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  • Rich 8:03 am on April 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Tattoo with World Class Shading 

    One of the girls got this incredibly shaded tattoo by a guy in Henderson.

    Black and gray angel tattoo

    I can’t remember his name, but it doesn’t matter because I’m not willing to wait for almost a year to get any new ink.

    Almost a year?

    Shit, you know you’re good when people are willing to stand in line for that long.

    He’s says headed back to Hawaii so I guess it doesn’t matter. Hmm? I wonder which island? It sounds like a great excuse to go to Hawaii. –All I need now is the money. Don’t you just hate it when your fantasy bumps into reality?

    Besides, I’m 65 and I doubt I have more than fifteen or twenty more years to get shit done, and waiting that long for anything isn’t something I have time for.

    Okay, it’s really a matter of patience not age.

    Besides ink is expensive. It’s gotten close to a hundred bucks an hour for anyone who’s really good.

    As I type this I begin to wonder why the Hell I want another tattoo. It’s not like I’m out to impress anybody. I’ve long since quit worrying about what people think.

    On the other hand, Tiffany is totally against my getting any more. So I suppose I’m obligated to get at least one more.

    Yup, it’s childish, but I just can’t help myself. 😉

     
    • Rich 10:41 am on April 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

      Food Styling by Delores Custer 

      I bought a copy of Food Styling by Delores Custer because I’m getting back into photography…. again. Maybe I won’t get bored so soon this time around.

      At any rate, I doubt I’ll start photographing food, but it gave me an excuse to invest in a new book.

      Food Styling by Delores Custer:
      cover of food styling by Delores Custer

      Ms. Custer doesn’t hold back when she gives you the step by step instructions on the tricks of her trade. –Which is why I bought the book in the first place.

      Most of the books I’ve read on this subject tend to gloss over the physical necessities required to set up the shot. In fact a lot of the authors I’ve read seem to be too busy telling you how wonderful they are to teach you how they do it. –Self promotion has it’s place, but at the end of the day, those are the books I donate to the local library or Goodwill.

      She takes the opposite approach. She goes in to great detail on which tools she uses and how she uses them.
      picture of spatulas used by a food stylist

      There are lots of things in the book on making food look like it’s delicious and not plastic.

      She also shows you how to substitute or add ingredients so the product looks good long enough to get the shots.

      For instance this is what’s involved in preparing a turkey for it’s close up.
      photograph of the steps used in photographing a turkey
      And this is the finished product:
      photo of final turkey shot.

      On a side note:
      When I was helping with a food shoot, we did things like painting partially cooked chickens with strong coffee, so they look perfectly cooked. -Then I would drink what was left.
      We also put marbles in the soup so it looked thick and creamy.

      If you look closely at the TV ads you’ll notice that the soup bowls are brilliant white and very shallow. This gives the same effect as using marbles.

       
      • Rich 1:43 pm on April 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

        Police on the Job 

        About noon a bunch these guys showed up.

        As soon as they got out of their cars they had their hands on their weapons, then they started an apartment by apartment search with weapons drawn.

        They even checked and then rechecked for loose plywood sheets covering the doors and windows on the unoccupied apartments.
        LVMPD police SUV cruiser

        According to the officer I spoke to, these three kids were robbed by a younger black man. –And judging by the number of cops and the drawn weapons I assume he was armed.
        robbery victims

        Here the officer was pulling the paperwork out of the back of his SUV.
        cop digging out paperwork for robbery victims
        It seems to me that there’s something out of whack when you need to carry so much stuff that you keep it in a bunch of storage containers.

        Such is life. — Welcome to the neighborhood.

         
        • Rich 9:17 am on April 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

          Armalite AR10-T 308 Rifle 

          My new Ar10-T 308 target rifle.
          Armalite AR10-t

          This rifle was a gift from my bosses.

          It’s got thick, heavy handguard and 24″ heavy barrel which makes it the heaviest weapon I own, but I’ll only use it at the range so that’s okay.

          It only came with one 20 round magazine, but that too is okay, because they’re easy to find and I’m too damn old to be getting into any long range gunfights.

          The only downside to my latest toy is that match ammo is freaking expensive.

          Still, it’s cool and it was free.

          So come Monday I’m driving to Boulder City and rejoining the club. OOPS. No new memberships until November…. maybe.

           
          • Rich 3:58 pm on April 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

            I Bought a New Camera 

            I bought a new Canon 80d camera with an 18-135mm lens.

            I know I said, “So tomorrow I’ll go to the park and walk the trail, taking pictures with my little Panasonic and no more than two lenses, then decide if I need to upgrade.” –Well, what can I say? I lied. Once again I talked myself into spending more money than I can realistically afford. Such is life.

            I also bought a Tamron 150-600mm. I didn’t even consider the new G2 model, because it was almost twice as much money, nobody had it in stock and I didn’t want to wait.

            I know it’s not the best long lens out there, but it’ll do for now. If I decide I really need something higher end I’ll rent it. –At least I’m not spending multiple thousands of dollars on a lens that will wind up living in my closet.

            This was handheld at 600mm, f/6.3.

            I also got a kit Canon sells that consists of a 50mm f/1.8 and a 10-18mm. Neither are high end lenses and it shows, but with a newer camera I can compensate for the slow speed by bumping the ISO and not lose too much image quality.

            This was shot with the 10-18mm at about 15mm and processed using DPP from Canon (it comes with the camera). It’s heavily cropped but still passable.

            What makes what is at best a mediocre shot worth posting is the small check pattern on his synthetic shirt. It makes most cameras crazy, because it’s one of those shirts that creates a moire pattern no matter what you do, especially under florescent lights. But the new software removed the worst of the moire and kept the photo usable.

            What can I say? I’ve got a new toy and will wax poetic about it, right up until I get bored with it. Then it goes on offer-up, so I can afford to buy different stuff.

             
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