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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

DIY Shootsac and fabric camera strap

As many of you know, I have been searching for a way to create my own Shootsac-style bag. I have a large Targus bag that works well for holding all of my gear, but I need something better when out walking around and shooting. I currently carry a 4 mil. Crumpler bag, but I would like to be able to carry a little more, but keep the comfort of wearing it across my shoulder and not having it flap around at my side.

I haven't received my neoprene "lens holders" yet, but here is my first update about my DIY Shootsac.

I was looking online for a suitable bag. I wanted something with a flap and that is pliable so it will mold around my body as I shoot. I remembered I purchased a Kate Spade messenger bag at Goodwill about a year ago for $1.50. I dug it out of the closet and decided it would be perfect for what I needed.
I happened to be out at Walmart today and found black and white damask fabric for $1/yd. I bought a couple of yards and some sticky-backed black velcro.

I started with the camera strap. I am very impatient so this had to require very little measuring and no sewing. =) I decided to do a sort of slipcover for my strap. This way it is interchangeable and can be removed for cleaning. I cut the fabric to length and guesstimated the width. I used Tacky glue to fold the edges over to create a clean edge. I decided my camera strap could use some padding. I looked around the house for something suitable. My almost 2 yr. old was running around with some Swiffer wet jet pads for whatever reason. I picked one up and noticed how soft it was. I ripped one open and found my solution! The inside is made of a batting-like padding. I cut it to fit and glued it in. I attached a thin stip of Velcro to two sides and now I have a beautiful padded camera strap to match my "shootsac" cover.

Next I cut a piece of fabric for my bag cover. I did pretty much the same procedure, only no padding. I cut the fabric to size and then folded over the edges with the Tacky glue. I attached the Velcro and added the fabric piece to the cover.

I am pretty pleased so far since my whole bag to this point has cost me about $6! I'll update about the inside of the bag as soon as I get it all finished.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kentucky Visions

More from Waveland...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Waveland Beauty

Here are a few more from my walk around Waveland. I used a Vibe Glow action on a few of these and ran them through ReDynaMix HDR on a low setting.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I had about an hour to kill so I stopped by Waveland to see what was blooming. I'll share some more from the beautiful garden in the next few days, but here are a few of the irisis.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

DGO bags and dividers

Daniel from over at Pentaxmilitia contacted me about his line of bags and dividers called DGO bags. Daniel started with a need for a functional, yet affordable bag. He made his own prototype and the DGO line was born.

Here is what he said yesterday:

"I'm working on a full line right now...2 sizes of each of the 3 bags, plus a LOAD of inserts."

We'll be watching out for those. Keep us posted.

Monday, May 19, 2008

DIY Shootsac

I love the concept behind the shootsac by Jessica Claire, but the $179 price tag is a bit high for my budget.

Being the bargain hunter (a.k.a cheapskate)I am, I set out to find a DIY solution. The shootsac is constructed out of neoprene. I found these nifty totes from Built NY:

I purchased a two pack for $10.99 off Ebay. I will have to see how roomy the pockets are when they arrive. If they won't work, I will have two nifty drink carriers to sport at t-ball and the price was cheap enough to take the chance. =)

This morning I ran across an idea for converting a Very Bradley messenger style bag into a shootsac style bag:
Vera Bradley convert

I found some neat Domke compartment inserts and I am sure there are others out there.

I also found reasonably priced messenger bags at places like QVC:
QVC quilted messenger bags

I will be sure to update when I receive the six pack totes. I would love to be able to insert these into the messenger bag, but I will have to see how roomy the sections are first. I just thought I would share a little of my discoveries for the frugal shootsac dreamers.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A few from my weekend

I went out to get the paper one morning and had to grab my camera. This is the view from my front door in the spring. We will be selling this house soon so I figured I better get a shot of it.

Here are some random shots from my yard this weekend. A friendly squirrel and some salvia plants. The salvia shots were taken while I was practicing with my macro filters. I am still having trouble with the focus, but I will keep practicing.

We saw these little guys during my son's t-ball game. They are nesting in the top of the dugout. It was getting dark and I had to set my ISO to 1600 to get these.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Kentucky Horses

More scenes from our little detour on the way to the nature sanctuary...

This guy kept rolling over like a puppy. It was kind of a strange sight seeing him flailing around. The kids got a good laugh out of it.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Wonderful Whites

Shooting whites in the bright sun isn't the best of circumstances, but I tried making the best of it. =)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cat & Mouse published!

I submitted my little cat and mouse photo to the Lexington Herald-Leader. They ran it this morning in the 1000 words column. Weekday circulation is around 111,000.

Monday, May 5, 2008

A little game of cat & mouse

I am terrified of mice, but when my cat chased this little guy up our dogwood tree, I couldn't resist snapping a few shots. I took these with my telephoto lens though, of course. No doubt what Patches had in mind. =)


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