Monday, 27 March 2017

PoTd - March 27

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Pic-of-The-day - "overgrown".

The graveyard of a a local church in Niagara Falls.


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Sunday, 26 March 2017

PoTd - March 26

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 Pic-of-The-day - "Lines & Rows".


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Saturday, 25 March 2017

PoTd - March 25

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Pic-of-The-day - "Winter in Fort Erie".


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Friday, 24 March 2017

PoTd - March 24

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Pic-of-The-day - "Split".


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Thursday, 23 March 2017

PoTd - March 23

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 Pic-of-The-day - "Clouds".


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

PoTd - March 22

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I've been posting a lot from the day job,  but, today I'm posting some freelance pieces
Here's the initial "save the date" videos for the "Live Stock Niagara music festival & beer market" held in Downtown Niagara Falls each summer.

Rafik is very enthusiastic & has a clear vision of what he wants for the festival.
Stay tuned for more & check out the festival at www.livestockniagara.com


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

PoTd - March 21

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 Pic-of-The-day - "Triple Crown".
The last of the new & updated logos for 2017.
The Prince of Wales Stakes is the biggest race on the schedule & part of the Canadian Triple Crown.


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Monday, 20 March 2017

PoTd - March 20

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More new logos for 2017.

The idea being that we can use these logos as a sort of short hand to help promote activities & opportunities in different parts of the business without using a block  of text followed by more text. The necessary text can be coupled with the logo and through the season people will recognize the logos can scan for the logo connected with what they are looking for.


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Sunday, 19 March 2017

PoTd - April 19

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Pic-of-The-day - "No Trespassing".

Sunday Morning in Niagara Falls. I left early that morning so I 'd have time to relaxe with a coffeebefore work. I forgot the coffee shop opens late on the weekend  so, I took a bit of detour to find a coffe & some breakfast.

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PoTd - March 19

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Pic-of-The-day - "Peter".

Keeping up with the day job theme this is a photo of one of our managers for inclusion in a magazine feature in the near future. By the time I get this posted it will probably be the recent past.

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

PoTd - March 18

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 Pic-of-The-day - 2016 Family Day at Fort Erie Race Track.


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Friday, 17 March 2017

PoTd - March 17

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Mackenzie wanted to help out so he scooped out a round of frozen mix & we 'doctored it up' our selves.




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 Pic-of-The-day - "Old St Patts".
A few pics from a St. Patrick's Day long ago.


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Daily Dose of Vintage Summerfolk - March 16

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The final video from summerfolk 2011.
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In the final part of series we start with the Sunday morning "rejoice" workshop, move on to more rain (2011 had a LOT of rain) & finish with the last laugh in  the beer tent and the crazy funny Arrogant worms. Man, I miss the Last Laugh!  It was always fun , and well attended and even a high point of the weekend. I have no idea when James K killed it, maybe some day it'll return.

There are 5 parts to the series so, check out the rest.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Daily Dose of Vintage Summerfolk - March 15


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Long Live Worms!

Here's a sample of the Saturday night set of the incredible Arrogant Worms. Who coincidentally just released their 1st farewell album and we are hoping they will be at summerfolk this year with their new album. (Full Quality version on YouTube)

Long overdue video from Summerfolk 2011.
*There are 5 parts to the video series so, check back tomorrow for the next part.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Daily Dose of Vintage Summerfolk - March 14

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Long overdue video from Summerfolk 2011.
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Today's video shows the aftermath of the rain storm. Playing in puddles is fun no matter how old you are. It's all a bit of fun in the middle of the afternoon, which is sort of the point.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Daily Dose of Vintage Summerfolk - March 13

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Long overdue video from Summerfolk 2011.
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If 2011 is remembered for one thing it's Rain. Rain & an audience rendition of Barret's Privateers that has been on line in many version ever since. After many years I've finally gotten around to posting my version.

While working on the videos for 2011 I couldn't get the song out of my mind. As the song was stuck in my head my brain started inserting rhymes and puns into the song creating a few funny phrases. This lead to a whole story to go with one of those phrases.

Here's the Story...

In the days of traveling sideshows a man from Halifax named John Barret, arrived at one of the biggest shows to get a job as a freak. His unique abnormality was that he had about 6 ears growing in his genital region. 


He was hired at once, but they had to figure out how to promote his act. They needed to make people interested, without being too graphic. After some deliberation decided on “John's Private Ears” “See the man with ears on his private parts”.

He was a huge success over the years and just as they where planning a European tour disaster struck. One of his private ear was gone. He soon realized that this medical miracle could mean financial disaster, and before he know it he had 4 ears and no job.


As being a sideshow freak was the only job he knew he moved back home and set up a small sideshow tent on the pier trying to make money while he could.

It wasn't long before he only had 1 ear left & no one would pay to see it.

Even his tent got repossessed, and he ended his career as

a broken man on a Halifax pier, with the last of Barret's Private Ears.


If you hear these words (in your head) in place of the usual ones next time you hear the song, then my job is done. And, yes my head is full of odd alternate versions of songs & other weird stuff, fortunately for the world I don't usually write them down.

*There are 5 parts to the video series so, check out the rest. (they don't all come with weird puns)


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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Daily Dose of Summerfolk - March 12


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Long overdue video from Summerfolk 2011.
There are 5 parts to the series so, check back each day for the next part.
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This section starts with waiting in line for the gates to open and moves on to an impromptu drum jam & finishes with the formal drum circle.


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Saturday, 11 March 2017

PoTd - March 11

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More pics from my day job at the race track in Fort Erie. This series is from the 2016 season.

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Daily Dose of VINTAGE Summerfolk - March 11

Fast Friends

Old Folks (& Megan) Breakfast

Young Bloods Breakfast

Breakfast at The Harrison Park Inn the Monday after summerfolk is another tradition that  has held to this day.
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Friday, 10 March 2017

PoTd - March 10

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Rounding the final turn

More pics from my day job at the race track in Fort Erie. This series is from the 2016 season & a version of this photo was used for a billboard.

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Not just the specs

I was recently asked for an opinion on a camera purchase. They didn't want to change careers and become a photographer, they weren't interested in impressing there friends with the latest thing. What they wanted was a camera that took good photos and was easy to use.

That's what often gets overlooked, ease of use. The specs are often pushed but they are just a place to start. Stats aren't everything, in-fact, for most people they aren't the most important factor in getting the  images they want. Ease of use and how well the specs are implemented is usually more important.

As an example if you had to go through 8 multiple choice menus packed with esoteric jargon to take a photo, you probably wouldn't bother. That's an extreme example but it illustrates a point. that usability is valuable. In today's market the differences are subtle, but still important.


I'd like to finish with a real life example of 'specs aren't everything'.
A while back someone asked me about a new camera. They didn't know much about cameras and were going on a  'bucket list' vacation, so they wanted "good pictures". They had seen a DSLR at a big box store and where asking about lenses and accessories and how long it would take to learn how to use.

They had a myriad of other questions  before they took the scary leap into "expensive professional cameras" at least that's how they saw it.I tried to give them all the info and talked them through a few things & showed them some stuff on my camera & they looked stressed, like really stressed. So much so I thought maybe they should go with a really good point and shoot. That might be a little less scary,  so I said there are other options, what exactly they expected to do with this new camera, or better yet what do they expect it to give them they're current camera couldn't. As soon as they started speaking I realized I should have started with those questions.

Stop the Action
They currently had a generic but decent compact point and shoot. They had been at a family BBQ and took a few snaps of kids running around and they where blurry, a relative with a DSLR got clear photos of the kids.  The thought then went like this "I'm going whale watching , the whales are moving (like the kids), therefore I need a DSLR to get clear pics."   A reasonable but not entirely actuate conclusion. I asked "do you shoot on Auto?"  "I don't know, what's that mean" was the response. That's when I finally clued in.
"can see your camera for a second" 
"sure"
beep beep bepp,
"here go home and take some pics of the kids and let me know how they turn out."
Next Day: "I took some pics of the kids on the trampoline, not blurry at all, everyone on facebook said they where great."

Problem solved.
 
They had asked me about a camera, but what they really wanted to know was how to get a pic of a whale that looked good on facebook. This person was about to spend $1000 on better specs, when they had all the specs they wanted. The only thing missing was a few choices.

Daily Dose of Summerfolk - March 10

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I've finally gotten around to posting 2016 Photos & there are lots of them, so stay tuned for more.

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