Ottawa British Car Day 2008


British Car Day ’08 #20
Originally uploaded by rdonovan

I admit it. I love car shows; I can combine both my automotive and photographic pursuits into a single outing. This July’s Ottawa British Car day was no exception – beautiful weather at Britannia Park and some magnificent cars made for an enjoyable afternoon.

There were many magnificent cars there, but I particularly enjoyed some of the examples of vintage MG, Jaguar, and Bentley automobiles. My absolute favorite was a 1960 Bentley SII, shown here. The SII is the second-generation, V8-powered version of the Bentley variant of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. It is considerably rarer to see the Bentley version in North America, particularly with a Left Hand Drive steering wheel.

Seeing this beautiful car brought back many fond memories of my 1959 Silver Cloud II, which was a comparable car – but produced as a Rolls-Royce.

Enjoy the set at: http://flickr.com/photos/rdonovan/sets/72157606149945046/.

Aston Martin meets Canon EOS-5D


I have been keeping my eye on the Canon EOS-5D camera for some time. My first “serious” digital camera was the Canon EOS-350D (also known as the Rebel XT). I liked it, but have this year outgrown the lack of custom shooting options and longed for the flexibility of a full-frame 35MM camera.

I loaned my old Canon to one of my work colleagues – and he ended up buying it from me. And I replaced it with the EOS 20th Anniversary Kit, which contains the EOS-5D body, a 24-105MM L-series IS lens, carrying case, and every conceivable factory accessory – for about 40% off of list price. Timing is everything.

And the first round of photos has now been posted – some shots taken of my 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage coupe in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, not too far from the camera store. Enjoy at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdonovan/sets/72157600495247265/.