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I made a mini mash tun with False bottom, made out of a 15 Litre bucket, drum tap, Camping mats (2 layers, 3 on Lid with 2″ skirting), a pink plastic plate (2mm holes drilled), some copper fittings, a tank connector and a bit of PVC tube, and Duct tape ;)
Even though I already made a Thermos Coolbox mash Tun, I still want to experiment with small batches which means more brewing and ‘testing’ :roll: of recipes ;)
The finished thing:

Inside:

The False bottom and bits of dodgily pushed together pipe:

Did a little heat loss test with hot water:

Time : : Temp
19.36 – 61.1 C
20.38 – 58.6 C
21.06 – 58.0 C
21.35 – 57.6 C

Ordered some Mash-able grains from BarleyBottom / Hope-&-Grape… :)

If it falls apart on first use I’ll be tipping the mash into the Coolbox to sparge and I’ve got a slight re-design in mind which won’t fall apart! ;)

Its pretty cool to find your stock photos in action, I spotted this one from the sale details on Fotolia and a little Google (other search engines are available) and I found this :) http://www.fredolsencruises.com/destinations/northern-europe/netherlands/amsterdam

fredolsen

Here’s the original file at Fotolia

Amsterdam

Keywords:
Amsterdam, barge, boats, canal, city, clouds, holland, netherlands, nl, roof, roof-tops, rooftops, sky, skyline, trees, views, water

Lookstat have released another feature:

“We just released a new feature that allows you to view thumbnails of all the images that sold over a particular time period, from all the microstock sites we support. You get to the feature by clicking on the ‘Earnings’ link on the Dashboard above the Top Earners thumbnail strip.

You can filter the list by site and you can click on any image to get that image’s sales history. It’s a simple addictive feature and we hope you enjoy using it. Feedback, as always is welcome.

(Also, we hear you loud and clear re: getting more sites into the system. Fotolia is coming soon!)”

http://blog.lookstat.com/2009/02/05/new-lookstat-feature-view-all-images-that-sold-at-all-microstock-sites-in-one-place/
I’ve merged the first two pages of image thumbs to make the image below, looks pretty cool…

lookstat-new-feature
Click on the pic for a bigger version!

Pretty funky stuff guys, things can only get better with more agencies added :)
*note: looking at the thumbnails its pretty easy to see that there are a few image matching problems across the sites*

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I had quite a nice surprise yesterday as my Dreamstime balance jumped up a full $100, after checking I found that it was a referral purchase, meaning that I got paid out 10% of the credit package bought :) Pretty darn Good :)
Its always impressive the amount of referred members on DT and the occasional thing like this makes it feel even better.

My Dreamstime stats are as follows:

  • Member since -  March 9, 2006
  • 947 – Images Online
  • 1759 – Image Downloads
  • $1672.57 – Total Image Sale earnings
  • $485.31 – Referral Earnings
  • 255 – Referred Dreamstime members

My highest earning & Most downloaded file:
Cup Stains Set

My most viewed file:
Paper Airplane

My Oldest online file:
The Great Wall of China

One of my newest files:
Multiple White dice with spots reflections
© Photographer: Pdtnc | Agency: Dreamstime.com

I like the way this site works, its pretty sensible and works logically, the upload procedure works well and editing image details is simple.
This is how the profile page looks, Its pretty concise and usable:

The Image portfolio page is just as easy with albums for organisation that work by drag and drop, and looks like this:

I have just completed uploading my portfolio of 1324 images, all accepted due to there being no inspection procedure to go through (the closest acceptance to that was 979 images at CanStockPhoto).

Earnings and referrals
Royalty-free images: earn 50% of the total price, which is €12.50 per sale.
“We offer you 1 Euro for every sold image by a referred photographer and an additional 1 Euro
for every image bought by a referred customer. This means you can earn up to 2 Euro every time a transaction is made between your referred friends”

All there is to do now is organise a few albums and site back and wait…. we shall see!

Light Painting in Dark Places

After seeing other peoples shots of dark places such as drains and tunnels, I decided to have a go for myself.

So experimenting with long exposures, 30 seconds and longer, and a mid range aperture in a couple of disused railway tunnels.

Queensbury Rail Tunnel - July 08
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Setting the Camera

With long exposures you need to keep your camera shake free so the use of a Tripod and cable release is essential, I picked my shot and set my camera in the dark getting focus manually on long shots and shooting off a flash shot to attain focus on closer in shots (Switching to manual focus once happy so as to lock it at that distance).

I was shooting in the camera’s Manual Mode so as to set exposure time to the ‘BULB’ setting, I chose an aperture of F8 so depth of field would be mid range for my lens, I set the camera ISO to 100 so as to keep down the possibility of digital noise showing up (Other ISO setting could be used while practicing and getting the hang of how long the exposure would take).

So I’m focused, my camera is on the tripod cable release attached, my camera setting are locked, it was time to click and lock the shutter release and start using the torch to light the scene.

Lighting with the Torch

Using the torch its a case of literally painting the subject with light where you want the camera to ‘see’ and capture what you want, it takes some experimenting and can be an interesting way to be creative with lighting your photograph. Its important to keep the torch beam moving on your subject so as to avoid ‘hot spots’ where too much light could over-expose, paint evenly and try not to miss the bits that interest you.

I started with 30 second exposures and went up to 2 minutes 30 seconds on some shots where I didn’t want to use to much direct light so I could get a more creative effect, this will all depend on the brightness of your torch or torches.

A handy tip would be to leave a small dim light under your tripod so you don’t go walking into it while making a shot.

Using more than one torch can give you the option of back lighting an object and also painting the foreground with the other torch, coloured gels can be used over the torch beam if you fancy adding a little extra colour to your subject.

Light trails are fun, and can be a happy accident while lighting your subject and add a bit of excitement and movement to the scene, though if you don’t want the trails be careful that the line of sight between your torch beam and your camera is guarded and you wear dark or black clothes so you don’t show up in your own shots.

For most of my experimenting I stayed behind the camera, though I started venturing out further to see what else was possible which is well worth it.

Safety and Darkness

Standing in almost complete darkness with just a flashlight might be an eerie experience for some people so its always best to take a friend and tell someone else where you are going and how long you will be there. For me the excitement of creating some amazing photographs out weighs any fear I might have had, I found the darkness and torch light quite calming with the silence only broke by the dripping from the ceiling of the tunnel and its ventilation shafts. It always good to watch where you are putting your feet while setting up shots as uneven floors and obstacles could trip you up, so be careful, safety first!

Ravenscar Tunnel 12.06.08
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Equipment

The Camera equipment used was as follows; Canon 400D, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Tripod, Remote shutter release cable. The Torches used were; Maglite 3D-cell with Terralux LED upgrade, Fenix TK10, and some other cheaper LED torches, I also took a couple of Glow-sticks.

Links

More of my tunnel photos are at www.flickr.com/photos/pdtnc

If you liked this and found it useful please go vote for it at http://www.jpgmag.com/stories/6108

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My very first Podcast is now online, you can copy http://feeds.feedburner.com/ProbablyDueToNetworkCongestion and paste it into iTunes for a weird Theremin and Roland MC202 Experiment.
There is also a link over at the top right of the page :)
Podcasting under the CreativeCommons.org License.

If you happen to go to www.probably-due-to-network-congestion.co.uk you’ll find a shed load of new referral links to my stock sites and i added an iframe so that this blog is viewable in the same page, all done with layers and tables, pretty roughly :D
I’ll eventually get around to tidying up, or even re-designing propperly sometime…

Go click some shit!

…maybe I’ll start work on a music page next ;)


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