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Home Made Camera: Results!!!

Posted 2009.10.10 23.15 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

Today I had the opportunity to take some photographs with my home-made pinhole camera. It was a lot of fun, and some anxiety and excitement about what would come of it. I also found some definite issues that need addressing before I try another roll.

First, just relying on friction to hold the back in place was a Bad Idea. Very quickly the back was loose and I had to hold the camera carefully when moving it, to keep the back from coming off. Second – though fortunately not till I was finished – the tripod mount came out so I have to do some work on that to re-attach it more securely. And finally, my ‘shutter’ is too stiff. More of a darkslide than a shutter – I found I had to keep a finger over the pinhole, open the ‘shutter’, then remove my finger for the exposure. Then cover up with a finger again while I wrestled with the ‘shutter’.

But enough about the problems – what of the pictures? As soon as I got home tonight, I got to work. Nervously processing the film, double-checking to make sure I didn’t make a dumb mistake like putting the fixer in before the developer. When the fixing was finished, I couldn’t wait to open the tank and peek in while the rinsing was going on. There were images! As soon as the rinse was done I pulled the film out and looked at it – there were 12 images! I could see at once some were over-exposed, some were under-exposed. But pictures! My home-made camera made images! OMG OMG OMG!

Check them out:

All my outdoor exposures were about 5 seconds which was about twice as long as they should have been. When I scanned the negs, I adjusted the density to compensate. The indoor shot worked out really well as-is.

I must admit, I’m totally chuffed with the results. The biggest image problem is with the felt that helps move the film smoothly – I forgot to trim it after it was in place. So the image frame is all funky shaped and every image has a blob of felt fiber in the top-left corner where a big tuft of felt was sticking out.

Get Frosted!

Posted 2008.09.17 0.00 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

Cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, cupcakes.

They are freaking awesome.

Made by my sister.

Better than Duff.

Go. Look. Gallery. Drool.

Get Frosted!

Get Frosted!

Go Buy A Cake!

Posted 2006.11.24 1.00 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

Or a cheesecake. Seriously. No, go do it now! I’ll wait.

Indulge yourself, I say!

How’s this sound? Chocolate cookie crumb base. Grand Marnier infused cheesecake. Mandarin orange slices. Chocolate drizzle. Decadent enough? Mouth watering? It’s what I’m having for dessert right now. You could have it too, just click the link below.

No? Not into chocolate / orange? Ok how about chocolate cookie crumb base, chocolate / Baileys Irish Cream infused cheesecake, cherry topping, and chocolate/Baileys icing? Yeah, that’s right. It’s every bit as good as it sounds.

Cheesecake Decadence
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Get Frosted!

Posted 2006.09.28 0.00 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

So my sister Leanne is an amazing baker. She makes cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, all kinds of great stuff, and she’s incredibly talented at it. I mean, have a look at this:

Spaghetti Cake   Cheesecake

No, that first one’s not a bowl of pasta — that’s a cake! A Cake! The noodles are icing, the sauce is some kind of sweet tasty goodness and the meatballs are I-dont-know-what, but it’s a freaking cake! Like, a work of art! And the cheesecake – it’s just brilliant! Look at it!

She’s been baking amazing stuff like this for years now, but just in the last couple months she has started up her own business. If you’re in the Dufferin, Grey, or Peel counties of Ontario and want a freaking amazing cake, cheesecake, or cookies, for your special occasion, get in touch with Leanne!

Ok, her website isn’t completely done yet, but we’re working on it. I’ll post another link when her site is all done, but in the mean time – check out her site, have a look at her gallery, and Get Frosted!

Get Frosted!