June 28, 2010

I originally wanted to photograph my shot glasses as more of an exercise is photographic tech than in having a pictorial of them (although, if I can get this project off the ground, it would be nice to use Blurb to make a book of my shot glasses for posterity).

This idea meant that I would need to make a light tent.  I found a nifty set of instructions on the Digital Photography School as to how to make one:

It isn’t too bad.  But this is v2.0 of Operation Light Tent (the first one was destroyed in an unfortunate finger-poking accident – but hey: a lesson in the Buddhist practice of impermanence!).

I built the light tent, created a set up, and photographed my whole collection.

The results are “meh” at best.

In addition to some work with setting up a light tent correctly, I’m sure that the prop setup could be improved, as well as some tweaking in Photoshop.

But, it’s a start.

Ben’s a much more talented photographer than I, so I’ve expanded my “take photographs of my shot collection” and “set up a studio for my art” to be more focused.  He and I are planning on building our own mini photographic/light studio.

I’m hoping that this will be both a studio for our light tent, and also a portrait-shooting zone.  The one I took of myself for my pseudo-business portrait is okay, but it’s not great.

Some links I ran into while researching this article:

  1. The Party Bouncer is Back in Business (Card) use a 3×5 card to soften a flash that is built into the camera.
  2. DIY, Poor Mans Ring Flash use an empty milk jug to build a flash diffuser that fits around your lens.  Thrifty and green!
  3. Putting Together a DIY Budget Light Room with a lot of ingenuity and a little cash, you can build a lightroom

Friday Five, June 25: Breakfast

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  1. Oh my goodness! You have to run out the door right now and you haven’t eaten! Before dashing out, what do you grab to wolf down on your way?
    In a hurry, nothing.  I’ll usually grab something at work (I keep backups in my snack drawer).
  2. What’s a popular breakfast you dislike?
    Eggs.  I have tried — oh! how I’ve tried — to get behind eggs, but I can’t.
  3. You’re going out for breakfast anywhere you want, and someone else is treating! Where do you go and what do you order?
    I actually really like First Watch (at least the location in University Heights), and I had chicken salad and fruit for breakfast.
  4. What do you have when you need a simple, healthy (or healthy-ish, for those of you who just don’t do healthy!) breakfast?
    I will have a bowl of Kashi Vive, skim milk, and cut up fresh fruit.  I also try to put chia seeds or flax seeds on my cereal for protien and Omega-3 supplements.
  5. You’ve been invited to a breakfast potluck. What are you most likely to bring?
    Even though I don’t like eggs, I know other people do.  So I will make The Pioneer Woman’s Sleepin’-In Omelette, which is great because even though it takes time to cook, I can assemble it beforehand, and it travels and reheats well.


I’m Changing my Name to Bob Smith…

I have found that the harder I push for notariety, the more elusive it is.  Take marketing this blog, for example.  (Which, in fairness, isn’t entirely true – I could be doing a lot more marketing, but I digress.)  But sometimes, your 15 minutes comes when you least expect it.

At work, there is a fitness challenge, and while not only did I become a team leader (yeah, that’s not turning out to well for me), I also started the “Couch to 5K” group for the entire company to join.  Last time I checked on the group, it only had three members, but I did have someone ask for a copy of the training spreadsheet.  So, I pretty much left it at that.

Today, the program posted their semi-monthly newsletter, and took time to focus on what three Co-Workers were doing in the program, and I (and the C25K group I started) was featured in the company-wide newsletter.  Which is totally awesome; nevermind the egregious (Juliea) misspelling of my first name – last name, too, but no one spells it right, even after I spell it for them.

I’m walking on a little sunshine today, I’ve had three people re-circulate the newsletter, congratulating me.   Not bad for a Monday after a crummy weekend.

My point is, to myself at least is the reinforcement that I need to keep doing these things for myself, and that if it’s a good idea, or if it’s interesting, then others will like it too, and let them spread the wealth.  Sometimes, you just can’t force it.

Back on Course…

Since before I left for vacation/Atlanta, I kept thinking, “Okay, I just need to get through this week, and life will go back to normal” or “Once the Summer Solstice is over, I can go back to normal” or “God, I can’t wait until I run this 5K, because then life can get back to normal!”

But the reality is that there is no such thing as normal.  No one has “normal.”   If I want my life to be as fulfilling as I want it to be, my concept of normal (being stagnant) does not exist.

There will always be something in the horizon that I need to get ready for.  There will always be a nagging stressor, picking at the fraying bits of my brain. Now that I’m really up to my neck in different projects and trying to make sure that all of the necessities for each are taken care of, I’m more acutely aware of the Ernest Hemmingway quote about motion vs. action.

I spend so much time running in fits and spurts and drilling so hard for a perceived finish line that I haven’t taken enough time to check my map and make sure that I am on the correct course.  I don’t have time to wait for life to get back to “normal” to make sure that I’m on track.

I can’t help but feel like I’ll have a huge weight off once I cross the finish line of the 5K tomorrow, though…  I’ll work on getting things together after the race tomorrow.