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It sometimes sucks to be a Canadian

To make a long story short, I had a problem with my gopro Hero 3 black. To make a long story

Damaged GoPro Hero 3 Black

Damaged GoPro Hero 3 Black

short, I was on vacation in Jamaica this year. I took the gopro out in the water as I had countless

Damaged GoPro Hero 3 Black

times before this and well the case leaked. I quickly went back to my room, took everything apart and put it all in a ziplock bag with some desiccant but the damage was done. Probably because it was salt water.
When I got home I contacted gopro customer service. They were very pleasant to deal with. Informed me that the camera was out of warranty and that it would also be difficult to determine why the case leaked (product failure vs user failure). They did offer me a 20% discount on a new camera. I thought this was somewhat reasonable and took the offer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

New GoPro Hero 4 Silver

I had to send in my damaged gopro which cost me about $16. They got the camera and gave me a code for my 20% discount. I had to order the camera through them. So I ordered the camera but after totalling up all my costs (taxes, duty, shipping, conversion rates) it was not that great of a deal. I ended up with about an 8% savings vs buying the camera from futureshop.

This was a bummer and I contacted gopro again to see if something can be done to get the compensation back to the offer but no can do. I suggested a free batter or two, but NOPE!!

If I was in the USA this would have been a great deal, but after all the added costs, not really so good. It was a discount and glad that for but I guess being a Canada works against you when you are dealing with a US company that doesn’t have a Canadian outlet.

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Out and Aboot

I was able to get out backpacking in Sept.  I went with a couple friends and we hit the LaCloche Silhouette trail in Killarney Provincial Park.  I was with my friends Jay and Sherri.  Jay and I had done the 78km loop back in July.  We did it in 4 days (recommended time is 7-10 days) so we didn’t get much of a chance to enjoy the views.  So this time we decided to take it easy and have some R&R time along with stopping to do some photography.  I was able to get the photos loaded up last night and wanted to pop out a first quick photo.

This is the view from Little Lake Superior when exiting the site back to the main trail.

Hope you enjoy, mtc.

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Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

A quick break from the New Orleans photos.  In February at the Milton Camera Club we had a person come and speak about pet photography.  For our outing we visited a dog breeder.

More specifically a Golden Retriever breeder.   These dogs are awesome looking.  I have a Chocolate Labrador which has short hair.  With the hair on these dogs I would imagine the shedding and hair that would take place …. thats a whole lot of vacuuming.

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

The oldest of the bunch was a friendly dog.  Not shy to come great our group.  The youngin however was a different story.  He didn’t want to leave the owner’s side.  It took him a while to warm up and even then felt most comfortable when with another dog.

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

He was the most challenging to shoot.  Dog photograph is so much fun (if you are a dog lover like me).  I suppose it would much more enjoyable though once the weather turns a tad bit warmer 😉

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

Golden Retriever, dog breeder

For more photos from this session check out this flickr gallery here

Parking Garage

New Orleans

New Orleans covered parking garage.

I walked many a mile around the French Quarter and Central Business District.  One thing that I noticed was that many of the parking spaces are covered.  I am not sure if it is just because they have abandoned buildings that someone has bought and turned into garages of if there is a reason why parking would need to be covered.  I didn’t find much using good ole google.  If I had more time I would have liked to find an interesting car that I could contrast with the grungy building (deteriorating brick and concrete).  When I was taking this photo the guy who empties the cash out of the machines was coming around.  I am not sure if he knew what to make of me, with my camera and tripod ;).

These locations would also make and interesting portrait backdrop.  And another bonus is that they light would be consistent making it easier to control.  Bring a light shaper like a softbox or umbrella and you would be in business.

Lots more photos to go through.

St. Louis Cathedral

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One of the things that I wanted to photograph the most in New Orleans was the St. Louis Cathedral.  The cathedral claims to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.  Its full name is the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France and it was originally built in 1727.  I am not sure why I am so drawn to churches.  Maybe partly being raised in the Church (not Catholic tho).  Or maybe its the engineer in me and I seem to marvel at how these beautiful buildings were constructed so long ago.  I visited the cathedral several times over my stay in New Orleans.  This being the first.

Which view do you like better?

What perspective do you like better

Yes, more New Orleans,

The next little while I will be posting more and more of my New Orleans photographs as I get to go through them.  If you are into archetecture photography, wow that is an awesome place to go to.  Its too bad they don’t make tilt shift lenses for micro four thirds cameras.  I hope as this type of camera becomes more popular the lens selection grows.  There is always the option of an adapter and buying a full framed lens if things don’t get that far.  Why a tilt shift you may ask, well one of things a tilt shift does is allows you to control the plane of the sensor so that you can align it perpendicular to the building (in this case) so that the perspective doesn’t change.  The above image is the perspective from out of the camera.  If I had a tilt shift lens the image would have looked more like this.  Straight on (I did this in photoshop).  Which view do you like better?

Changing the perspective, what do you like better

Changing the perspective, what do you like better

Cafe du Monde

When I told a friend of mine that I was going to New Orleans she told me that I had to go to Cafe du Monde for a Beignet.  What is a beignet you ask, well beignet is actually a french word for donut.  I actually knew this before I went as my kid is in french immersion and he had this as one of his spelling test words, but I digress.  The beignet is made similar to a donut, with dough that is fried and then sprinkled heavily with icing sugar.  They are served warm, and man are they good.  An order consist of three.  I had these for three breakfasts and had to cut myself off before I grew out of my pants.  They claim to have opened in 1862.  Currently the main location is on Decature Street which can get crazy busy.  There is a second shop located on the Riverwalk which is usually less busy and still the same goodness, yummy.

New Orleans, Cafe du Monde

New Orleans, Cafe du Monde

Later in the week we decided to try another place called Cafe Beignet. They also had awesome beignets (I am thinking that you can’t make a bad one).  They seemed more airy, more like a french cruller but defenitaly not as airy.

mtc