The Coca-Cola Hope Chest: Part 1

Okay, okay, so I’ve graduated from destroying milk crates to destroying wooden soda crates.  Let’s just get that out of the way now.

But for me, it’s not “destroying” these pieces.  It’s “upcycling” them, taking what was old and fashioning them into new, functional projects.

Case in point.

I recently acquired several soda bottle crates – these were used by carriers and shippers to transport bottles of soda, 24 bottles at a time.  They were made of wood and often had company branding painted or stamped on the side.

My plan is to take the crates apart – down to the planks – and re-craft them into storage cabinets and hope chests.

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The light painting dilemma

The other evening, I drove to the Corinth Reservoir and took some test photos of the Milky Way galaxy.  These were test images for when I make my return trip this year to the Boreas Ponds.  And you know I shall return, just like General MacArthur at the Philippines.

During my shoot, I made a conscious decision to illuminate the trees and signage to add some foreground subjects to my final image – a technique called “light painting.”  Here’s a “before” and “after” example of what that entailed.

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7 and 7 on Saturday, June 24, 2017

It’s a good weekend, the sun will be shining and the birds will be singing, and just like a sunrise and a bird chirp, I have your “7 and 7” report – seven blog posts from the Times Union’s list of independent (non-staff) bloggers, and seven blog posts from my blogroll that I feel you should read and enjoy.

Ready?  Set?  Let’s shine.

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Blood Drive Episode review 1.02: “Welcome to Pixie Swallow”

Part of me really loves trashy, so-bad-it’s-good television.  Heck, that’s why I did those Amish Mafia episode reviews years ago.

And now that I’ve found a new television series – Blood Drive – that’s so far over the top it lands in the next county – I’m hooked.  Not only does the show – a cross-country road race where the cars are fueled with human blood – pay homage to every 1970’s late night double feature drive-in movie, it does so with the full and complete knowledge that the viewers are in on the joke.

Episode 2 of Blood Drive – the wryly named “Welcome to Pixie Swallow” – encompasses that trend.  Note – this review is of a television show that is rated TV-MA, and this review is recommended for mature readers only.  Viewer discretion is advised.

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The dress rehearsal at the Corinth Reservoir

It’s midnight, maybe half past midnight, and I just drove up to Saratoga County on what was essentially a lark.

Or, as I like to call it, a dress rehearsal.

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At some point in time this summer, I’m planning on returning to the Boreas Ponds and capturing the photograph of my dreams.  But if I’m going to do that, I need to make sure I have all my variables contained.  I need to make sure all my equipment is ready.

Tip top condition, one would say.

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Week 11 of the Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League

Last night’s trivia game was a bummer in many ways.  And I couldn’t be the only person who got bummed out.

I could call last night’s trivia exercise, “Right answer, wrong question.”

Let me explain.

One of the categories was on World Leaders – identify the leader from a picture, get the points.  I correctly identified the first two – Angela Merkel of Germany and Justin Trudeau of Canada – then the third image came up.

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The Solarcan Project: A year-long photographic experience

A few months ago, I backed a Kickstarter campaign for the Solarcan, a mass-produced pinhole camera that will capture a very long exposure – instead of minutes or hours, this camera is designed to capture an image over a period of months.

The Solarcan was created by Sam Cornwell, who initiated the Kickstarter campaign to get the first 1,000 Solarcans made in time for the summer solstice.  Although one could leave the cans out for as little as a week or two, I plan on leaving them out for as long as possible.


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