SOMETHING NEW!

Hello out there!  Hope all my Followers are doing well these days.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering about this NEW thing that I’ve come across in Photography.  It’s photographing a subject with a Crystal Ball.  Named Refraction Photography it’s a much different way of Posting a Images.  Instead of just shooting a scene, you shoot what you see, but thru a Crystal Ball!  I’m here thinking that this could lead to all kinds of different way’s to capture something.

So, with that in mind, I decided to check this out and see what’s going on.  I went into my favorite place to order something and found what I was looking for.  I found a Crystal Ball complete with a fancy wooden stand and it’s 3.5 inches round.  It is totally clear.  Just like the real thing, but smaller.  They are not as expensive as I thought they would be.  So, I ordered one and it came in the mail 2 day’s ago.

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Ok, this is what it looks like!  Just like this, except without the clear stand.  The stand is probably nothing but an Acrylic Plastic.  Not sure yet if I want that quite yet.  I’m seeing some terrific things to do with this.  I have the camera equipment for it.  All I have to do it “get out there” and use it.  I’m excited about doing this!

However, there are a few rules that I’ve read about for this.  1.  Always wear cotton gloves, so as not to scratch the ball.  2.  Treat your Crystal Ball well, and protect it at all times.  3.  Do NOT use it for direct sunlight!  Not good!  The Sun could magnify the light and burn you if left there long enough.  4.  Keep it covered when not in use.  5.  Don’t drop it!!

I’m going to move forward on this, and see what I can come up with.  Remember, that looking at something from a different perspective changes everything.

DO YOU KNOW CORKER2?

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Do you know me?  I don’t think so.  All you see is my Images and what they are about from where I go and what I do.  Well, maybe you might be interested in what I’m like.

WHO AM I? –  I am a 70 yrs. young male that stands 6’5″ tall and weighs about 262 lbs.

AM I EASY GOING & EASY TO TALK TO? – Yes that I am.  I am a person that can easily be talked to.  I have a pretty good personality, if I must say so.  I don’t get mad real easy.  It takes a bit to push the wrong button, but if that happens all hell will break loose.

DID I SERVE IN THE MILITARY? –  Yes.  Joined the US Navy just after High School.  Served aboard the Destroyer USS Carpenter DD-825 for 2.5 yrs. stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Had a 1 yr. Tour of Vietnam from 1966 – 1967.

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WHAT DID I DO FOR A LIVING?  –  After being discharged from the US Navy, I got a job at the Polymer Corp. in Feburary of 1969.  I was just a Machine Operator for about 8 yrs. working swing shifts.  Changing from 1 shift to another every week, about did me in!  Then went to Machinist School for 4 yrs. to learn the trade. The GI Bill paid for my schooling. Spent my remaining years at Polymer as a Class A Plastic Machinist.  Retired after 30 yrs. there.  Then I worked at a fast food place named Schells Drive In for 14 yrs. as a cook.  Then I retired for good!

WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE FOODS? – There are a number of them.  Seafood is my real favorite.  Clams, oysters, fish, scallops, and Lobster.  Steak is on the menu, also.  I can eat most everything, except Liver, Okra, Spinach, Liver Pudding, and Peas.  Not too fond of that stuff.  Liver I can’t get past my nose!

WHAT DO I ENJOY DOING? – I enjoy Photography, as you can see.  I like to play a good game of Golf, when I can afford it.  Read a good book, but it has to hold my interest from the very beginning.  I enjoy going out shooting, once in a while, at a target range.  Just going “out there” with my camera to see what’s new.  Keeping my Home in good shape.  Mowing the grass and what ever else should be done.  Going to a good Concert, when I can.  Making something in my small wood shop when it’s warm enough.

DO I HAVE ANY CHILDREN? –  Yes, I have 1 Daughter named Michelle Lynn born October 8th, 1973, but my Daughter is a whole different story.  I haven’t seen her in 20 yrs.!  I am not happy about this!

WHERE HAVE I BEEN IN MY LIFE? – While serving in the Navy, I was all over the Pacific from Hawaii, to Midway, to the Philippines, to Vietnam, to Japan, to Okinowa, to Pago Pago, to Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, NZ.  I’ve seen things that most people will never see.  Allot of it is good, some horrible, and some bad.  In the US, all up and down the east coast.

Well, folks, that should give you a pretty good idea of what/who I am that writes this.  Any questions?  Just ask.

 

 

NEW LENS

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One Lens that I didn’t have for my Nikon was a long range zoom Lens.  After looking around for a few day’s I decided to order this Lightdow 420 – 800mm Telephoto Lens that just snap’s on the front of my camera.  It took about a week to get it, so I was anxious to see what this Lens can do.  I got it at a good price, so it’s not real expensive.  I can’t afford those big fancy ones that cost thousands of dollars.  Don’t need those.  I’m not a Pro at this.  It’s a fixed f/stop Lens set at f/8.0.  I can’t change the AP settings at all.  Never the less, I seem to like this, so far.

I can zoom out to 800mm with this for getting close-ups from a distance away.  One thing I did notice about this is that the Lens really is nothing but a “spotting scope” that you can use for target shooting or just plain spotting.  It can be used for any number of thing without pressing the shutter button.  Another thing with this Lens is you absolutely can not shoot without a Tripod support.  The slightest shake will make the Image blur a bit.  I can’t “hand hold” the camera with this Lens on and press the shutter.

I’ll be taking it out “for a walk” more as time goes by, and see how well it really does.

NEW MOWER!

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Well, I finally went and did it!  After months of snooping around at different types of riding lawn mowers, I decided on this Troy Blit 30 in. mower.  The one that I bought looks just like the one pictured above.

All of my Life, I have been mowing grass, with a push mower or walk behind that is self-propelled.  But now, that I’m getting older and just starting to have trouble mowing all the grass here in one session, I have found that it wear’s me out.  I can’t seem to do it all at one time.  Had to mow the front and side of the house and then stop.  Then finish the rest later on or the next day.  I got tired of this.

I had looked around at all the different types of riding mowers and

 the people that make them.  I had to keep the price within reason and I had to watch out how big the mower deck was.  I found that the 42 in. mowers are too big.  I don’t need a big fancy one.  Just one that will store in my shed and not take up much room.  This one fit the bill just right.

At first I had to play around with it to get to know the different controls and the levers that make it work.  I’ve only had this for about a week now, and have used it twice so far.  It works nice.  Has 6 different speeds to it.  The fastest is the setting on 6.  It really goes!  I have it set for 2.  This way I can just mow along at a controllable speed.  It sure does save time compared to before.  Now, I can mow my yard all at one time.

It does have 1 or 2 draw-backs to it.  I can’t mow into a 45 degree angle.  Have to mow around it.  Using the Reverse Lever I have not got used to yet.  Mowing back-wards is not a good thing to do.  It has a 18″ turning radius, so it’s not like one of those zero turn mowers that can get very expensive.  So far, I like this.  Cleaning the mower deck is another thing I have to figure out.  I still have my Craftsman Self Propelled mower for finishing all the spots that I can’t access.

NEW LENS!

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Ah, yes.  Here is something else that I had to purchase a week ago.

This is my new Tamron Lens for my Pentax K10d.  Now, I did have and still do have, a Tamron 28-80mm AF f/2,8 Lens that I have had for a long time.  It was one of my “go to” Lens because it fit most of my photography needs, except getting close ups.  Did not work well doing that.  Last year while out on a photo shoot, I was mounting the lens on my camera to put it on my Tripod, when it slipped out of my wet hand and fell on the ground!  I stood in horror on what I had just done!  Crap!  Not a good thing to do.  I picked it up and cleaned off the dirt.  Better check it to see if anything went wrong.  Camera lens don’t take too kindly to being dropped!

After looking it over, it seem’d to be alright.  Now, ever since that day, when using the Lens I noticed that my Images were not coming out very clear.  Had to think about this and found that the focus on it was not working right.  I’m sure that it was from being dropped that horrid day.  So, I thought about getting another Lens to replace my old one for a few day’s.  I decided on getting a new one.  I like my Images to be as clear as possible.

I’ve used my new Lens a few times now and it works very well.  In fact, the picture I Posted before this, has my new Lens attached to the Pentax.  Note to self.  Don’t drop your Lens’s!!

NEW TRIPOD

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My New Tripod to replace the one that I had before.

The other Tripod that I had used for a long time, broke on me a few weeks ago.  The one leg on it just came apart, I’m guessing from use for a few years.  Tried to make it work, but it just would not hold the camera’s that I have.  So, I decided to order another one.

I looked at a number of them and decided on this one.  It will extend up to 75″ high and has quick disconnects for the camera plate.  Is quite sturdy, but not one of those high priced ones that are out there.  So far, I like it.  I also think that it’s more colorful.  I love red!  It also comes apart and will turn into a Monopod, so I can use both of them when I choose to do so.