So I had the opportunity to join up and participate in the Ottawa Ride for Dad. And what a fantastic day it was. I’m still very new to motorcycle riding but this is and was something that I have wanted to participate in ever since I heard about this event.
(Me at the Ride For Dad starting point – Canadian Aviation Museum)
The Ride for Dad (if you are unaware) is a fund raising event to raise money in support of prostate cancer. It is held in many cities all over the country. This year there was a guess that somewhere between 1500 and 2500 motorcycles would be attending the ride. I must say that as of 6am on June 1st I was unsure as to how many motorcycles would show up as we got hit by a pretty hard rain that came in nice and fast and pretty much soaked me on my way to meet some of my motorcycle club members for a pre ride breakfast.
Luckily for us as we finished breakfast the rain had pretty much stopped and our day of riding was soon to begin.
(Bike parked at the end of the parade – Getting ready for the poker run)
By about 7:30 am we had arrived at the starting point (which was the Ottawa Aviation Museum) and there was a good number of bikes that were there already, but not as much as I had expected. That quickly changed. Within the next 30 minutes the bikes arrived. Individuals, groups, clubs all began to show up and I knew that this was going to be a great day.
(sitting at a gas station (after a needed refuel) just after the first check in point for the Poker Run)
I encourage any and all that have a motorcycle to consider looking in your area to see if there is a Ride for Day, and join in the fun. The parade of motorcycles lasts for about 90 minutes. After that if you feel like it, there is a poker run. For us, that part took about 4-5 hours with all the breaks and stops for gas and lunch. But what a great day, and its all for a fantastic cause.
(Ottawa Carleton Raceway – End of the Line)
(Picture taken with my group of riders)
I was also riding with a GoPro attached to my helmet for the actual parade. Have a watch. Hope to see some of you next year!!
So we just returned from our trip to Jamaica. My wife and I were traveling not just for a vacation but to shoot a good friend of mine’s wedding. So needless to say, because of the wedding I was going to be travelling with a fair amount of equipment.
Here was my concern. I had never been to Jamaica, never been to this specific resort, and through my web browsing and review reading, I had seen a fair amount of people concerned or who had experienced theft within their rooms. Now this is not specific to Jamaica, so lets not put those words in my mouth. Theft in hotels/resorts can and do happen anywhere. But I was travelling with a lot of equipment.
Now what you do not see in the above is a 15″ Macbook Pro Retina, which was also being carried in my bag. Needless to say the hotel safe was not going to cut it. But to be completely honest the safe was bigger then i expected.
So what was I going to do. I definitely did not want to have to carry my gear around with me everywhere as for 6 of the 7 days my wife and I were on holidays and wanted to relax. After a bit of searching I came across the PacSafe.
The Pacsafe is a small wire mesh that wraps around your bag. To be completely honest I will never travel with out it as of now. It takes a bit of time to put it on your pack and to lock and unlock the Pacsafe, but its definitely worth it. I never felt that my bag and or contents were at risk. It took an extra 2-5 minutes to put all my gear in the bag and safely lock it. In my opinion money well spent.
The bag after it is secure and wrapped then attaches itself to something secure in your room. Most tables or beds or something in your hotel room is fastened securely and once this is attached to it, your bag is safe. Or at least as safe as its going to be.
Is the mesh indestructible? No. Can it be cut with wire cutters? Probably? But most thefts especially in resorts happen fast. And anything that can deter or make it more difficult is definitely a plus. This cost me about 60ish dollars canadian.
Well worth the money. IF you are travelling this may be something that you might want in and around your bag.
So with Christmas and the new year just around the corner, I was thinking about some of the new gear that Im either hoping for or possibly looking at getting within the new year.
There are only a couple of things that im looking at for myself …
1. Canon 5D Mark II
Yeah i know the 5D Mark III is out but I honestly would just like to have a full frame camera, and the 5D Mark II seems to be selling for a fairly reasonable price. I would like to try the 6D as well just to see which one would fit my needs better.
2. 70-200mm F/2.8
I Currently have a Canon 70-200mm F/4.0 but would like a 2.8 lens. Have been looking at both the Canon and the Sigma lenses and because of price the Sigma has definitely sparked my interest.
3. Carbon Fiber Tripod
This one is hopefully to be ordered very soon. Not sure which one I will buy but im definitely on the lookout. Just want a nice light tripod for travel.
With more and more stuff going into my camera bag I would like the actual bag to be safe and I really like the idea of the PacSafe. Hopefully this will be something that I also pick up fairly soon as I will be doing some travel in the coming months. Looks like a great way to secure the camera bag that you already own.
So what’s on your list? Let me know?
So Canon has the new 6D and Nikon has the new D600. So when you just look at the specs it kinda looks like the Nikon should completely dominate this competition. But is that how it goes down? Watch the video below to see how the two cameras compare.
So for a second time i’ve had the opportunity to work alongside the band “doll” (local band from Ottawa Ontario) and help them create a music video for one of their new tracks. So as of today it is finally finished.
So a little bit about the video…
Firstly this video was entirely shot with Canon dSLR cameras. We used both a T2i and 7D. In regards to our lens choice we used what i had available… which was a Canon 50mm f/1.8, a Canon 24-85 f/3.5-5.6, and lastly a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5. Both cameras were always hand held to give it the shaky look. We then imported it into Final Cut Pro X and did the color correcting with Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks plugin (we ended up having some problems but i do explain that in the video). The little girl in the video is my daughter and this was completely out of her element which makes me so proud. Pretty hard song to memorize so that she could lip sync along with the song.
Here’s the video …
Here is the video that I previously did with them (about a year or so ago). Be warned that this video has very strong language. So watch at your own discretion.
So yesturday I posted a video review of the iOS app Filmic Pro. Once of the features that I really liked was the stabilizer. Now since the video i was showing was being screen captured there was a fair bit of quality loss. So today I went and hooked my iPhone to my mount in my car. Drove around and recorded it, to see how well the stabilizer within Filmic Pro worked. Pretty good indeed. Anyways take a look and let me know what you think.
So I came across this cool app called Filmic Pro for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and I must say that it is pretty cool. If you use your iPhone or iPad to do video recording this may turn into your ‘GO TO App’. I must say that this will probably be the app that I use most for video recording on the iPhone.
So check out my video review. Hope you like.