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The first rays of sunrise hit the peaks of the Purcell range in British Columbia Canada at dawn.

The first rays of sunrise hit the peaks of the Purcell range in British Columbia Canada at dawn.

Sunrise in the Kootenays

During my recent trip to Nelson, British Columbia, I had the chance to join up with Thierry Noblet of Kootenay Lake Aviation. Thierry is a seasoned pilot (and father of a photographer) so he knew the exact combination of ideal take off time, travel time and where to position the aircraft to get us to the Leaning Towers just in time for an amazing sunrise. The Leaning Towers are a range of mountains in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park and Protected Area just beyond the eastern edge of Kootenay Lake in southeastern British Columbia.

Location, location, location!

I have to admit that this brief 75 minute flight was an extraordinary experience for me, and resulted in some equally extraordinary images. It felt rather surreal that by 5:45am my “work day” was done and I had the impression that I had just fulfilled my photographic ambitions for the year. Nope, no way to beat that. And I hadn’t even had breakfast yet. For the remainder of that day, I had the surreal impression of “well, that happened!” without any means to follow it up in some way that could even come close to comparing.

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My Top 14 Photographs of 2014

Best of 2014

It is that time of the year again: the end of December. A time to look back at the last 365 days and reflect on what happened. And choose the 14 photographs that best represent the evolution that took place in between January and December.

2014 wasn’t a huge year in photography for me, as in “going out and taking new pictures”. It was a great year in photography as in “aligning all the different aspects of my passion into a coherent whole”. I joined the ranks of Corbis. I spent a lot of time processing, cataloguing and keywording my older images. And I went to Iceland to take a few new images.

Iceland. The nature photographer’s dream destination. I have wanted to go to Iceland ever since I met my friend Þorfinnur on my first day of university in Montreal back in the late eighties. His passion for the landscapes and culture of his country remain an important influence on me to this day.

So, without further ado, here are my favourites images from 2014. Most of them are from Iceland of course. Please let me know what you think of them.

Öxarárfoss waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

Öxarárfoss is a small (20 meters) waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland. It flows from the river Öxará and falls into the rift in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Öxarárfoss is a small (20 meters) waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland. It flows from the river Öxará and falls into the rift in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

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Öxarárfoss is a small waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, which is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance in southwest Iceland.

Þingvellir is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Tourist on the edge of Viti crater Iceland in early June

Raechel sitting on the southern edge of Viti crater Iceland.

I took this portrait of my girlfriend Raechel at Viti crater Iceland early last June. Viti is located within the Krafla volcanic caldera in the Mývatn lake region of northern Iceland.

Iceland: Stop, sit and meditate

I find that this image captures something that is special to Iceland: it’s deeply introspective almost spiritual quality. There are so many places where one can stop and listen to the silence in Iceland. It’s not hard to be alone with nature. The clutter and the bustle of cities is far away. One feels much more connected to reality.

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Camera setup to take a landscape photo in Pointe-Claire

Spent a few hours this morning walking around with my camera in Terra Cotta park in Pointe-Claire, Quebec while I was waiting for my daughter to finish one of her activities. I had never explored this park in depth, and three hours let me see a much bigger part of it than before.

Today is an absolutely beautiful fall day here around Montreal, and I am very glad I took advantage of it.

For a local stroll in the woods, it doesn’t get much better than this!

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Building a CSS Drop-down Menu

Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated.

This CSS drop-down menu tutorial video is a recording of my in-class lecture material from the Publication Design & Hypermedia Technology program at John Abbott College.

At just over an hour and fifteen minutes, it is just a bit longer than the normal lecture period for a four hour class. I take a lot of time explaining these concepts because understanding them well is the basis of creating good CSS web design. Pay attention to the concepts and their application, especially the relationship in between absolute and relative positioning. The 1:20 will be worth it in the long run as you will feel in full control of web page layout.

Concepts

  1. CSS Box Model
  2. CSS block and inline properties
  3. CSS display property
  4. LoVe HA rule
  5. Classes and IDs
  6. HTML List tag
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