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Archive for January, 2017

Chesapeake 16LT Kayak: Part 13: Wet sanding


I did some wet sanding on the kayak after the first coat. The directions say to use 400 grit, but I wet sanded the first two coats with 320, and then switched to 400 for the next two coats.

I grabbed my Go Pro Hero 5 Black and set it up to do a time lapse while I sanded.

I edited the footage using my 27″ iMac using Final Cut Pro X. It chugged a bit, as there were a TON of pictures to process, but it wasn’t too hard to create a short little video.

Griffin Hammond has created a great tutorial on how to do the editing: How to Edit a Time Lapse (in Final Cut Pro X)


Chesapeake 16LT Kayak Part 12: Starting the finishing process


I was gone for a few weeks in Japan, so progress on the kayak has been slow. I’m back to doing some work on it. First I had to sand it a ton. 80 grit, 100, 120, 150, 220. I touched up some thin areas with a little more epoxy and then sanded some more.

My plan was to spray it with my HVLP instead of brushing on the finish. I wanted to do it all in one shot, so I suspended it in the air:

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I just attached the webbing to the ceiling with a few screws and washers to distribute the load:

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This allowed me to spray the bottom and top at the same time, and worked pretty well:

 

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After this, I waited about a day and wet sanded it with 320 grit. I’ll up it to 400 grit after the second coat. I want to have a nice level surface, so I’m still sanding it with a sanding block to get it smooth. Note that I also mop the floor to get rid of all the dust.

 


Photography: Speckles the horse.


More horse photos! This photo was also taken when I was going through Spain heading from Barcelona up to San Sebastian with a few friends last summer. We touched through France, and I’m pretty sure I snapped this picture while we were on the France side of the world. It is another HDR combined from five difference exposures using Photomatix — the program is awesome for creating HDRs. Download it from Amazon using my link! 

 

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Photography: Horse eating grass in France


I ran around with my tripod taking tons of pictures of the horses on a windy hilltop in France last summer. I used  Photomatix to generate this picture by combining five different exposures.

 

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Use Photomatix! I highly recommend it. Below shows some of my workflow; the image at the left is one of the original exposures. The ones at the right are experiments with color correction to give the photo different feelings and moods.

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Photography: Redwoods in Yosemite


I used to not really like hiking. There seemed to be no purpose to it; you followed a trail for no real rhyme or reason and usually ended up back where you started. I never sought out hiking as an activity, but I always have been a hiker, it is just that I  never considered what I was doing as actual hiking. As a kid I would wonder around in the trees following deer trails simply to see where they went. As an adult, I would hike miles to go climb some rocks or see some fantastic waterfall. I never really realized that I also really enjoyed the process of getting to where I was going; being immersed in nature is such a wonderful feeling.

I love redwood trees. It probably stems from me growing up around then, and literally living with them in a treehouse. Here are a few pictures I took with my Canon 5D while on a 20 mile trip to see Clouds Rest in Yosemite. Some people might even call it a hike…

 

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