Snow Tubing at Cypress

19 02 2008

On Sunday Mrs D’s Cub pack went snow tubing up at Cypress Bowl.  The weather was FANTASTIC.  Every man and his dog was out that day.  The group took the bus, but I drove.  I had to park so far away, I had the bus shuttle me to the tubing park!  We got to the park around 1000 and soon we had 35 kids hurtling down the snowy hill in various bunches ranging from 1 tube to 19 tube “rafts”.  Everyone had a GREAT time.  The cost (IMHO) is a bit steep @ $13 (at least as a GROUP we got more than just 2 hrs) but I suppose they have to cover their operating costs.  While I miss the fun of being a kid and tobogganing down any random hill, and practically killing myself and my friends in the process, I suppose if you’re officially running a hill, you have to put safety first, and that means that some of the thrill isn’t quite there.  For people who have never slid down a hill on a plastic bag,  a cardboard box or any else that’s slippery, I suppose this is as good as it gets.  Many people REALLY were lovin’ it – Young AND old 🙂

I got to play with the 70-200L F/2.8 again.  It really is nice and SHARP.  I took about 400 pictures during the outing.  The real problem now is getting Mrs D to edit down the number of “keepers” to about 70 or so.  After that, I’ll pick the cream of the crop for posting and will have a gallery for you.  In the mean time here are a few:

1. Friends
Friends!  - Tubing at Cypress Bowl

2. Group Ride!

100% Crop

3. Goofing around

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3. Mrs. DragonSpeed

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4. Mrs. DragonSpeed with one of the Beavers

100% Crop

Steveston Judo Tournament – Saturday Feb 16, 2008

18 02 2008

Steveston Judo Club held their annual senior tournament on Saturday.  It was well attended by athletes from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec as well as 40+ member team from Tokai University in Japan.

The blend of competitors resulted in some GREAT Judo overall.   It was fun to watch.  I wanted to try out my new 40D and a nice fast indoor lens so I was shooting with a 70-200L F/2.8 non-IS.  The lighting at these events is always tricky, and I settled for ISO 3200, F/4 1/400s.  This gave me some decent lighting on the shots for later processing.  I was shooting in RAW, so I took about 260 photos on my 4GB card (I ran out before the end… 😦 )  After all was said and done, I ended up with about 30 that I thought were the best.  The whole gallery is here:

Here are a few highlights:

MS Fixed, then broke and then fixed the "Click To Activate"

14 02 2008

A while back, MS announced that they had “made a deal with the devil” and have an agreement to license the stupid Eolas patent which will allow us to load pages and NOT have to “Click here to activate”.

They implemented it  Life was good.  No more extra clicks just to get a page to load.

This stopped working with the Black Tuesday updates that came down the pipe this month 😦

Now… they’ve FIXED it again!!!

I’m starting to miss the easier, earlier days of the Internets.

For those that don’t want to read all the extra and just get on with it…. just GO HERE


Birds in Flight

4 02 2008

I went down to Burnaby Lake on Saturday to try my hand with the new camera shooting Birds in Flight.

Armed with invaluable information which gleaned from the folks at Photography on The Net I set my camera to AI Servo and my metering to SPOT.  I set my AF point to the center dot and put on the 100-300mm lens.  Since it was really sunny out and the environment was pretty snowy I also put on the circ polarizing filter to try to cut some of the nasty brightness from snow reflections. I set the camera to Av and used F6.3 which resulted in about 1/25-1/1000 depending on the bird colour and background.

I shot about 180 shots.  I was truly surprised when I got home with how many ended up in focus and pretty sharp.

Here are some of them:

Full size of all these can be accessed via the Fotoblog at: and

It was FUN!!!

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Bowling at the Varsity Ridge Lanes

2 02 2008

We took our Cubs bowling on Thursday.  We went to the Varsity Ridge Lanes at 15th and Arbutus  They give us a good rate and we play 2 games in 2 hours (we’re not the fastest bunch of bowlers around 🙂 ) 

For some of our Cubs it was their first time bowling while others had bowled a few times before.  Some even had bowled 10 pin even though I’m sure that the ball is 1/2 their weight 😉 We were bowling 5 pin that night which meant that almost everyone has a better chance at correctly BOWLING The ball instead of trying to throw or simply push it down the lane.

It was a fun time and  a great opportunity to get out of the hall and something different.  I also took the opportunity to try out some action pictures with my 40D in an indoor (darker) setting.  I went with ISO 1000-1600 and shot with the 17-85IS lens.  It’s tough capturing just the right momemt 🙂

Here are the pictures I took:


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