Pine Barrens

Painting The Dock Part II

Fixing The Slips

This weekend we began the second phase of painting our dock for the wedding. While working on the dock last week we had noticed that one of the boat slips was pulling away from the rest of the dock and needed to be repaired. Victoria’s uncle and cousins came over on Saturday morning and we all jumped in the lake to work on fixing the slip.

The boat slips sit on short 4”x 4” posts and concrete blocks that act as footers. Upon further inspection the slips had shifted off their footings and that is what was causing them to pull away from land. We were able to lift the slips off the ground and slide the footings back under the legs. The result is the boat slips are much sturdier now and should last a few more years before they have to be maintained again.

The First Coat

After fixing up the structural integrity of the dock we moved on to applying the first coat of paint. When it comes to painter options were limited. In contrast to deck stains only a few companies offer a very limited selection of paint for decks. In the end we decided to go with a product called deck correct. You apply the product like any other paint, and it lays on very thick. I'm interested to see how it holds up over the next year or so.

The first coat took us about 2 hours to apply. Victoria used to brush to paint the sides and gaps of the dock I use a roller to paint the top. We underestimated the amount of paint that we would need to cover the dock and ran out just at the end as we painting the step. We decided to let it dry and hit it with a second coat the following day.

The Second Coat

Laying down a second coat on the dock required another trip to Lowes to purchase more paint. We must have underestimated the amount of paint required or laid the first coat on too thick. I haven’t quite been able to figure that out. What I do know is that we were able to apply the second coat much faster than the first. After about two hours the dock was covered. All we had to do was wait for it to dry.

We have another project that is crossed off our list now. This one loomed over us for a while and it feels great to get it over the line. We are in the final stretch leading up to the wedding and everything is coming together. Our excitement is building for the big day. I have been making a habit of documenting all of our projects not only because I’m obsessed with photography, but also because I believe it is a great way to capture all of the effort that goes into our big day. My trusty Fujifilm X-Pro2 is by my side at all times and even Victoria will manage to capture a few photographs of me from time to time as you can see below.

The full gallery of images can be found in my archive

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

A Northern Mockingbird has been terrorizing our yard for the past few days. In the two years that we have been in our home this is the first time I remember seeing one. It’s quite aggressive, and it spends a majority of it’s time squawking at us while perched in the trees that surround our backyard.

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Painting The Dock

Yesterday we began the long and arduous process of re-painting our dock. This is one of the projects that we have been putting off for a while despite it being one of the most important items on our to do list. In just under 90 days, Victoria and I will be married on our dock so it has to look it’s very best for our special day.

A few months ago we decided that that the easiest thing to do in our limited amount of time (and budget) was to repaint the dock. With the wedding fast approaching, removing the entire surface and replacing it with composite decking is just too far out of our budget.

When we began cleaning the deck yesterday we realized that most of the surface was coming off with a light rinse and decided to power wash the deck instead. After a couple hours of power washing and a quick trip to Wawa for gas, the surface of the dock was much cleaner than it was when we started. Beneath all of that paint was some really nice wood, and it’s almost a shame that we couldn’t stain it and retain some of it’s natural charm.

We didn't have to remove all the old paint because the new paint that we are using goes on pretty thick and is designed to cover up imperfections and old left over paint.

I managed to take a few photographs before we began power washing the main portion of the dock and while Victoria was doing her thing. I planned on taking a few more today while we were painting but unfortunately while testing out the new paint on a small area of the dock we decided that the color is just too blue for our liking. It is a minor setback but perhaps we lucked out for now. As I’m typing this, rain is falling in buckets from the sky. I highly doubt our dock would have dried in time to beat the weather. For now the dock will have to wait until next weekend to get it’s fresh coat of paint. Till then it’s of to Lowe’s to pick out a more pleasing color.

The rest of the images can be seen on my image archive here

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 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.