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2011-11-25 03:10:35 (361 comments, 1627 reshares, 2267 +1s)Open 

The photographs, having spent 440 days on the ocean floor, have been reunited with the photographer and the family. I am very happy to have facilitated the journey back to where the photographs belong! I certainly didn't anticipate the attention this created, any photographer finding my camera would do the same, right? Thanks again for the great help that came from the Google+ community. I received an email from the recipient of your help this morning:

"Again thank you so much!!! Seeing the pictures brings tears as we really had forgotten what we were missing by not having them."

Previous Update: Thank you to everyone who responded with ideas (some listed below) - proof that the google+ hive-mind can be utilized to complete a simple gesture like returning someones vacation photos!

three pics were posted in the album from the SD card (photos aren't... more »

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2011-11-25 03:10:35 (361 comments, 1627 reshares, 2267 +1s)Open 

The photographs, having spent 440 days on the ocean floor, have been reunited with the photographer and the family. I am very happy to have facilitated the journey back to where the photographs belong! I certainly didn't anticipate the attention this created, any photographer finding my camera would do the same, right? Thanks again for the great help that came from the Google+ community. I received an email from the recipient of your help this morning:

"Again thank you so much!!! Seeing the pictures brings tears as we really had forgotten what we were missing by not having them."

Previous Update: Thank you to everyone who responded with ideas (some listed below) - proof that the google+ hive-mind can be utilized to complete a simple gesture like returning someones vacation photos!

three pics were posted in the album from the SD card (photos aren't... more »

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2011-11-25 03:10:35 (361 comments, 1627 reshares, 2267 +1s)Open 

The photographs, having spent 440 days on the ocean floor, have been reunited with the photographer and the family. I am very happy to have facilitated the journey back to where the photographs belong! I certainly didn't anticipate the attention this created, any photographer finding my camera would do the same, right? Thanks again for the great help that came from the Google+ community. I received an email from the recipient of your help this morning:

"Again thank you so much!!! Seeing the pictures brings tears as we really had forgotten what we were missing by not having them."

Previous Update: Thank you to everyone who responded with ideas (some listed below) - proof that the google+ hive-mind can be utilized to complete a simple gesture like returning someones vacation photos!

three pics were posted in the album from the SD card (photos aren't... more »

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2015-01-12 04:33:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Broughton Archipelago - Autumn 2013. Time to start thinking about the next adventure. Haida Gwaii, Hakai or the west coast of Vancouver Island?

Broughton Archipelago - Autumn 2013. Time to start thinking about the next adventure. Haida Gwaii, Hakai or the west coast of Vancouver Island?___

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2014-05-03 21:40:15 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Urban Coyote

I am typically up before dawn on weekends to find a little space from the rest of civilization - off into the woods or out with the canoe to enjoy the morning before the rest of the world wakes up. This morning was no exception - resulting in a brief encounter with a pair of coyotes who I imagine feel very much the same way I do (though they were almost certainly up a whole lot earlier than me). Our paths crossed, heading in opposite directions - and for a moment the three of us just stopped and watched, a little surprised at the unexpected encounter (at least I was)... 

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300os  f3.5  1/160s  iso400  220mm

www.markusthompson.ca

Urban Coyote

I am typically up before dawn on weekends to find a little space from the rest of civilization - off into the woods or out with the canoe to enjoy the morning before the rest of the world wakes up. This morning was no exception - resulting in a brief encounter with a pair of coyotes who I imagine feel very much the same way I do (though they were almost certainly up a whole lot earlier than me). Our paths crossed, heading in opposite directions - and for a moment the three of us just stopped and watched, a little surprised at the unexpected encounter (at least I was)... 

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300os  f3.5  1/160s  iso400  220mm

www.markusthompson.ca___

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2014-03-17 01:11:58 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Sunrise at Brooks Point on Pender Island

This image was taken at sunrise late in Autumn 2013.  The location is beautiful, consisting of an untouched headland facing south towards the Canada/US border and the San Juan Islands.  

Shortly after I visited, the local community succeeded in purchasing the adjacent parcel of land to expand this regional park and connect it with Gower Point, protecting it from development. Considering that many of the most beautiful shoreline locations in the Gulf Islands are often purchased and subsequently developed, fenced and bordered with sign posts warding off the public (often by millionaires who spend only a few weeks a year at their 'cottage') - this is great news. Nature in locations like this should be available to everyone.

Canon 7D  Tokina 11-16    16mm  f8  1/30s  iso100 

Sunrise at Brooks Point on Pender Island

This image was taken at sunrise late in Autumn 2013.  The location is beautiful, consisting of an untouched headland facing south towards the Canada/US border and the San Juan Islands.  

Shortly after I visited, the local community succeeded in purchasing the adjacent parcel of land to expand this regional park and connect it with Gower Point, protecting it from development. Considering that many of the most beautiful shoreline locations in the Gulf Islands are often purchased and subsequently developed, fenced and bordered with sign posts warding off the public (often by millionaires who spend only a few weeks a year at their 'cottage') - this is great news. Nature in locations like this should be available to everyone.

Canon 7D  Tokina 11-16    16mm  f8  1/30s  iso100 ___

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2014-02-11 15:21:23 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Photographic Lessons from Life Experience

I found myself on Cypress Mountain at a popular lookout over the City of Vancouver a few weeks back. It was early in the morning, just before sunrise, and the city was covered in a dense low fog - one of those rare opportunities to capture an iconic scene. The same scene thirty+ other photographers were about to capture...

This type of situation creates a conflict for me. I am aware the opportunity is rare and the scene is beautiful, however, the entire experience creating the image is not. I am standing in a crowd and competing for space (people are honestly shoulder to shoulder, huddled along a retaining wall) waiting to capture the same scene as everyone else. Perhaps I just need to have a little faith in my creative ability to produce something original - I think it's something more though.

The images that I have the... more »

Photographic Lessons from Life Experience

I found myself on Cypress Mountain at a popular lookout over the City of Vancouver a few weeks back. It was early in the morning, just before sunrise, and the city was covered in a dense low fog - one of those rare opportunities to capture an iconic scene. The same scene thirty+ other photographers were about to capture...

This type of situation creates a conflict for me. I am aware the opportunity is rare and the scene is beautiful, however, the entire experience creating the image is not. I am standing in a crowd and competing for space (people are honestly shoulder to shoulder, huddled along a retaining wall) waiting to capture the same scene as everyone else. Perhaps I just need to have a little faith in my creative ability to produce something original - I think it's something more though.

The images that I have the greatest attachment to are those with a memorable experience behind them. Images attached to interesting stories, adventures or moments where I felt a connection with nature. Standing in a crowd waiting for the light to break is not somewhere I would choose to be to experience life - and, for me, not a place I am likely to capture an image that will have meaning or memorable attachment.

I find myself more often now in situations where the experience provides the inspiration and the opportunity for the photograph - and ultimately those are the images that are something more than just a collection aesthetic pixels. 

www.markusthompson.ca___

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2014-02-04 05:20:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Summit in the Clouds

Seymour Peak photographed from Second Peak in North Vancouver, BC. Look closely and you can see a hiker standing on the summit looking out at the clouds.  This was shot on a gorgeous day at the beginning of winter - shortly after a fresh snowfall we thought might be the beginning of many more - unlike the rest of North America, we haven't had much since.

Sony rx100.  2 images blended in Photoshop and further refined in Nik Silver Efex.


A late addition to #mountainmonday  

Summit in the Clouds

Seymour Peak photographed from Second Peak in North Vancouver, BC. Look closely and you can see a hiker standing on the summit looking out at the clouds.  This was shot on a gorgeous day at the beginning of winter - shortly after a fresh snowfall we thought might be the beginning of many more - unlike the rest of North America, we haven't had much since.

Sony rx100.  2 images blended in Photoshop and further refined in Nik Silver Efex.


A late addition to #mountainmonday  ___

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2014-02-03 06:54:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

the thrill of capturing the perfect moment...

The thrill of victory...

http://cbsprt.co/SuperBowl___the thrill of capturing the perfect moment...

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2013-12-14 23:36:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Ice Landing

Photographed during a rare freezing event at the Reifel bird sanctuary, situated in the Fraser River estuary south of Vancouver BC.  The deep blue behind the duck is ice, resulting in some very comical landings.  This drake is about to land and I can only imagine the thoughts running through his head - 'O god here we go again!'

Mallards are the ancestors of most breeds of domestic ducks, and so common almost everywhere the climate suits them that it's easy to forget how stunning a bird they actually are.  The brilliant green head actually has subtle tones of blue as well, when seen up close or from the correct angle.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300  200mm  f8  1/1000s  iso400
I set these to be forgiving (large depth of field, and large frame - from which this is cropped).  I will be back to this location soon with the aim to improve theresult (... more »

Ice Landing

Photographed during a rare freezing event at the Reifel bird sanctuary, situated in the Fraser River estuary south of Vancouver BC.  The deep blue behind the duck is ice, resulting in some very comical landings.  This drake is about to land and I can only imagine the thoughts running through his head - 'O god here we go again!'

Mallards are the ancestors of most breeds of domestic ducks, and so common almost everywhere the climate suits them that it's easy to forget how stunning a bird they actually are.  The brilliant green head actually has subtle tones of blue as well, when seen up close or from the correct angle.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300  200mm  f8  1/1000s  iso400
I set these to be forgiving (large depth of field, and large frame - from which this is cropped).  I will be back to this location soon with the aim to improve the result (more detail, less noise).___

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2013-11-25 01:55:00 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Short-eared owl photographed in Boundary Bay, BC.  This individual was cruising over an unused farmer's field searching for unsuspecting rodents, occasionally crossing paths and battling with a northern harrier who was doing the same.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300  300mm  f3.5  1/320s  iso400  

Short-eared owl photographed in Boundary Bay, BC.  This individual was cruising over an unused farmer's field searching for unsuspecting rodents, occasionally crossing paths and battling with a northern harrier who was doing the same.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300  300mm  f3.5  1/320s  iso400  ___

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2013-09-30 02:08:20 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Northern flicker perched at the entrance to home.  Little known flicker fact: individuals will often fence one another using their bills as "foils", both to defend territory and impress the opposite sex.  

Photographed in a wetland in Seymour valley, near my home in North Vancouver.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300 2x  f9  1/250s  iso400

Northern flicker perched at the entrance to home.  Little known flicker fact: individuals will often fence one another using their bills as "foils", both to defend territory and impress the opposite sex.  

Photographed in a wetland in Seymour valley, near my home in North Vancouver.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300 2x  f9  1/250s  iso400___

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2013-09-28 21:41:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

A strategically placed purple urchin shell, found on Triquet Island in the Hakai Archipelago during a late summer kayak trip.  

Photographed with the Sony rx100, a brilliant little compact that I should have bought ages ago.

f4  1/200s  iso125  -2fec 

A strategically placed purple urchin shell, found on Triquet Island in the Hakai Archipelago during a late summer kayak trip.  

Photographed with the Sony rx100, a brilliant little compact that I should have bought ages ago.

f4  1/200s  iso125  -2fec ___

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2013-09-27 05:41:35 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Great blue heron carrying a stick back to the rookery in Boundary Bay, just south of Vancouver in British Columbia.  I haven't been back to this area in a while and I think it's time to visit again.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300  f3.5  1/320s  iso400

Great blue heron carrying a stick back to the rookery in Boundary Bay, just south of Vancouver in British Columbia.  I haven't been back to this area in a while and I think it's time to visit again.

Canon 7D  Sigma 120-300  f3.5  1/320s  iso400___

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2013-09-26 00:59:33 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

A sliver of our galaxy photographed from Cirque Lake, an amazing destination in the mountains just south of Whistler in British Columbia. Living in Vancouver (that's the city glowing 100km away in the background) it's not often I get to stargaze - after seeing this so close to home I resolved to get out camping more.

Canon 7D  Tokina 11-16  11mm  f2.8  30s  iso3200

A sliver of our galaxy photographed from Cirque Lake, an amazing destination in the mountains just south of Whistler in British Columbia. Living in Vancouver (that's the city glowing 100km away in the background) it's not often I get to stargaze - after seeing this so close to home I resolved to get out camping more.

Canon 7D  Tokina 11-16  11mm  f2.8  30s  iso3200___

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2013-09-25 01:14:30 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Barred owl photographed on an early morning in Seymour Valley just outside North Vancouver.  This was one of my first successful wildlife photographs - shot with a Canon 350D and a relatively cheap 70-300mm lens.  The owl was kind enough to sit very still allowing me to use a long shutter speed in the darkened forest.  Still one of my favourites.

350D  f5.6  1/10s  iso200

Barred owl photographed on an early morning in Seymour Valley just outside North Vancouver.  This was one of my first successful wildlife photographs - shot with a Canon 350D and a relatively cheap 70-300mm lens.  The owl was kind enough to sit very still allowing me to use a long shutter speed in the darkened forest.  Still one of my favourites.

350D  f5.6  1/10s  iso200___

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2013-09-24 19:20:35 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

East point on Saturna Island in British Columbia - photographed just after sunrise during a momentary break in the light.   Saturna is an exceptionally beautiful gulf Island - if you ever get the chance to travel here don't hesitate.

Canon 7D  11mm  1/30s  iso100

East point on Saturna Island in British Columbia - photographed just after sunrise during a momentary break in the light.   Saturna is an exceptionally beautiful gulf Island - if you ever get the chance to travel here don't hesitate.

Canon 7D  11mm  1/30s  iso100___

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2013-09-23 02:10:43 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Sunset from the west coast of the Hakai Archipelago in British Columbia. A breath taking and remote location - if you ever get the chance to travel here you will not regret it.

Canon 7D  11mm  1/30sec  iso100  

Sunset from the west coast of the Hakai Archipelago in British Columbia. A breath taking and remote location - if you ever get the chance to travel here you will not regret it.

Canon 7D  11mm  1/30sec  iso100  ___

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2013-01-29 04:37:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

shot nearly a year ago at the dumps in maui.  with the dreary weather of late here in vancouver it makes me feel like spontaneously quitting my day job and just finding a beach with a great break somewhere - just for a year or two.

shot nearly a year ago at the dumps in maui.  with the dreary weather of late here in vancouver it makes me feel like spontaneously quitting my day job and just finding a beach with a great break somewhere - just for a year or two.___

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2012-12-29 21:27:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

An answer to a timeworn debate:

Next time you're photographing a bird, listening to its song, or perhaps more intriguingly, when you find yourself responding to music - you can consider why and where it may have come from.

“Both birdsong and music elicit responses not only in brain regions associated directly with reward, but also in interconnected regions that are thought to regulate emotion. That suggests that they both may activate evolutionarily ancient mechanisms that are necessary for reproduction and survival”
Sarah Earp - Emory University research student

An answer to a timeworn debate:

Next time you're photographing a bird, listening to its song, or perhaps more intriguingly, when you find yourself responding to music - you can consider why and where it may have come from.

“Both birdsong and music elicit responses not only in brain regions associated directly with reward, but also in interconnected regions that are thought to regulate emotion. That suggests that they both may activate evolutionarily ancient mechanisms that are necessary for reproduction and survival”
Sarah Earp - Emory University research student___

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2012-05-21 18:02:16 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

An Open Letter to the World:

Please read and share if you value a sustainable, healthy environment.

The current Canadian Government is systematically decimating environmental sustainability and scientific process in favour of short term non-renewable resources, passing legislation that effectively muzzles scientists and charitable organizations from participating in and ensuring informed debate and even from lobbying parliament. The importance of stopping this behaviour before serious damage becomes irreversible can't be understated. Canada, once a leader in environmental protection, is now setting a brutal standard; this, combined with our massive global footprint ensure that the consequences will certainly be felt outside our borders.

http://tinyurl.com/6vzbz3v

An Open Letter to the World:

Please read and share if you value a sustainable, healthy environment.

The current Canadian Government is systematically decimating environmental sustainability and scientific process in favour of short term non-renewable resources, passing legislation that effectively muzzles scientists and charitable organizations from participating in and ensuring informed debate and even from lobbying parliament. The importance of stopping this behaviour before serious damage becomes irreversible can't be understated. Canada, once a leader in environmental protection, is now setting a brutal standard; this, combined with our massive global footprint ensure that the consequences will certainly be felt outside our borders.

http://tinyurl.com/6vzbz3v___

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2011-11-25 03:10:35 (361 comments, 1627 reshares, 2267 +1s)Open 

The photographs, having spent 440 days on the ocean floor, have been reunited with the photographer and the family. I am very happy to have facilitated the journey back to where the photographs belong! I certainly didn't anticipate the attention this created, any photographer finding my camera would do the same, right? Thanks again for the great help that came from the Google+ community. I received an email from the recipient of your help this morning:

"Again thank you so much!!! Seeing the pictures brings tears as we really had forgotten what we were missing by not having them."

Previous Update: Thank you to everyone who responded with ideas (some listed below) - proof that the google+ hive-mind can be utilized to complete a simple gesture like returning someones vacation photos!

three pics were posted in the album from the SD card (photos aren't... more »

The photographs, having spent 440 days on the ocean floor, have been reunited with the photographer and the family. I am very happy to have facilitated the journey back to where the photographs belong! I certainly didn't anticipate the attention this created, any photographer finding my camera would do the same, right? Thanks again for the great help that came from the Google+ community. I received an email from the recipient of your help this morning:

"Again thank you so much!!! Seeing the pictures brings tears as we really had forgotten what we were missing by not having them."

Previous Update: Thank you to everyone who responded with ideas (some listed below) - proof that the google+ hive-mind can be utilized to complete a simple gesture like returning someones vacation photos!

three pics were posted in the album from the SD card (photos aren't mine, so the child remained anonymous).
exif data was examined.
Kamloops Fire Rescue and Firefit were contacted.
Canon Canada was contacted re: camera serial number (reply received - no record of the serial number).
photos were dropped into google search and specific websites mentioned in the comments (no luck - nothing matching the exif serial online).
camera serial - canon eos rebel xs: 0520213746
SD card (for those who inquired): Sandisk Extreme III 20mb/s 2GB (it's not uncommon for SD cards to survive underwater - regardless of brand).

Media: please feel free to use the information posted here. I will not be providing interviews or contact information. To those who inquired re: use of my photographs and the story, and provided credit - thank you.

Original Post:

For Sale: Canon EOS 1000D
Description: only used underwater once, in the Pacific Ocean, for approximately one year.

Actual story: found off the end of a wharf in Deep Bay, BC while I was diving (completing a biological survey) in the harbour. I removed the SD card, cleaned it up, stuck it in a card reader and after being underwater in a corroding camera since August 2010 - it works! Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation. If you know a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition, has a lovely wife and (now) 2 year old daughter - let me know. I would love to get them their vacation photos :)

There are other clues on/within the pictures - I think we should be able to track them down (not sure they'll want the camera back tho).___

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2011-11-01 05:01:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

click for a frightening experience: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515

The scariest thing I can imagine this Halloween is the population of earth reaching 10 billion humans within my lifetime! The legendary Sir David Attenborough put this into perspective far more eloquently than I possibly could:

"Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, maybe we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment.

Immensely powerful though we are today, it's equally clear that we're going to be even more powerful tomorrow. And what's more there will be greater compulsion upon us to use our power as the number of human beings on Earth increases still further. Clearly we could devastate the world. As far as we know, the Earth is the only place in the universe where there is life. Its continued survival now... more »

click for a frightening experience: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515

The scariest thing I can imagine this Halloween is the population of earth reaching 10 billion humans within my lifetime! The legendary Sir David Attenborough put this into perspective far more eloquently than I possibly could:

"Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, maybe we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment.

Immensely powerful though we are today, it's equally clear that we're going to be even more powerful tomorrow. And what's more there will be greater compulsion upon us to use our power as the number of human beings on Earth increases still further. Clearly we could devastate the world. As far as we know, the Earth is the only place in the universe where there is life. Its continued survival now rests in our hands.

I've seen wildlife under mounting pressure and it's not just from human economy or technology, but behind every threat is the frightening explosion in human numbers."___

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2011-09-24 15:10:49 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

why I consider myself an atheist - in a nutshell:

why I consider myself an atheist - in a nutshell:___

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