Monthly Archives: April 2010

A Walk in the ‘Exchange….

For the second time in a week… I’ve gone out for dinner.. and then walked around taking photos with a new friend!  It’s been a lot of fun… tonight we were in the Exchange District… lots of ‘old’ brick buildings, with heaps of character–and I’ve always been a fan of B&W–so ended up switching some over… (Still so need to get up to speed with more photo editing stuff but with time and practice I’ll be back there)…

I must admit… landscapes and this type of shooting has never really been my thing. I’m more about people, faces and expressions… so here’s my go and what I saw walking around.  Ryan and I wandered through a few alleys… (I’m not so sure I’d want to walk those same streets/alleys any later at night.. or alone… I’m glad I was with someone!!)
Feel free to let me know what you think!?
sepia shot of alley/street with fire escapes!
It was a fun night, we kept walking around the streets chasing the light. We almost missed the light, partly my fault, because I was hungry and wanted to eat dinner FIRST and then shoot SECOND!  I think next week we will SHOOT first and EAT second… (I’ll have to remember to bring a snack… bc lately by 5:30pm I’m STARVING)…
Black & White Shot of alley with shadows and fire escapes
..down the first alley found this awesome sign! …(apparently you cant’ park there…)
No Parking Sign
The sun was shinning in my face…when I attempted to do a self portrait–or there was a shadow from the camera…SO I turned away and snapped! (at first I thought it was a wasted shot…but when I looked at it at home I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the result!!
faceless self portraitprinting on brick buildings !
There’s something that’s so cool about what was ‘stamped’ ‘painted’ or whatever they did to the side of buildings and how it’s still there all this time but slowly starting to fade away.
old signs stamped onto brick buildingsold coke ad on side of brick building
…in the next few days I’ll probably add a few more…don’t want to ‘overload’ you with heaps of shots!

Many Different Faces…

On Wednesday when I was out shooting photos… I snapped a few self-portraits. (I’m always making silly faces…which is nothing new..but I decided to share some of them!) I decided to play around in photoshop……and well the following is the result!
Sarah's Making Silly Faces!More Silly Faces from Sarah

Signs of Spring…

Yesterday I went for a walk, and took some photos with a friend.  We ate dinner, and then by the time we got out to shoot–the goregous sun, well was gone! It clouded over and poof! there went the twilight hours!  Here’s the shots I did come up with!
Photo walk-April 2012 2 Spruce Tree at twilight...
…I came across this park with all these polar bear statues…so had to take a photo!  I think they were a fundraising project for Winnipeg like the Moose where in Toronto!
Polar Bear statue...with northern lights painted on it
Awesome street lights...
The street lights around the Legislature Buildings are pretty darn cool… you can really see the clouds in the sky and I’m glad we didn’t get rained on… though a few drops did happen upon my head!

Lamp Post with clouds in background.

Some Days I feel like I’ve moved to a whole Different Country!

>Yes, it’s true…have you ever switched provinces? It’s like moving to a whole new country.  It’s a HUGE pain in the butt… and seriously I’m not sure I ever want to LEAVE Manitoba–once I get all my ‘documents’ Manitobianized.. (yes I just made up a word!)

I’m STILL in the process of getting my Manitoba license…what you might ask!? how after THREE months of living here do you still have a temporary sheet of paper instead of a photo id… well that could take some time and explaining.(and perhaps you dont’ really want to read this…)

I took in the necessary documents into my friendly ‘auto-pac’… two different pieces to prove residency, my old Ontario license and I think that’s it.  They took my photo, took my old license (so all of a sudden I don’t have photo ID except for my passport!) and gave me a ‘printed off’ temporary license.  They told me it should be in the mail within 4-6 weeks.  I asked “if I don’t get it..should I come back in to inquire about it?” they said, “No you should recieve it by March 5th” and then I believed I would after all it was the 2nd week of January. 

I waited, checking the mail.. and nothing comes. So on March 4th I stop by my friendly “Auto-Pac” and was told, “I’m sorry we can’t do anything, the main computers crashed because of a power surge today…and have been offline since… just come back tomorrow.”  On Friday morning, I recieved a call at work.. from those ‘friendly auto-pac’ people… and they had looked into my file, apparently I’m memorable because I dont’ remember giving my name to them the day before, but they had discovered that one of my ‘proofs of residency had been rejected’ and I would have to bring a new one in when I came. 

So I arrived a few hours later, after work.. and they call in and apparently I had ‘missed’ the deadline…(which I had found out about that morning!) After some over-riding they were able to input and forward the required documents. And I left with my SECOND temporary License..(this one was ‘hand-written’..oh yes, very do-it-your-self!)…I did joke and say, “are you sure everything else is ok? is my picture ok? because I’m here… and well I can take another one!?” (maybe I jinxed myself there!? who knows) they assured me no.. don’t worry you’ll get it in 4-6weeks in the mail.

The Friday I headed out to Ontario for the weekend… I got a call from those same “friendly auto-pac” workers…and apparently my photo had been rejected and they requested I come in to take one ASAP.  I explained I was flying to Ontario that day and I’d have to do it when I returned.  I was told I was ok until April 12th.  So then my mum came… and left.. and work happened!!! Saturday the two things I had on my list to do was get a pedi and sort out my photo.  I’m glad I went.  Because there were ‘other complications’ … in Manitoba you renew your license and your car insurance four months AFTER your birthday–so not ON your birthday like in Ontario… So well my birthday is December 13th… hmmm so this complicated getting my photo done, and then ‘updating’ and paying my renewal fees.  Needless to say an HOUR and A HALF later I walked away with my THIRD temporary license (also hand written) with the promise that the permanent one would be in the mail within 4-6weeks.  I’m not really sure if this will be the end to this saga?! who knows…

I haven’t even started to get my Manitobian Health Card yet.. because apparently a requirement is a Manitobian License…. oh the joys!! (shouldn’t switching/moving provinces be a bit easier? after all…it isn’t like I moved to Australia!?)  Thanks for letting me rant!

Exploring Assiniboine Park (a little bit)

Tonight after dinner…I talked my mum into going to Assiniboine Park… we ended up at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.. it was a kind of funny thing… it was just after 6pm…and the sign said the park was ‘closed’ from 6pm to 7am.. and there was a bit FENCE with spikes… so although mum and I walked to some benches… she really didnt’ want to get ‘locked’ in side the park for the night… (but I did manage to take a few photos…)
You can see the big ‘gate’ in the distance….
Here’s mum and I with the “school girl” statue… apparently she didn’t get the memo to look at the camera like we did!!
She was very intent at looking at the gate…so we hustled out of ‘gated’ portion of the park!
I stopped to take a photo of the ‘trumpet statue’….
It was here we found a ‘safe’ bench to sit on…. All the benches were in memory of someone… it kind of reminded me of ‘notting hill’ and the english ‘secret’ gardens… benches are a fun thing to sit on…. (I sat on the Genevieve Cody bench… while mum sat on the George Reid bench)

It got a little silly.. when I suggested we take photos of each other on our ‘benches’…. I’m not sure why… the wind picked up.. and here’s the shot mum took… which is kind of awesome in itself….as she doesn’t like taking photos… and well my camera I think scares her…

Here’s mum on my her bench… we were laughing at this point… because I took a photo of her feet… you see we have an AWESOME cousin.. that likes to take photos of her feet in different places…(it’s quite a cool concept..) so I took the photo of our feet… and I kept saying to her “raise them a little higher…yes that’s it… now flex… ok hold them…” just to see how ‘long’ she’d hold her feet in the air… well yes it was funny at the time..but well maybe not so funny as I type it!  Anyways… that’s why in the photo below mum is laughing!!
And one more photo of MY foot.. and my laughing mum……..
Thanks for flying out Mum… you know a week really isn’t long enough.. maybe I should have listened and let you come for the 10-12days you wanted to come for.. next time we’ll know!!  I luv you.. and I’m so glad you got to see my place, and where I work.. and some of the sites of Winnipeg!!
Safe travels tomorrow… luv ya, Sarah
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