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my lighting set up, with hopefully helpful captions

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probably a cooper's hawk, sitting on a stump

He's looking right at you!

I am so easily distracted. Especially by HAWKS.

There are hawks in the graveyard, okay? I may have mentioned this. There was a nesting pair that I saw often on top of the big mausoleum (the public mausoleum, as it were, as opposed to the private family ones). It didn’t occur to me there were actually nesting there–it was so open and so close to the road–but a couple days ago I saw a baby’s head poke up over the edge of the building! Read the rest of this entry »

stained glass window, broken, floating in the sky

moon window

I went shooting in the graveyard again, with a friend this time. I’m trying to get a grip on thorny issues like theme and bodies of work and not just taking random photos of whatever the heck I see around me, although I did some of that, too. There was a hawk; I had a zoom lens.

Mostly, though, I took photos of the ten million tiny mausoleums and their stained glass. Some of them are just stained glass windows like you might see on a house, but some are whole landscapes, or even stranger, wilder things, like the one with the grape arbor, the mandolin, the bread, the alchemical flasks. A loaf of bread, a jug of arsenious oxide and thou.

I’ve been merging them with a series of skyscapes I took before I found out Stieglitz did it first (and better). I like the idea of them being out in the open where everyone can see them.

There are deer in the graveyard. I was surprised when I first saw them, but it makes sense. The graveyard is huge. It’s like a nature reserve with dead people, and who would hunt in a graveyard? Not even the most dedicated, camo-wearing, orange-vested gun nut would go there. The deer (and numerous bloody enormous groundhogs) are perfectly safe. Read the rest of this entry »

the two "D's" of 1/2 inch plywood

the two D's

Words of advice on using a jigsaw: keep it level. Don’t tip it sideways or you’ll have to do a lot of sanding later. Don’t tip it forward or back or try to force it forward faster than it wants to go, or, to quote the manual, “Your saw may overheat and catch on fire.” (Emphasis most emphatically mine.) Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve got a bad feeling about this. –Han Solo

me and a jigsaw

no, i don't know how to use a jigsaw

In March, I had to make a pinhole camera for my experimental camera class. By pinhole camera, my teacher meant any light-tight container with a hole in it. It could’ve been a shoebox, a matchbox, or a can of spam (empty). Because I like to make things difficult for myself, I made a panoramic pinhole camera that takes 120 roll film. I showed my teacher the instructions.

Her only comment: “……..Do you know how to use a jigsaw?”

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