Off to Sweden

swedenOur bags are nearly packed and Juliette and I are getting ready to head off to Sweden to meet Jennie & Rich for a grand spring skiing tour of Sweden. We are flying into Stockholm, then flying up to Kiruna above the arctic circle to join in on the Swedish pure freeride camp in Abisko.

We are then heading to Riksgränsen, the northernmost ski resort in the world for a few off-piste adventures that includes helicopters and forays into Norway.

From there, we take a train down to Enafors to meet Jennie’s friend Thomas who is joining us for a tour at Sylarna in the Jämtlandstriangeln. We will then head back to Gävle with Jennie and Rich before hitting Stockholm again and flying home.

The new camera is packed and ready to go, so expect many pictures on our return. See you at the end of the month…

Spring is Pond Skimming Time

Holiday Valley Pond Skimming-0345Juliette and I are crazy busy preparing to leave for Sweden for ten days of skiing in the high arctic, but tonight I stole time away from the prep to upload the photos I took from the pond skimming at Holiday Valley a couple of weeks ago. This was my first day with the new camera and I must say, I am amazed by the shots I got. I can only imagine what I will capture when I learn to use it properly.

I have also uploaded a few pictures from Mardi Gras and from around the chalet, so be sure to check out the new Spring 2011 photo album for all the great photos of what we have been up to this spring.

Shifted*Exposure

IMG_0082Lately I have been having dreams where I am seeing such beautiful things that it makes me nearly cry with the wonder and grace of it. In those dreams, I feel a great loss as I realize that I don’t have my camera with me.

I have been missing the creative aspects in my life recently, especially photography. When I bought a point and shoot Canon camera, the idea was that I would always have it with me and be able to capture the images and the beauty that I see in the world. At times, I did that, but I found the camera limiting compared to my now dated Minolta 7D DSLR.

I have been thinking about this a great deal over the past few months and putting a bit of money aside each month to buy a new camera. Last week I pulled the trigger and bought an amazing new Nikon D7000.

I am still learning to use the new camera, but in the meantime, I have restarted my photoblog, shifted*exposure where I post my favourite photos. Family photos and snapshots will still be going up in the photo albums, the photoblog is more for the artistic shots.

Head on over and let me know what you think, criticism is welcome. In exchange, I will do my best to update regularly.

Mardi Gras Video

I just found a video of the Mardi Gras weekend at the Holiday Valley ski club, so I thought I would share,

Earthquake in Japan

japan-tsunamiEvery day, the news out of Japan becomes more tragic. Juliette and I both lived and worked in Japan and we have many friends there, so this disaster is particularly close to our hearts. Our thoughts are with all of our friends in Japan and we hope that their families and loved ones are safe.

Thoughts and wishes are not enough though, so I encourage you to join us in supporting the relief efforts. Even a small donation to the Red Cross or other organizations can help alleviate the suffering.

The extent of the damage and the suffering is hard to imagine. The New York Times just released a series of before and after photos that drive the amount of destruction home. I encourage you to take a look and try to imagine if they were your neighbours.