Easter Egg Hunt

This weekend has been the most beautiful weekend we have had in Montreal, in a long time.

When i looked at the weather mid last week, i saw that the weather on Sunday was supposed to be fair, with perhaps some showers.  Well, how wrong they were!  Spring weather is finally here.

Since the weather was so damn beautiful, we did not pass up the opportunity to get out and enjoy it.  We did this by taking a drive out to Ile Perrot (the lady inside my GPS kept pronouncing it “Parrot” , lol) and going to Quinn Farm.

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We have been to Quinn Farm many, many times before for apple picking.  This is the first time we went for their Easter egg hunt.

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I traveled light today and if you want to know what i mean by light, here was my kit for the day:

Fuji X-10, Lens Hood, Mini Tripod, 2 x NP-50 Batteries and a Sandisk 4GB SD Card
Fuji X-10, Lens Hood, Mini Tripod, 2 x NP-50 Batteries and a Sandisk 4GB SD Card

I still think that the Fuji X-10 is the most kick ass compact camera, ever.  It certainly beats the pants off of my old D80 and is on par with a D90.

I shot everything in RAF and just converted it in-camera.  That reminds me, i have to delete the Adobe DNG converter that sits on my laptop.  Converting RAF files to DNG, then working on them in Photoshop, then converting them to JPEG…… well, it’s horrible.

Upon closer inspection over the weekend, the resulting JPEGs that come out of that process, have this weird “noise” to them when you zoom in a bit.  I don’t know if it is me that is doing something wrong during the process, but i am no longer going to do it.

Anyhow….

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They seemed to have cleaned up the place quite a bit and have installed some new features aimed directly at kids.

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You can tour the barn that you see here in the photos.  Inside, there are chickens, goats, sheep and pigs.

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Hog heaven!!  Boy, these pigs were enjoying themselves under the Spring sun today.  Most were just laying around and soaking up the rays.

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Outside with the pigs, were some sheep, lamas and a turkey!

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Not sure what will happen to this turkey, but it never ends good for them.

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These Lamas were really camera shy.  They just would not let you get a head shot.  Or, maybe they were Nikon users and were turning their nose up at my Fuji.

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After touring around the outside of the barn, we hopped onto a trailer that was being pulled by a tractor and went to the Easter egg hunt.

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All the eggs were under the Christmas trees that they were growing on the farm.

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Going back to the main area of the farm, i took some photos of the animals inside the barn.  I did not dare use the flash, just in case the animals got spooked by it.

Because i did not use the flash, it meant i had to shoot at shutter speeds of 1/5s and 1/8s.  One of the other reasons i was not able to achieve higher shutter speeds, was because i was keeping the ISO at 800 and below.

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The day had gone great up until this point.  Then, i came across The Goosenator.  This goose got really peeved at me and began to hiss at me.  Yes, geese hiss at you when they are pissed off.

This goose did not like the fact that i got close to it.  If it could have done, it would have chased me.  No big deal, i have had it happen to me before and not just geese.  I have had geese and ducks chase me, while at the same time, have pigeons land on me!

Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcocks, “The Birds”?  Well, i lived it one day, many years ago, in Buxton, England.

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Evil, evil goose!

So, that was my day at Quinn Farm doing the Easter egg hunt.  Most importantly, my daughter & her friend had a good time.

Happy shooting!

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