Welcome to Breakfast in America

My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking and hammock camping.

Recent posts

  • Boxes

    Boxes. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Boxes — I was going to custom build the Sparkle Zone Storage Center, but we realized we could save a lot of time (but not $$$ — the doors alone were nearly $700) by bringing in ready-made units. I volunteered my friend Tom and his pickup to help me collect the boxes and the large 8ft by 3ft end panel. The truck’s bed was full to overflowing.

  • An empty wall equals storage potential

    An empty wall equals storage potential. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Recently we’ve been on the lookout for more storage space. We have also been looking for somewhere with space, that we can use for small product photography. The south facing windows of the ‘Sparkle Zone’ offer good light and, we realized, space for storage of our photography gear — and more.

  • Doorstop

    Doorstop. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved

    I finally found a use for one of the few small rock samples I have collected over the years. The rock is a memento from a vist to Piney Creek in July 2021.

    On the first version of the doorstop, I used a hot glue gun to fix the rock. It held for a few hours before (as I suspected) the sandy surface of the rock caused it to come loose. Reluctantly, I opted to drill the rock so it could be screwed to the base.

    This picture is the result of several technology tests. I installed the Samsung Raw Camera software (thus far, I like it) and Lightroom on my phone and used them to take the picture and edit the image (cropping and a few tweaks).  Finally, I’m creating this post on my phone. The only step in the process that hasn’t gone as well as expected is creating this post. The Jetpack post creation software is sadly lacking in the basic functionality required to create a decent post. Oh well, that’s why I’m trying this. I’ll finish it off on my computer.

    Apart from the problems creating the post, the results are encouraging. The camera lens foreshortening is fairly significant, which surprised me as I used one of the ‘Telephoto’ options, which ought to have reduced it. (The base and back are made of the same 3/4-inch board, not that you would think that looking at the picture). I’ll need to try moving back and cropping more.

  • Morning sunlight in the workshop

    Morning sunlight in the workshop. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
    Morning sunlight in the workshop. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Workshop Bling

    Workshop Bling — I finally got around to adding some drawer pulls onto the drawers in the workshop/garage. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Rumpled

    Rumpled. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I loved the play of light, how the duvet mimics the shapes of two people lying back-to-back, and the stories implicit in the folds and wrinkles of the duvet and sheet.

    I also like how the gray walls take on colors reflected from within the room and outside, the rich, warm colors of the wood, and finally, the highlights on the table lamp and the drawer pull on the right.

  • Cleaning & Reorganizing

    Cleaning & Reorganizing. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    My biggest recent upgrade has been to plumb in compressed air lines so I don’t trip over the airline snaking its way across the floor.

    I’ve also been moving things around, adding shelves, and tidying up in the workshop (oh yeah, and I added some inexpensive Bluetooth speakers too).

    Cleaning & Reorganizing — I’ve been moving things around, adding shelves, and tidying up in the workshop. (oh yeah, and I added some inexpensive Bluetooth speakers too). Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Hall Closet #2 finished

    Hall Closet #2 finished — well, except the wall still needs patching and repainting. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Stained, ready for varnishing

    Stained, ready for varnishing. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Workshop — mid-project

    Workshop — mid-project. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
    Workshop — mid-project. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
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