Winter Squall

We are in the nascent stages of filming for a new production at work. Even though we have just begun it is already shaping up to be a good one. I’m confident it will expand the boundaries of our creativity as individuals and a team. I’ve tried to get into the habit of carrying my X-Pro2 on my shoulder in an effort to document some of the behind the scenes action and a capture inspiring moments as they happen.

We were caught in a short winter squall on our first real day of filming and it caught all of us by surprise. In thew end the sudden change in weather provided a unique twist on our initial photography. Below is a short selection of images made while the wind blew snow flurries all around us.

Kitchen Floor Pt. 3

After the dust had settled from the week long demolition of our floors, we decided to begin our weekend by creating even more dust to sit on top of the dust we already made. the more the merrier right?

The goal for Saturday was to install a subfloor with the help of Mark and Leigh (Tori's Mom and Stepdad) that would level off the different areas of the room providing us with an even surface to install our vinyl plank flooring. The elephant in the room was a giant 4 foot by 2 foot pad of concrete that sat at one end of the room, closest to our laundry room door. Throughout the week we had developed a multitude of theroies as to what the purpose of this pad was. Was is an old fireplace? A solid footing for an old furnace or oil heater? Was it the final resting place for one of the previous owners enemies? We we're stumped...

- Mysterious concrete slab from Part 2.

What we did know was that in order to install the subfloor, it had to be capped or removed. Our original plan was to chisel off some of the top but the air chisel we borrowed was not cooperating. Our attempt to trim the surface using hand tools proved just as difficult. This left us with one other option. Remove it.

We had to dig up some more information about this slab and that required a trip to the basement or as I call it Cricketville. (we have a lot of crickets under there.) After Victoria and I ventured into the crawlspace we noticed that we could see some concrete above the floorboards in the location we belived the slab resided. After a couple of swings with a sledgerhammer it was apparent that the slab was only a few inches thick. We then decided to break it up into pieces remove as much as we could.

After some "archaeology" as I was calling it, we soon had the enough of the slab removed. Mark made a frame out of 2x4's and capped it with some of the plywood we removed from the carpeted section of the floor a few days earlier.

- Slab removed!

With the giant slab of concrete out of the way the rest of the subfloor was laid down with relative ease. I helped Mark measure and cut the 4ft x 8ft sections of underlayment while Victoria stapled them in place. Mark was a real help with his expert carpentry skills. After Saturday I have a new appreciation of what you can do with a circular saw, especially a left-handed one.

- another top quality photo by Victoria.
 

All we have left now is to install the floor. It's a daunting task for two budding DIY'ers but I'm sure we can figure it out. At this point with just the subfloor in place you can see how much bigger the room looks. The absence of the dark burgundy carpet really brightens the room up as you can see from the daytime photos below. Its a small glimpse of what the room will look like when we are finished. Until Part 4... enjoy the photos.

The After

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