Sunday, August 31, 2008

Summer Coif

Alpacas on the North Road

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Swiss Chard #2

Well, here is the last photo of the colour challenge. Thanks to those of you who followed along and kept me going with your comments and dialogue. It's been interesting and fun but I have to say I'm looking forward to returning to my comfort zone. Cheers!

Friday, August 29, 2008

South Road

Obviously, this isn't sharp, not even close. It was in the trash but before deleting it, I looked again and really liked the colours. So I cropped and resized it, leaving the colour, contrast and brightness unmanipulated. Darned if I didn't still like it (in a "painterly" sort of way) so here it is. Doesn't even really look like a photograph and it's definitely far removed from my usual fare but this whole week has been about stretching and taking chances so what the heck?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Warm And Fuzzy

Posting this one today not so much because it's the best photo in the queue but because it ties in to the discussion we've been having. I looked at in in B&W and it was nice but not as "warm" (duh!) so there ya go. In my Tri-X days, I wouldn't have even thought about it which is why I'm enjoying this colour challenge and digital photography in general. It's good to keep growing don't you think?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Descanso Bay Blues

For the most part, I am perfectly happy with my point-and-shoot cameras but every once in a while I wish I had more capability. A wider angle lens would've been nice here but...oh well.

If you should visit Gabriola, you'll want to check out Descanso Bay Regional Park.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Odd Shots Monday > Lovers Candle

More odd shots from around the world here

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Colour Challenge

In 1976, I discovered the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and his cohorts at the Magnum Agency in Paris. Awestruck by the simple perfection and emotional impact of those black and white photographs, I bought a Leica rangefinder and set out to frame a few “decisive moments” of my own. A couple hundred rolls of Tri-X later, I had a handful of decent prints. The masters make it look so easy don’t they? But I never gave up and my passion for monochrome has yet to ebb. At the turn of the century, I embraced digital photography almost immediately (instant gratification and freedom from nasty chemicals), but the new medium has steered me down an unexpected side street…colour. I’ve been tinkering with it some, but it seems to be a lot like playing the ukulele: Easy to do at a modest level but tough to do really well. I’m game though. So I’m taking on the self-assignment of posting one week’s worth of colour pictures, the best I can come up with. The goal is seven images that work in colour, are about colour, celebrate colour. Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Orange Blossom Special

Busking at the Saturday market

Friday, August 22, 2008

Peace Flags

Many languages, one message

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Patriotic Duty

Today is National Sex Day here in Canada. OK, it's not really an official holiday...yet. But you can read all about it here. I encourage all my fellow Canadians to do it for the flag today, maybe a couple of times, eh? And citizens of the world, don't you think you should show your solidarity with us Canucks by making love instead of working or surfing the internet? What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Inside The Roxy

Stevie B's "living room"

Today GDP went over the 1000 visitors mark and I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by, especially those of you who have taken the time to leave a comment. Very much appreciated.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Odd Shots Monday > Smiling Cowgirl

A tip of the hat to Katney's selection for today. More odd shots from around the world may be found over at her place

Sunday, August 17, 2008


OK, it's just a snapshot but this fawn pretty much pegs the cute-o-meter eh?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Deux Chevaux

Ya gotta love this face. It belongs to a black Citroen 2CV that was parked behind the Village Market yesterday. I've never owned one but the Deux Chevaux has been my favourite automobile since I first laid eyes on one. Definitely a classic design that has stood the test of time: 3.8 million cars built between 1949 and 1990 and the styling was pretty much unchanged for the entire production run.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008


According to the old saying, wood warms you twice. But by the time the smoke from this pile of fir and arbutus goes up the chimney, it will have warmed me not two but three times: Once when my neighbour and I loaded it into my truck and hauled it to my driveway, once when I split and stack it and one more time when my wife and I fire up the woodstove this fall.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ale Up Water Back

Chillin' on the patio at The Surf

Friday, August 8, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Gabriola is known as The Isle of the Arts, a well-deserved moniker. Many residents have custom street address signs like this one. I'll be posting more of these from time to time so watch for the numbers.

A note to locals: If you haven't seen Doane Gregory's exhibit at Artworks, scurry on over there today and behold some world-class photography.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Chrome Eyelid

1962 Volkswagen Beetle spotted in the parking lot at Suzy's. Today's post is a tip-of-the-hat to Lynette over at Portland Oregon Daily Photo who put up several nice vintage cars last month.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Garden Gals

Over the counter at Wild Rose Garden Centre

Friday, August 1, 2008

Swiss Chard

Today's global theme is "metal".