Rainy Outcome

Sunday was the Bastion Square Grand Prix Criterium. This is the big race in Victoria for roadies. Unfortunately the weather was not co-operating, and it was cold, a little windy, and rainy. Not good for road bikes trying to go fast.

Todd raced here as well, unfortunately crashed out with 2 laps to go. The last pic below shows the outcome of that.

The rest of my Bastion Square Grand Prix pictures are here.

Visualize Criterium

Last weekend was the Victoria Cycling Festival. I got out Saturday and Sunday to watch the racing, and to cheer on Todd who was racing. I also managed to take a few pictures 😉

Action photography is hard. Everything is happening so quickly that you really need to visualize what is going to happen, plan for that, then be lucky enough to trip the shutter at the exact right time to capture what you had intended. It also helps to have the correct settings on the camera too. I messed up some of my flash photography because I was in the right mode, just the wrong setting.

Below are my favorite shots from the Cops for Cancer Criterium. The rest of my shots from this race are here.

Ottawa Processing

Pics from the Ottawa vacation. We did a lot while we were there. A farmers market, the cottage in Quebec, and then back to Ottawa where Sox and I were able to check out the Bywar Market. Its taken too long to get the pictures up, so I haven’t done any of the post processing that I was wanting to.

Along the canal.

A farmers market in the park.

Scenes from the cottage.

Outside the Kazabazua pottery store.

Byward Market

All the pics are here.

Langley Weekend

A couple weekends ago we made a trip to Langley to visit Sox’s family, and to visit with some friends. It was a great trip but rather expensive when you add in the IKEA trip.

My mother in law has the most amazing garden, and every time I visit I come away with some spectacular pictures of her flowers.

While there we walked up to a nearby park so Sprout could play. He enjoyed the slide a lot.

I also took Yoshi up to the dog park a couple times where he had a great time.

On the last day we were there I got out on my own to just wander and shoot. Downtown Langley was pretty quiet for BC Day, but it gave me more opportunity to take pictures.

It was a great trip. Lots packed into a long weekend.

All the pics are here.

Organizing Impossible

I have been looking for some software for organizing my pictures for quite a while. There is a features set I have in mind for this software, and it seems impossible to find.

  1. tagging
    • show which tags I have already used
    • tagging auto complete
    • tagging information stored in an open format (XML)
  2. archiving pictures to DVD
  3. ideally NO picture manipulation (no resizing or retouching)
  4. ideally open source software
  5. works with my existing pictures folder hierarchy

I have been following this LifeHacker article on that very topic. I am currently using the YYY-MM-DD-Topic folder hierarchy that a lot of the commenters say they use. I really want better searching capabilities though, so software is needed.

I don’t like Picasa. Memory Miner sounds cool , but there is no windows version yet (I am hopefully on the mailing list for the windows Beta).

ACDSee is heavy duty, but maybe ACDSee Viewer will work – more investigation needed.

Pixvue is now abandonware.

Adobe Photoshope Elements

Corel Snapfire – UI sucks

This guy talks about IMatch. I might download that and try it but $59.95 USD? That is a little pricey for me.

There are lots of things to investigate, but I still feel like whatever I find isn’t exactly what I am looking for.