Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I'm making progress on my second pinhole camera. It's 3 inches deep, which will make it have a wider field of view than my first camera (which is 4" deep). I haven't decided if I'll purchase another laser-drilled aperature or if I'll just make one. Using my Dad's tools and my primitive woodworking skills, I'm carving a tiki head on the front. I'll try to keep some progress shots posted as it comes together.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Amee and I frequently have a few snacks and a nightcap before bed: some cheese and crackers, dry salami, fruit, etc. While snacking the other night, I shot the remnants. The flamingo swizzle and green bamboo swizzle came out of our drink of the night, the venerable Old Fashioned.
Posted by Stephen Beckner at 8:31 AM
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
I've tried to master a few knots used in Japanese rope bondage (shibari). It's a bit complicated, but it looks so neat. And no, this isn't a lifestyle thing with me; I love the visual of it as a photographer. I have a couple of other shots I've done with different patterns; I'll post them when I get a chance. For some really fantastic shibari photography, look up the work of Nobuyoshi Araki.
Posted by Stephen Beckner at 7:45 AM
Monday, May 15, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Here are some shots from last night's game of cribbage. Amee and I were having a drink (an Opening Cocktail--Canadian whisky, sweet vermouth, and grenadine) celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. Although most of the time Amee soundly defeats me at cribbage, I actually won a game. Yay!
Posted by Stephen Beckner at 8:07 AM
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I bought a new digital camera with my tax return, just a small Canon. It's so much better than my two previous digital cameras. I don't even have to do much in the way of color correction; none at all most of the time. So far, the thing I'm enjoying the most about it is its macro capability--it can focus as close as 1 cm. So enjoy a few extreme close-ups.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
It's not so much joy, but it sure is fun. Last year I built a pinhole camera from wood, brass, and a laser-drilled aperature (from Lenox Laser). I made it to use 4x5 film holders. It has been a blast learning what looks cool and what doesn't work. I'm building another 4x5 camera with a shallower depth for a wider angle, and I made 4 cameras from quart-size paint cans from Lowe's, which I distributed to interested friends to try. We all participated in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (www.pinholeday.org) on April 30th. I'm considering building a camera to take medium format film.
Posted by Stephen Beckner at 3:45 PM