New Lens, Photos.
Leaving for my first ever time-off-work vacation today. Going to Europe:
England, then Poland.
Having procrastinated buying a 200 or 300mm lens for the Canon for much
too long, I decided to go out and get what is considered to be one of the
best general-purpose lenses Canon sells: the Canon EF-S 17-85/f4-5.6 IS USM.
It's a lens that costs almost as much as my camera's body itself, but I
think it is well worth it. While the aperture isn't the widest in the world,
the zoom range is good. There are barreling and distortion issues at the
17mm mark, but I can live with those. The focusing is fast and quiet, and
the image stabilization is awesome. It's a solid, real lens.
Speaking of photography, it's interesting that in the last month or so,
I have had three requests to use photos from this log in two books and a
company's promotional material. I am flattered. Does this thing rank high in
Google's database, or do I just take photos of things no one else bothers
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"All I ask is a tall ship..."
The past several weeks have been exciting as I nearly became the proud
co-owner of an abandoned O'Day 27-foot yacht. Not much is known about it, it
even lacks a name; the closest to a name is a large painted snowflake.
"Snowflake" it is.
The story starts a month ago, when I found out that the Nepean Sailing
Club was trying to get rid an old abandoned boat. Upon contacting them, they
made it out to sound as though it was in really rotten condition. When I
went to see it, it just didn't seem that bad. The Club was convinced to
allow the boat to remain until next year, provided it gets launched by next
This all sounded really good: a 27-foot boat, with sails in relatively
good condition, an inboard engine, a full kitchen suite, a full washroom, a
bedroom, and a total of five berths. Sure, lots of it would need
replacement, but it was still all very exciting.
To make a long story short, we paid a nice man a decent sum of money to
survey it and tell us what is wrong that we cannot see. The hull itself was
in fantastic condition. Unfortunately, the top deck was soft, with about 75%
of it having rotted. While a worthwhile project, there is no way that kind
of work could be completed by next spring.
So, sadly, Snowflake will be heading to the scrappers at the next
convenient time. It truly is unfortunate.
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