BLOG: (Welcome Back) Changes

It’s been about two years since my last post which lines up with my timeline of breaking my last laptop and purchasing this one. I’m terribly sorry to any and all that were hanging on to the This Week In Photos series. It’s been a quiet few years in terms of portfolio fodder but I’ve been doing some rather important personal growth. Also travelling and working and all that jazz.

Some of the highlights while I’ve been gone include:

Not the best photo but I thought the li'l aphid buds should make an appearance.
Not the best photo but I thought the li’l aphid buds should make an appearance. Raw shot no edits.

I found a macro lens attachment in a bin of miscellany during one of my spring cleanings and managed to get outside and take a couple cute shots before I realized how little I’d probably ever use that. It’s now in a different bin of miscellany…. somewhere…

I realize I have a hard time taking photos of human subjects because I don’t like posing shots. Instead I take pictures of plants and animals and even the sky because those things are all candid and real and I just observe them. Something to work on.

I know it’s just flowers but look at this! Sheer macro beauty! I am very proud of myself because as far as I can remember this was the first shot I took with the lens attachment. It just goes to show, if you set your camera to P for Professional, anything can happen! (Please understand that was a reference to a j-school instructor. I know what the P stands for.)

I was actually surprised I could take a photo like this.
I was actually surprised I could take a photo like this.

But not all my shots during this hiatus were close-up! In fact, during my leave I traveled from Vancouver to Toronto on the most luxurious of charter buses. No seriously, I had a great time and would do it again. I wouldn’t recommend others to do it unless they too long to sleep sitting upright and stare out a window for four days.

The Rockies rock. Geology puns aside, they are a beautiful feature of our majestic country. Unedited raw camera file.
The Rockies rock. Geology puns aside, they are a beautiful feature of our majestic country. Unedited raw camera file.

My personal favorite leg of the journey was Day 1, followed closely by day 2 then 3 then 4. Vancouver to Calgary takes just about 24 hours on the bus and the mountains in June are gorgeous. Trying to take a decent non-glare-from-the-bus-window shot of them is another story.

The middle of Canada was pretty boring visually but the people were lively and fun. Toronto, however, is a strange and foreign place. I arrived after most of the Rob Ford fiasco had settled down but I was there in the run-up to the civic election. Suffice to say the news outlets over there had no shortage of stories to pitch.

Well, I’ve reminded the world I’m still here. I leave you with a gem amidst the poorly-executed graffitti of Guelph.

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