Category Archives: 10,000 Miles

Photos from our 10,000 train trip (10/16 – 11/15/2010) from the San Francisco Bay Area to Vancouver, British Columbia, than across Canada to Halifax, Nova Scotia and back.

Unknown quest

The end of our first leg of the journey was Seattle. We hadn’t been there in quite a few years so when we stepped off the train I had no idea what the glowing blue arch overhead was. I thought, “Wow, that’s cool…”, and pulled out the G11 to take a few shots. Turns out its Quest Field, but at the moment it was simply the unknown blue arch.

Quest Field blue arch

Canon G11 on the quest in Seattle.

Lunenburg panorama

While touring the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia area we stopped on the opposite side of the harbor to enjoy the view of the town. The sky was a very monotone gray (you get what you get when traveling), but still the town looked amazingly colorful. I snapped a few fully zoomed in hand held shots for the record. After looking carefully at the shots I realized I could “stitch” them together into a panorama. I did the stitching manually in Photoshop and was amazed how well the photos lined up. I guess I make a good human tripod! 😉

This is the left most shot (the red structure is the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic).

Lunenburg Nova Scotia panorama

View the full panorama (stretch your browser window to expand the image).

Canon G11 stitching a scene.

Quebec City contrast

Still culling through the 10000 mile trip photos. Here are a couple more from Quebec City. The first shot caught my eye because of the striking contrast between the red and yellow. I cropped it a bit but otherwise it’s straight from the camera.

Quebec City color

This was a “chartreuse cap” shot, but Maggie was far away and it was too dark in the shadows to emphasize the cap. In black and white, though, I like it.

Quebec City black and white

Canon G11 seeing the contrast.

Monkey face

While traveling by train shooting photos through the windows is a crap shoot. Dirt and/or distortion, the motion, etc makes getting a decent shot difficult. But sometime it works. This shot was taken somewhere near Jasper, Alberta. The rock face looks monkey to me. (I converted it to black and white to lose some of the weird distortion from the window.)

Monkey face in the Rockies

Canon G11 seeing things in the stone.

Somewhere near Lunenburg

Being in Canada between the middle of October and the middle of November we saw quite a few cloudy days. Our trip to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia was no exception. It didn’t rain until nightfall so I was able to get quite a few cloudy day shots (set the white balance to “cloudy” on the G11 to boost the color saturation–though this works better on cloudless days [give it a try]). This was a little lobster fisherman’s cove somewhere near Lunenburg (we were being driven around so I’m not sure where the hell we were).

Lobster houses in cove near Lunenburg

Lobster houses in cove near Lunenburg

Lobster houses in cove near Lunenburg

Canon G11 lost in Nova Scotia.

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