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Goodness. I have been meaning to update for weeks. So, this update will be a bulk of the things I have be up to over the last few months, and a preview of what I’m doing in the future weeks. First of all, I am traveling to Palm Springs, CA for a photo conference this Sunday. This will be the third time I have attended, and I am pumped. Second, I have been traveling all over the midwest in the last few weeks. I was in Dallas shooting pictures of Jesse:

Under a Bridge

Under a Bridge

Dallas Skyline

Dallas Skyline

Upside Down

Upside Down

Jesse’s a fun model, and I enjoy shooting with him, especially in Deep Ellum. I have also been working with gum bi-chromate, and that’s been quite the adventure. Here are a few successes and…and a few failures. but I’m learning. That’s for sure.

This will be a full color when I have it all figured out.

This will be a full color when I have it all figured out.

I'm making this into an etch when it's finished

I'm making this into an etch when it's finished

Kurt in the Vegas Boneyard

Kurt in the Vegas Boneyard

If you want to see other photos of Kurt and Rosey at the Boneyard, check ’em out here

Tyson and the TV's

Tyson and the TV's

I think the last two have some paper issues, but I’m working them out, for sure. And finally! Last week my dad and I traveled up to Louisville, KY to pick up a ’64 Shasta. It isn’t perfect, but it’s slowly working in that direction. It was an adventure that lasted 3 days and 36 hours of driving. Dad and I had a great time, but it was quite the tiring trip. Anyway, here’s a photo of the Shasta:

'64 Shasta

'64 Shasta

Phew. Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m sure I’ll post another entry when I get back from Palm Springs, but until then, thanks for reading!

-Nattles

P.S. If you’re interested in following the progress of the “MotherRoad: Revisited” Project, check out the facebook page, website, and twitter!

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So, last weekend, I went to Springfield, MO to attend an antique show my friend Scott and Gail put together. (Check it out here )

Anyway, I ran into a fellow there that sold letterpress letters, and i got this idea to buy the letters to make a name plate for my desk that i eventually have when i teach somewhere, some day. (for now…i’ll just put it in my studio…) but anyway, I thought it’d be a nice thing to have, because I am a printmaker/designer/photographer, and it’s letter press letters…how perfect is it really?

Anyway, here’s how it turned out:

putting together the sign

putting together the sign

putting together the sign

the finished piece

the finished piece

Anyway, there you have it. If you want one of your own name plates made out of letterpress letters let me know, and i’ll see if we can make it happen.

-nattles

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So, I feel like I’m always working…so I have made a short list of things I want to do this summer, some of them are really short term goals, others are bucket list type goals…here is the photo list:

 A.  I want to make this recipe for Steak Au Poivre
B. I want to finally shoot a Star Trail

B. I want to finally shoot a Star Trail

C. Neal and I have been toying with the idea of shooting 4x5 this summer.

C. Neal and I have been toying with the idea of shooting 4x5 this summer.

D. This Watermelonade looks incredible and easy to make

D. This Watermelonade looks incredible and easy to make

E. Reel Big Fish is going to be in concert in Dallas! I'm going.

E. Reel Big Fish is going to be in concert in Dallas! I'm going.

F. Streetlight Manifesto is also touring with RBF, and they are 1 of my favorites.

F. Streetlight Manifesto is also touring with RBF, and they are 1 of my favorites.

G. I am planning a trip to drive through the redwoods and do a much needed photography trip.

G. I am planning a trip to drive through the redwoods and do a much needed photography trip.

I will also be visiting my friends Jessica, Shane, Zak and Bekah and meeting their kids! I am so excited to see them this summer! I’ll also be working on my thesis…which is always something I’m working on…even when I’m sleeping, it feels like… Anyway, thanks for reading.

-Nattles

*edit* WordPress is being difficult, and i wanted to add links to these photos, but apparently i’m not allowed to right now, so here are the links if you’re interested:

star trails: http://photo.net/photo/star-streak
4 x 5 photography: http://photo.net/equipment/large-format/choosing
watermonlonade: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/photo/Watermelonade-242611
reel big fish: http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Reel_Big_Fish/Biography/
streelight manifesto: http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Streetlight_Manifesto/Biography/
redwoods: http://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm

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It’s been almost a month since my California trip and I have been trying to put my inspiration to good use. I have always been enthralled ring flashes, but they are so expensive! I recently found a Pizza Box Ring Flash how to…But, it didn’t go on my camera, it was meant as an off camera ring flash…so I made some changes. And here, for all to use, is my version of the Pizza box ring flash.

Step One:

materialsYou will need a few things:

1. Foil Tape, Masking Tape, Duct Tape

2. PVC Pipe the size of your lens (my lens is are big. But if you make one for a smaller lens, like a 50mm, it’ll probably easier to find a PVC pipe piece)

3. Pizza Box

4. 2 Bowls, (1 smaller, but bigger than your PVC, a slightly larger one, so you can have the actual, ring.)

5. Tissue Paper

6. Utility Knife

Step Two:

You will need to find the center of your Pizza Box.

Step Three:

After finding the center, use your smaller bowl to make the ring that will be taped to your PVC piece.

Step Four:

Draw the circle with the bigger bowl, and the circle with the PVC pipe.

Step Five:

You will cut out all the circlues, but the one that matters most is the middle one that says “glue to PVC.” this is the one that will make the ring show up in your subjects eyes.

Step Six:

Cover the entire inside of the box with the foil tape.

Step Seven:

Cut the hole for you PVC from the line you drew. Then draw around the PVC on the the back of the box. On mine I have the inside line and the outside line tha make it easier to know what I’m dealing with.

Step Eight:

Tape the inside ring to the PVC pipe. Then cut the tissue paper to size. I used one sheet, it usually does the trick.

Step Nine:

Tape down the tissue paper, and cut a hole to tape to the PVC pipe.

Step Ten:

Take your external flash and trace around it so you know how big your flash spot needs to be.

Step Eleven:

Cut the hole out, and you have a finished Ring flash. In this particular model, you need Pocket Wizards to work the whole thing.

Final Product:

This is how it looks on the front of my camera.

Examples:

Well there you have it. A pizza box ring flash made for…maybe 10 dollars, depending on how picky you are about your pizza.

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