The final 3:
The crew headed up to Pina’s Bay landing strip to gather our newest group to arrive. Art Smith and his two son’s Ian and Adam, where to be our guests for the next 4 days of fishing. We all headed down the beach to the awaiting Panga that would transfer them over to the ship. The rain was lightly falling, and somehow our fearless Panaga driver somehow managed to plow us bow first into a wave, sending a wall of water over our heads and drenching our new guests from head to toe. After some drying off and having a bit of a laugh about it, we made plans on what time we where going to pick them up the next morning from Tropic Star.
That next morning the sun was shining and the fishing was SLOW!!! Like really really SLOW! The bite had defiantly shut off for the first day and a half of fishing and we where all hoping that the days slow fishing wasn’t a sign of things to come.
Luckily for us the slow fishing was short lived. In the 4 days of Fishing Captain Wade raised 5 Marlin and caught 3, plus lots of Tuna and Sailfish. Each one of our guests had to chance to reel in a Marlin and we ended the 4 days of fishing by finding a nice Tuna bait ball. Congrats to the guys for catching their first Pacific Blue Marlin!
Here are some images from the last trip of our 2013 Season.
The best part about anchoring the ship in Pina’s Bay, are all of the wonderful people that would paddle over to check us out. The Mama Nido became the hang out spot, the coolest place in the bay, the place where everyone wanted to be. Not a day went by in our 20 something days at anchor where we didn’t have more than 3-10 different Little Neighbors all the time just hanging out. The kids would be hand lining for fish off of the back swim transom, everyone smiling and having a great time. Or swimming around the ship, laughing and giggling.
Every day after fishing, we would pull up to the Mama Nido and all eyes would be focused on our crew to see what they might pull out of their fish coolers. Our boys would often save extra pieces of Bonito or other fish, to give to our Little Neighbours, so they could use it for hand lining.
The back of the Mama Nido became a Canoe parking lot and a safe haven for people to congregate on when a big storm was rolling through.
Here are some pictures of our Smiling Little Neighbours. We are headed back down to Pina’s Bay next week and I can’t wait to capture more of them!!!
Nikon 105mm Micro
I went out today and purchased a used Nikon 105mm 2.8 Micro VR lens. I bought it primarily to use for Wedding Detail shots and some commercial shots, but after giving this lens a little test-drive today; I have decided that it could possibly be used for many other applications as well. Macro is just one of the many amazing uses.
This is by no means an official review and I won’t be posting 100% crops, because that just takes to much time and is tedious haha!
The feel of the lens is pretty amazing. It’s pretty beefy and has an incredibly sturdy feel to it. The Af-S on this camera is extremely accurate and quick. It does skip around a tad bit when you are extremely close to your subject, but it doesn’t skip around enough to make me crazy.
The sharpness of this lens is truly amazing, but I think my favorite part is the fact that you are not completely dedicated to shooting Macro. You could be shooting a very fine detail shot of your Bride & Groom’s Wedding rings and then all of a sudden without skipping a beat you can suddenly turn around and start snapping portraits as well. I am extremely happy to have added this to my kit and I know it will get lots of use!
Here are my not so interesting images, but I had fun shooting them and I guess that is what counts!!!! 😉
Well its been around 2 straight weeks of fog sitting over the beautiful city of Vancouver, but today the sun finally came through and the fog dropped low enough to get some nice shots of Downtown Vancouver. The sun was setting and I headed out to start shooting. The shots where taken on a Nikon D800 with a 70-200 2.8 VR 2.
I stitched together a couple of Pano’s using Autopano Pro. Super easy amazing program that doesn’t make your computer churn as much as when trying to process large files in Photoshop.
Here are some of the shots that I got.
As the Sun set’s behind Vancouver Island, you can just see the Lighthouse at Lighthouse Park clearing from underneath the fog.
City of downtown and finally be spotted after almost 2 straight weeks of Fog Cover.
West Vancouver’s shore line has not seen the sun in weeks!
Landscape shot of the city
Sun setting behind Vancouver Island. The ships in the Straight of Georgia have been sounding their fog horns non-stop!
19 image Pano Stitch—Keep Scrolling to the right on the picture to see the whole Pano. Or click the image to enlarge it.