Sunday, 14 December 2014

Link of The Day - Christmas Drink Recipe


  • ice cubes
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 oz (43 g) maple whisky, such as Sortilege Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz (7 g) raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) soda water, approx
  • 1 strip lemon zest


Add ice to cocktail glass; set aside. In cocktail shaker, use muddler or back of wooden spoon to mash ginger with lemon juice until ginger is broken into pieces.
Add enough ice to fill shaker halfway. Add whisky and raspberry liqueur; close lid and shake about 6 times. Strain into glass. Top with soda; stir. Garnish with lemon zest. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Link Of The Day - Every Trick in the Book

SNL's new title sequence contains enough trendy techniques to satify camera geeks & hipsters alike while giving trolls & "Cooler than you's" lots of material for criticisim & mockery. 

Everyone else just says ""hey, that's cool" & how'd they do that.

Pretty good article on how they made it and how they came up with the ideas. 
If nothing else it's made me think maybe I can get away with using stuff I always thought was "gimmicky".
I still think a little gimmick can go a long way.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Season Finale

Closing/Fan Appreciation Day.  Racing shots, presentations, prize draws & some general crowd & fan shots.

As the final 'Event Day Video' I wanted to try a few different thing, while keeping the basic fiormat we have been using throughout the year.

There are a few different camera angles, theres some "slo-Mo" (overcranked @ 60fps the time remapped), and I used some off camera sound from

the TV feed to mix with nat sound and then laid a music track under that.  As always fi I had it to do again or if i had another week to rework ti I'd

tweek things and make a few changes but that can go on for ever.

Projects like this are alway a juggle between adding one last thing or making another revision and getting it out to people while the content is still fresh.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Link Of The Day - It's Back

Camera Filters .  ND, Variable, Grad, Round, Square, Big, Small, Cheap, Expensive they all get a few words in this video.

Site with original Post It's a few down the list (they hasve other cool stuff too).

Reposted here with some interesting comments about circular polarizers and Tokina 11-16.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

1/4 Million Hits

I now have a Quarter of a Million hit on flickr (252 952) and nearly 3000 today.

Sounds cool, & it Is pretty cool that people are viewing my stuff, but I saw someone last week with 2.9 Million hits and some people can get 10 000 in a day. So heading in the ruight direction, but still a ways to go.

Arhh ! Friday is Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Another Track Video --- OR --- Circle the Course for Cancer & Cope

The 1st time I've been able to sneak some time lapse into a video for the Track . 

To be honest I didn't have to 'sneak'  it in, but I did need someone to watch the camera while it did the time lapse. I'd give her credit, but I'm horrible with names, but her whole family was volunteering for the event and she passed on walking the track to sit with a camera until I got back.

The Time lapse is short, and I should have spent more time with the panning , but It is the 1st time I've used a time lapse in a paid video.

Enough rambling here's the links (on my Flickr)

To watch it on the track website go Here

To Watch it on the Track YouTube Channel go Here

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

latest video for the track

Commercial for the Circle the Course, charity walk at the end of the month.

There's always more work to to do and improvements but, when the deadline looms you have to stop making changes and just get it finished.

There is a short version running on Cogeco channel 10,  but this is the Bigger Better Full Length version. We will be running it on our simulcast show here at the track and I'm sure it will be on Facebook and Twitter too.

Here's where i've posted it.
Track's YouTube Channel
My Vimeo
My Flickr
I'll put on my YouTube Channel when I get a chance.

Next;  I have to finish and post a video from last weeks Prince Of Wales Stakes Race.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Link of the Day - Teaser

Teaser for opening day at the Race track (tomorrow 4:15).  It's the intro to the daily simulcast show, with a bit of text about Opening Day.

Wallpaper Wednesday - Sand

It's Wall paper Wednesday again. Today's wallpaper  is a cool design made in the sand by melting snow,  with a little interest added by the colour effect.

The Desktop & Mobile version are both 16X9 and Free to download, use & share with others under an "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons" license.

Click on the Thumbnails above to download Full Res versions.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Link of the Day - Win A Teradek clip

Teradek & Planet 5d are giving asway a teradek "clip"  from NAB this Thursday.

click the contest link below to enter.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Link of The Day - Real Canadian Craft Beer Festival

The Real Canadian Craft Beer Festival is on this Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre from 11 am- 9:00pm.

Looks pretty cool. Lots of Breweries, Food and Bands including taps beer & syndicate food.

Link of The Day - Composition

 A little video about composttion.

Link of The Day - Battle of Lundy's Lane 200th Anniversary

There are free events during the day & night.
Check out the link for details.
If you pay $6 and register you get a t-shirt, & the first 500 paid registrations get a free coin.

Wallpaper Wednesday

The Desktop & Mobile version are both 16X9 and Free to download, use & share with others under an "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons" license.

Click on the Thumbnails above to download Full Res versions.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Pic Of the Day - Leading the Eye

 Leading the Eye
A bit of fun light & shadow, distance & focus.
In theory your eye should be drawn to the brighter part of the photo & your eye should also be drawn to the part of the frame that is in focus. The alternation of light & dark is supposed to give a fuller sense of space and just might help lead the eye beyond the initial point of interest and explore the frame more.

That's the theory as i understand it. i wonder if any of it actually works in this photo.

Pic Of the Day - Wallpaper Wednesday

The Desktop & Mobile version are both 16X9 and Free to download, use & share with others under an "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons" license.

Click on the Thumbnails above to download Full Res versions.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Pic Of the Day - Sculpted in Stone

Sculpted in Stone
Today's POtD (Pic Of the Day)  is being posted very late. This can be blamed on St. Patrick's Day but here it is better late than never.

These columns are located at the bottom of clifton hill on the edge of the Oaks Garden theatre in Niagara Falls Canada.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Red Letter Day/Links of The Day - Happy St. Patrick's Day

We'll get straight to the links


Free Downloads of Marc Gunn's Pub Songs Podcast featuring the latest episode Fun St. Patrick’s Day Songs.

 Another Free Download from Marc Gunn is The Great St. Patrick's Day Music Playlist Extravaganza , from the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

Special Note:  For everyone near Niagara  Falls on today (17th)  It's Growler Club tonight at taps and they are releasing their Imperial Pilsner.  I've been told to expect good things from this one and yes, you can even get a green one.

Pic of the day - Reflection


The tower at casino reflected in the windows of the hotel next door.

Taken from Oaks Garden Theatre on Falls Ave very near where the last three POTD's (Pic Of the Day) where taken.

For more info on the Garden go here. For more info on Sir Harry Oaks go here.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Pic Of the Day - QVP (Queen Victoria Park)

Interesting lighting on a sign at the entrance to QVP (Queen Victoria Park) in Niagara Falls Canada.

Obligatory Wikipedia link:

There will probably be more about QVP in the future, but for now the wikipedia is a decent introduction.

Pic Of the Day - Snow Drift
Snow Drift

Snow in the Niagara River at the base of the bridal viel falls.
Taken from River road in Niagara Falls Canada.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday - Glow

Glow - Desktop

Glow - Mobile

Todays Wallpaper Wednesday features something a bit different, they are light trails, it's something I'd like to try more often.

Both the Horizontal  desktop & the Vertical Mobile version are both 16X9 and Free to download, use & share with others under an "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons" license.

Click on the Thumbnails above to download Full Res versions.

Pic Of the Day - Sun & Shade

Sun & Shade
Some nice warm, late winter sun.

Monday, 10 March 2014

What will canon do in 2014?

What will canon do in 2014?

Here's my predictions for what canon will release in 2014 & when.  Maybe predictio is not the right word, more like a possible & wishful accumulation of rumours.

An entery level body (rebel)
Maybe T6i? What ever it's called it's un likely to be mirroless. Lots of people abelieve mirrorless is the future, but canon has sworn off  mirrorless in north america. They have already said m2 is not going to North America, they could still announce realase dates in march and leave North america to choose from the 5 current flavours of sonsumer APS-C bodies avalable (yes I know two have been discountinued)

There is supposed to be cinema EOS announcement @NAB in April. Possibly a new body (with 4k?)or maybe dual pixel upgades for more miodels and/or dates the upgrades will be released.

Heres an intersting thought. Canon could release a 4k aps-c body for around 1000-1200, heck eventhrow in dual pixel AF, to give them something like the GH4 that is making headlines.
That would be cool.
That is almost definately NOT happening.

7Dmkiii or Replacement with a new name.
The rumours are saying this will be released in Germany at Photokina.
Hey, why not there where spec lists for the 7mkii almost since the original hit the shelves.
There are many spec lists but most agree on 24mp sensor, dual pixel AF, good weather sealing, and other 'advanced video features' which no one ever seems to explain.  Predicting when the 7mkii will eb realsed and what it will be like has become a bit of an anual tradition, eventually canon will realse it (or replacement) and Someone will be right about the date.

Well those are my musings on what canon might be up to this year or at least the first half of it.

*Note: I didn't mention lenses as I really don't follow lens annoucements that much.

Pic Of the Day - I don't do this 
I rarely do desaturation, it's just not my thing, but just like any rarely used effect it has a time and place. As I was tweaking the colours the image wasn't really shaping up, until I tried desaturating the colours a bit and it looked better.  so took away a bit more and looked even better.
So here we are just a bit of colour, a bit of an experiment and i hope a reasonable result.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Pic Of the Day - Drinking Alone

Drinking Alone

Early afternoon on a weekday.

Pic f the Day - Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?
Not yet ...soon.

That what this winter is starting to feel like. Every time we think the weather has finally broken & spring is on it's way, get hit with cold temperature, more snow & more shoveling.

But winter CAN'T last forever, right?

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pic Of the Day - Wallpaper Wednesday - Spring Moon

This Wednesday's wallpapers are of the moon seen through the tops of trees on a spring evening.

They are each 16X9 and free to download, use & share with a under "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons" license.

Click on the Thumbnails above to download Full Res versions.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Pic Of the Day - Tourist Area (#2)

 Tourist Area (2)
Another shot of the 'tourist area' of Niagara Falls, Canada.

Pic Of the Day - Macro Monday - Melt (#1?)

Melt (#1?)

Today's Macro Monday photo is a bit out of place as we are once again in a deep freeze at the moment.

The interesting shapes of melting snow always catch my eye.
Some times you get little microcosms that echo the larger melting events happening all around.

It's titled 'Melt (#1?)' because there will probably be more photos in the same vein when the snow & ice once again begin to melt.

Happy Monday.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Pic Of the Day - Run!


Dinosaurs under the Ferris wheel in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Pic Of the Day - Tourist Area

Tourist Area
A view of the (some of) the tourist area in Niagara Falls, Canada.  We have the Ferris wheel, the Skylon tower behind and the Falsl view casinoto the left and hotels to the right and the foreground is the back of clifton hill.  On this day during the off season things where pretty quiet.  Small groups of people wandering between restaunts and attrractions, during the busy season I usually avoid this whole area, with it's traffic and crowds, unless I want to do a bit people watching. 

Friday, 28 February 2014

Link of The Day - Deck & Pond
Deck & Pond

Today's link is to another old video 'Deck & Pond (2012)',
a little piece made to practice some time lapse and play with my (then new) Atlas slider from Cinevate.