Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I have been blogging.... just not here.

In case you're wondering what happened to my photo blog, it's all been combined into the Shoot the Thrill Photography blog. Ryan is blogging there as well.

Please update your bookmarks/favourites/links to "without comments" link on each blog post is where you can click to leave a comment. Of course, if there's already a comment, it won't say "without comments" anymore.

Merry Christmas to all and all the best in the new year!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Algonquin Park

It’s been about a month and a half since this year’s interior camping trip to Algonquin Park and I’ve finally uploaded some of the photos to Flickr. I went through them a while back, even made some small edits, but I neglected to actually post them where people could see them.

So, here are a few photos from this year’s trip, which actually consisted of good weather, a gorgeous island campsite, only 1 portage (yeah… we took it easy this year after last year’s crazy adventure), actually seeing moose from a canoe and not from a car on Hwy 60, and a brand new rental canoe from Algonquin Outfitters that hadn’t even seen water yet. It was a good trip.

More photos from this trip can be found in my Algonquin Park 2010 set on Flickr.

** Just a note to let you know that there is a new Shoot the Thrill Photography Blog that will showcase some of our weddings, portraits, etc. Feel free to check it out, and see what Shoot the Thrill is up to. **

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer 2010 – First stop, Florida

I was working on some photos from our interior trip to Algonquin Park, when I realized that I hadn’t done a post with pictures from our trip to Florida for our kick-off to summer (ie. May 2-4 week). I had done a running related post on my other blog, but forgot to post photos to this blog.

Ryan and I flew to Orlando, Florida on Saturday, May 22nd with our friends Wayne and Kathleen. We stayed at the Marriott Cypress Harbour for the week, which was quite nice. We had a condo-style suite and had access to several pools on the large vacation property. Unfortunately, we did not spend as much time lounging on the property or swimming in the pools as I would have liked, but that’s only because we were out having fun at the many parks in the area.

During our vacation, we visited Sea World, went on many water slides (all of them) at both Sea World’s Aquatica and Wet ‘n’ Wild, and enjoyed the rides and sights at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (the Hulk coaster was very fun!). After our days out, we spent a few nights at the various establishments on Universal City Walk.

It was a good week. For the most part, I did not lug around an SLR, but I did walk to Sea World for a strictly photo taking day after we had already been there to experience the park.

The dolphin show was fantastic, so I definitely wanted to go back and take some photos of it. It’s difficult to capture the magnitude of the show as there was so much great choreography with the dolphins and the energy was amazing as well.

I have a few more photos of the dolphin show on Flickr, but the above photo was my favourite of the craziness that is a live animal show.

We saw some other great creatures at Sea World. Here are a few:


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Family Portrait: Jeffers Family

On June 27th we had the opportunity to photograph a wonderful family, the Jeffers. We had made arrangements to meet up that afternoon and we planned on photographing outdoors as long as the weather cooperated.

When we arrived at Mykel and Tracy’s house, the weather was “iffy.” We went outside to check out the yard and when we were only out there for a couple of minutes, it started to rain.

As you can see, some of the children didn’t mind, but the rain wouldn’t have worked out so well for the photo session.

As the rain poured down more and more, the formal living room was being re-arranged to accommodate the family portraits. Looking outside, we noticed that it had died down and that the neighbours were actually taking some photos outside of their house. So, back outside we went.

The weather held off for the remainder of the afternoon and we got a good variety of photos involving 7 people and one dog. It can be an interesting time when working with several kids and you always get some of them hamming it up for the camera, some with upset kids, and hopefully some with everyone happy.

When we were all packed up and ready to go, the rain came down hard suddenly. We made a run for the car and all was well.

Here are some of the photos from the shoot:


More can be seen on Facebook, on my Flickr and on Ryan’s Flickr.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Easter Egg Hunting in Eastern Ontario

Last weekend, Ryan and I drove out to my parents’ place to spend the long weekend with family. Every year, we hide small chocolate eggs around the property and the kids (my nieces and nephews) hunt for them. Yes, I realized this does sound like a regular Easter egg hunt.

This year, the temperature on Saturday (when we did our egg hunt and Easter dinner) was in the high 20s (celcius) and there was much higher risk than usual for the eggs to melt. My mom put them in the fridge overnight so that they would be colder and hopefully not melt too quickly.

Saturday moved along as my mom, my sister, and myself hid the eggs. My dad took my nephew Kyle for a ride on the motorcycle at this time as well.


Once they returned, it was time to hunt!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

2009 Vacations – Part 3 – Virginia Beach

This past Labour Day, Ryan and I went to Virginia Beach for an extended long weekend. We arrived on the Friday morning and stayed until Tuesday afternoon. The main purpose of the trip was for me to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, but it was also a great place to go for a nice relaxing weekend on the beach. Or at least we thought it would be.

We had a great weekend, but the weather didn’t quite cooperate the way we had hoped.

Race day morning was sunny and hot (great weather for the race itself) but it started to turn stormy that afternoon. We actually swam in the pool at the hotel and not the beach as the conditions were very rough in the ocean. I also had to take my finisher’s medal photo from inside the hotel room because I forgot to take it when I was still at the beach and by the time I remembered, it was raining.

All of the Monday was stormy, so we took the bus up to the Virginia Aquarium to check out all of the indoor exhibits. It was quite busy there (combination of long weekend and rainy day) but we had a good time and saw lots of interesting creatures.


All in all the weekend was great, even with the rain. We enjoyed the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival, ate wonderful food at Mahi Mah’s and enjoyed some beverages on our ocean view balcony at Sandcastle Oceanfront Resort Hotel. All that was missing was sitting at the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2009 Vacations – Part 2 – Algonquin Park


Starting in May, Ryan and I started acquiring more gear for our first interior camping trip together; we were heading to Algonquin Park. We purchased packs (I never expected it to take me so long to find a pack that fit me well, visit an old blog post for more on the pack hunt) and several miscellaneous items (stove, fuel, dehydrated food, etc) at MEC and Adventure Guide. We were well prepared for our trip.

We headed out on our adventure after work with a plan to stay the night in Barrie so that we could get up to Pog Lake relatively early in the day to start our trip. Unfortunately, it took about 3 times as long as usual and we did not arrive at the hotel until late night.

In the morning, we headed up the highway, stopped at the Muskoka Store and picked up some rain gear that was on sale, thinking “you never know.”

Next stop: picking up our rental canoe from Algonquin Outfitters. I had made arrangements ahead of time, so the process was nice and smooth. While in the store, we picked up a large 1.5 L Nalgene bottle (to use for pumping/filtering lake water) and also some GSI mugs.

Now we were ready to start our camping trip. We checked in at Pog Lake (where we were to be meeting my family later in the week) and set up our site. We spent the first night here and then we were off for our 4-day 3-night canoe trip.

We put in at Cache Lake and when we were about half way across the lake, the rain started. Good thing we bought rain gear. We put it on as quickly as possible at our first portage and pretty much lived in the rain gear for the remainder of our interior trip. We did have a few clear breaks, but the rain won.

We stayed at a site on a different lake each night. When we’d arrive, if it wasn’t raining, we’d take put out or Keens to dry on a rock and make our yummy dehydrated dinners.


We did get a bit of dry weather at our final site on Tanamakoon Lake. We actually got to spend some time outdoors at the fire for the evening and I got up early in the morning to take some photos at dawn.


When we arrived back at Pog Lake, we made ourselves a “gourmet meal” on the Coleman stove, ate it by the light of a propane lantern, while sitting under a dining shelter (it was still raining), wearing dry clothes. It was a good feeling.

As much as the rain put a damper on things (groan), the trip was a good adventure. Of course, it would have been more enjoyable if we could’ve had some nice weather, but since this was our first interior trip, our next one will likely be a better experience. I’m definitely looking forward to another Algonquin Adventure.

Here are a couple more photos from the trip, for more, click on a photo and check out the Flickr set.