Photo and Film A Day

Two friends, one blog, a year long photography adventure
What is nature? That was the question posed in an environmental ethics course I did during my undergrad. The theme this week is nature. Does this picture count even though a human-made construct is in the shot? Of course the plant is natural, but is it less natural in a park? On a path? Photo contests often disallow photos of animals in zoos, because they are less natural than free-range animals? An interesting dilemma. I think photo above depicts nature.
On a less philosophical note, a large moth or butterfly landed on a tree just off the path around Quidi Vidi. I climbed down to shoot it and it fluttered around my head for a few seconds and landed on my arm. I had never seen a moth like it before, like something out of the Newfoundland Insectarium. When the bugger landed on my arm I had my telephoto lens on my camera which has a minimum focusing distance of about 5 feet. Wish I had swapped my macro on before I went off the trail, oh well.
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What is nature? That was the question posed in an environmental ethics course I did during my undergrad. The theme this week is nature. Does this picture count even though a human-made construct is in the shot? Of course the plant is natural, but is it less natural in a park? On a path? Photo contests often disallow photos of animals in zoos, because they are less natural than free-range animals? An interesting dilemma. I think photo above depicts nature.

On a less philosophical note, a large moth or butterfly landed on a tree just off the path around Quidi Vidi. I climbed down to shoot it and it fluttered around my head for a few seconds and landed on my arm. I had never seen a moth like it before, like something out of the Newfoundland Insectarium. When the bugger landed on my arm I had my telephoto lens on my camera which has a minimum focusing distance of about 5 feet. Wish I had swapped my macro on before I went off the trail, oh well.

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I went to Middle Cove today to try and capture the caplin rolling in. Much like Dan yesterday I missed the opportunity. I changed my focus on trying to capture a neat wave on the cliff side. Really happy with how this turned out. 
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I went to Middle Cove today to try and capture the caplin rolling in. Much like Dan yesterday I missed the opportunity. I changed my focus on trying to capture a neat wave on the cliff side. Really happy with how this turned out. 

-MB

The capelin are rolling in Middle Cove and everyone on the Avalon Peninsula were there tonight. Traffic was as maggoty as the fish in the water. Unfortunately they weren’t on the beach like I had hoped, so this is the best I could do, a little trooper that hopped out of a bucket. 
At one point as we were leaving we noticed Bigg-E had something in his mouth. Melissa wrangled out a capelin that BG was about to swallow whole, haha.
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The capelin are rolling in Middle Cove and everyone on the Avalon Peninsula were there tonight. Traffic was as maggoty as the fish in the water. Unfortunately they weren’t on the beach like I had hoped, so this is the best I could do, a little trooper that hopped out of a bucket. 

At one point as we were leaving we noticed Bigg-E had something in his mouth. Melissa wrangled out a capelin that BG was about to swallow whole, haha.

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New theme, Nature week! I went up to Signal Hill to check out the icebergs (surprise surprise), but found this cool little dude just chilling out on one of the trails. Going for something different with this one, I really like the depth of field. 
-MB

New theme, Nature week! I went up to Signal Hill to check out the icebergs (surprise surprise), but found this cool little dude just chilling out on one of the trails. Going for something different with this one, I really like the depth of field. 

-MB

You can’t talk about urban decay in St. John’s without talking about the deplorable conditions of the roads. Sure, they’re getting a little better now that the potholes have been filled and the scratch & patch is underway. But holy shit were they bad this spring. Can we not figure out a way to fix the roads that doesn’t have to be done every year? And surely there must be some kind of paint out there that can last more than one season. Poor tourists, the roadways are bad enough when you know your way around.
Pictured above are trolly tracks on the west end of Water Street.
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You can’t talk about urban decay in St. John’s without talking about the deplorable conditions of the roads. Sure, they’re getting a little better now that the potholes have been filled and the scratch & patch is underway. But holy shit were they bad this spring. Can we not figure out a way to fix the roads that doesn’t have to be done every year? And surely there must be some kind of paint out there that can last more than one season. Poor tourists, the roadways are bad enough when you know your way around.

Pictured above are trolly tracks on the west end of Water Street.

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Playing around with the camera and new lens. I was tired and didn’t want to go out after work. It’s been a good week! I look forward to a new theme next week.
-MB

Playing around with the camera and new lens. I was tired and didn’t want to go out after work. It’s been a good week! I look forward to a new theme next week.

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This matches the theme of ‘urban decay’ right guys!?!?

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This matches the theme of ‘urban decay’ right guys!?!?

-MB

I think this is the old CBC building, but I could be wrong. Either way, it’s a dilapidated building in the heart of downtown; an eyesore that’s being renovated for condos.
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I think this is the old CBC building, but I could be wrong. Either way, it’s a dilapidated building in the heart of downtown; an eyesore that’s being renovated for condos.

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This matches the theme of ‘urban decay’ right guys!?!?

-MB

This matches the theme of ‘urban decay’ right guys!?!?

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This matches the theme of ‘urban decay’ right guys!?!?

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This matches the theme of ‘urban decay’ right guys!?!?

-MB

Bigg-E and I dropped off Melissa and went for a walk around Signal Hill tonight and I noticed the sun was getting low so we went down to Fort Waldegrave to shoot the ruins at Fort Amherst with that iceberg behind it. The bugger made a thunderous crack tonight, nothing fell off but what a noise.
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#Newfoundland #iceberg #stjohns #sunset

Bigg-E and I dropped off Melissa and went for a walk around Signal Hill tonight and I noticed the sun was getting low so we went down to Fort Waldegrave to shoot the ruins at Fort Amherst with that iceberg behind it. The bugger made a thunderous crack tonight, nothing fell off but what a noise.

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#Newfoundland #iceberg #stjohns #sunset

So I worked today, meaning the thought out, planned pictures have probably come to an end. I was driving up Kenmount Rd., looking for old abandoned buildings to take pictures of, and this one next to Academy Canada has always struck my eye. Looking online I could only find an old name of the building “S Aplen Wood Working Limited”. Extensive Google searching turned up zilch about the place. I always thought it looked nice. and could be used for something cool. 

I looked inside and it was mostly empty, a could old boxes, a few saw horses and that’s pretty much it. I would hope they are still building wood stuff in there.
-MB

So I worked today, meaning the thought out, planned pictures have probably come to an end. I was driving up Kenmount Rd., looking for old abandoned buildings to take pictures of, and this one next to Academy Canada has always struck my eye. Looking online I could only find an old name of the building “S Aplen Wood Working Limited”. Extensive Google searching turned up zilch about the place. I always thought it looked nice. and could be used for something cool. 

I looked inside and it was mostly empty, a could old boxes, a few saw horses and that’s pretty much it. I would hope they are still building wood stuff in there.

-MB

While driving around looking for my photo for this evening I thought of the Pen as it relates to urban decay, both in terms of the physical degradation of the building and the occupants inside.
Taking pictures and wielding a camera in unusual places often results in suspicion. I knew that I would likely raise some eyes on the inside but figured I’d be gone before any trouble. I was able to take four photos before guards came out to ask what I was doing. I was there for probably 2-3 minutes. I explained I was taking photos of a public building, but understood that the time of day would likely raise concerns and I apologized. They were best kind about it, but very stern about the events on the inside recently and that anything unusual would be looked into. They didn’t ask to see the pictures, or tell me to delete them, so I was fine with it all. 
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#Newfoundland #StJohns #urban #night

While driving around looking for my photo for this evening I thought of the Pen as it relates to urban decay, both in terms of the physical degradation of the building and the occupants inside.

Taking pictures and wielding a camera in unusual places often results in suspicion. I knew that I would likely raise some eyes on the inside but figured I’d be gone before any trouble. I was able to take four photos before guards came out to ask what I was doing. I was there for probably 2-3 minutes. I explained I was taking photos of a public building, but understood that the time of day would likely raise concerns and I apologized. They were best kind about it, but very stern about the events on the inside recently and that anything unusual would be looked into. They didn’t ask to see the pictures, or tell me to delete them, so I was fine with it all.

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#Newfoundland #StJohns #urban #night

So this idea was all Dan’s. I take no credit for it whatsoever, it was all his creation. I always  wanted to go out into Fort Amherst and take some pictures for this week, or the worn down rooms, the old cannons etc… and Dan came up with the idea of framing one of the icebergs in the window.
I thought about doing it the other day, but the iceberg was too close to the window at that time. I decided to venture down early this morning and have a gander, as this was also my first time inside the fort. Here is the end result. I enjoy the picture, but Dan gets all the credit for coming up with the idea. 
On a separate note I loved exploring down there. Trying to figure out how it was all pieced together, wondering how all the rooms and stuff were arranged. Wondering if anyone was looking through this exact window and saw an iceberg in the same spot. It was marvellous. I could spend all day in a place like this.
-MB

So this idea was all Dan’s. I take no credit for it whatsoever, it was all his creation. I always  wanted to go out into Fort Amherst and take some pictures for this week, or the worn down rooms, the old cannons etc… and Dan came up with the idea of framing one of the icebergs in the window.

I thought about doing it the other day, but the iceberg was too close to the window at that time. I decided to venture down early this morning and have a gander, as this was also my first time inside the fort. Here is the end result. I enjoy the picture, but Dan gets all the credit for coming up with the idea. 

On a separate note I loved exploring down there. Trying to figure out how it was all pieced together, wondering how all the rooms and stuff were arranged. Wondering if anyone was looking through this exact window and saw an iceberg in the same spot. It was marvellous. I could spend all day in a place like this.

-MB

Melissa and I went fishing with Dad and Bonnie tonight. I never took the line out of the water to bust out the camera. Melissa drove home bc I was too damn tired. Worst picture ever, haha. Got some good trout, though. 
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Melissa and I went fishing with Dad and Bonnie tonight. I never took the line out of the water to bust out the camera. Melissa drove home bc I was too damn tired. Worst picture ever, haha. Got some good trout, though.
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