower and The Illusionist. Berdnyk addresses these works to "seekers of fantastic tales" who have "an openness to adventure." A charming mix of fantasy, science fiction, and bits of Ukrainian folklore, these stories can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Berdnyk says "we all live among miracles and wonders, we are all children of a fantastic tale and of the unprecedented, only we often forget about it. We awaken only sporadically." The common theme that runs throughout both works is that "there's no power greater than a flaming, loving heart--especially one that finds joy in a fantastic tale." Berdnyk encourages us to be open to the childlike wonder within us. "Seek and you will find. Look and you will see."

Posted by Paul at 09:51 PM

August 20, 2012

Designers: Please Ensure Paper and Web Forms Match

Dear website form designers. When your company sends a notice to update credit-card details, please ensure that the order of the customer number and the subscription number on the paper snailmail notice are in the same order as the fields to be entered on your web form. Please don't reverse them, as this will annoy thousands of customers who will each take awhile to catch on as to why your online form keeps returning errors. Thank you.

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In this case, not only is the order different, even the labels differ.

Posted by Paul at 03:15 PM

August 19, 2012

Picked up Photographer, Volunteer Accreditation for BC Seniors Games 2012 in Burnaby

I picked up my volunteer and media accreditation for the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games starting this week. I volunteered to join the photo team, and have been assigned several events later in the week. However, the media pass gets me into all events, so if I have time, I may poke my lens into other activities : -).  This should be great fun. Apparently over 2.000 folks have volunteered in various capacities.

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Note that public entry to all events and the opening ceremony are free, so check out the website above and come and cheer the participants on! A message from the organizers:

Greetings and Salutations!

You are cordially invited to the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games Opening Ceremony this Wednesday! The BC Seniors Games will celebrate 25 years of seniors sportsmanship on August 22, 2012 at Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial St, Burnaby) from 7:00pm-8:15pm.

This community celebration is open to everyone free of charge to showcase the diversity and skill of over 3600 senior athletes from all over British Columbia. For this fun-filled evening of dance and live music, we are pleased to announce that the legendary musician, Dal Richards, will be our Master of Ceremonies. Get your first look at the competitors as they march in the colorful parade of athletes.

Come out to start the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games off right! Please also keep in mind that you are invited to all the Games sporting events free of charge from August 22-August 25, 2012. See our website for more event details for over 20 different sports! www.2012bcseniorsgames.org

Join us for this momentous, family-friendly occasion to celebrate our active senior community and athletic camaraderie. Forward this invitation to your family and friends so that we can fill the entire stadium and have the seniors look up to the stands with pride!

Posted by Paul at 04:58 PM

August 07, 2012

The Budding Entrepreneur

This was my first job, and it was also my first venture!

From around 1969-71 our family lived in New York City. My Mom was studying at Columbia University, and my Dad was specializing in psychiatry at a Bronx hospital.

I ran across this tiny piece of paper today, as I continue to sort through my late Mom's files in boxes in our garage.

This is the original advert I posted in the lobby of Bancroft Hall, the family residence we lived in, just across the street from Teacher's College. You can even see the holes from the thumbtacks.

Yes, I charged 50 cents an hour for babysitting. It was around 1970, eh? But I earned enough money over our 2-year stay in NYC to buy a Mamiya 35mm SLR camera and a couple of lenses, fuelling a hobby and quasi-business that continues to this day.

Mom, I had no idea you'd kept this. Wish I could share a giggle and a hug with you while caressing this fragile piece of paper. Thanks!

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Posted by Paul at 10:13 PM

August 05, 2012

Wolf Cub–My Original Membership & Welcome Cards

Wow, I came across these today as I continue sorting through boxes of my late Mom's files in our garage. She kept so many cool items.

This is my 1968 membership card in the Boy Scouts of Canada, and the "Welcome Card" that came with it.

We were all well-scrubbed and wholesome back then!

Actually, I do remember being well-scrubbed, because I was a troop leader, and my troop often led the pack in clean fingernails and spiffy uniforms.

BTW, I also have a list of all of the members of our pack, their street addresses, and phone numbers, circa 1968. Of course I won't post that here for potential privacy reasons, but if there's anyone out there who is on that list, I'd be happy to share . . .

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And, of course, not to forget Robert Baden-Powell . . . The cover of a father-son Scout dinner banquet program:

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Now, let me be perfectly clear.

I do not in any way mean to disparage the Scouting program, if,
perchance, anyone should take my comments in that manner.

In my youth, it was wonderful. At a young age, it taught me
respect, many skills, and provided me with formative experiences
in leadership.

I am just showing how imaging and PR changes over time . . .

Posted by Paul at 09:55 PM

August 01, 2012

Dragonflies & Frogs in Burnaby’s Foreshore Park

After working with a client for a couple of hours this morning, I skipped out this afternoon for several hours of "shooting" pond life in Burnaby's Fraser Foreshore Park. It was a gorgeous sunny day. I love ponds and wetlands for their biodiversity. Water truly is life.

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For the photographers out there, all shots handheld with a
Nikon D300 and 70-300mm zoom lens. Aperture priority
at f8 to f11, with exposure compensation ranging from -0.3
to + 1.0, depending on the background. ISOs in the 400 - 1,250
range despite the bright sunshine to ensure shutter speeds
fast enough to stop motion. No post-processing aside from
cropping.

Posted by Paul at 07:52 PM