Rubber Duckies Annual Race For Charity

I don’t think this race is run any more in the Ottawa area but I have seen it elsewhere. This shot was taken as a print, before the digital days. I scanned it some time ago but I have since reworked it with some digital tweaking in PhotoShop.

I have recently added this image to my storefront at Fine Art America.  It is for sale as an art print, canvas print, poster or greeting card. Sales are direct through Fine Art America who handle all arrangements, manufacture and shipping.

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Rubber Duckies Annual Race for Charity

Rubber Duckies Annual Race for Charity

rubber ducky art / rubber ducky photos / rubber ducky greeting cards

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KAP 2012-4 & KAP 2012-5 – Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

I did two kite aerial photography sessions several days apart at opposite ends of the beach named Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico. Playa El Palmar is the nearest beach to Casa Candiles, the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed during our vacation. The B&B is about 10 minutes walk from the public access near the south end of the beach (beside the Barcelo Hotel). There are no small hotels or B&Bs on the beach as you will see from the photographs. The buildings are large hotels and condominium complexes.

These images were obtained using a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP). Each of the two sessions was with autoKAP, whereby the camera was triggered every 8 to 10 seconds while making a stepwise slow 360 degree rotation. The wind was not strong enough to lift my fully remote-controlled rig.

During the first session on February 16, 2012, I explored the southern end of the beach with my aerial camera. Photos from that session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-4 Gallery.

The second session was on February 22, 2010 and I explored the northern end of the beach, including Marina Ixtapa which is somewhat inland and connected to the Pacific Ocean by a channel. Photos from the second session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-5 Gallery.

In this posting I have included a mix of photos from the two sessions. All of these images are in an around Playa El Palmar.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

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Butterfly swimmer at the Masters Ontario Swimming Championships

I’ve spent a lot of my life beside or in swimming pools and currently participate in a Masters Swimming program at a local YM-YWCA. Masters Swimming is an organized training program, not unlike competitive swimming, but aimed at adult swimmers who like to have a coached training program. It is usually a mix of abilities and ages on a Masters Swimming team and a great social environment in our case at least. Those that wish have the opportunity to compete. You race in heats against swimmers that are more or less your speed, based on entry times. Then your final time is pooled with other swimmers in your gender and age group (5 year intervals). So you could be racing against someone half your age or twice your age, as long as they are at about your speed level, but what matters is how well your age-group peers are doing, possibly in a different heat.

Butterfly swimmer at the Ontario Masters Swimming Championships which were held in Ottawa, Ontario at the Nepean Sportsplex.

Butterfly swimmer at the Ontario Masters Swimming Championships which were held in Ottawa, Ontario at the Nepean Sportsplex.

This past weekend I was cheering on my Masters swim team at the 2009 Masters Ontario Swimming Championships held at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa, Ontario. I was taking pictures of my colleagues in and out of the pool. I’ve decided that some investment in faster lenses would be required to capture still action in the poorly lit environment. So sports photographer I am not. Although not a crisp sport action shot such as I would like to be able to take, I was very happy with this blurred shot of a butterfly swimmer. This is not one of our team members (just in case any SWYM members are reading this and trying to figure it out who it is).

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