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Republish / A New Old Home

I'm slowly moving all of the content from my old blog Pine Barren Man to this new one.. which happens to be my old one, as you can tell from the “Archive” sidebar to this page. (It’s on the bottom if you’re on mobile browser.) In most situations I’m simply moving the images and text over and backdating the posts to reflect when they were published on the other blog. To make a long story short, due to some file errors  caused by “My Great Macbook Pro Meltdown of 2017™”

Actually, screw it... It's a new year and I feel like writing. Time to make a long story...the length it should be.

 Im going to pop the hood on this blog and give you all a little insight into how some of it functions. The site itself is hosted by Squarespace and I've had this site running continuously in one form or another for the last 3-4 years. 

I've always used the built in image hosting via Squarespace and it had been great. Nowadays I have a Smugmug account which acts as an archive for all of my finished images. As an archive it's awesome. It syncs with Lightroom, I can access it via an app on my phone, and would you believe it...it can host images. As of 2019 all of the images on this site will be hosted via Smugmug. From an organizational standpoint it's just works for me. I don't have scientific proof but I think the images look better too. 

While attempting to add the images below to Smugmug I realized that they were living on an external hard drive that was formatted for MacOS. Now that I'm a PC guy I had essentially lost those edited photos. I tried to save them but the intricacies of how the different file systems work is not something I'm familiar with. I was lazy a year ago and forgot to backup my files.  I messed up....or so I thought. 

As a photographer, I'm constantly changing or improving the way I approach making and editing photographs. Inspiration comes from new sources and software gets better. Something that wasn't possible a year ago is now a cornerstone of my workflow. 

I’ve decided to re-process the images below. I’ll include the original story here for context as well as backdating the original post to satisfy my archival needs. You can see the original post from 2017 here.


The original post:

Yesterday we decided to brave the cold and Victoria's cold, to take the pups out for a little walk somewhere new. Tori knew of a dog run in the next town over in Washington Lake Park so we packed the dogs up in the car and set off. I brought my X-Pro2 & the Fujinon 23mm f1.4 lens to snap some photos while the dogs ran around. The park was virtually empty so the whole trip was nice and relaxing. I wasn't feeling particularly inspired but it was nice to use my camera in a different setting and capture something new.

Quickshot: Pixel 3 + Moment 58mm Tele

A quick series of photos taken with my Pixel 3 and telephoto lens from Moment. If you're not familiar with Moment, they manufacture lenses for popular smartphones. Their new 58mm Tele lens was made specifically for the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS(R?) phones. 

I purchased this lens and the required case a few weeks ago and I'm very impressed with the initial build quality of both. The Tele lens tightens up the standard 27mm focal lens of my phone and allows me to snap photographs that mimic the focal lengths I am used to with my Fujifilm X-Pro2. I plan to make some kind of review in the near future when I have more time to test this lens out.

We took a short break from our major construction project to spend some time with the pups and take them to a local park so they could run around. Interesting fact, the park in the photos below was named after Victoria's grandfather. The park is somewhat abandoned now because the townsfolk didn't like the high tension wires that run above it. The town has since re-dedicated another park in her grandfather's name in a more suitable location. I personally think this location is great due to it's location in the lakes but I don't make the rules.

Kitchen Floor Pt. 2

We began the new year at home with a bang. The clack of hammers againsts pry bars and cracking tile echoed throughout the house. We were in bed by 10:30 on New Year's Eve after spending the afternoon ripping up the carpet in the kitchen. To our surprise there were hardwood oak floors underneath the carpet and plywood that was used to level the two surfaces in the room. 

 The following day we began removing the tile in the rest of the room and found that the hardwood floors continued throughout the space. We we're not surprised to find that the wood floors ceased to exist in the "kitchen" section of the room. 

In our homes past life this one room was actually three separate rooms, or so we think. This explains the gaps in the flooring. You can clearly see where the walls creating the rooms once stood.  

After uncovering the oak floors we briefly considered restoring them and returning our vinyl plank flooring to Home Depot. However the general state of the wood, the gaps in the flooring, and the fact that it was not consistent throughout the room ultimately quashed that idea. 

As of this blog post the sub-floor is already in place. We spent all of yesterday (Saturday) installing them and doing some general prep work. As it stands we're planning to install the floor this coming weekend. You can expect another post about the sub-floor in the next few days. You can also check out the before pictures here.


A quick note about the photos. The entire series below was made with our Google Pixel 3's.  Again, this year I’m impressed at how well the camera works. The Pixel is increasingly becoming an important part of my workflow for documenting everyday life.

- This one was taken by Victoria and it is my favorite of the bunch. I'm amazed at how well the Pixel 3 can capture fine detail, even in low lighting situations.
- Mysterious concrete slab...More on this in the next post.
- Obligatory puppy photos

Kitchen Floor Pt. 1

We are currently in the process of upgrading the floor in our kitchen / dining area. The floors in this room were the only thing we didn’t like about our house when purchasing it almost two years ago. (time sure does fly.) At the time of writing this the floors in these photos have already been ripped up. I had the forethought to snap some “before” photographs prior to getting started on New Years Day. Stay tuned to this space for an update in the coming days. - Michael

The view from the Great Room

The infamous "burgundy carpet" is the main reason we are upgrading the floors.

A Warm Saturday Evening

I made the decision yesterday morning to keep my camera by my side at all times throughout the day. My personal photographic output had decreased over the past few months so I was looking for something to jumpstart my creativity. To sum it up, the idea was a great success. I was able to capture a handful of images that I am truly proud of. Below is a sample of some of the photographs I made as the sun was setting on the lake. Some family had come over for the evening and paired them with some golden hour light. Enjoy.