Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope everyone is having or had a great day.  I know it’s been a little while since I have posted, it’s been very busy in town.  I will have another full post up in the next day or so.

One thing I did want to mention is how stoked I am to have had one of my photos from my Home Farm post selected to be in a published story at the National Geographic website.  Out of more than 11000 entries this photo was selected to be one of 22 to make up the story.

Dam sunset

Anyway, once again Merry Christmas and I’ll be back soon!

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Le poste final de Paris

Sunset

Sunset from the Eiffel Tower

I won’t write too much about Paris in this post as I feel I have already written enough about the city for this trip in my posts; ‘Paris est à venir’, Paris est Belle’ & ‘A building or two in Paris’.   Most of the photos in this post are either (obviously) of the Eiffel Tower or taken from the ‘Tower’.

Eiffel from Cnr Blw signed

B&W Eiffel Tower signed

The Eiffel Tower is definitely one of the most visited attractions in the world.  In it’s time it has had over 250 million visitors.  It was built in 1889 and stands at 324 metres (1063 ft) tall.  It was also the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years.  It is certainly an impressive sight.

Tour Eiffel signed

City View 1 signed

Sacré Cœur de Basilica

Sacré Cœur de Basilica

As well as being blessed with an outrageously strong wind at the top of the tower, we were also graced with stunning sunset.  I attempted to capture it, although sunsets are one of my weak areas.  If anyone has any advice feel free to let me know!

Sunset from Eiffel

Sunset clouds

Sky and CityFinally, after we had visited the Eiffel Tower, it was on to the Arc de Triomphe, another one of the more famous sights in Paris.

AdT from ET signed

ADT Cars moving signed

 

Rainbow Park Star Trail

Looking across Alta Lake at Blackcomb Mountain

Looking across Alta Lake at Blackcomb Mountain

Sitting at home tonight as it fell dark, feeling like I had let the day go by without getting anything done, I decided to snap into action and head out into the cold.  I managed to convince a mate to drive me to Rainbow Park and stand outside with me while I set up my camera in -10 degrees Celsius.  I figured I would practice my star trails. The star trail was several 30 second exposures over about 50 minutes.  Camera was set at f/2.8 and the ISO 800.  Let me know what you think, if anyone has any advice I’d love to hear it!

Sproatt

Shot facing the valley between Mt Sproatt and Rainbow mountain.

Shot facing the valley between Mt Sproatt and Rainbow mountain.

Ski & Bike – Why Not?

Instagram @jta85 - view from Blackcomb looking over Whistler village.

Instagram @jta85 – View from Blackcomb looking over Whistler village.

It seemed like we waited along time for the storm that rolled into Whistler on Sunday night. Almost the instant the rain turned to snow an excited buzz flowed through the village. As I was out working, watching the flakes fall, I became more and more pumped for the powder day to come.

Although snow was forecast throughout Monday, it turned into a stunning bluebird day. With limited lifts open I was surprised to see how well the slopes held up. We were a little late uploading, however we still managed to put in some amazing turns while admiring the stunning scenery at the same time.

Taken with my old point and shoot, it's looking a lot more like winter around here.

Taken with my old point and shoot, it’s looking a lot more like winter around here.

Gotta love an Instagram filter! @jta85

Gotta love an Instagram filter! @jta85

Another point and shoot shot, downloading in the Excalibur Gondola on Blackcomb.

Another point and shoot shot, downloading in the Excalibur Gondola on Blackcomb.

After I came off the hill I didn’t want to stay inside on such an incredible day. I decided it would be a great idea to go for a cross country bike mission to see if “Cut Yer Bars”, the trail closest to my house, was still ridable. As it turns out, it is, and I got fresh powder tracks from start to finish! BOOM!!!

Instagram @jta85 - Cut Yer Bars during sunset

Instagram @jta85 – Cut Yer Bars during sunset

Instagram @jta85

Instagram @jta85

First tracks!

First tracks!

What a line!

What a line!

Fresh Pow! Stoked!

Fresh Pow! Stoked!

Now that’s my sort of day!