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My Other Hobby – Woodworking

One of my other/many hobbies is woodworking. I’ll admit that most of what I’ve built is not artistic, and many of my projects follow plans published in woodworking magazines (including Woodsmith and American Woodworker). I’ll also admit that much of what I built as a beginner was…well…crap. More recent pieces have found a good place in our home or the homes of our kids. My basement workshop has been a retreat from the stresses of daily life and a welcome space to practice a craft that I admired from a distance for many years. Woodworkers fall into two broad “tribes” – Norm-ites and Luddites. The former are followers of Norm Abram and believe that a power tool exists for every task. The latter group eschews the use of power tools. Here’s a photo gallery of some of my projects. I’m an unashamed self-admitted Norm-ite. Continue reading »

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Custom Foam Insert for Hasselblad X1D Kit Using MyCaseBuilder

I’ve just completed a 3D project. No, not 3D printing. It’s a custom foam insert for a Pelican rolling case. I intend to use the case for both equipment storage and travel. Why not the Hasselblad Field Kit Pelican Case? It’s not wheeled, isn’t a newer Pelican Air case, doesn’t accommodate the XCD 21mm lens, is more expensive, and isn’t sized for the maximum airline carry-on dimensions. Plus, this looked like a fun project to take on during the hot and humid days of summer.
I used MyCaseBuilder.com to design and fabricate the foam insert. The insert fits a Pelican Air 1535 rolling case that meets the carry-on restrictions of most airlines and is convenient for automobile travel. The case is similar to the standard Pelican 1510, a case that I use for equipment storage. The new Pelican Air cases are lighter and more mobile than their standard counterparts. Having used “pick and pluck” foam inserts in Pelican cases in the past, I wanted to give custom foam inserts a try.
The primary design requirement for the foam insert was that it would be able to accommodate the Hasselblad X1D camera body, the native 21mm, 30mm, 45mm and 90mm lenses (with hoods), four batteries (plus the battery in the camera body), a small accessory case, charger and cord, and two circular polarizer filters. In other words, a “go bag” that could be thrown into my car or carried onto an airplane with everything I’d need for a landscape shoot.

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Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!

Today marks the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since it’s one of my favorite photo subjects, I thought I’d post a few of my favorite images of the bridge. Happy birthday!


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Steve Jobs – He changed our lives. We will miss him.

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Happy Independence Day!

As we celebrate the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, be reminded of the second sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Enjoy the day! Eat a brat, drink a beer (or three), and watch a fireworks display, all in the pursuit of happiness of course.

Independence Day Fireworks

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Lest We Forget


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Woodcarver Bob Penley

Bob Penley, a woodcarver based in Eden, NC, who specializes in carving songbirds, has been using some of my bird photographs to aid his woodcarving. His carvings are finely detailed and he especially likes the intricate feather detail that he can see in my photos. Bob’s carvings are displayed in shops and shows around North Carolina.


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Navy SEAL Museum Magazine Cover

Thanks to my friend, fellow Nikon shooter, and Navy vet Bernie Campoli, one of my Bald Eagle photographs was chosen for the cover of the Fall 2005 edition of the Navy SEAL Museum magazine, “Fire In The Hole”. The photograph was taken in Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park in August 2005 using a Nikon D2X and a Nikon 200-400mm VR lens (f/8.0, 1/500 sec., -0.7 EV). A detailed journal of the trip authored by another friend and fellow Nikon shooter, Bernie Weinzimmer, can be found on the NWP – The Nature, Wildlife and Pet Photography Forum website.


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