Tuesday, July 26, 2016


The end of a hot day.


This is the original color image of the transformed black and white post.   I would have kept or posted this before had the Cardinal stayed on the peak of the roof, the white spot where many of birds have sat and chirped and left their calling cards.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Digression From the Project

A couple of mornings ago I kept hearing a bird that was somewhat unfamiliar.  I ran to the window and threw open the sash and what to my wondering eyes did appear but a Cardinal.  Well, it was dressed in a red suit.  Anyway, I tried to get my camera to get a shot of it but I was too late, however, I did better than that I think.  The moon was still up and this was between 9 and 10 AM.  Considering the heat and humidity it was very clear.  So I take a couple of shots and today I started to work with them just to see what I could come up with.

In my opinion this came out pretty good.  I really had to do nothing to it as the DOF (depth of field) was perfect, blurred roof as I focused on the moon.  Clarity of the moon was even better when done this way.  You make up you mind, opinions are just that, opinions and yours will be just a correct as mine.

All editing was done in On1 Photo10 with just the text and file type which was done in PS CC

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Second Posting of Project Sxxxxxxx

Okay, second hint is in the name but there are some pictures as well.  My good 'ole brother said I was missing some parts in the first post so here are a few more neatly, well kind of, stacked.  In the picture are some actual parts about 50% completed while some are totally done.  They are in the majority.

In one of pictures I will show how I made it with ingenuity on my part.  I made a vertical lathe using a drill press.  Typically a lathe has a part chucked up on one end and then a holding point on the other to keep the part steady.  In this case it was all about taking ones time and moving slowly.

After cutting the rough cut with on a table saw I then cut the head off a deck screw, drill a hole in the piece so it wouldn't split and chucked it up in the drill press.  Starting at the lowest speed, about 590 rpm, I carefully cut the sides down to size and smoothness while holding different types of files.  As it smoothed out I increased the speed to the maximum of 3050rpm.
More pieces for the brother to deal with;-)))

Drill press in stopped position.  Notice dust....notice files

Spinning, spinning, spinning.  Room lighting, high ISO, lowest f-stop and you get the chuck key holes visible with noticeable motion as well as the round thing a ma jig.....hint, not a wheel.

Last shot for now.  There is no motion, I just blurred the surrounding area allowing me to highlight the round thing a ma jig.  Key part of the puzzle with a lot of detail in it when completed.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A New Project.....Guess What It Is

Okay, it's kind of that time for me to ask the question.....what is it?  I have a picture of the parts that I will be using as I believe I have everything precut.  Now I need to detail them to size and shape as needed, the hard part.  So, with patience on everyones part, I will post a little as I go along.  Two people already know but they won't say anything.  I've never done anything like this before so here's hoping.