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  • A Foggy Morning at Sea Lion Caves

    written by dirklancer on 2012-09-05 #places
    A Foggy Morning at Sea Lion Caves

    After three days of scenic driving up the west coast, a little more than 1/2 way from San Francisco to Seattle, we woke up in the quaint little city of Florence, OR. We knew that if we got up early and made the 20-minute drive to Sea Lion Caves first thing, we'd get there before the hordes of tourists descended. What we didn't realize was that we'd also arrive before the fog lifted...

  • The Smith Tower: The Cage at the Top of Seattle

    written by dirklancer on 2012-08-30 #places
    The Smith Tower: The Cage at the Top of Seattle

    The Smith Tower in Seattle hasn't been able to claim the title of "tallest skyscraper on the west coast" for 50 years, but this 38-storey neoclassical office tower is still worth a visit. Since the first 34 floors are private offices, and the top three floors are for private residence, your visit will include the lobby, the elevator, and The Chinese Room on the 35th floor.

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  • The Banff Gondola Mountaintop Experience

    written by dirklancer on 2011-11-26 #places
    The Banff Gondola Mountaintop Experience

    In Banff and looking for something do to? Get the heck away from that tacky souvenir shop and find your way to the Banff Gondola. Get on to Mountain Avenue and follow the Gondola/Hot Springs signs. Soon enough you'll be elevated 698m to the summit (2281m above sea level), and the view will take your breath away (the thin air also helps with that).

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  • HMCS Haida: The

    written by dirklancer on 2011-10-06 #places
    HMCS Haida: The

    I had about 3 hours to kill in Hamilton on a sunny afternoon. I was trying to follow the coastline of Lake Ontario, eager to find something interesting when the site of a huge battleship caught me a little off guard.

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  • Photobooth: Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-26
    Photobooth: Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It

    Sometimes, all it takes is a single sense to remind you of something substantial. In this case, an orange photobooth curtain reminded me of some fresh fruit and a corny joke.

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  • Someone's favorite childhood hangout: the World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-10 #places
    Someone's favorite childhood hangout: the World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon

    This larger than life public sculpture doubles as a one-piece playground. Every time we see a little red wagon, we'll remember our rest stop in Spokane.

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  • Alberta All British Motoring Society Field Meet

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-06 #places
    Alberta All British Motoring Society Field Meet

    My British Motoring Society Field Meet Haiku: Haphazard placement/A shiny British rainbow /Cars parked like with like.

  • 10 Things You Should Take in a Photobooth

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-02
    10 Things You Should Take in a Photobooth

    Everyone likes a list. Seriously, so much crap gets forwarded and passed around the internet just because someone put it in a list. Smart people should realize this and make all the important content into a list, just so everyone will look at it. I took my lead from the 10 Commandments and the 10 Rules of Lomography.

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  • Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-02 #places
    Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls

    There's a lot to do in Niagara Falls but there's one attraction that was there before all the rest. Don't get caught up in the hype, get down to the water instead! Maid of the Mist is the aptly named boat ride that has been getting to the heart of the falls since 1846.

  • Recipe for a Moderately Successful Series of Personal Grooming Photos in a Confined Public Space

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-01
    Recipe for a Moderately Successful Series of Personal Grooming Photos in a Confined Public Space

    Some people eat breakfast on the train. Some people put on make up in the car. Some people read in the toilet. They might call it multitasking and pat themselves on the back; I call it uncreative, boring, practical, and shave in the photobooth. As they say in France, "To each his own (only they say it in French)."

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  • The Photobooth Snaps: Do You Snap Back?

    written by dirklancer on 2011-08-31
    The Photobooth Snaps: Do You Snap Back?

    A photobooth is designed to do the same thing over and over again. It reliably snaps your photos, day in and day out. Same depth of focus, same format, same repetition. But some of us want to snap back, and you may wonder which approach, and which camera you should use to really capture your photobooth in action?

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  • Photobooth Impulses: Sometimes You Just Need a Good Fix(er)

    written by dirklancer on 2011-08-26
    Photobooth Impulses: Sometimes You Just Need a Good Fix(er)

    I usually get my fix in the traditional analogue way. I snap pictures, drive to the lab, wait, drive back to the lab, scan, and enjoy. You may have heard of 35mm referred to as a "gateway drug;" of this, I am living proof. Sometimes, late at night, I find I just can't wait. That's when I turn to something a little more hardcore: old school photobooths.

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  • The Niagara SkyWheel

    written by dirklancer on 2011-08-19 #places
    The Niagara SkyWheel

    The Niagara SkyWheel rises above it all. Oh man, that's the cheesiest intro I've written yet. But seriously, the SkyWheel rises above the cheese that is Clifton Hill. Hop in a climate-controlled passenger cabin and get a bird's eye view of the magnificent falls.

  • Pinholaroid Colorpack II: When Life Gives You Lemons

    written by dirklancer on 2011-06-23
    Pinholaroid Colorpack II: When Life Gives You Lemons

    Is your glass half full or half empty? I carry too many cameras at one time. I don't say this because of some generally accepted number that is "too many". Like anyone can even know that. I say that I carry too many cameras because of the physical limitations of having only 2 arms and 1 back. This situation occasionally leads to an awkward moment, the worst of these being the "drop". That's right, the hair on the back of your neck just stood up...rightly so. No camera-loving fool wants to drop his or her camera. No matter how many he or she has.

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  • We All Have Our Dragons

    written by dirklancer on 2011-06-03
    We All Have Our Dragons

    He knew this one was there, unseen, in the hazy heat of the day. It hovered over the parched lawn, waiting to destroy the expired and carelessly stored Polaroid 664. The packfilm was no match for time and low humidity.

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  • Canon Photura - an interesting blip in 35mm evolution

    written by dirklancer on 2011-05-16 #people #gear
    Canon Photura - an interesting blip in 35mm evolution

    In the early 90s, Canon thought it would be a good idea to try something different. It turns out it wasn't such a good idea.

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  • Rest-A-While B&B: Middle of Nowhere, Alberta

    written by dirklancer on 2011-04-08 #places
    Rest-A-While B&B: Middle of Nowhere, Alberta

    An annual trek to the middle of nowhere to meet up with old friends, eat quality food, drink quality beer, and play quality board games.

  • High School Musical Toy Camera

    written by dirklancer on 2011-03-29 #gear
    High School Musical Toy Camera

    Well, this is going to be a little embarrassing...writing this post requires me to admit that I own a toy camera with a picture of the Wildcats from High School Musical on the front of it.

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  • Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

    written by dirklancer on 2011-02-28 #places
    Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

    Drumheller, Alberta has been a haven for dinosaur lovers for decades. Sooner or later they all end up at the world class paleontology centre, the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

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  • Peters' Drive-In: the Drive In You Can't Drive By

    written by dirklancer on 2011-02-27 #places
    Peters' Drive-In: the Drive In You Can't Drive By

    The TransCanada Highway runs from coast to coast of one of the largest countries in the world. It crosses vast barren landscapes, it climbs rugged mountain passes, it bisects small towns, and it navigates large cities. In Calgary, Alberta, for almost 50 years it has conveyed traffic that slows to a crawl to pass Peters' Drive-In, "The Drive-In You Can't Drive By".

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  • Famous 5 Sculpture

    written by dirklancer on 2011-02-24 #places
    Famous 5 Sculpture

    Here are some women you can look up to and not just because they're taller than you. In 1929, Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Nellie McClung fought for the recognition of women as persons under the British North America Act (in Canada). Though the "Persons' Case" was their most significant achievement, these five women dedicated their lives to improving their communities in innumerable ways, serving to instill a spirit of strength and leadership that could be drawn upon for years to come.

  • Family of Man Sculpture

    written by dirklancer on 2011-02-18 #places
    Family of Man Sculpture

    Big naked people. Need I say more? Nearly a dozen giant naked people greeted me on the grounds of the Calgary Education Centre. Their indistinct genitals notwithstanding, the 21-foot humans - men, women, and children - represent a family of sorts.

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  • Ansco Shur-Flash Medium Format Box Camera

    written by dirklancer on 2011-01-28 #gear
    Ansco Shur-Flash Medium Format Box Camera

    Sometimes, that lovely old box camera on the shelf in the used bookstore/coffee shop works better than you think. This vintage Ansco was surprising, and I mean that in a good way.

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  • Give 'em the Bird

    written by dirklancer on 2011-01-27 #gear
    Give 'em the Bird

    A test roll of Rollei Crossbird (35mm, 200iso) in a Superheadz Golden Half yields some bright and happy faces...

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  • Capital Ex

    written by dirklancer on 2010-12-11 #places
    Capital Ex

    Winter is a great time to remember summer, is it not? What is it about this annual exhibition that inspires my love/hate relationship with crowds and cotton candy? If you're a bit confused on what I'm talking about, here's a look at Capital Ex - an annual festival that we get to enjoy - or not, every July.

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  • My Original Diana

    written by dirklancer on 2010-11-28 #gear
    My Original Diana

    I'm a sucker for toy camera deals. I go weak in the knees when I find a decent camera selection in an antique market. But I'm a certifiable lunatic for affordable working vintage toy cameras, and it's discoveries like this Original Diana that motivate me to keep searching and collecting.

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  • Hoodoos?

    written by dirklancer on 2010-11-21 #places
    Hoodoos?

    Unusual rock formations are always appealing to me and my camera arsenal. Join me as I check out the Hoodoos! They rise out of the canyon walls all around the Drumheller valley; giant mushroom pillars of rock clinging to the flaky clay slopes. They are a magnet for tourists with expensive cameras and spoiled children.

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  • The View from the Pool at the Hyatt Regency Calgary

    written by dirklancer on 2010-11-02 #places
    The View from the Pool at the Hyatt Regency Calgary

    the 18th floor of the Hyatt Regency Calgary has two things that I found appealing. A pool, and a great view of downtown Calgary.

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  • Star Mine Suspension Bridge

    written by dirklancer on 2010-10-26 #places
    Star Mine Suspension Bridge

    A non-dinosaur related tourist attraction in the Drumheller badlands, Walk across, walk back. This is one of those under-sanitized tourist attractions. No admission fee. No guides or guards. No fence to draw the line between touring and trespassing.

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  • The Bridges to Wayne, Alberta

    written by dirklancer on 2010-10-03 #places
    The Bridges to Wayne, Alberta

    This is a story of crossing eleven bridges in 6 kilometres and discovering the hamlet of Wayne - population 27. Wayne is a hamlet in the Canadian province of Alberta. Once home to thousands of coal miners and residents who worked in support of this industry, now home to 27, according to the changeable sign near the saloon.

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  • Chicago vs. Lake Michigan

    written by dirklancer on 2010-08-24 #places
    Chicago vs. Lake Michigan

    It seemed like a good morning for a walk on the long uninterrupted waterfront here in windy Chicago. The cold spray was unanticipated, but the feeling that we came away with after sharing the moving, wet expanse was definitely worth it.

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  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    written by dirklancer on 2010-08-24 #places
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    On a quick trip through three of America's big cities, I had to hit an art museum in each one. In Chicago it was the Art Institute, in New York I only had time for MoMA, and in Boston I soaked up everything I could at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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  • The Art of Waiting's Old School Analogue Wet Chemistry Dip 'n' Dunk Photobooth Contest

    written by dirklancer on 2010-08-05 #news
    The Art of Waiting's Old School Analogue Wet Chemistry Dip 'n' Dunk Photobooth Contest

    Do you love some good ol' fashioned nearly instant analogue vintage photography? Do you love a chance to make something creative and maybe even win something for your effort? Who doesn't? Check out the Art of Waiting's summer photobooth contest...

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  • The View from The Staten Island Ferry, NYC

    written by dirklancer on 2010-07-08 #places
    The View from The Staten Island Ferry, NYC

    Our 48 hour tour of New York City demanded a view of the Statue of Liberty, even if we didn't have the time to get to see that famous little island up close. When I heard that the Staten Island Ferry was a free 40 minute round trip, I knew we couldn't miss it.

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  • Shoot From the Kid - Hand over your camera!

    written by dirklancer on 2010-06-22
    Shoot From the Kid - Hand over your camera!

    There's this old adage that children see things unlike adults do, that they view the world on a completely different level. Lomographer and proud father dirklancer decides to take on an experiment and gather empirical evidence that proves this theory once and for all.

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  • Top of the Rock

    written by dirklancer on 2010-06-10 #places
    Top of the Rock

    There are taller buildings in New York City, but the view from here is not to be missed. Besides, you can't see the Empire State Building from the top of the Empire State Building. If you want to see all of New York at once, go to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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  • Impossible Project NYC

    written by dirklancer on 2010-06-04 #places
    Impossible Project NYC

    I was only in New York for less than two days; I knew it was going to be impossible to see everything that I wanted to see. You could say that figuring out what to see in what order was a kind of impossible project.

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  • Central Camera Company, Chicago

    written by dirklancer on 2010-05-29 #places
    Central Camera Company, Chicago

    In the shadow of the L train on South Wabash Avenue in the famous "Loop" stands an old school camera shop that has been there since 1899.

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  • The View From The Blue Line

    written by dirklancer on 2010-05-28 #places
    The View From The Blue Line

    I was at a conference for a few days near the O'Hare airport. Like a lot of large cities, Chicago's airport is quite a trip from downtown Chicago, and thrifty travelers know the best way from O'Hare to downtown is on the Blue Line.

  • Saskatchewan Tourist Information - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #23

    written by dirklancer on 2010-05-19 #places
    Saskatchewan Tourist Information - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #23

    By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and enjoyed the open skies of Saskatchewan...but only for as long as absolutely necessary.

  • Art Institute of Chicago

    written by dirklancer on 2010-05-18 #places
    Art Institute of Chicago

    The first of 3 major art museums on a single trip - I was eager to see American Gothic and all kinds of impressionist treasures.

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  • Tipster of the Week: The Young Guns behind the Camera

    written by dirklancer on 2010-05-16 #gear #tutorials
    Tipster of the Week: The Young Guns behind the Camera

    The endless arguments between the conflict of film and digital photography have subsided during the later part of this decade without having any clear conclusion. It’s a pity, though thinking that the next generation will never know the fact that to make a picture is about burning an image on film and not how much storage capacity you got - and our tipster here took the initiative on teaching the young ones the honest way of snapping photos!

  • 1920s Midway - Fort Edmonton

    written by dirklancer on 2010-04-13 #places
    1920s Midway - Fort Edmonton

    Step back into a simpler time in the middle of the city.

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  • Mission Hill Winery, Westbank, British Columbia

    written by dirklancer on 2010-03-21 #places
    Mission Hill Winery, Westbank, British Columbia

    A little pocket of the Mediterranean in the mountains of Canada.

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  • One Tree, One Camera, One Year

    written by dirklancer on 2010-02-20 #news
    One Tree, One Camera, One Year

    At the end of 2008, I decided to embark on a year long project. I picked up a Rollei Retro 400 disposable camera for a good price at a local shop and chose a simple scene near my office that I would shoot every 15 days for a full year.

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  • Canada Packers Chimney Stack

    written by dirklancer on 2010-01-26 #places
    Canada Packers Chimney Stack

    This unintended monument to a neighborhood's origins towers 100 feet over a vast lot of unchecked weeds and mysterious floors...

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  • BDI - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #22

    written by dirklancer on 2009-12-08 #places
    BDI - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #22

    By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and we stopped for ice cream as often as we could...

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  • The Forks; Winnipeg, Manitoba - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #21

    written by dirklancer on 2009-12-02 #places
    The Forks; Winnipeg, Manitoba - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #21

    By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and drove through my hometown for the first time in a couple of years...

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  • World's Largest Greater Prairie Chicken, Rothsay, Minnesota - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #20

    written by dirklancer on 2009-12-02 #places
    World's Largest Greater Prairie Chicken, Rothsay, Minnesota - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #20

    By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and we stopped at every single World's Largest thing we could find.

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  • Possibly the World's Largest Viking, Alexandria, Minnesota - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #19

    written by dirklancer on 2009-11-29 #places
    Possibly the World's Largest Viking, Alexandria, Minnesota - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #19

    By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and I tried not too look up a giant viking's skirt.

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