Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba (night time images)

Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba
Barcelo Premium – Cayo Libertad-Royal Island, Varadero, Cuba


We were staying at the adult-only island complex referred to as Barcelo Cayo Libertad or the Royal Island. Barcelo Cayo Libertad occupies an island at the extreme end of the Varadero Peninsula approximately 24 km from the town of Varadero itself. Guests at Barcelo Cayo Libertad have full access to the facilities of the larger Barcelo Marina Palace complex. Continue reading

Graeme’s Most Popular Videos of 2011

All right, so I made a bunch of internet videos last year (above and beyond my film work with Check It Out Films. In addition some of my 2010 videos are starting to creep up to significant number of views…

 

First up is last year’s polar bear jump on Jan 1, 2011 it racked in 1152 views over the year. I did another one for the January 01, 2012 Great Canadian Dip event as well and its views are climbing too and will likely be in the listing for my most popular videos of 2012. It can be viewed here: Sears Great Canadian Chill – A Polar Bear Jump – January 1, 2012 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Next up is my most watched video for 2011 is…. Crazy wind day. This was taken right after we finished filming for the day, the wind was so strong that is torn down the Bluesfest stage not 10km away… crazy! Continue reading

Another trip to Toronto, Ontario

Another trip to Toronto, Ontario

We had decided on spending a couple of days in Toronto between Christmas and New Year’s.  Weather is always a consideration at this time of the year so, right on schedule, we had a night of snow, a bit of freezing rain and some rain and all types of winter weather all rolled into one night of interesting occurrences. Our backyard was now looking like a winter postcard and out in front of the house a creature arose sometime after midnight. Continue reading

The Rock Sculptures of Remic Rapids


The Rock Sculptures of Remic Rapids
Our last post of the Remic Rapids sculptures was Graeme’s video of the drummers and fire dancers who were performing there during his last visit to the rapids. Today, I had a business meeting in downtown Ottawa and decided to stop at Remic Rapids on the way home. I hadn’t really thought about the temperature when I left home so found the 4C temperatures with wind gusts of about 30kph coming at me from across the water a rather invigorating experience since I was only wearing a light summer weight coat with no sweater or suit jacket underneath. Not bad when the sun was out but certainly approaching cool when the sun went behind the clouds. Continue reading

Astronomy Camping at Nirvana

Astronomy Camping at Nirvana

Nirvana is a nice dark sky zone known to Members of RASC where one can go for astronomy. That weekend there were over 9 of us out there, from planetary observers to DSO (deep space objects). Even one expert who spent the entire astronomical night watching meteors plummet to the earth.
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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy
To begin our day, we traveled to the Galleria dell ‘Accademia where are guide took us through the various sculptures and works of art until we reached the Michelangelo sculpture of “David”. Photography in the Galleria dell ‘Accademia is not permitted but there was certainly a collection of “art work” available from the street merchants outside. Continue reading

Backyard Fireworks

My middle son purchased a box of fireworks to set off in the field behind our house. As soon as it stopped raining, he decided to head out through the wet grass in the dark with me and my tripod following behind. In my Fireworks Tutorial, I suggest that a flashlight is a useful item to bring along so that you can see your camera settings better and find black lens caps in the dark, etc. Of course, I didn’t bring a flashlight but otherwise followed all of my tutorial rules. I had never tried to photograph the backyard-style of fireworks before so this was a new experience for me. First difference between the backyard variety and the public displays is that you have no idea how high each of the shots will go. Since there tends to be only one of each kind of fireworks per box, you don’t get a second chance. This is what the box got us.

The first shot didn’t go very high so ended up looking more like a Star Wars light sabre than a fire works display.

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Startrail Photography

Startrail Photography

We will start with the Star Trail photos, all taken in Cobden Ontario as Ottawa, Arnprior and Renfrew were clouded over. We had gone out hoping for auras which didn’t materialize, but ended up with several star trail photos over a farmer’s field. Continue reading

Old Montreal, Quebec – Just out wandering on a cold Sunday morning – Part 1

It was morning. It was cold. The wind made it feel like -20C despite the bright sunshine. Very few people out on the streets. Wandering around the streets of Old Montreal under those conditions is quite the experience. The quiet was deafening.

Note: Due to the number of photos of this area, I am breaking this morning’s meanderings into two blog postings. This one will show a few things that I found interesting and the next one will focus more on the architecture and street layouts.
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Bavaro Princess, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Adult Green Heron (Butorides virescens) - Punta Cana - 2009

Bavaro Princess, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The first day in Punta Cana was arrival day so I spent the day flying, arriving, checking in, unpacking, finding the restaurants, and wandering along the beach.

Lying around on a beach all day is not my style – I prefer wandering around with a 300mm lens and photographing wildlife. Walking up and down a beach with a 300mm lens among bikini-clad sun worshippers can get me into more trouble than looking for wildlife so I tend to look for wildlife when carrying the 300mm. Continue reading