Archive for January, 2007

Finishing Roll2006.12 … wait! Roll2006.12a

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

The 15s and 4s shots were *much* better than the autoshot. I think i like the 15s shot better as it has the night sky a little lighter and the earthshine is more prominent. The 4s shot keeps more of the crescent moon experience. 10s might have been right for the 400 speed film. Neither of the two good shots were scanned by the developer. (The charge was $4.87 for the developing & CD. I’m sure this was a mistake, but there were enough mistakes on their end, i’m calling it an even trade.)

I did note that the 2006 roll numbering is off. Since i had a practice initially of just getting rolls developed, thinking i would take the time to scan them myself. These are the numbers used in iPhoto.

Roll2006.03: duck on Stevens Creek
Roll2006.04: Yosemite, the sequoias, the unnamed creek cascading off the wall near El Capitan
Roll2006.05: Afternoon shots of Bridal Veil and El Capitan
Roll2006.06: B&W, Afternoon shots of Bridal Veil and El Capitan, tide pool
Roll2006.07: tide pool
Roll2006.08: Virgina
Roll2006.09: Virgina
Roll2006.10: Big Basin
Roll2006.11: Big Basin, Diablo
Roll2006.12: Diablo
Roll2006.12a: Return from Diablo, Comet McNaught, Venus & Moon, some of me

Finishing Roll2006.12 with the moon and venus

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

I shot the last three frames of Roll2006.12 at the late twilight view of the crescent moon, resplendent with earthshine, and Venus near by. Spaceweather.com gave this skymap for the conjunction. The shots were manually set to the infinite focus, and i think i overturned the focus for frames 23 & 24 shot at 15 s and 4 s, respectively. Shot 25 may have had better focus at 1 s. It probably doesn’t matter on the 15 s shot, where the long exposure will probably burn in the crescent so much that a sharp focus wouldn’t matter. The camera was on shutter priority and probably chose something like a 5.6 f-stop.

I’ve never been good at keeping notes on this sort of shot. Maybe if i start NOW i’ll be able to eventually reproduce a success.

Last night’s painting

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Last night’s painting

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

There was no easy way to get a snap without angular distortion or flash glare. So, i’ve used FD’s toys (finally) to create this collage of all four views.

The painting is just a doodle, more pleasure taken in the application of the paint than anything else. On paperboard, an application of acrylic gesso (in varying thicknesses and textures). While the gesso was still rather damp, i finger painted with a heavy body acrylic (tinted with fluid acrylics) mixed with Golden’s tar gel — what a wonderful feel to that paint! Then fluid gold acrylic with the fluid medium was washed over different sections.

Thursday and the Comet

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

I’m still shooting Roll2006.12 (400 film, Kodak HD4 “High Definition”). On Thursday night, i had my first chance to shoot Comet McNaught. On one of the hills that used to be the Mountain View dump, over-looking Google World Headquarters, i watched the sky dim. It’s not even the highest vantage point, but the view is quite pleasant. The Belt of Venus became more and more inclined against the horizon as Earth shadowed more of the atmosphere. A little before 5:28, the planet Venus became visible. Christine arrived, just as i’d found the planet, and she scanned the area over the Santa Cruz mountains with binoculars as i scanned with the telephoto and bare eyes. She found the comet first, only barely visible without magnification. It was lovely in the telephoto lens, but i fear wind gusts and my own cold hands will have blurred the shots, even with timer & tripod to help.

37° 25′ 33″ , 122°04′ 28″

I’ll finish up this roll sooner or later…..

Shopping Trip

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

On Friday we went to the local chain hardware, and i indulged myself on Dremel accessories, partly thinking about the CD carving i did last summer.

I purchased a safety shield, which i appreciate because i can remember the sparks flying when i tried cutting coffee cans a long time ago. The current use, though, is when i’m grinding down the edges of the CDs. Last time, there was quite the spray of white plastic chips. I also purchased a very fine engraving cutter (105) appropriate for soft materials (like the CD plastic) and a 1/2″ drum sander (407) with extra bands of 60 grit. I should look for #432 — the fine grit bands.

One thing i’ve wanted to do is sand the enamel off Altoid tins in preparation for altering them. The coarse grit should help there, too.

On a whim, i bough a simple glass cutter. The widget’s packaging seemed a little cryptic, so i found this helpful page. And i also bought a 66 quart tub to hold yarn. Enough stash now, i think!

I have to admit that shopping at OSH was far more inspiring than clothes shopping this morning.

Mend with trim

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Mend with trim

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

Cowl collar was becoming unstitched. I tried a simple mend once or twice, but it kept coming unstitched elsewhere. Finally, i made and then added this trim. I expect it will rarely be seen as the cowl is huge, but it will look kinda cute when it is visible.

Some of Lily’s Sugar’n'Cream in Strawberry Ombre.

Fancy Fur Collar

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Fancy Fur Collar

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

A stressful weekend was ameliorated by working with the “fancy fur” — an eyelash plus boucle yarn. The stitches are impossible to see in the riot of yarn, so it was impossible to be a perfectionist.

And as evidence of the imperfection comes to light, i tuck the loose loops back in.

I wanted something that would keep the chill off my shoulders when i read in bed. It’s a somewhat shaped piece, fanning out over the shoulders and then fanning down from the yolk that the shoulder pieces made.

This photo is shows the results from two skeins of Lion Fancy Fur in “northern lights” with a big hook. (The red one. Hmmm.) From almost two skeins of the “purple passion” i made a very simple scarf.