Flashback: I want to live in a drama

In honor of this morning’s soaking downpour here in Vancouver, a tangentially related pic post:

Peer Reviewed Bathroom Graffiti

In case you don’t want to decipher that on your own:

Peer Reviewed Bathroom Graffiti

I WANT TO LIVE IN A DRAMA (<- what does that even mean?)
THOSE PEOPLE NEVER LOOK AT THE PAST. (<- but they’re so often history that this line disagrees
THEY WISH AND THEY DREAM (<- don’t you now)
LIKE (of) SECRET DESIRES THAT FLOAT ON (<-you didn’t actually write that, did you? this has to be a joke) (<– I know, ever tried to make something float on really rough water?)
WHY ARE GROTESQUE OBJECTS BEAUTIFUL? (<- this poem doesn’t count)
WHAT IS WRONG WITH HUMANS? (<- #1 apparently we write terrible poetry <- and peer review bathroom stall poetry) (#2 humans are human, that’s what’s wrong)
I TAKE DEEP BREATHS AND IT TRIES TO ERASE EVERYTHING. (<- hey, Yo. Your subject and verb called me and they’re having a pretty big disagreement. Maybe you could work something out between them?)
-RAIN (<-isn’t he from My Lady Peace?)

After Effects

One of the downsides of using a low-end point-and-shoot is that in unfavorable light conditions, the shots can be… uninspiring. In past I tended to let it slide; focusing instead on high-light days to take pictures.

Recently I started poking around with Flickr’s photo editor (of course, four months before the service will be discontinued), and churned out these two retouches:

Broadway & Ash, Red Light
Red Light

Broadway and Ash, at twilight. Used Piknik’s 60s filter.

Broadway & Ash, Green Light
Green Light

Same as above, using the lomo filter.

The originals (best seen big)

Broadway & Ash, Red Light versus IMG_4038

Broadway & Ash, Green Light versus IMG_4037

Canada Day 2011 Long Weekend

The number of unfinished posts in my Dashboard is truly sad. Here’s one now.

Looking back, I tend to do a thing on Canada Day (2008, 2010). This year, I made a weekend of it.


On Friday (an overcast day), I biked around the Richmond Dyke. One word: Noseeums.

This thistle was the only sign of colour for miles.
Belted Galloway cattle grazing on the Richmond Dyke
Then then there’s this dude who grazes his Belted Galloway cattle on the Richmond Dyke. How’s that for random?
Caution Banded Cows
He even has a WARNING BELTED COWS warning sign on the path.


Hark, a Red Thing
Then in Steveston, there is this on a hill


Up Close with "Olas de Viento"
Up Close and Red

I ended the day on the False Creek seawall.

Urban Gardening
Tree in a bag


Then in Saturday, I took the Seabus to the North Shore. Because. Not a lot of interesting shots.

Exit This Side
Exit This Side

And Sunday. I went downtown.

Abandoned Pants
Abandoned Pants
Danger Sharks
Downtown Alley
Sun over Alley

Camera saga

End of the story: new camera Canon SD1300 does this omg yay:

Sunset over False Creek III

Beginning of story: Old Canon PowerShot 460 died in a graveyard.

Middle of story: Last Sunday, I went to a local big box electronics store with a buddy to look for a new camera. I walked out with a Sony camera (it had a good rating on CNET) and took it for a test drive on Monday at the graveyard.

Gotta say, it didn’t do what I wanted it to.

Sunlight in the graveyard

I tend to do a lot of odd sun shots, and what I ended up with (combined with some test macro shots and other situations with saturation and colour) made me less than 100% sold on the camera.

I took it back and got a Canon SD1300. Low-end model, sure, but I was am more interested in high saturation shots that deal well with direct sun, as well as low light issues.

Now I have a camera that can do this:

Late Night Church

Silver Dollar plant
Crazy macro

Pavement Narrows

VGH Power House
Crazy sun shots

It’s not perfect, but it’s what I need for the price I wanted to pay.

I love me a good Canon.