Alberta Big Valley Roundhouse Series

Alberta Big Valley Roundhouse Series

I have added a page with images of sunrise over the Canadian Northern Railway Big Valley Roundhouse: Big Valley Roundhouse Series

Here are a couple of sample images:

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Shaun M

The McNab Elevator Project

The McNab Elevator Project

I have added a sub-page showing some of my MF film and digital images of the now demolished (former) Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator at McNab, Alberta:
The McNab Elevator Project

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Shaun Merrigan

L’il Dave’s Gas Station

L’il Dave’s Gas Station

A couple of views of an abandoned filling station (L’il Dave’s Gas Station) in Alberta.

L'il Dave's Gas Station in Alberta

L’il Dave’s Gas Station in Alberta

L'il Dave's Gas Station in Alberta

L’il Dave’s Gas Station in Alberta

Shaun Merrigan

Alberta Prairie Sunrise

Alberta Prairie Sunrise

Here are a couple of Alberta Prairie Sunrise images taken just north of Edmonton. I liked the patterns in wheat and the wisps of morning fog in the first one. In the second shot, the sun was just touching the reeds on the east side of the pond, and also starting to illuminate the canola field in the background. The ducks had all moved off under cover as they usually do.

Sunrise over a wheat field in Central Alberta

Sunrise over a wheat field in Central Alberta

Sunrise over a small pothole pond in Central Alberta

Sunrise over a small pothole pond in Central Alberta

Shaun M.

Views from Island Lake Lodge, British Columbia

Views from Island Lake Lodge, British Columbia

A couple of shots from Island Lake Lodge, British Columbia.

Island Lake, British Columbia

Island Lake, British Columbia

Island Lake, British Columbia

Island Lake, British Columbia

It was a beautiful morning and I had the immediate area to myself for about 45 minutes. As it happened, there was a moose browsing on the large island in the lake; I watched her for a while and then went back to my photography.

Shaun M

Remembering Summer: Sunrise at Waterton Lakes National Park

Remembering Summer: Sunrise at Waterton Lakes National Park

With the latest Spring Storm, and 25cm of new snow, maybe a little reminder of summer would help.
 

 

 

Shaun Merrigan

Winter in Alberta: Elk Island National Park

Winter in Alberta: Elk Island National Park

Elk Island NP

HP Z3200 Photo Printer Scan Axis Drive Belt Replacement

HP Z3200 Photo Printer Scan Axis Drive Belt Replacement:

I recently had to replace the Scan Axis Drive Belt (otherwise known as the carriage belt) in my HP Z3200 Photo Printer. I use the printer several times per week, but the print volumes I do are relatively light, so the belt did not “wear” out. Instead, the elastomer (rubber) component of the belt which binds the Kevlar strands together began to deteriorate and eventually disintegrated completely. Not only did this affect the Scan Axis alignment (see first image below) but it also left innumerable rubber crumbs throughout the paper path. I successfully replaced the belt and cleaned up the paper path and internals with a minimum of trouble, as well as replacing the noisy (howling) power supply fan. I should point out that I do have considerable background in mechanical/electronic repair (former Xerox Tech).

Failed Z3200 Belt

There is a video available on YouTube which details the entire mechanical process of replacing the belt, so if you need to do this, please watch the entire video before proceeding: Z3100 Belt Replacement Video. In particular, pay close attention to which size Torx drivers you will need (all detailed in the video) and the advice given about purchasing the belt replacement kit (don’t buy the kit, just buy the belt). The Z3100 Maintenance Manual is readily available via a Google search.

Do not, under any circumstances purchase the generic, toothed on one side, smooth on the other side replacement belt that is available on the web or on Ebay. Take a look at the following images, and you will see why:

Belts Compared (3)

Belts Compared (2)

You can clearly see that the LPS Replacement (Kevlar+Polyurethane) belt matches the OEM belt perfectly. The generic belt on the other hand does not match the OEM belt, and in fact requires you to replace the OEM Tensioner Pulley (which is grooved to mate with the belt grooves so that the belt tracks precisely) with a smooth surface pulley:

Belts Compared

You can purchase the high quality OEM style from LPS here: Z3100/3200 Replacement Belt (I have no affiliation with LPS, I am just a satisfied customer).

–Shaun Merrigan

Gigapan Firmware Update Problems and Solution

Gigapan Firmware Update Problems and Solution

Gigapan has a firmware update available for the GigaPan Epic Pro, here: GigaPan Epic Pro Firmware Update

To find out if you need it, check the firmware on your Epic Pro thus:

Select “Options” – “Expert Options” – “Firmware Version”
The current firmware version is P010100171-8.

I have a couple of very important tips for Windows users (Windows 7, specifically) which will help prevent any disasters from occurring (i.e., a botched firmware upgrade which will result in a dead Epic Pro):

1) Install the Firmware Upload Tool “As an Administrator”
2) Connect the USB cable from the Epic Pro directly to the motherboard, not to a hub or to the front panel USB ports on your PC. Not doing this caused my Epic Pro to lockup and not be recognized by Windows.
3) Run the Firmware Upload Tool “As an Administrator”

Grain Elevator Revisited

Grain Elevator Revisited: I had scanned this medium format film image back in 2008 and decided to rework it today.  Fortunately I scanned all my images in DNG format using Vuescan on a Nikon 9000, and I work from Lightroom, so the original 250Mb scan was readily available.  There is a huge amount data in these scan files (7800 x 5700 pixels scanned as 48bit color and then converted to B&W) and it was quite easy to realize what I had in mind for the image.  I started here:

Saskatchewan Grain Elevator as scanned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and finished here:

Saskatchewan Grain Elevator Revisited