Oct 10, 2010 4
You might well put it down to me trying to do something to keep the mind off drug withdrawal (and you’d be right) but I’ve undoubtedly been in a flurry of creativity recently. Given how abysmal my so-called-left-brain performance has been recently, it’s rather nice to have something filling in the gaps. I’m full of things I want to write about – giving things away at the Really Really Free Market, foraging for street fruit, making grappa & loquat butter, leaving Facebook and experimenting with giving up eating (to broadly but inaccurately summarise) farmed meat among them – but for now, the visual.
The Kitty Pile is available as a stupidly expensive tie, because if one ever sells I’ll laugh my arse off. Metaphorically speaking.
When I was feeling spendthrifty – that is, after a few drinks on my birthday – I picked up a (relatively) cheap Nikon D5000 camera body which is destined to become an off-hand body (and possibly lighter body for birding) when I inherit velvetbutter‘s old D300. It’s no good for my prime lenses (which have expanded to include a 35mm, a 50mm and an 85mm ) because it won’t autofocus them, but it’s a lovely lightweight body for my beloved 70-300mm birding lens, annihilating my old D70 when it comes to noise, metering, focus and indeed just about everything. (Incidentally, the D70 body will shortly become a dedicated IR camera, because unlike the newer cameras it actually allows enough light at the IR end of the spectrum through.)
Ahem. Enough geeking it up; there are a lot of new photos on my Flickr from the last few weeks:
And finally, I learned to solder and made a light dalek from a cup and some fairy light bulbs I found at Target. When I press the button, it creates a diffuse soft glow which will in theory provide a gentle, non-directional light sources for the times when I’m photographing people in the dark at parties. It may or may not be pretty crap at this – I’m yet to have an opportunity to try it out – but it sure was fun to make!