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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Garage Sale Find 8/7/10

Okay some of you know that I am a big garage sale junkie.  I started off looking for cameras but have ventured off and started buy many other things.  Lately I have been buying some vintage furniture especially metal cabinets.  This last Saturday I bought a few things including this awesome find above.  It's a vintage Panasonic radio and it's sound great.  I am currently listening to it now.  I just need to figure out how to hook up my Ipod to it! 

Purchase price...$7.00.

Monday, April 26, 2010

DIY Pinhole Camera

I have been playing with pinhole cameras for the past 2 years or so and recently have been building my own out of wood with help from my friend, Ryan.

Pinhole cameras are really easy.  You basically need a light tight container which can be practically anything, a thin metal sheet (the pinhole), and some mechanism to control light coming in (the shutter).  Of course how far you take the camera is up to you and sky's the limit.

The one of the most common ones you will see and read about are the oatmeal box pinholes.  It's simple basic and easy.  Pinhole cameras come in all shapes and forms.  I have read about people who use their mouths and fist as the pinhole cameras as well as using buses and buildings.  Unlimited possibilities.

You can also buy beautiful and elaborate pinholes too.  Zero Image makes some gorgeous pinholes that take amazing images.  I own their Zero Image 69 which takes 120 roll film.  It can adjust it's mask to take 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9 sized images.

I made a short documentation of how we built my camera:


The box is pretty simple.  It has a face plate and four sides surrounding it leaving the back opened for the film loader to attach to.  Ryan is the handyman between the two of us and you see him here cutting up the wood for the camera.  I decided to use poplar wood because I really like the patterns that the wood could have.  In this piece of wood, there are beautiful purple stripes running through it.

We added a tripod mount to the camera on two of the four sides.  You can see Ryan drilling a depression for the hardware to go into.  

Once all the pieces are cut they are put together with wood glue and nails then clamped together to dry.

I used plastic wood to seal the the gaps in between the wood and to cover up the nail holes.  

To further insure the that the box is light tight we used silicon caulk to seal off all the corner on the inside of the box.  

A few coats of clear lacquer is then applied to the outside of the box.  This helps prevent any water damage that will cause the box to warp and possibly create a light leak.  It also makes it look great!

The inside of the box is sprayed with a matte black paint to prevent light to bounce inside the box and create unwanted effects.

There are many different ways to put a shutter on your camera.  On my previous versions of this camera I used a simple flap made of cardboard and tape.  We decided to go upscale and recycle an old shutter.  Not only does it look great but it allows me to use a cable release which means a more stable shot.  The pinhole is attached to the inside of the shutter.

Velcro was added to attach the film holders to the box.  The camera was build to also take polaroid film backs.

So here it is!  The finished product!

This is an image from a older version of the camera. 

Check out Ryan's blog on this:

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Mad Dog

Mad Dog
Originally uploaded by bokchoyboy.
We saw this dog jumping around on the table of a restaurant. There were a few people there watching it and it seem to love the attention. Well, I tried to get close to it to take a picture of it. It stopped started at me and started growling. I guess I interupted it's show!


Originally uploaded by bokchoyboy.
Okay so as far as food goes, this is what we came to try. Cuy, otherwise know as guinea pig to most of us, is a national delicacy in Peru. It is usually eaten during holidays. We tought it tasted like chicken with a slight but strange fishy aftertaste. The one we tried was very tough, probably an older guinea pig.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Gelato in Peru!

I was surprised to find gelato in Cuzco. The place is called Davorino and they had some interesting flavors. Can you recognize the flavors? I tried the plantano and the cherimoya. I liked the cherimoya.

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So BHC convinced me to go to a soccer game while in Cuzco. I was hesitant because my stomach wasn't feeling so hot. I was afraid I would be in a need of a bathroom while at the game. I didn't tell her that. Well I am glad that she convinced me because it was a lot of fun. It was cool to be at a sporting event in a foreign country. This was a regional game between the team from Cuzco and another regional team. The fans were so passionate. The two girls next to us were screaming at the opponent and they were ruthless and crude with their comments! The Cuzco team was much better than the opposition. Go Cuzco!

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We got here on a horseback ride and without a guide to tell us what we were looking at. Without any background this place didn't hold that much interest. Luckily there was a man there who offered to explain the place to us for 10 soles ($3 USD).

The significance of this place to the Incans was huge. This is where they trained all the future leader for the empire. A select number of students (usually the oldest son of selected families) came here to learn how to be leaders in their society. They were taught spirituality, leadership and cultural things like the Incan ways of building a city.

The training is not without it's perils for the student. They had to go through this ritual where they fast for 30 days. Some made it, some did not. Posted by Picasa


"Chifa (from the mandarin words "chi fan", meaning 'to eat rice') is the Peruvian term for Chinese food (or for a Chinese restaurant). In the 150 years since its arrival in Peru, the Chinese Peruvian culture has revolutionized Peruvian cuisine, gaining international recognition from those who have had the opportunity to sample it while visiting Peru.
Chifa reflects a fusion by Chinese Peruvians of the products that the Chinese brought with them to those that they found in Peru, and later cultivated themselves. Even some creole dishes such as tacu-tacu, lomo saltado, and arroz chaufa were influenced by the Chinese.
In downtown Lima, on Capón Street, is the barrio chino (Chinatown). The great variety of savory and sweet dishes there, with different types of meats, vegetables, and soups, created a new culinary alternative for Peruvians." Wikipedia

We tried the Chifa food in Cuzco, not all that but edible. Posted by Picasa

Circular Terraces of Moray

These Circular Terraces of Moray are located in the Sacred Valley near Cuzco. The Incans used these terraces for agricultural purposes. This particular loacation was used to test out different crops and perfect their farming. So if I understood our guide properly, this was something like a test site. Each circle had a different micro-climate.

I actually got sick at the salt pond and by the time I got here the only picture I could take was the one from up top, I didn't go down to walk the circles. BHC did go down with the guide and laid in the the center where there was suppposed to be a lot of energy according to the Incans. Posted by Picasa

Salt Ponds at Maras

Located on the Qaqawiñay Mountains, these salt mines have been used since the Incan times. The source of the salt comes from a naturally briny spring that is then irrigated to all the salt ponds. Each pond is owned by a different family. During the rainy season the ponds will take on a brownish hue due to the run off from the soil but once the rainy season stops, the ponds are white. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

At the Top!

Okay, finally at the top of Wyna Picchu! Posted by Picasa

Almost at the Top

Almost at the top of Wyna Picchu and I started getting cramps in both legs! You are looking at a picture of Machu Picchu. Doesn't that look small?!?! We are pretty high up Wyna Picchu at this point. Posted by Picasa

This is Wyna Picchu. We hiked up this while visiting Machu Picchu. If you look closely you can see tiny specs that are supposed to be people. Gives you a perspective of the size of this peak. Posted by Picasa

Happy to Be Here!

This is our "I can't believe we are in Machu Picchu" look! Posted by Picasa

okay one more... Posted by Picasa

Me and MP

me, my hat, and Machu Picchu! See that peak behind me? That's Wyna Picchu. We climbed that! More on that later! Posted by Picasa

Llamas of Machu Picchu

After Machu Picchu was discovered and cleared of all the vegetation, at the suggestion of visitors, grass was planted in the clearing to add color to the area. Also at the suggestion of visitors, llamas were imported here to add to the ambiance. A side benefit was that the llamas kept the grass from over growing and kept it nice and trimmed. Posted by Picasa

Mummy's Lair

A mummy was discovered in this tomb in 1992. Probably a high priest at Machu Picchu, the mummy was found with many artifacts, unlooted. Posted by Picasa