My Father



Ken was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England on April 25, 1928, son of Ernest and Alice (nee Firth). He passed away after a short illness on August 27, 2010 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He will be deeply missed by his wife Margaret (nee Tansey), his daughter Karen Vendette, son Robert and his wife Jayne, as well as his four granddaughters: Mélanie and Stéphanie Vendette and Emily and Becky Huntley.

Ken and Margaret emigrated to Ottawa, Canada in 1960 where Ken pursued a career in retail sales, first with Sears and subsequently self-employed with Busy Fingers Wool Shop first at Place de Ville and then L’Esplanade Laurier. He had a passion for gardening, was forever at home with his own thoughts, had an explanation for almost everything, and tended to command the conversation. Television was his vice and he especially enjoyed watching a good comedian, tennis championships, English Premier League soccer and Toronto FC.

At the request of Ken and his family there will be no visitation or memorial service. In consideration of the outstanding service and support by the doctors, nurses and staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, please consider supporting The Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

Carlingwood Shopping Centre from the Air

This kite aerial photography (KAP) session took place on Easter Sunday (Apr 4, 2010). I chose this day since there are very few days in the year when one can fly a kite in the parking lot of a commercial mall. I actually did the flying from the parking lot of the mall on the other side of Carling Avenue, Fairlawn Plaza. This was in order to get enough distance from the Carlingwood Mall to try to get most of it inside one frame.

I experimented with the use of panning scripts for the first time. These are scripts which operate the pan and tilt functions of the Dunecam remote system I am now using on many KAP flights. The goal is to eventually make panorama series from the air. On this day, the equipment worked well but the wind failed to keep the camera rig steady enough to make good panorama series. I might construct a few small panos from the session and post them later. I also experimented with both horizontal and vertical formats having adapted my rig with an adjustable platform. Most of my KAP previous to this has been with the camera in landscape format.

Here are a few of the individual frames from the session.

Aerial view of Carlingwood Mall in Ottawa's West end showing Carling Avenue in the foreground and the Ottawa River in the background.

Carling Avenue intersection where the parking lots connect from Carlingwood Mall on the north and Fairlawn Plaza (out of the picture bottom) to the south. I was standing in the Fairlawn Plaza parking lot.

The Sears Store at Carlingwood Mall in Ottawa from a low-level aerial perspective. I was standing in the parking lot of Fairlawn Plaza shooting across Carling Avenue. This was Easter Sunday when the parking lots were empty.

Rob Huntley