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Photography / Helene's Images
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:13:15 AM »
Helene is doing a school art project and wanted to take a few photos.  Tom and I helped set up and here are a few from our back yard she took.

Photography / Eastern Oregon
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:36:51 PM »
I hit my water hole for birds a week or two ago.  Got a few target species like Pinyon Jay.

Photography / WSF Cover
« on: September 03, 2013, 07:52:18 PM »
We were able to raise some money for WA Wild Sheep Foundation by auctioning a print at the annual banquet this year.  The print went for more money because they announced it would be on the next WSF national magazine cover.  My wife thought the print wasn't suitable for my living room so she was happy to see it go.  I came home from vacation and found this in my mail.  Another bucket list item checked off my list.

General Discussion / George Zimmerman Trial...!
« on: June 28, 2013, 06:33:07 PM »
Ok, if you listened to the media this guy was convicted before the trial ever started.  I figured they had a strong case but jeez, their case is falling apart against him.  Sorry, at this point I'm willing to say he is a victim and rightly used deadly force.  This is a trial directly on point with the public and perception that will be permeated regarding guns and self defense.  I have been very interested in this trial.

Nearly every fact is fairly right on and consistent.  Young black man, kind of "hood" looking with street type clothing, walking through a gated community behind houses and not on a public street in the rain and dark.  Neighborhood watch want-to-be cop sees him, is rightly suspicious, calls the cops.  Doesn't want him to get away with "it" thinking he could have done a crime.  (keep in mind this is a heavy crime area with home invasions and thefts)  The guy starts running so he goes after him to keep him in sight.  Treyvon says to his friend, "creepy ass cracker".  Who is the racist one?

A scuffle breaks out with Treyvon getting the better of Zimmerman.  Zimmerman is on his back, getting hit in the nose and head pounded.  He pulls out gun and fires after calling for help.  Who wouldn't have used a gun in that scenario?  I guess the only question is can the prosecution convict him for following after a potential criminal.  He couldn't win either way though, he would be praised as a hero had this guy just robbed and killed a local homeowner.

Other than Nancy Graze or Velez Mitchell, is there anyone that thinks his use of force wasn't justified?

Photography / Lightroom 5 is out!
« on: June 10, 2013, 07:58:03 AM »
The final release is out.  You can download and try it or buy it as an upgrade for only $79 this time.  It's easy to get old serials from version 2, 3, or 4 to qualify for the upgrade.  The advanced healing brush will help knock out photoshop on this version...

Photography / Sharp-tailed Grouse
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:48:57 PM »
Got a few sharpies over the weekend with my new 600mm II.

Photography / Ghetto Lens Coat
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:34:40 PM »
Well, I got WAcoushunter to give up his leaky waders.  Much thanks man! 

So my project was underway to protect and "camo" up the lens.  I suppose the camo part actually does help when shooting wary grouse, turkey, and some songbirds that don't like the white flashy movement of a big lens.  The 600mm F4 L IS II came in the mail yesterday and I didn't want a scratch on it.  Why didn't I just shell out $120 for the standard type coating you find for these lenses?  Well, mostly because I'm cheap which seems relatively oxymoronic given the lens...  With my last lens, the coat did a good job of protecting everything it covered.  That is the problem though, as they don't cover all the edges where the scratches, nicks, and bumps occur. 

I started with a razor blade and put the big hood down the leg until it was snug which was about the size of WAcoushunter's lower thigh above the knee (size Large).  Part of the knee would be involved in this piece and it was a double knee with padding sewed over the regular layer of neoprene.  I thought this was a problem, but it ended up being a good thing.  The knob you tighten to take the hood on and off takes a lot of abuse, and one thing I noticed was the nob is no longer aluminum that could take the abuse.  They replaced it with a white painted piece that looks like it would chip.  I took my hole punch and punched a tiny hole in the lower layer leaving an intact knee pad to go over this knob.  When I want to take the hood off, I can simply pull back the knee pad part and unscrew it.  I cut this hood piece just below the black rubber.  Next, I took another 2" piece and did a 2nd tight layer over the end of the lens hood covering the black and adding a 2nd layer to the end of the hood.

Next, I needed to cover the piece just below the hood and after the focus ring.  The focus right is needed so I didn't cover it but it's in black rubber anyways.  I used the ankle of the waders for the piece and it easily fit into position after unscrewing the lens foot and sliding it up.  Next came a small 1" piece before the focus ring and after the lens foot.  This is where the switches are to adjust the IS system, etc.  Because these switches are raised up, they tend to get bumped.  I must admit, I rarely turn IS off so I decided to just cover them.  It's easy to grab the neoprene and slide it back when I need to make rare adjustments.  The focus window is also under this part, but again, I rarely ever use that.

The last piece was between the camera mount and the lens foot.  This part is narrow, but luckily the toe to the heel part of the foot is perfect.  I cut a small portion of the toe off and fit a piece to length, cutting off the excess on the ankle side of the wader.  It fit snugly and just covered the slot where the 52mm polarizer filter goes.  I rarely use my polarizer, so I can just flip up the neoprene here when I want to use it.  I would rather deal with that and know it's protected as I use my equipment hard. 

And there you have it, free ghetto lens coatings.  For my teleconverters, etc., I find that a 2" motorcycle inner tube works well.  It just stretches over lenses about that size and provides a nice rubberized protection.  The only portion not covered is the part that they make you stick on with 2 sided tape.  I will get some 2 sided tape and cover the last part which is the lens foot ring when I get a chance with cut strips.

Free Classifieds / Old leaky waders?
« on: April 04, 2013, 11:34:49 AM »
Anyone have a set of old or leaky neoprene waders you want to part with?  I'm going to cut it and make the leg a camera lens protector. 

Free Classifieds / Canon 1.4x II Teleconverter
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:31:43 PM »
Good condition and no scratches on the glass.  Very sharp.  $200

Photography / California Bighorn
« on: December 24, 2012, 11:16:45 AM »
This is how I'm spending my Christmas shooting some cali bighorns.  He is large!

Deer Hunting / Montana Deer Hunting, Phool and Pope Style!
« on: November 23, 2012, 01:36:23 PM »
Hit our Montana hunting lease this week.  My dad and I with a few good ones.

Photography / Eagle Pests...
« on: November 03, 2012, 12:00:35 PM »
Are they really some majestic bird we stop the car to see?  I drive right by them and seen tons everywhere.  They are like crows to me now...

Polls / September Photo Of The Month POLL VOTE!
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:15:09 PM »

Photography / Canon 6D
« on: September 19, 2012, 01:25:11 PM »
Canon released the 6D.  Looks like a newer version of the 5D2.  20 megapixels, video, $2k.  Coolest feature is built in wifi and gps.  Makes sense because cheap $100 phones have those features...

General Discussion / Age Your Own Whiskey!
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:51:52 PM »
Well, I got another hairbrained idea that I had to try.  I saw some cheap custom white oak barrels on ebay and decided to order one up for $40.  I like aged whiskey, bourbon, and rum so I thought this would be a way I could customize some for myself.  I ordered my barrel and it comes from mexico so it takes a week or two to get here.  I got the 5L version thinking it will hold about three half gallons of bourbon.  If I'm going to age some bourbon for months, I want to have enough to make it worth my while. 

Well, the barrel arrived yesterday.  I washed it out and hammered the spigot into the pre-drilled hole.  Next I filled it with hot water.  The instructions and reviews on this barrel say it can take 2 hours to 2 days to swell the wood enough to stop all the leaks.  Mine took 1 day but I got impatient and read you can immerse the whole barrel in water to speed up the process.  Two tiny leaks on the side sealed within an hour but one on the end seam, near the spigot took a full day.  Finally, it's sealed after soaking it in hot water for 4 hours!

Now, what to age?  You can actually start with moon shine or white whiskey and age it all the way out to the brown color we are use to in the store bought stuff.  I thought for a first batch, I would take a known product and try to improve it.  Well, I like the taste of Jim Beam but the white label is young tasting and it's only aged 4 years.  The black label is aged 8 years and quite a bit better so why not just age the white label to be as good or better than the black label...?  The barrel, although only 10" is deceiving and holds three half gallons of whiskey.  I added 2 bottles of 1.75L Jim Beam white label.  I thought, why just add another?  Let's try for some different flavor profiles and complexity and mix it up.  The whiskey expert at my liquor wharehouse store recommended Watkins Select bourbon as it was good for the price but had quite a different flavor than Jim Beam.  It added some sweet and vanilla notes to the mixture.

Into the barrel they all go.  Because the barrel is small, the surface area is much greater than large bourbon producers use and they age and get flavor from the barrel much quicker.  It should be noted that the barrel is medium charred on the inside just like all alcohol barrels and I ordered it without any laquer on the outside.  Time will tell how this little project pans out but I suspect good.  I like aged rum and they use old whiskey barrels so my next batch of aged liquor is sure to be rum imparting the whiskey flavor in it like fine aged rums have.  If I go back to whiskey, it will give it a nice flavor going from the sweet rum back to whiskey or bourbon.  I'm guessing that my whiskey will have a more pronounced flavor and dark profile.  The oak is supposed to add some vanilla and smoke flavor.  Yum!

I'll follow up as I taste try it from time to time...

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