Sep 30, 2008

Winnipeg Beach


Winnipeg Beach, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

I was in Winnipeg Beach for a Classic Car assignment and got the opportunity to walk the boardwalk for a few minutes prior to the shoot.

I took this photo through the eyepiece of my DSLR while it had a 300mm lens and a 1.4 teleconverter on it.

Kind of interesting.

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Sep 29, 2008

Parking Authority


Parking Authority, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

The tall foreheads at the Winnipeg Parking Authority must have been on vacation this summer. Because the person that made the decision to notify resident parking pass holders that they needed to upgrade their pass by giving them parking violation tickets can't be a cream of the crop employee.

A parking ticket! In front of my house! With a pass that was purchased years ago hanging in the window!

My blood pressure probably went through the roof. I was in a bad mood for most of the morning until I could storm into the parking authority office to dispute the ticket.

Then not only did I find out that this was their tactic to get people to renew, but the person who gave me the ticket transposed two letters of my license plate thus voiding the ticket.

If I had been calm enough to carefully read the license # on the ticket I probably would have thrown it away without a thought.

Ugh.
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Sep 28, 2008

Petting Zoo


Petting Zoo, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

The horse nipped Aa's finger, but she still had lots of fun at the Corn Maze south of the city. Lots of cool animals to pet. Bunnies, goats, lambs, a baby cow, big pigs and smaller pigs, a couple of turkeys that A got too close to and a horse ride too.

Then we got lost in the maze before Aa decided to call it quits.

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Sep 27, 2008

Mvc @ Ellice & King Edward


Mvc @ Ellice & King Edward, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Another car accident involving an infant. The baby is ok, but a passenger in the vehicle was removed from the drivers side door and sent to hospital.

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Mvc @ pembina & university cres

Small child in one of the cars. See the child seat in foreground. Don't know conditions yet.

UPDated: baby is ok

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Challenge For Life


Challenge For Life, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

CancerCare MB held a 20K walk this morning and Holli Moncrieff was there taking part with friend William(?).

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Sep 26, 2008

Milt Stegal award


Milt Stegal award, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Gary Doer holds Milts award before the game.
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Sep 25, 2008

MVC @ Dugald & Hwy 207


MVC @ Dugald & Hwy 207, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

A collision just east of Winnipeg, on the southwest corner of Dugald Road and Hwy 207, has sent four people to hospital. One passenger is 'not looking too good,' according to a Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service captain. RCMP have closed down Hwy 207 in both directions and the westbound lane of Dugald Road.

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UPDATE: The passenger who was not looking too good has passed away from her injuries according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Roadside Memorial Vandalism


Roadside Memorial Vandalism, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

The roadside memorial I shot last week that was stolen has been hit again. Now the replacement has been vandalized.

Who are these people?

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Sep 24, 2008

Mark Messier at City Hall


Mark Messier at City Hall, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Cold FX spokesman Mark Messier signs a toddlers cap after a press conference anouncing Manitoba's Hockey Mom. He gave an Oilers jersey to the Mayor.
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Sep 23, 2008

Main Stage Book Sales


Main Stage Book Sales, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

The intermission saw a herd of book lovers swarm the sales table.

I am always amazed that Mariam Toews recognises me. The last time I took her photo was years ago... Maybe I look like someone she knows a bit more.

The three authors from before the intermission were great. Joan Thomas, Saleema Nawaz, Maurice Mierau.
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Carol Shields Quote Walls


Carol Shields Quote Walls, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Some kids from Ecole St. Avila hold signs with some Carol Shields quotes during the unveiling of the two Quote Walls at the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth in King's Park.

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Sep 21, 2008

Blogging the Writers Festival

Volunteering some time to help the Thin Air Writers Festival blogger chief by watching over a video camera doing a time-lapse of the opening event at The Forks.
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Sep 19, 2008

Elton John concert


Elton John concert, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Is it cheating if I take a cellphone photo of a screen with a photo I took using my work SLR?

I wasn't about to pull out the phone while shooting this. Can you imagine... "sorry boss I didn't get THE shot, wait! Its on my phone at 2MP. Would that work for you?"

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The review is really nice too.


Roadside memorial stolen


Roadside memorial stolen, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

That's just sad. Who would do that.

Read the story.
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Fuel spill on Nairn


Fuel spill on Nairn, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

A fuel spill at Nairn and Foster causes rushhour mayhem after a stopped truck lost its breaks and jumped the concrete median losing around 200 liters of diesel fuel. No one was injured and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.
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House fire on Hampton


House fire on Hampton, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

A house fire at 294 Hampton gutted the small bungalow. No injuries were reported.

The house had many trees in the front yard and we were across the street, so photo opportunities were limited. I sneaked down the back lane and got this shot along the side of the house.
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Sep 18, 2008

Voter of the day


Voter of the day, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Another day another voter.

Voter of the Day Thursday

Name: Jeanne Tusa, 77
Riding: St. Boniface
Voting: Conservative

“(Prime Minister Stephen Harper) has come into his own. If the other two guys (Liberal Stephane Dion and the NDP’s Jack Layton) wouldn’t keep yelling and screaming. I think people are tired of a three-way government. We should have a majority.”
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Garden Party


Garden Party, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

I was sent to a retirement home to shoot a standalone photo of their 20th anniversary Roarin' '20s Garden Party.

Some vintage cars were on display for the residents to check out and some took the opportunity to climb aboard and reminisce.

Ken and Beryal Fallis taught me a thing or two about the Model-T. In the video Ken explains the basics while the owner of the 1921 Model-T, Reta Rosendahl pitches in with some comments. The car was purchased by her husbands father in '21 for $345.
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Sep 15, 2008

Blue Ice Cream (Bubblegum)


Blue Ice Cream (Bubblegum), originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Still in Gimli.

The girl is now awake and had some icecream. Lots of mess, lots of fun.

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Uploaded by mdcellphoto on 15 Sep 08, 7.10PM CDT.



Gimli beach


Gimli beach, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Spent a good day in Gimli with the girls. We watched as a boat was taken out of the lake by a crane and ran up and down the boardwalk until Aa got upset that other people were using the stairs.

We walked the beach and looked at a dead fish in the water. Aa got into a "loop" of finding rocks to throw at standing pool of yucky water.

Of course the search for shells and cool stones netted Aa a pocket full.

When she finally fell asleep we got hamburgers and the largest order of fries EVER.

So gi-normous posting a photo would just turn you off.
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Sep 13, 2008

My Aa loves the new paints


My Aa loves the new paints, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

The $1.95 set of watercolour paints was pretty much used up after only a couple of hours of continuous use this afternoon. I managed to find some extra brushes from my university days in Fine Arts so that A and I could take part in the fun. Aa had a death grip on the brush that came with the set.

It was very cool to watch her test each colour then move on to mixing two then three and more for different effects.

At one point she made a circle with a line coming out the bottom. When I told her that she made a nice tree she immediately went to the pink and announced that it needed some apples.

Best $2 ever spent! Thanks A for insisting.

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Uploaded by mdcellphoto on 13 Sep 08, 6.04PM CDT.

Sep 11, 2008

Voter of the Day


Voter of the Day, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

I had to do the voter of the day. The photo runs really small in the paper so I decided to use the camera phone.

Name: David Middleton
Riding: Selkirk-Interlake
Voting: Undecided
Comment: “I don’t think (an election) should’ve been called. There’s nothing new to turn my crank.”
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Uploaded by mdcellphoto on 11 Sep 08, 1.53PM CDT.



Sep 10, 2008

The Zeke Moreno Factor


The Zeke Moreno Factor, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

Zeke "and destroy" Moreno talks to the media after the practice. Moreno was acquired from Hamilton for a first round draft pick next year. Tom Canada was supposed to be traded for Moreno until it was discovered that Canada's spleen was bleeding effectively ending talks of a trade for the fan favorite.
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Uploaded by mdcellphoto on 10 Sep 08, 5.07PM CDT.



Sep 6, 2008

Foamy Fountain Delight


Foamy Fountain Delight, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

After breakfast today we noticed that the fountain on Broadway was full of foam as though someone had dumped some dish soap in it. Our daughter didn't know what to make of it. Is this scary or fun? Of course A's shouts of delight sounded a lot like screams of fear which didn't help Aa at all.

Let's put it this way, there was lots of screaming and shouting that ended in me carrying Aa to the car in a desperate atempt to ward off a headache and some of my own shouting.
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Uploaded by mdcellphoto on 6 Sep 08, 6.52PM CDT.



Sep 3, 2008

Blogging the Fest


Blogging the Fest, originally uploaded by mdcellphoto.

My partner is the official blogger for the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. She twitters the press conference (photo) and takes photos of the staff of the festival afterwards (video).

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Uploaded by mdcellphoto on 3 Sep 08, 11.50AM CDT.