Monthly Archives: April 2011

Whiskey Jacks

It’s that time of year when we are receiving lots of rainfall in the lower mainland. A day of sunshine is a real treat and it provided me with the opportunity to do some snowshoeing in Cypress Provincial Park.

The weather was a constantly changing combination of sun and cloud. I was hoping that the dramatic light would allow me to capture some good images of The Lions which are a pair of pointed peaks. I waited for several hours for the weather to clear but it never materialized. I knew where The Lions were located and that they were tantalizingly close, just out of sight and behind the quickly moving clouds and mist.

As I sat waiting I was kept company by a number of Whiskey Jacks or Gray Jays who were hoping that I would feed them. I don’t believe in feeding the wildlife because it habituates them to human beings. They enjoyed sitting on the tips of my snowshoes and were quite happy to pose for photos.

©Jens Preshaw

©Jens Preshaw

Eventually the clouds and mist parted and provided a small window that allowed me a few minutes where I could see the east peak of The Lions. I was able to quickly take a few images before it disappeared from sight. It was getting late in the day and I still needed to snowshoe down the mountain.

©Jens Preshaw

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iPhone4 – Useful Photography App

I purchased my iPhone 4 at the end of July when they went on sale in Canada, so I’ve had mine for about eight months. As a photographer I really like some of the useful apps that you can download for free or purchase from the Apple App Store. The iBooks app is free and most people use it to download books onto their iPhone or iPad. What I really like about it is that I’ve been able to download many of the user’s manuals as PDF’s from the Nikon website. On my iPhone I now have the manuals for my camera, several lenses and my flash.

This is really useful when you are out shooting images and you want to quickly check the manual in regards to settings for your camera or flash. The manuals themselves are big, bulky and heavy. You don’t want to be carrying all this additional weight in your camera pack. To have them all contained and so easily accessible on your iPhone is really helpful for any amateur or professional photographer.

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