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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

June 5th is World Environment Day - Home is Free
May 15, 2009
Next June 5th will be World Environment Day. The environment. Our planet. Of all the issues we can chose to address or ignore, to embrace or discard, to concern ourselves with or to make fun of, none are more critical. Make no mistake about it, our very survival as a species depends on them. Well, found over at Orcas in the Mist (thanks for the scoop, Elo), here's the upcoming eye-opener: a movie called Home, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by no other than t...
Kalk Bay, South Africa
May 13, 2009
This quaint little fishing town on the inside of the Cape Peninsula is home to the Almighty Harbour House restaurant, the more modest Olympia Cafe and its fantastic - if rare - polenta, and a small lighthouse at the end of the port's jetty that has been known to throw waves up in the air to incredible heights. Every establishment - and probably every soul - in Kalk Bay has a picture of some gigantic wave crashing on the pier and exploding upwards. But it can also be quiet a...
From Top Gun to Atlantis - The story of a... bird
May 13, 2009
The year was 1986. I was 24 months out of flight school and though things looked gloomy, I still had hopes of finding a job for some loser airline that would bank on my commercial pilot license and give me a right seat on a small commuter plane and help me build up my miserable 300 hours of flight time. When Top Gun came out, it instantly became a cult movie for anybody who had - or wanted - wings. Technically, it was rather daring and it featured lots of actual in-flight ...
Home page revamped
May 12, 2009
Well, if one didn't get the message before, visiting the home page now will definitely convince even the most stubborn mind that this place is about photography. I've overlaid more Flash on top of the original - and rather plain - SlideShowPro driven short Flash intro and attempted to recreate the look and feel of my DSLR's viewfinder. The debate remains whether or not to use an entry page instead of opening directly to the main gallery; but I have to assume a first-time v...
Thermal's up, let's catch a ride
May 10, 2009
No matter what dull drama stains our lives, no matter how dark a Mordor we seem to be painfully headed for, there always comes a light - be it a single fleeting ray through torn menacing clouds or a global, iridescent dome coating the world beyond even our dreams. The trick, as with all perception-induced realities, is to not be fooled by either tone. Gloomy days and stormy nights will always brighten up and in turn darkness is bound to pay us yet another visit, some day. I...
Ticks and tricks: 5 reasons to use a photo tripod
Well, thanks to the little Skribit widget I recently installed in the upper left corner, I am getting reader suggestions for potential post topics, and - time allowing and subject appealing - I will be happy to elaborate on those suggestions. Here, hence, is the first in a series of photography ticks and tricks entries. To the question "Why do I use a tripod?", I would simply tend to answer "Because I'm lucky enough to have one." and that would feel lik...
English Bay, some night
May 6, 2009
A few nights ago, after coming back from a run, I rushed back out with Abetoo hoping to get reacquainted. We hadn't talked since coming back from South Africa, the G10 having temporarily taken over with her sexy portability. That evening felt like spring at last, mild, calm, flowered and fragrant. Sunset came and went, not peaking much higher than 6 or 7 on Mother Nature's Richter scale, and I fumbled to regain my old HDR habits - bracketing plus and minus 2 stops at consta...
Stanley Park - A Macroscape
Up at 5:00 AM this morning, I put the Bialetti to good use and then headed out with a warm coffee in hand and a bagful of gear on my back, 2 cameras, the tripod and my new macro focusing rail shivering with excitement. Dawn, like water left running out of a rusty pipe, was finally turning clear. There was, however, no one out yet. Streets were literally empty and even runners and dog slaves were few. I wound my way through the most flowery parts of Stanley Park's outskirts,...
A night on the Cape of Good Hope
April 30, 2009
It would seem the southern tip of Africa has two faces, one purely geographic and the other popularly romantic. Technically, the actual southernmost point is located some 200 km to the southeast of Cape Town and called Cape Agulhas. An extension of Africa's gigantic landmass, that cape is wide and rather boring looking - on a map at least since I haven't been there. But if like me, you are a dreamer and cherish fractured memories of the adventures of Tintin et les cigares...
New York-Montreal on a tow truck
April 29, 2009
Storytelling, as anybody who's ever attempted it knows so well, is much like painting your house - a matter of love and hate. A painful task if I ever knew one, long hours of applying multiple layers, each producing a new and often unexpected effect and many, many rough patches that seem to defy the paintbrush. And later, when it has all dried up, you realize you've missed critical spots and have to start all over again or live with it forever. Then there's the challenge o...
The pandemic is still academic. Let's not panic. Yet.
April 29, 2009
Yup... And the brand new Convention Centre I was glorifying a few days ago just had a major ceiling water leak and subsequent flooding, three weeks form opening. Murphy's Law in action, or just fatality and maths (as in large new building = large chance of mishaps early on)? Hey, this is Vancouver; expect water to fall one way or another! Here's from a recent email of our industry friend Doug regarding tourism - or the lack thereof - in Vancouver: Gulf War #1Dot co...