Monday, August 31, 2009
Here's another image done for the Sarah Tradewell photoshoot last week. We set out to recreate this picture and used the same Enchanted Forest location (near the post office). I shot this on digital so there's a different tonality but the feel is there which is what I was going for.
Homebase for the Monochrome Maniacs is here
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
He's a trained sculptor turned bicycle designer. His handcycles allow people with disabilities to enjoy the freedom of self-propelled locomotion. His HPVs (human powered vehicles) are the fastest in the world. Meet Georgi Georgiev, yet another extraordinary Gabriolan.
He named his company, Varna Cycles, after his hometown in Bulgaria, and he's on a mission to raise awareness for the bicycle in all its many incarnations. Click around on the website, there's some amazing stuff to be discovered there, including video of Team Varna clocking an entry into the Guinness book. Pictured here is the Tempest HPV, which set two new world records just last month at the Michigan Speed Challenge.
Georgi is a genius. I'm just a photographer. But we have one thing in common: The belief that the bicycle is a much-needed antidote for global addiction to petroleum-based transportation.
Thanks to my pal Bruce Mason for making the introduction.
Friday, August 28, 2009
If you live on a Gulf Island and want to get somewhere fast, you have one option: A float plane. This one is heading south, probably bound for Victoria. As you can imagine, the passengers have an amazing view.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sarah Tradewell is one of BC's bright and shining young music stars and she was on Gabriola yesterday doing some recording and hanging out with her family. There's a very cool story about how we got to know Sarah which you can read here. Our meeting was a direct result of these photos, posted by Benjamin Madison on his Victoria Daily Photo blog.
Check out her website to get a taste of her talent and if you're in this part of the world, I strongly suggest you go hear Sarah in person. Her fiddling will make your day.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
There's a big art show going on today in conjunction with the Gabriola Theatre Festival. This striking piece is by Kimm Nightingale and Joke Mensink.
Coincidentally, we welcomed a new kitty into the Snapper household yesterday afternoon. She's a solid black cutie named Marley (yes, after Bob).
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Roxy hosted a Tintin festival last weekend and along with the film component, there was also a wacky skit for the kids in which adult actors brought the animated characters to life. Here we have two lovely ladies as Thomson and Thompson, world's greatest detectives, in the process of solving the mystery du jour. Admission was by donation and all proceeds went to the Gabriola school library.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
When you live in a scenic place, it's sometimes difficult to resist the temptation to take what I call tourist pictures a/k/a this-is-what-it-looked-like pictures. For me, it usually happens mid-week when I realize I have nada in the hopper for Friday's Skywatch slot and this week was no exception. I was picking blackberries down by Degnen Bay on Wednesday evening when the light started getting good. The camera was handy (as always) so I put it on a rock just inches above the water, triggered the self-timer and here ya go...
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Mrs. Snapper noticed that Monday's image was "pretty busy for a Snapper photo" and I suppose she's right, though I do like the picture well enough (as does she). That said, here is a decidedly un-busy scene. I thought about waiting for a seagull but decided a bird would just clutter up the frame. I have a folder called "Haiku Pictures" and this one went there straight away.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
There are two kinds of beach houses on Gabriola: The newer ones are mostly bigger than they need to be and somewhat pretentious but the older ones are almost all modest cottages like Number 23. The simple ones are definitely my preference but even a McMansion would look good bathed in light like this.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Another view of Nanaimo from Brickyard Beach, this time with a toenail moon for the global theme.
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