Thursday, December 13, 2012


We went from a dreary rainy weekend with some breezes to bring on a chill to a bright sunny day with just enough pillowy clouds with some magenta reflecting from the sun to paint this on the pond behind our home.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Moon Shots From 12/03/12

Sky shots of any kind need definition and clouds are pretty much the only thing that works. I use to fly radio control airplanes and the best time to fly was with a back drop of clouds to help keep your orientation. After all, you aren't in the cockpit unless you have one of the newer cameras mounted and know how to view what you are drones.

There was just a whisper of clouds in the sky last night. I couldn't leave well enough alone, the original pictures came out pretty good right from the camera. Night shots can be bit to get right. The first picture has some HDR (High Definition Resolution) with some Levels tweaking, color control as well and changing from color to black and white. Image was taken through a window.

This shot I call Reflections. You could all it a vertical panorama.

You can enlarge if you desire.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Wooden Car Project Progresses With Innovation


 Cut and sanded. Staining and gluing to be done.

Approx. 7 x 2.5" before mounting of wheels.

Prepping the lathe. Wheels cut on band saw, then rough centers are found. Next, drill 1/8" pilot to insert large nail into for work as shaft. As I tightened the chuck on drill I tapped the nail head to set it tightly into the chuck.
With the drill locked on I proceeded to even out the wheels to the same size. Instead of getting chips of wood you get a lot of very fine dust. Next set will have a vac running nearby.

Results of the home grown lathe. I will also wear a mask when doing the second car.

Nail (shaft) hole will be covered by some sort of super glued hubcap since these are for two boys younger than 3.