Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Squirrel Strikes Again …

My little squirrel image made it into the papers again this week in the Ourtown section heading. Thanks once again to Robbi Hay, the section’s editor.


Grab yourself a copy of the Citizen on Thursday to see what is happening over the next while in town.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dog Plays Cat Chasing Mouse :-)

Gidget is a sweet little Dachshund and Cardigan Corgi mix who was feral exactly 1 year ago today. This is her first anniversary with her new mommy, who loves her very much.

While living with her new mommy, she has hunted in the back yard many times, bringing home a rabbit once, and probably other critters that are decaying under the deck by now.

However, her crown achievement is in mouse hunting, as demonstrated in the video below.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Compact lightweight design, weather resistant structure and sharp images make these Fujinon lenses top performers

Valhalla, N.Y., October 21, 2015 – FUJIFILM Canada is proud to announce that the new "FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR" lens and the “FUJINON XF1.4x TC WR” teleconverter will be added to the Fujifilm X premium mirrorless camera lens line-up.


The new FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR will be added to the premium X-Series mirrorless camera lens line-up in November 2015. The XF35mmF2 R WR (53mm in 35mm format equivalent) offers a focal length with the angle of view similar to that of the human eye, and a maximum aperture of F2.0.

The FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR gives users a superior prime lens that delivers sharp images with rich bokeh. The XF35mmF2 R WR has 9 lens elements in 6 groups (including two aspherical elements) and achieves the perfect balance of high image quality, compact size and autofocus speed as fast as 0.08 seconds. The exterior of the lens is weather and dust-resistant and can work in temperatures down to 14°F. The lens uses eight seals on the barrel to protect it from rain, dust and splashes of water when shooting outdoors. The XF35mmF2 R WR also uses an internal focus system that is combined with a stepping motor to produce quiet, accurate and fast autofocus - a must for all photographers that need to capture a spontaneous moment.XF35mmF2_black_flat

FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR key features summary:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X-Series interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design with 8 sealing points for weather- and dust-resistance and operation as low as 14°F
  • Internal focusing system with 0.08 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation
  • 9 elements in 6 groups, including 2 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration
  • Nano-GI coating reduces ghosting and flare
  • 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh
  • 1/3 EV steps
  • Minimum working distance of approximately 13 inches.
New XF1.4 TC WR

The new FUJINON XF1.4X TC WR, a teleconverter extending the range of FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, will be added to the X-Series mirrorless camera lens line-up in November 2015. The XF1.4X TC WR will be compatible with select future lenses, including the FUJINON XF100-400mm lens, which is currently on the XF lens road map.

The FUJINON XF1.4X TC WR is a high-performance teleconverter capable of multiplying the focal length of the FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR by 1.4x, (70-200mm equivalent). Although the aperture becomes one f-stop higher when mounted, the teleconverter features an excellent optical design with a construction of 7 elements in 3 groups to maintain the optical performance of the original lens. Also, thanks to the unified design, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as 14°F. This makes it possible to be used with confidence outdoors when used with the weather and dust-resistant X-T1 camera body.

TeleConverter1_4X_flatFUJINON XF1.4X TC WR key features summary:

  • Multiplies focal length of FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR by 1.4x
  • Weather-resistant design for weather- and dust-resistance and operation as low as 14°F
  • 7 elements in 3 groups
  • AF speed equivalent to XF lens by itself is still achieved with the teleconverter
  • Camera displays and records information reflecting the change in aperture and focal length when the teleconverter is mounted.

New Firmware

Fujifilm will release a new firmware update that is required for all Fujifilm X-Series camera bodies in order to provide full compatibility with the new lens and teleconverter. The firmware will be available on October 29, 2015.

Pricing and availability

The FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR lens will be available in November 2015 for MSRP CAD $499.99.

The FUJINON XF1.4X TC WR teleconverter will be available in November 2015 for MSRP CAD $599.99.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Our new Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau

I went back and found a video of his eulogy to his father, Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. It is a wonderful speech, and shows just how well-bred and how human Justin has been all of his life. It is, in my opinion, required watching for everyone … and especially anyone who thinks that Justin is too young or just not ready or some such other inanity …

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Empire Strikes Out?

I have been pretty vocal during this election about the evil that is our current government and its “might as well be a” dictator …

He runs things like this is his personal kingdom and he is the Emperor … you know, from the Star Wars Empire :-)

So I got inspired earlier and cooked up an image of what I am so dearly hoping is about to happen … and as the first polls show a strong Liberal performance, I think I will unveil it now …


We can all hope that this plays out ….




And so we have a historic majority for the Liberals. A good portion of the country saw that the emperor no longer had any clothes and that it was time to try something a bit different from the democracy-bashing, corruption-ridden, ideology-challenged, corporate-pandering, croney-favouring, science-hating decade that was ...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Published in the Ottawa Citizen on Thursday, 1 October


Again I thank Robbi Hay, the editor of the Ourtown section for putting my work out there.

Grab yourself a copy of the Citizen each Thursday to get the scoop on a lot of events throughout the region for this week and the near future.