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Old 08-22-2014, 05:50 PM   #14941
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:23 PM   #14943
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DW's niece and her baby came to SIL's for a visit, of course DW wanted to go, and since we had nothing else planned spent the day over there.

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Spent some time in the workshop. Did a couple of new lithographs carved from Corian and made a frame from some cherry wood. I ordered some LED's and controllers to light the frame from the back but they are coming from China so may be a few days. These are from pictures of my mom and dad in the early 40's, just after they were married.

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DW's niece and her baby came to SIL's for a visit, of course DW wanted to go, and since we had nothing else planned spent the day over there.

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Great shot, love the lighting!
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Great shot, love the lighting!
Thanks, in that one it is some window lighting but there are two Nikon SB-900's, one on an end table and one on the fireplace mantel, both bouncing off the wall/ceiling behind me. That way those become the light source, not the strobes themselves and you get that even lighting.

Shoot in manual to match the light outside so the windows don't get blown out (just a big blob of light if anyone doesn't know what that means) and the strobes follow along in TTL.

Of course then they pick up the color of the wall and I use a shot of an X-rite Colorchecker to correct for that in Lightroom.

This is DW holding the baby and her niece.

And this is why DW doesn't complain about the absurd amounts of money I spend on photo gear and software. She loves the results.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:33 PM   #14947
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Started giving the chainsaw a workout. When I had the huge ash trees taken down a few days ago, I had them chip and remove all the branches, and leave me the logs cut in about 8' lengths. (It was a lot cheaper that way than having them cut the trees into fireplace lengths).

Now it will probably take about a week to cut all those logs into fireplace length and stack them to season for a year or so before splitting. Fortunately, my local dealer only charges $7 to sharpen a chain, which I consider well worth it.
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....Now it will probably take about a week to cut all those logs into fireplace length and stack them to season for a year or so before splitting. ...
Isn't it better to cut and split it and then stack it since there is more surface area of the split wood that is exposed to air and drys out quicker? That's the thinking around here.

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Spent some time in the workshop. Did a couple of new lithographs carved from Corian and made a frame from some cherry wood. I ordered some LED's and controllers to light the frame from the back but they are coming from China so may be a few days. These are from pictures of my mom and dad in the early 40's, just after they were married.

They make a handsome couple. What a nice keepsake. I need to find some kind of creative hobby.
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We went to see "The Hundred Foot Journey" today, following up on "Chef," which we saw on Tuesday. Very different. Much more story in tonight's movie, great acting in both. And both had exquisitely photographed food.
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Isn't it better to cut and split it and then stack it since there is more surface area of the split wood that is exposed to air and drys out quicker? That's the thinking around here.
You're probably right. I don't think there's a huge difference in my case, because the trees have been dead for a year. But I'll certainly split some of it now.
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Split and dried wood also burns better (better being more surface area exposed and more completely).

(I used to heat my Connecticut home with a wood stove during the oil embargo years).
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Walked 18 for the first time in a while. Felt good...and didn't seem to affect my game. But, my feet sure are tired.
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I just returned from a five day visit with my Mother . She is 98 and in reasonable health but aging has taken a toll on her hearing & sight .Seeing how small her world is now really reminded me to enjoy life while I still can .
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I just returned from a five day visit with my Mother . She is 98 and in reasonable health but aging has taken a toll on her hearing & sight .Seeing how small her world is now really reminded me to enjoy life while I still can .
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Two doctor appointments, one with the GP and one with the cardiac surgeon. Both say that I will continue to be a drag on the pension system for the foreseeable future.
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Technically, I know I shouldn't really participate in this thread - I am still working, albeit only for a couple more weeks.

Anyway, my day at work involved me falling into a pool of toxic sludge, up to my neck... skin very quickly started to sting and burn, and I was sent home early to shower the substance away.

I really can't wait until I can participate in this thread legitimately. These next weeks are going to be cruel torture. Why is it that my last job with my company is probably the single worst project I've been on in 24 years?

I suppose it will make my last day on Sept. 12 all the sweeter....

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