civil war

Some civil war soldiers taken with the Nikon D3100. I have had the camera long enough now to know I like it. The big benefit is the small size compared to my Nikon D300s. The video has some better features than the D300s too. Likely I will use the D3100 a lot. What I notice though, is that the D300s does have the edge with image quality and also the D3100 pictures looking a little washed out, nothing that can’t be fixed in post processing though.


A shot of a lamppost offering support to the Steel Worker's strike. Given the ways protests have been dealt with in Canada recently, I would not be surprised if this lamppost is arrested


Another shot of the Hamilton lockout. Notice the van in the background - it is full of private security guards. Ordinarily when I take pictures of the steelworks gates the security guards come out to harass me. This time they did not, probably because there were a few dozen angry striking steelworkers standing behind me when I took this shot.

pensions & benifits

A sign outside a Hamilton Steelworks today where the Local 1005 of the United Steelworkers remain locked out by U.S. Steel since early November.

aisle 5

Airport parking at 2E aisle 5


So far the D3100 is testng well - intitial focus point tests are good. Here is a nighttime shot.

fence (test)

Still testing the Nikon D3100

nikon d3100

So busy with classes and grading over the past whilte no time to post. But I did get time to go pick up a Nikon D3100 body. No chance to do any serious testing yet – but I will soon, The intent is this will replace the D60 as a lightweight backup body to the D300s. The D3100 also has video capabilities (unline the D60) and these are supposed to be better even than the D300s video — we will see over the coming weeks if this is so.

hot wheels

My neighbours car! Which I sometimes get to drive!

moving day

Helped R and T move into their new house this weekend - and of course I took some photos.


A break from the Halloween photos to celebrate the 50th birthday of a neighbour and friend. In fact our entire street went to celebrate at the night club Berlin. I am not usually a nightclub kind of guy, but when it includes all the neighbors, it becomes my kind of thing - what a party!

halloween - chilean miners

33 Chilean miners showed up for the halloween party. No joke - these guys were for real - here are two of them chatting with Sherlock Holmes.

halloween - action hero

This guy made this halloween costume at home - nice!

halloween bar

A shot from my neighbour's bar at the halloween party.

halloween rock star

A Halloween party last night at my neighbor’s house. More shots to follow over the next few days.

african dance

I saw this painting in a shop window - wonderful! Makes me want to give up the camera and take up the brush!