Photo and Film A Day

Two friends, one blog, a year long photography adventure

I made it back from the week on the west coast of the province. It was a fast, but fun trip, filled with family, friends, hiking, a wedding, and a few other great things.

To keep with the theme I focused on the macro theme, and with the new macro lens it made things a lot easier.

Day 1: We drove across the province and I stopped into my old work - the Newfoundland Insectarium. A lovely local museum with awesome displayed and live insects from around the world. They have a tropical butterfly pavilion so I tried to macro a live butterfly, which is a lot harder than it would seem.

Day 2: I was visiting my nan for a few days, she broke out her oldschool Canadian, British and Newfoundland coins. I loved photographing them, and this one turned out great.

Day 3: Went for a hike in Gros Morne National Park. Found some small bakeapples late in the season, I took probably 20 photos, not happy with the crop, but I liked the sharpness of this.

Day 4: Loved the spider’s shadow in this picture, not happy with the photo, but liked the concept.

Day 5: I got lazy, so I took a picture of one of my brothers old wizard statues. Tried fooling around with different lighting.

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This is the fabric on the front of an old speaker in Fred’s Records. The theme this week is music. There wasn’t a whole lot happening downtown so we stopped into Fred’s and I thought this old speaker was really cool. They’re the best place in town to get a bit of music. They have a great used section if you’re looking to save some cash. The staff are all pretty deadly, super knowledgable and super friendly.
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This is the fabric on the front of an old speaker in Fred’s Records. The theme this week is music. There wasn’t a whole lot happening downtown so we stopped into Fred’s and I thought this old speaker was really cool. They’re the best place in town to get a bit of music. They have a great used section if you’re looking to save some cash. The staff are all pretty deadly, super knowledgable and super friendly.

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Gotcha. This is a dead mouse that is in the driveway between us and our neighbours. I never would have noticed it, but I had to stop Bigg-E from eating it a few days ago.
We saw Dropkick Murphys tonight at George Street Fest, if you ever get a chance to see ‘em snatch it up. Incredible show, and the b’ys raised over $5000 for a kid with cancer, called out scabs, and absolutely rocked the street.
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Gotcha. This is a dead mouse that is in the driveway between us and our neighbours. I never would have noticed it, but I had to stop Bigg-E from eating it a few days ago.

We saw Dropkick Murphys tonight at George Street Fest, if you ever get a chance to see ‘em snatch it up. Incredible show, and the b’ys raised over $5000 for a kid with cancer, called out scabs, and absolutely rocked the street.

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These are little Simon’s little toes. Melissa and I visited Mark and Laura to play some Lego Creationary, kinda like Pictionary but with Lego. Their son was good as gold tonight, he’s always good, but tonight he rarely made a peep. 
He was having a nap in Laura’s arms and I took this picture of his tiny toes.
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These are little Simon’s little toes. Melissa and I visited Mark and Laura to play some Lego Creationary, kinda like Pictionary but with Lego. Their son was good as gold tonight, he’s always good, but tonight he rarely made a peep. 

He was having a nap in Laura’s arms and I took this picture of his tiny toes.

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Nothing special here, just some grass seeds ready to do their thing.
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Nothing special here, just some grass seeds ready to do their thing.

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This is a little Yoda statue my mother gave me a few years ago for Christmas. He plays a number of sayings when you press a button.  Here are a few of my favs: “Do. Or do not. There is no try,” “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering,” “Wars not make one great.”Adventure. hmph. Excitement. hmph. A Jedi craves not these things.”
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This is a little Yoda statue my mother gave me a few years ago for Christmas. He plays a number of sayings when you press a button.  Here are a few of my favs: “Do. Or do not. There is no try,” “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering,” “Wars not make one great.”Adventure. hmph. Excitement. hmph. A Jedi craves not these things.”

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I am not in town for a week, so I can’t edit my Dslr photos to post daily, but I took a collection of photos with my phone today that I wanted to share.

For the next few days I am in Cow Head, a small fishing village/tourist community on the Northern Peninsula. I didn’t grow up here, but I spent a large amount of time here as a child. Almost every summer we would spend weeks here, and I would be in absolute bliss. I had a cousin Eric I used to hang around with him and his friends. Some of my fondest childhood memories are made in this community.

The first picture was taken from my bedroom at my grandparents house, it showcases the “Head”. This jut of land is connected by an isthmus. The major fishing facilities, wharfs and boats are located over there, as this is where most people lived back in the day. Now a days I don’t think anyone lives over there year round, and the land is protected from major developments. All the old cemetery’s and stuff of that sort are located over there.

There are various hiking trails out there that I would often play on. The lighthouse in the picture was built in 1909, we used to run around and play in this as kids. It wasn’t until recently I was told in was my relatives who kept the lighthouse running and my great grandfather was the last lighthouse keeper there. Knowing this now made me appreciate it that much more today.

Past the lighthouse is “the tip of the Head”, which is the furthest point on the land you can go. One of my fondest memories is going out there as a teenager with my uncle and cousin and we slept in the rock formation featured in one of the pictures. No tent, just a blow up mattress with a sleeping bag. I vividly remember the stars, hearing the waves, and the crackles of the fire slowly burning out. Damn, life was good. Nothing over our heads to protect us, just 3 large cliff faces forming a small valley to shelter us from everything.

My first real paying job was out on the head. A bunch of us were paid 20 bucks cash each to unload the bait truck into that tiny little shack. What a time we had, stacking the bait boxes to the roof as fast as we could so we could go spend that 20 bucks on junk food and renting video games.

I could go on and on and on about the fond memories I have of Cow Head. Maybe tomorrow I will focus on the rest of Cow Head, and take some pictures of things around the community that I fondly remember.

I know it doesn’t match the theme but I really enjoyed doing this post.

-MB

Three years ago today Melissa and I adopted Bigg-E from the Humane Services Shelter on Higgins Line. He was a great dog, very happy, and a wonderful personality… and a lot of energy. At around 10 months-old he was brought to the shelter and stayed there for another 10 months before we met him.
When we arrived, they let him out of his pen, he ran towards us and peed on the wall, ran to the back of the hall and peed on the wall, and then ran to the middle of the room and took a dump. We knew he was meant for us, hahaha.
Melissa and I were pretty nervous, while we both grew up with dogs we didn’t know what to expect from a dog that was already grown up and who had a difficult past. Bigs was nervous, too. Poor guy was afraid of everything, but was very well behaved, and didn’t shit in the house. Well, not on a regular basis anyway. 
3 years later and he’s gone on road trips, hiking and camping trips, fishing trips, and boat trips. He has stolen chocolate, pork chops, steaks, caseroles, whole chickens, beef jerky, hummus, blueberries, muffins, cheezies, and lip gloss. While he isn’t really afraid of anything anymore he will still get up and leave if we’re sweeping with a broom, but I think he’s just trying to get out of doing chores. I taught him well.
While we may have rescued him from the shelter he’s given us more joy and laughs than we ever realized he could. 3 years after meeting him he still surprises us everyday with how great he is.
Happy Birthday, buddy!
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Three years ago today Melissa and I adopted Bigg-E from the Humane Services Shelter on Higgins Line. He was a great dog, very happy, and a wonderful personality… and a lot of energy. At around 10 months-old he was brought to the shelter and stayed there for another 10 months before we met him.

When we arrived, they let him out of his pen, he ran towards us and peed on the wall, ran to the back of the hall and peed on the wall, and then ran to the middle of the room and took a dump. We knew he was meant for us, hahaha.

Melissa and I were pretty nervous, while we both grew up with dogs we didn’t know what to expect from a dog that was already grown up and who had a difficult past. Bigs was nervous, too. Poor guy was afraid of everything, but was very well behaved, and didn’t shit in the house. Well, not on a regular basis anyway. 

3 years later and he’s gone on road trips, hiking and camping trips, fishing trips, and boat trips. He has stolen chocolate, pork chops, steaks, caseroles, whole chickens, beef jerky, hummus, blueberries, muffins, cheezies, and lip gloss. While he isn’t really afraid of anything anymore he will still get up and leave if we’re sweeping with a broom, but I think he’s just trying to get out of doing chores. I taught him well.

While we may have rescued him from the shelter he’s given us more joy and laughs than we ever realized he could. 3 years after meeting him he still surprises us everyday with how great he is.

Happy Birthday, buddy!

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I have some friends in town today so I got the privilege of being an at-home-tourist which is one of my favourite things to do. The one thing they wanted to see was Puffins, our provincial bird, and also something I have never seen before.
We decided to head out this morning to Bay Bulls and hop on the O’Briens Whale and Bird Boat Tour and I have to say everything about the experience was excellent! We saw about a bazillion birds, including puffins, and a humpback whale. Overall I took about 500 photos and this was my favourite of a puffin touching down for a landing right next to a burrow, a hole in the ground where they live.
I know it isn’t macro, and doesn’t come close to the theme, but Dan and I have discussed if we have a great non-photo theme picture, it is better to post the good picture instead of forcing a theme picture. The project isn’t about forcing photography, but use the theme to guide us during the week. For me, the puffins guided me all day.
Next few days Dan will be posting solo so I won’t be contributing. I will still take photos and when I can I will post a batch of every day I missed. 
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I have some friends in town today so I got the privilege of being an at-home-tourist which is one of my favourite things to do. The one thing they wanted to see was Puffins, our provincial bird, and also something I have never seen before.

We decided to head out this morning to Bay Bulls and hop on the O’Briens Whale and Bird Boat Tour and I have to say everything about the experience was excellent! We saw about a bazillion birds, including puffins, and a humpback whale. Overall I took about 500 photos and this was my favourite of a puffin touching down for a landing right next to a burrow, a hole in the ground where they live.

I know it isn’t macro, and doesn’t come close to the theme, but Dan and I have discussed if we have a great non-photo theme picture, it is better to post the good picture instead of forcing a theme picture. The project isn’t about forcing photography, but use the theme to guide us during the week. For me, the puffins guided me all day.

Next few days Dan will be posting solo so I won’t be contributing. I will still take photos and when I can I will post a batch of every day I missed. 

-MB

During my lunch break today I attended a rally held by Voices for Choice, a Pro-Choice group here in St. John’s. The rally was to stand in solidarity with people in New Brunswick where they just lost their only abortion clinic. There were roughly 2 dozen people in the rally, and the message was clear, “Free abortion, on demand, from BC to Newfoundland.” 
I spoke with an older woman there, she was probably in her late 60s. She was proud to see young people take on the cause of defending a woman’s right to choose. She spoke of fighting for the right to choose when she was younger and the difficulties in legalizing abortion. 
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During my lunch break today I attended a rally held by Voices for Choice, a Pro-Choice group here in St. John’s. The rally was to stand in solidarity with people in New Brunswick where they just lost their only abortion clinic. There were roughly 2 dozen people in the rally, and the message was clear, “Free abortion, on demand, from BC to Newfoundland.” 

I spoke with an older woman there, she was probably in her late 60s. She was proud to see young people take on the cause of defending a woman’s right to choose. She spoke of fighting for the right to choose when she was younger and the difficulties in legalizing abortion. 

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Macro week with the new lens. Still trying new stuff out. Here is a train from Ticket to Ride. 
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Macro week with the new lens. Still trying new stuff out. Here is a train from Ticket to Ride. 

-MB

The theme this week is macro. Of course it is, Janet just gave Matt a big, beautiful macro lense for their anniversary, haha. Here’s some cracked paint from my patio that looks like Pacman. 

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The theme this week is macro. Of course it is, Janet just gave Matt a big, beautiful macro lense for their anniversary, haha. Here’s some cracked paint from my patio that looks like Pacman.

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Jesus take the wheel. Janet pointed this out to me downtown today and said this had to be my picture. I couldn’t argue with that. New theme tomorrow. It’ll be better than this one. 

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Jesus take the wheel. Janet pointed this out to me downtown today and said this had to be my picture. I couldn’t argue with that. New theme tomorrow. It’ll be better than this one. 

-MB

A great big crew of us got together at Janet & Matt’s house for breakfast this morning. It was a deadly feed, and Matt’s chocolate chip nanner bread is the best. Starting from the left is Jeff, Deanne, Evan, Steph, Melissa, Mark & Simon, Matt, Janet, Matthew, Laura, Heather, Kieran, Melissa, and yours truly behind the camera.
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A great big crew of us got together at Janet & Matt’s house for breakfast this morning. It was a deadly feed, and Matt’s chocolate chip nanner bread is the best. Starting from the left is Jeff, Deanne, Evan, Steph, Melissa, Mark & Simon, Matt, Janet, Matthew, Laura, Heather, Kieran, Melissa, and yours truly behind the camera.

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Dad and his partner, Bonnie, got married today at a small ceremony at their home in CBS. Here they are posing on their lawn, it was a great day.
And like Matt, I’ve been drinking all night.
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Dad and his partner, Bonnie, got married today at a small ceremony at their home in CBS. Here they are posing on their lawn, it was a great day.

And like Matt, I’ve been drinking all night.

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