Saturday, August 20, 2016

More models

Alas, probably not the models you thought when you saw the title.  More on that below.

Roughly a year ago, I finished I completely finished the first model kit I had done in a long, long time.  I quickly followed that with the second kit.  That one I was pretty motivated to work on diligently because gifts have deadlines.

This year I finished a few more.  I did an older SD Gunpla kit I had lying around from a while ago.  It isn't pictured.

I painted up a starter box for Privateer Press' Warmachine game.  They are painted to a gaming standard.

I am nearly complete with Star Wars Snowspeeder kit from Bandai.  I need to matte coat it when the weather hasn't made my house as humid as a sauna.  I also built the Trooper figure from Bandai's Star Wars Speederbike kit.

I'm not much of a model builder, so this is a bit unusual.

I haven't done as many pictures as I'd like, partially because of all these things probably.  However, I want to change that.  I am looking for people that will spend an hour or two with me to work on chasing "one" picture together.  During that time, I also want to capture a frame or two with my pinhole camera -- those will be experimental, and likely feel slow and fiddly while were making them.  

I'm interested in doing portraits of individuals, no groups, etc.  Anyone interested?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Ride the Lightning

Ride the Lightning

It has been a little while since I posted much on here photo related.  Of course that is the point of this whole endeavor, which means I am failing it miserably.  We did go to the beach again this year.  We didn't go last year.  I will have a post in the near future about that.  Don't worry, its not vacation snapshots like I posted before.  It is mildly more interesting than that.

However, when we were there I got to watch a storm out over the ocean, and I had the chance to actually photograph it.  It was the first time I was able to capture lightning.  I have wanted to since I made the song project a more-or-less permanent personal project.

The song in question is Metallica's Ride the Lightning, from the album of the same name.  That particular album has my favorite Metallica song on it, Fade to Black.  The little intro to that song was one of the first things I learned how to play on the guitar.

But this isn't about Fade to Black, but about Lightning.

Witnessing this storm, and actually capturing it, inspired me to post again.  It is a bit ironic that this fits in more with a landscape theme, than the portraits that I really love. Hopefully I'll ride this wave of enthusiasm into more frequent posting.

Click on the top picture to see it better on Flickr.

Nineteen Years

Its become a bit of a tradition to celebrate our wedding anniversary on August 2.  Mostly, this is because we got married on August 2.  August 2, 1997-- 19 years ago, which explains the blog post's title perfectly.

Nineteen year's is not really a long time.  I hope we have 3 or 4 more nineteen year cycles in us.  That is pushing the limits of a human lifespan hard though.

No matter how many we have left, I want to spend them all with her.  Hopefully she agrees. I'm pretty excited to have reached this point.  I also know I wouldn't have wanted any other path in life than the one I'm on with her right now.

To bring this in line with past posts, I shall say a small piece about the number 19.

It feels like a strange number to me, there aren't too many things that stand out when I think of "19".

But there are two.

A go board is a 19x19 grid.  The game grows on the board organically, each player adding to the board, compromising with the other, disagreeing over this area or that area, or the meaning of a previous move, giving up areas to your playing partner, and so on.  In the end, there is an eventual winner, but its the path to the end that matters.  That is a bit like life I think.  It certainly is a bit like marriage, except for the winner part.

The only other think I an think of, off hand, regarding the 19 is it became important in the later novels of Stephen King's Dark Tower, and popped up everywhere.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The last of a project


This is the final "official" image from a personal project I have been doing for the past 4 or 5 years. I haven't shared too many of these, maybe one or two at the most.

I decided to share this one because a) I like it a lot, it will end up in my portfolio when I change it up the next time and b) it is the final of this project.

Without getting into all the hows and whys behind the project, it has been "incognito" for this long, I will just let the picture speak for itself.

Good luck to all those I've left behind, and please wish the same for me!

Friday, March 4, 2016

New Stuff: Complete Man Project

I got involved in a project that is the brainchild of a friend.    Complete Man Project is a site dedicated to helping you be a better man, and person.
There is a website and facebook page.  Check em out, subscribe, like, or whatever else you do

I like archery, a lot.*  Too much, maybe.  The next few months I'm going to dedicate a lot of effort towards getting better at it.  I've done this with other endeavors, and know it will be hell as learn and try to apply more to my game.

To break this period up up a bit, I'm going to build a slingshot from scratch.  It will help me satisfy the same desire learn and curiosity I am chasing with archery, without the pain.  I am writing about the experience as part of Complete Man Project.  Article 1 is up.

*The picture is my wife's bow.  I liked archery enough I convinced her she needed her own setup.  Hers glows in the dark.  That is pretty sweet.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Goals

Well, looking back on 2015's goals I seemed to fail miserably.

In a way.

I did satisfy the reading section.  The 2 Pulitzer prize winners I read were The Road by Cormac McCarthy and A Visit by the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.  I also read some gigantic books by Brandon Sanderson, and Stephen King among a bunch of others.

My physical goal was derailed by an injury.  Stupid age.  Stupid deadlifts. I stopped pursuing this before the summer -- because I hurt my back.  It sucked.  It still kind of sucks.  I will take another try at this in 2016.  But it will be to simply get back to lifting.  Its a bit nerve-wracking after hurting yourself.

The art ones ... I didn't draw much, but I did build and paint models and miniatures instead.  I put the finishing touches on a few miniatures that were "almost" done, and had been that way for a few years.  I also started and completed 3 models.  I learned how to really use an airbrush.  I haven't had as much fun or success with models for a long time.

The pinhole car pictures didn't happen out of laziness.  And I didn't purchase a large format film rig to do the portraits with.  I still want to do these.  Purchase wise, a 4x5 camera has been high on the list of "wants".  But, given this is really unneeded in the grand scheme of things, it is a low priority.

I didn't really "redo" any rooms in the house either.  But they are arranged decently enough.

I did end up pursuing some things hard that weren't on the list.  I have always enjoyed archery and flinging arrows about.  But, I ended up chasing that target center much harder in 2015 than I planned.  It was a lot fun.  My daughter, and my wife, both ended up with bows as a partial consequence of this.  I, personally,  kept the bow I have had for 3 years.  It ended up with new strings (necessary), new sights (not really truly necessary), and new stabilizers though (I needed a real stabilizer, but maybe not as fancy as the one I bought).  I also switched my release--- which resulted in re-learning how to shoot.  I enjoyed the process.  I will be shooting in at least one league in a 2016, and I hope to get out hunting.

I did learn a few guitar solos from the Shady Grove album.  I also learned a few chord progressions, and have worked through some of the melodies for various songs.  Including, but not limited to, Reckless Kelly's Wicked Twisted Road, Metallica's One.  No lessons though.

I also got my Maryland Hunter's Safety card. That was an odd experience.  It was mostly about firearms, which, I personally don't care that much about.

The goals aside, 2015 was an interesting year.  No year is perfect, but I'm just going to discuss the things that were fun.  I got to see Ray Wylie Hubbard play.  He's a little bit country, a little bit americana, a little bit blues, a little bit rock and roll, and completely entertaining.

I got to shake Ray Lewis' hand at a book signing.  One thing that stood out to me was how much effort he put into having a small conversations with the kids there.  If you follow the link, you will see I have a picture of the same conversation the WTOP reporter captured. [As an aside, she was using her iPhone for her coverage.  It is all that is needed, no doubt, but it still saddens me a little bit. But, that didn't really stop me from putting a few phone pictures in this post!]

So for this year:


  • I will carry over the 5 car pinhole pictures.  It will be a fun project.  I just need to make the proper time for it, and meet a few more car people.
  • Make one photograph for each hour of the day.  They won't be hours from the same exact day. This will be interesting for a few reasons.  It is "discipline" photo project like a 365 project, but on much less demanding scale.  I have a feeling hours 3-6AM will be the difficult ones to get.
  • I have a bunch of model kits.  I'd like to finish a few.

  • Get back in a routine like I had last year before hurting myself
  • Still not going to run

Setting goals for this seems hard.  I have done so much reading the past few years it is only natural to continue, so I'll name some specific things
  • Read a book from an author I have never read a book by before
  • Read a book that inspired a movie
  • Still going to read the Bible.
I will also hope Winds of Winter comes out.

  • Participate in some type of organized shooting
  • Not sure what I want to do here yet, I will update this when figure it out

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Why? Because everything that is not a chicken has been too easy to photograph.

These chickens all have names that range from the straight forward like "Peaches" to the much more complicated "Mr. Fancy Pants".

In case you are wondering, chickens are harder to herd than children.