Got a 4TB external USB 3.0 Seagate drive awhile back to add to my backup arsenal. Started a backup of my Photos directory (which now stands at a tish under 3TB), and an hour later the “Time Remaining” for the initial copy process is still “More than 1 day.”
Yumi and I took a 3 hour and 40 minute walk starting from SE Burnaby all the way to Deer Lake, around the lake and home again. We capped the glorious afternoon with delicious Japanese food at the Nikkei Seniors Centre restaurant.
For the photographers out there, all of these were shot with a Sigma 10-20mm ultrawide zoom on a Nikon D5200 body.
And if you want to be let in on a secret, for the first half of the walk or so, somehow the autofocus got turned off on the lens. But with a lens that wide, set at F8 with aperture priority, depth of field is massive so pretty much everything is in focus anyway, eh?
Deer Lake dock
Gull soaring over the beach with Metrotown on the horizon
Deer Lake Brook
Over two hours into the walk and Yumi’s still got lots of energy : -)
Shot with a Canon SX730 HS at max 40X optical zoom, handheld out the car window on my way to work at 4:40 am this morning in south Burnaby, BC. I ran out when I first got up at 3:45 to see if there was anything to shoot with Big Bertha (Tamron 150-600mm zoom) mounted on a DSLR and a tripod, but the moon was clouded over.
Happy to get this modest shot with the pocket cam a few minutes later .
For a cold, gray day, there were a lot of birds out and about along the river in south Burnaby between the east lookout, and west to Byrne Creek and Sussex Creek.
There were several Great Blue Herons
Hooded Mergansers in one of the ponds just west of Byrne Creek
Canada Goose double trouble
Tugs booming logs on the working river
You want to race?
I’ve tried to sell my Nikon D5200 a couple of times, with nobody coming near my asking price. It’s not a bad camera, in fact the sensor is damn good, it’s just that it doesn’t have as quick and easy control over certain parameters as my semi-pro D7100 and D7200.
You have to delve into the on-screen menus to set stuff that you can quickly set with dedicated buttons on the higher-end machines.
But yes, the sensor is the same, or very close, so I’ve decided to make it my ultrawide machine, and just leave the Sigma 10-20mm ultrawide mounted on it.
All of these shots taken today were with the D5200 and Sigma 10-20, aside from the birds.
And no, this does not mean that I have stopped lusting after a D500, and a D850 :-).
I took advantage of a day off to head up the Sea to Sky highway to the Squamish, BC, area to shoot some photos despite the overcast, rainy weather.
Juggling umbrella and camera before leaving the car
Cheakaumus River high and dirty
Lush rain forest flanking the Paradise Valley Road
A stop at Porteau Cove on the way home
Harlequin ducks at Porteau Cove
I took advantage of a day off and sunny skies to head up the Sea to Sky a ways north of Vancouver today. One of my favourite places to stop is Porteau Cove Provincial Park.
After we got back from birding on Boundary Bay today, we decided we still needed a bit more exercise, so we did a Byrne Creek Ravine loop in the fog.
There were great gaggles of homo sapiens sapiens photographerensis on the Boundary Bay dyke near 72nd today.
This is fast becoming an international destination for nature photogearheads. There must have been nearly half a million dollars of photo gear on the dyke today.
And this is what had all the photogs salivating today — likely the same short-eared owl that I shot there a week or two ago. This owl ought to get an agent and start cashing in .