Photography

But Does Anna Float? {5}

So, one of the sites on my daily blog list is But Does It Float? and for the last little while there hasn’t really been anything on there that really shamwowed me but today I woke up, pulled my laptop onto my lap, and did a little surfing the interweebz before launching myself from my warm, cozy bed into my cold room and the cold, cold world in which it resides. Heavy – I’m so deep. Anyway, today something did pique my interest and I scrolled down, checked it all out, marveled at it for a while then closed the window and went on my way.

Anna Oguienko

Later in the morning I realized that the work that impressed and intrigued me so was created by one of my friends and former co-workers, Anna, who left late last year to make my life at work dealing with programmers impossible pursue other interests. We miss her greatly ’round here but I suppose the fact that her work is being given the nod from one of her favorite websites won’t make her want to come back any time soon… Fly little birdy, fly.

Anna Oguienko

I don’t know what they are at all, but they are incredible, check out more here… Congratulations, Anna, we’re all very proud of you. Keep ‘er up, hey!

This One Stays Sober! {1}

Welcome to the family…

Ok, not really. But for reals, welcome to the family.

Lumix LX3

The hugest of shoutouts to Johnny Rotten & Teddy Power for helping me out big time, getting the drunk LX2 into rehab and scoring the most epic of deals on this mint condition LX3 for more than $260 under retail. I’ll post my initial observations tomorrow once I’ve had a chance to play with it but from what I’ve seen thus far, I’m very impressed with the upgrades from the LX2.

Who’s Gonna Hold My Heart? {6}

My man Ben was gracious enough to offer to lend me a digicam until I sort myself out and I think I’m going to have to take him up on that soon… iPhone snaps are fun and all, but let’s be serious for a minute, I’m a quite notable/modest/handsome lifestyle photographist and I need an actual camera…

I’ve waited long enough and I think the LX2 is officially dead. Major bummer. I think I’m going to take it in this week to see if the pros have any luck with it but let’s assume that she’s dead and gone…

Do I buy another LX2 because I like the camera and don’t have much money these days for an upgrade of any sort? Do I upgrade the to LX3 because I can’t help myself and my spare batteries and such will still work? Or do I take Ben’s latest suggestion and shift my allegiances back to Canon with the S90? My dad is a Canon man so, despite my many failures, I think it would I’d make him proud to see the Canon torch carried once again in hands of the air to the throne of the Rennick clan.

In the meantime… there’s a snap for that!*

*See what I did there? That would also make poppa proud.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Lie Down In The Light:

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Go Fly A Kite! {1}

Kelso got a new lighting kit last week in the mail (trying to ride from the post office with it was… fun) so like a kid on christmas morning she ripped open the box and got right down to business… It’s not even like she set up a full 3 point shoot or anything like that – she set up a light and snapped some really sharp lookin’ test photos of her room-mate / husband Carly and yours truly. Check ‘em out!

Movin’ On Up {4}

My man Aaron hit me up last week to let me know that he had gotten his hands on some wonderful little nuggets of Toronto Cycling history – beautifully preserved photos of High Park races from the 40’s and a bunch of old CNE track photos which I’m going to assume are from the height of the 6-day races; Audy, Torchy Peden, Lew Rush, etc. Some real gems in there!

Photos

Thank again Aaron; I really appreciate you thinking of me and hooking me up, frosty beers shall be shared soon enough!. Unfortunately for the rest of you, the rights to the photos do not belong to either of us so they cannot really be shared or placed online but rest assured, they will make fine prints to be hung in my new place.

Which brings me to my next point and the main reason that I haven’t been blogging (or doing much of anything else) for the last week or so. I’ve mentioned it briefly a couple times here without proper explanation so here’s what’s going on. As the story goes; we’ve kicked around the idea for years but with the economy tanking my folks and I decided to go in on a house together as an investment property together.

Sold

We set our sights on a beautiful semi-detached late 1800’s Victorian in Beaconsfield village. The bones are good and the location is amazing so we put an offer in and much to our surprise and delight; they accepted it. It’s currently a single family home but over the course of the next few months we’re going to split the house in half so that half can be used as a rental and as of Saturday, the other half is my new home.

Thanks to my folks, my gal and the buds for helping me move all of my junk from one container to another.

I’ll post a bunch of pictures once I get things more set up / put away which will be the “before” pictures because after a few months the house is going to be completely transformed. It’s going to be a lot of work, take a lot of time and money but in the end I think it’s a sound investment and is going to be a very exciting learning experience for me.

Thanks to everyone for your help and support going into this project / next stage in my life; it’s weird to wake up one day and realize that you’re starting to become an adult. If the bald spot didn’t put the nail in that particular coffin – this has.

The Big Picture {6}

The Big Picture

It’s been a big year and I’ve been doing the pearson shuffle waltz more than usual, trotting the globe with my trusty LX2 doing my darndest to capture the moments that really make you go hmmmm.

The folks at The Big Picture were kind enough to select some of my best snaps and put together a little three part series titled The Rennick; lover, fighter, really good looking dude – A Year In Review.

Check them out here: Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03

Open Casket {7}

Well folks, I think it’s time for me to retire my faithful Elph in favor of something with a little bit more gusto. He has served me well over the years and captured a lot of very fond memories. Alas, this little guy is just a little too slow, his eyes aren’t so good and he can’t be up for very long before he’s got to get some rest and recharge so I think it’s time. I’m not going to lie, I’m going to miss him very much but changing the diapers is getting a little bit distressing and I’m sure it doesn’t make him feel very good either. Independence is very important to an older camera.

Canon Elph - Powershot SD400

Now, I’ve always been a Canon man. My dad has been a Canon man for longer than I’ve been alive and I guess, for no real reason other than that, I’ve never bought anything but Canons and never thought that I would.

When I started shopping for a new camera a couple of weeks ago I had my eyes on the Canon G Series but once I held one in my hand I realized that they are just too large for my liking. They are too small to be a proper DSLR and just a little too big to be a useful P&S so the likelihood of me actually taking it with me when I go out would be largely diminished. The newer Elphs are nice enough but considering that the higher end ones are more expensive than the G7 with less features I couldn’t really consider any of them serious contenders.

Canon G9

Ever since my boss, Yan, got his hands on a Leica D-Lux I’ve been just a little bit jealous. It’s a powerful little camera, packed with features in a relatively small, classically styled body – just a beautiful little piece of machinery.

Leica D Lux

Enter Panasonic; my good friend Ben has had the Panasonic Lumix LX2 for some time and has spoken very highly of it. I remember seeing the 16×9 screen on the back once while we were out riding and immediately growing green with envy – what can I say? I like a wide load. Once I opened myself up to buying something other than a Canon the Lumix series started to look very attractive. Given that Panasonic actually builds Leica’s digital cameras for them they have the ability to use the same Leica components in their own cameras.

Panasonic Lumix LX2

Effectively, save for the difference of the body and some of the imaging software, the Leica D-Lux and the Lumix LX2 is the same camera so for a guy like me that could neither afford nor justify the cost of the D-LUX the LX2 is a perfect substitute.

Panasonic Lumix LX2

Now an unfortunate truth; Canadian brick and mortar shops just can’t compete with US online pricing. If I were made of money I’d buy locally just to keep my money in the community (and because I’m horribly impatient) but the fact of the matter is that I was able to get this camera with a 2 year extended warrantee, a spare battery and a 4GB 133x SD Card shipped to me for less than the cost of the camera alone (before taxes, even) at Henrys or Vistek and around the same cost of the camera alone at a small, independent electronics store.

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