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Keeping a Close Eye

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I went for a bike ride today and brought my camera along. The idea was to get a few shots and do an update to the blog about winter riding in Vancouver. That did not happen. It was pouring rain, snow was on the ground and everything was sopping wet. . . I took 3 photos or so which were all useless.

In the spirit of keeping the blog up to date though, I thought I would try something a little different. I have always like eye photography and with that spirit pushing me forward I tried taking some shots of my own right eye.  This was totally worth it but I am still seeing spots from that damn flash. While this shot has been ‘shopped. the original photo had the following setup.

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Another Shot at Time-lapse From a Different Perspective

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I have done a few time-lapse videos over the past 18 months or so. This one is a little different though. This was taken from one perspective through the whole video. That perspective is from my chest. Mounting the camera to my chest using the strap and a bicycle tube I took a photo every second while riding a local favorite XC loop. I set this up with a 10mm lens at 1/50th of a second for the ride. Cool result too, a little rough at times but worked pretty well. I would consider doing this again with a tighter mount and a slightly shorter exposure time.

You be the judge though, what do you think?

A Hike around Buntzen Lake

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Buntzen lake is located in Port Moody BC. It is a great summer retreat away from the city without really going all that far. There is a hike around the lake that is about 8km long and is not too challenging. There is a beach half way around as well that is generally much quieter than the one closer to the park entrance.

The hike is a great way to spend a sunny day and taking a dip in the lake is very refreshing.

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Launching into next year, the kickoff of 2012

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Last week was the first time the 2012 Norco Bikes were shown outside headquarters. Select dealers from around the world were in attendance getting a chance to see, learn and ride the latest from the lineup. With some sun, rain, and everything between it was a whole lot of work but still a lot of fun. Situated in North Vancouver we next head up to Whistler’s Crankworx Festival for the Media Launch.

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A Teaser of A Thought

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I was thinking about the summer and how it always seems to fly past way too quickly. That thought echoing through my head I came up with the idea of combining the summer into one super-awesome time-lapse video. I have never done anything this complex but I might as well give it a try. Newfound keen-ness in hand, this was the first shorty segment that I put together. Not saying this will make it into the final cut but it is something to start with.

Alberta Bound – The Ride To Conquer Cancer

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Over the past few days I have been hanging out in the land of Beef, Stampedes, cheap gas and no tax. That is right, Alberta. Heading out of Calgary was the Ride To conquer cancer where much like BC I was with Norco offering free tech support to all participants. In this segment of the ride, 2200+ riders raised a total of $8.6 Million towards Cancer Research.

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The Ride To Conquer Cancer – Vancouver To Seattle

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The BC Ride To Conquer Cancer is a 2 Day, 220km ride from Vancouver BC to Seattle Washington. For 2011, more than 2800 riders raised in excess of $11.1 Million. WOW!

With work, I took on the challenge of keeping all of these bikes in working order for the duration. Offering free tech support to the onslaught of cyclists I do not want to see another flat tire for some time. With countless flats, bent wheels, mis-aligned derailleurs, missing pedal cleats, etc. etc. etc. I am happy it is over but I had a lot of fun at the event.

Next weekend I am doing the same thing all over again in Calgary. I will update on that one in a week or so.

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Bike To Work Week – The Morning in 9 photos

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May 30th – June 5th is Bike To Work Week in Vancouver BC. An initiative set up to encourage people to set down the car keys and give the bicycle a chance it can be a great choice for health, the environment and simply feeling good. That said, the 5:45 wake up call, slow drizzle and single digit temperatures do not exude the same level of inspiration. That said, it is Bike To Work Week and I will do my best to ride my bike into the office as much as possible. Wednesday’s hockey game is a sphinx that I have not yet solved though. Anyways, here is a quick photo lay-up that shows the morning commute. Tough to take photos while riding but I think this gives a decent account of the morning’s commute.

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Taking some time to slow down

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Well, the title of the blog insinuates an urgency, a rush and a desire to move a little quicker than comfortable. Well, I have not exactly been illustrating these traits lately. 2011 has been a bit of a slower start than years past. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, it is just different and to be honest it has been kind of nice. That said, in a few more weeks things will likely start to ramp up again and get rolling a littleĀ  quicker but in the meantime it is alright to take some time to relax.

This new state of Zen has not really met the requirements of an adventure or experience to write about but the camera is still here, and the photos are still being taken. Until the next true adventure, I have picked a few random photos from the past little bit that I thought appropriate.

More soon,

Dustan

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The same flower, equally vivid yet b&w
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I posted a photo of Condensation last year, I thought I would follow that up with a little more. I love the texture and contrast of the water droplets.
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2010 in Review – One year down and many to go!

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Well, I started this blog off as a means of self advancement, improvement and as simply something to do. With the grand idea of making a daily post for an entire year My sights were sky high. And… Then…. I fell flat on my face. I made it around half way through the year before I was too busy, to far away or simply not motivated enough to continue. Well, rather than totally giving up, the blog had a re-birth. Now a photographic summary of adventures that I have taken the blog has a evolved into something that you may find complete dribble. I hope not though…

Over the past year, I have been to Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and the Yukon. I even made it all the way to Australia at one point. It has been a great year for myself, my photography and my guilty pleasure – Mountain Biking. If you have followed the blog, what was your favorite post of the year? What was your favorite photo? Here are a few highlights of my year in review in no particular order. I hope you can gain just a fraction of the enjoyment that I got out of the experiences, people and places in these photos.

 

Here is to a great 2011!

 

Dustan

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