BC Judo Championships – 2014

29 10 2014

The BC Judo Championships were held in Abbotsford, BC on October 18.  I had two of my students competing in the tournament and as usual I was there shooting pictures. It was a tough day for me, personally, as I had just re-torn my MCL in my right knee the night before… I felt a bit like someone had taken a baseball bat to my knee that morning.  I had to go, though… I told my students that I would be there to cheer/coach them on.  My club, The Burnaby Judo Club, did fairly well, although at our senior levels, there were a few let downs.  My two students had mixed result.  It was their first tournament and nerves were definitely a factor. Importantly, everyone competed hard and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the November Tournament. 

Here are a few shots from the day:

2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

And one to make you go "Awwwwwwe…"

2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set of pictures is available at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648622209597/

I hope you enjoy them!





Some Peruvian Birds

8 07 2014

2 weeks of travel in Peru – ranging from the coastal desert to the Andean Plateaus.
1.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
2.
Red Legged Cormorant

Good Things in Threes?
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
3. Guanay Cormorant

Guanay cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvillii)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
4. Like Condo space in Vancouver!

A bit crowded…
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
5. Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
6. Titicaca Flightless Grebe

Titicaca flightless grebe (Rollandia microptera)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
7. Mountain Caracara

Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
The whole Peru trip can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157645563327534/ Including a whole lot of NON bird photos :)





Peru! June 2014

8 07 2014

I got back last week from 16 days in Peru.  We arranged a private tour with a Tour Company in Lima.  It was a very busy, but very fun whirlwind trip and we didn’t even see the Coffee and Cacao growing North or the Jungles of the Amazon to the East…
We went to Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Paracas, the Nazca Lines and even walked across a hand made grass suspension bridge.  We took thousands of photos but managed to trim it down to the top 500 or so :)

The whole shebang is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157645563327534/

If you’d like to see it day-by-day, check out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/collections/72157645075556187/

First – what everyone thinks of when they think of Peru:

Classic Machu Picchu
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The volcano Misti from Arequipa:

Monastery Bell Tower at twilight
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Vicuna!  The most expensive wool known to man.

Sometimes you get lucky!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Andean Dust Devils and an active Volcano!

Andean Dust Devils
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Soaring at our eye level at the Colca Canyon!

Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) in flight
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The pageantry of Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi – 2014
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Grass Bridge at Q’eswachaka

The Inca grass suspension bridge at Q’eswachaka
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Nazca Lines

The Hummingbird
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The desert of Paracas

Peruvian Sand Dune
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Sea life of Islas Ballestas

A bit crowded…
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

All in all, a great trip!  I hope you enjoy this little taste.





Spring has sprung in Vancouver!

2 05 2014

Yesterday was a spectacular day around Vancouver.  I took the day off to walk around our wetlands and see what I could find.  It was a bonanza of small birds!

1) Tons of Marsh Wrens… building and singing!

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The tree swallows were busy nesting and trying to protect their nests from the European sparrows

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Finally caught a hummingbird at a flower (Anna’s?)

Female Hummingbird feeding
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Short billed Dowitchers

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Always cute – goslings

It’s HARD staying awake for more than 15 minutes!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Last – and most bizarre – Some strange sort of mating ritual of wood ducks….

Strange Wood Duck mating rituals
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set from the day – there were sooo many lovely birds – can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157644067721768

Welcome spring!!!





Some Texas Birds

21 04 2014

I was down in Houston for 2 weeks for work, so I took one of the weekend days off to get out and see what I could find.  I was pleasantly surprised.
1. Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The always fun sanderlings!

Sanderling (Calidris alba) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A lovely laughing gull

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A patiently posing killdeer

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. A white Ibis in First Summer plumage

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) – First summer plumage by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are others too… feel free to check them out at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157644111734232/





OOB Out of Control

23 03 2014

OK, so I may have gone a bit crazy with the OOB photos recently, but I’m going to take a rest from it for a while.

Here are the latest creations:

1)

Stepping out! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2)

Anything interesting out here? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3)

Looking for better grass by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4)

OOB Eagles by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5)

OOB Cambodian Monks 1 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6)

OOB Lion Cub by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Have you done any OOB work?  Feel free to link it in the comments!





Fun with Photoshop

14 03 2014

I was looking over some old photos recently and realized that I hadn’t done an OOB (Out Of Bounds) one recently.  OOB is the art of making it appear that your subject in the photo is coming out of the frame.  It can make for some fun shots. You can try it yourself with Photoshop using this OOB tutorial by Serrator

I took a lion cub and gave him a bit more life.

 

The original:

Play time!

After some playing around… The finished product:

OOB Lion Cub

It’s fun, and not that hard to do.  It takes the right kind of photo though, but you get an eye for what will likely work, and what won’t as you do it more.

I haven’t done many, but they are in my little set called OOB.

Have fun!  If you do create one, I’d live to see a link to it in the comments!








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