Dubai Visit in December 2014

I took some quick shots with my phone camera during a really short visit to Dubai last year.  Some of them turned out worth sharing.  You be the judge…

Burj Khalifa Tower Silhouette of Burj Khalifa Tower
Silhouette of Zayed City Skyscrapers Skyscrapers of Zayed City
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ITIL is not just for IT Businesses

Non-IT BusinessITIL is a framework that provides a set of best practices to help you manage your IT services. In today’s day and age of e-commerce, SaaS and mobile driven consumption of products and services, you cannot avoid relying on IT services to support your business and operations.

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MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds

This duo out of New York City was not on my radar at all.  I had heard them being featured on Mark Ronson & The Business Intl’s 2010 single “Bang Bang Bang” and did not think twice about them.  It was not until I heard the track “Feed Me Diamonds” on one on the Slacker electro channels that I stopped to give them a second listen.  The video to the track is also quite a sceptical and worth a view.  It is hard to believe that this duo with a quirky nuevo sharper-edged Debbie Harry look and a heavier Electro Pop sound is out of NYC.  Every single track on this album deserves repeated listens. Check them out @ MNDR.

Garibaldi Lake Hike August 2014

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This is a spectacular hike that offers a variety of incredibly scenic backdrops for photography. The trails themselves provide tons of interesting subjects ranging from maple-leaf-like ground covers, rich green moss on trees, and even chipmunks that are friendly enough to come and take nuts from your hands. Taylor Meadows, after a 6K steady climb, are completely unexpected and the view of the ominous Black Tusk Ridge is breathtaking. Hiking for another 20 minutes opens up the trails to pristine sapphire-blue waters of Garibaldi Lake surrounded by sparkling glaciers – a perfect playground for outdoors nature photography.
Glacier and Tree Island Glacier Trees and Lake Glaciers of Garibaldi Lake
Black Tusk in Distance Chipmonk on Trail
Driftwood Reflection on Water Fir Tree on Peak
Hiker on Trail Inukshuk on Lake

Playing with Light at Home on Bute August 2014

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Here are some experimental shots taken during dusk and at night with an ASA 400 speed film and with manual shutter openings ranging from 2 to 20 seconds. The depth of focus on these is fairly shallow as well. Some of the longer shutter opening shots are starting to get hazy. I thought it made for a cool softening effect. The fireworks shots are of the view from our 8th floor terrace of the Honda Celebration of Light. I have included some additional low-light shots from around the house taken completely with manual settings.
Fireworks on Davie Street2 Lights and Skyline at Davie Street Pride Night On Davie
Building Lights and Fireworks Celebration of Lights Blue Fireworks1
Celebration of Lights Red Fireworks Exit in Red
Red Fireworks in Distance Sunset at English Bay2

Sea To Summit Hike August 2014

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Squamish Valley and Mountains Squamish Valley from Sea to Summit Peak Squamish Valley from Sea to Summit Trail
Moss on Rock Rest Area at Peak
Sea To Sky Gondola Shoes after Hiking
Sunlight Through Trees Suspension Bridge

Here are some shots I took on my recent Sea to Summit hike just next to the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls. It is in total a 9.8 km trail with a combined 918 m elevation. Pictures include incredible views of Howe Sound, Sky Pilot and the surrounding peaks.  Watching the top of Shannon Falls was quite incredible as well.

Kraftwerk – Tour de Vancouver

Kraftwerk Tour De FranceSo, I finally had the pleasure to witness the icons and pioneers of electronic music showcase their “Kraft” at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver, BC.

It was quite an experience to get entranced by the sequences of symphonies, rhythms and beats produced by four almost static, emotionless stick-like figures.  The set consisting of a single stretched performance of over two hours included a two-song encore and delivered everything one could have expected and would have come to relish.  The tracks kicked off quite fittingly with “The Robots” and included all the usual suspects including a refreshed version of “The Man-Machine” from their latest album “Man-Machine-Technology”; a chilling version of “Neon Lights” that concluded with an absolutely engrossing groove;  beat-thumping versions of “Radio-Activity”,”Boing Boom Tschak” and “Computer Love”; of course “The Model” and “Tour De France” during which I was lucky enough to time this somewhat unique snapshot of the banner graphic.

Intentional or unintentional, the simplified graphics on the backdrop screen and the 80’s reminiscent cardboard 3D glasses make the whole experience even more complete and compelling.

This no doubt will turn out to be the highlight of my summer concert-going experience for 2014.

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