“Out There” with my Lens Ball yesterday doing some practice. I have found a way to shoot the Ball and get a better Image than before. Notice the Wood Posts in the foreground? Well, what I did was place Ball on the Post where it would stay in place without rolling off. Then set my Pentax to shoot thru the Ball using my 80-300mm Tamron Lens. It seem’d to work better than trying to hold the Ball in one hand, and focus the camera with the other! That did not work well for me.
This is much better. Taking a Image such as this is not real easy to do. Your Lens has to focus on the Image in the Ball . . . not what’s around it. Camera position, the light, and composition are just a few of what’s involved doing this. However, there is one problem that I have with this. The Image you have is up-side down! I have trouble with that. Don’t like it. The only way to fix this, is to turn the Image. That does not fair well either. Then the Ball is right, but the Post is reversed! Would look like the Ball is hanging/glued to the Post. I’ll work on this to see what can be done. Photoshop CC will fix this problem, but it’s a very involved process.
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For this Post, I’m not going to be saying anything about something Historical. Instead, I thought I’d Post about one of the things I like to do here at home. Out in our covered back Patio, I have a small wood shop that I use to make different projects around the house. I’ve made a number of different things, including some shelving and a table. I have pretty much of what is needed for the shop, including a Drill Press, a Chop Saw, a Planer, a Scroll Saw, a Table Saw, and various hand tools. When it’s warm outside I can go make something when I want to, but when the weather turns cold, it’s just too nippy there to do anything. There is no heat there at all. Don’t want to have the expense of installing heat because it would not pay for itself.
When I tore down the old shed, I noticed that one of the Solar Lights I had installed on the shed had stopped working. I thought about this for a bit, and decided why throw it away? Make something different using it, since the Solar light does not work. So, I started making a back stop to hang the light on for the inside of our Home. I always seem to have scrap pieces of wood laying around, so instead of buying new wood, I’ll machine something from what I have. Using my Jig Saw, Sander, Drill Press, and a bit of glue I made what you see here.
It’s nothing real fancy. Just something that will look nice here in the Den. It’s not quite done yet. Have to add some Natural Stain and a number of coats of Mini-Wax to make the wood shine and bring out the color. A White Candle will be placed inside. It should look nice when done. Image taken with my Cell Phone.
This old looking Home was noticed while walking the street of Pottsville, PA. It happens to catch my eye because it sat up so high from the street level. It looked like no one has been in there for awhile, but I don’t know for sure. Notice the Iron Stairs that have to be climbed to get to it. The Iron Stairs also lead to another level of Pottsville. Also, notice the Black Cat that is sitting right next to the bush in the foreground. He/she did not like that I was there for some reason. Should have had my bigger Lens with me. Maybe lookin’ for a mouse?
The Historic Coal Town of Pottsville is just full of old Homes that probably date back to the day’s when Coal Was King in this area. Much of the town where people live is back on the secondary streets, and not much on Main Street. It is also the town where Yeingling Beer is made. This beer has been made here for over 100 yrs. I like it, but can’t drink much of it because it always gives me a headache. The Coal Crackers here drink it like it’s water! They are used to it.
I had lost my Mother on Dec. 22nd, 2004. She was born on May 24th, 1919.
At her Funeral I read aloud this Poem for her.
Ever On-ward, Ever Up
Let me Reap and Hold Thy Cup
Where life’s Fertile Rivers Flow
Let Me Reap and Let Me Sow
Help Me Give to God & Man
The Best of All, The Best I Can
Author is Un-known
This is what my Mother was like. She was always there for me. Making sure I had nice cloths to wear, food to eat, a education, and teach me right from wrong. She taught me Manners that most people have forgotten. I have never forgotten this poem. It remains in my memory and always will.
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If you check back thru my Post’s, I had mentioned that we will be getting a NEW Shed soon, because the other one was falling apart and rotting away. I had to tear it down. It was so rotted that it almost fell on me!
We had gone out and ordered this Shed that is 8′ x 12′ feet from a very reliable business that is well known to do good work and build excellent sheds. However, we then had to wait about 2 weeks for it to be delivered because of all the rain we’ve had, thus making the ground too soft to support the weight. It would have messed up the back yard from the weight. Finially, this morning bright and early, it arrived. Here I’m showing the tight quarters this fella had to navigate around. He was darn good at it.
While we were waiting for the shed to come, I was wondering just how they install it on your property. I found out. This shed is heavy and well built. They are not cheap! It sat on a trailer that would move back & forth & side to side. All controlled by a remote piece of equipment that he held in his hand.
Slowly, ever so slowly, he backed up the trailer to a good position so he could remotly place the shed on the cement slab left over from the old one. The extensions on the ends of the slab of cement we put there by me, because the shed is a bit bigger than the old one.
Placing the shed right on center with the remote control.
Retracting the slide from the trailer. Just about done. All he had to do is take a large “crowbar” and move the shed into position.
This operation took about a 1/2 hr. to do! I could not believe how fast this can be done. Guess when you’ve done this a hundred times, you get good at it. Now, that the new shed is in it’s final position, I have more work to do. Now, I have to place all the “Tools” that I use around the house into it. Hang new shelving. Also, build another ramp for the riding lawn mower. Work never ends when you own a Home.
How many of you out there have seen the Movie Titanic? I’m more than sure that most of you have at one time or another. Now, I have seen the Movie about 3 times, and there was one thing on the Movie that bothered me for some time.
Remember in the Movie when the Ship was heading on a collision course with a Iceberg, and the OD (Officer of The Deck) gave a Order to the Helsmen “Hard Over?” I did and this seem’d to bother me a bit.
Reason being is that while serving in the US Navy for 11 yrs. one of my duties aboard ship was be the Helsman (the person who steers the ship on the Bridge). He has to steer a steady course according to the Bearing given. If the OD calls for a course change he will say “Right Standard Rudder. Come to course 152.” You do what he ordered. After steady on course, you respond “Steady Course 152, Sir”
Now, in the many times I was the Helmsman, I never ever heard a order given such as “Hard Over.” Hard Over? Hard Over to what? Port or Starboard? In the Movie, it shows the Helsmen turning the Wheel (Helm) to the left, which is to Port. How did he know to turn in that direction?
Well, I did find out a answer. In early day’s when steering a ship, “Hard Over” means turn to Port! I never knew that! Now, it is that this Order is not given all that much. In fact, hardly ever. This is why I never heard such a Order. Now, I know.
Usually by this time of the year, Fall Color here would be much better than what it is now. For some reason, Fall seems to be arriving late this year. Why, I don’t know. There is color, but not as much as years before.
It’s quiet here. Not much to hear. I’ve been thru this area a number of times, and it’s always quiet. The only sounds you hear are the wind thru the trees, and the crunching of leaves under your feet. It’s also muddy, at spots. So much that you have to be careful where you place your feet or you’ll step into mud up to your ankles.