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A Short Tour Of My Bell Tower Model (So Far)

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

I have little doubt that this month is my record-setting month for posts! Considering how often I have let multiple months slip by, I am rather proud of this. I hope it is a momentum that I can maintain in August.

imageI have been working on a model of a bell tower that has been strongly influenced by the Turin Cathedral duomo (aka the bell tower).

It was many months ago when I first saw photos of the Turin bell tower. I kept think about how I would model it. Eventually – to get the idea out of my head – I sat down and started modeling.

There were a few abortive starts. My initial photo references were not good. Heck, as I state in the video, they still are not very good. But I finally got into a groove.

I didn’t want to make this video a full-blown tutorial. I had been showing off progress pictures to friends and colleagues; so this is meant to provide a closer view of the model.

Much work remains. There is the roof to build. I need to decide what the interior is going to be – will I keep the rooms that I have constructed or delete them and leave a hollow structure? I’d really like to get stairs modeled inside. Lastly, there is also the bells and their support structures.

I hope this turns out to be a respectable facsimile of the actual tower. There are some artistic liberties that I have taken already. I would be truer to life if I could actually visited Turin, Italy and take my own references photos!

Back to it. There are polygons to push around.

Skylines Together

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Sydney, Venice & Berline skylinesI put my three newest Lego skylines under my booze shelf. I finished the Sydney skyline a few days ago but the photos I had taken didn’t turn out as I wanted. So I opted for this.

My Lego Models Flickr group also includes the New York City skyline. That image is not properly white balanced though.

I bought the Chicago model. That completes the skylines series (so far anyway). I still need to get Buckingham Palace, the U.S. Capitol and the two re-designed Burj Khalifa and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum models.

The Louvre Museum Completed

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The_LouvreI finally built it!

I finished this model on Sunday evening, but waited until now to blog about it. Maybe I can set a personal record with blog posts this month!

The image was taken with the 50mm f/1.8 lens using f/2.0. I focused on the pyramid in manual mode – the first time that I have not used auto-focus actually.

As previously mentioned, the next builds will be the Sydney and London skylines. The Chicago skyline will be acquired in the near future.

Game Of Thrones Season 7 (No Spoilers Here!)

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Just…wow! No Spoilers. I promise. I won’t talk about anything that happened in last night’s episode.

I am glad that I added HBO to my cable package for this. I’m still cancelling it immediately after Thrones ends in 8 weeks. But…wow!

Winter is here at last and things are going to get very interesting. There is already some intriguing character development.

I can hardly wait to see more.

More LEGO Architecture

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

imageBack in the middle of May, I posted about my newest Lego Architecture sets. The Louvre Museum was one of those and I still have not built it yet!

I have now added the Sydney and London skylines to my collection. I love how these skyline sets captures the essence of each world famous city.

I only lack the Chicago skyline set now.

I’ll acquire the Buckingham Palace and U.S. Capitol sets in the near future too. First, I need to get these three sets built and on display somewhere.

Nine More Days Until Game Of Thrones Season 7!

Friday, July 7th, 2017

I don’t think I have ever talked about Game Of Thrones on this blog. I am a big fan though, of both the show and the books.

I’ve never subscribed to HBO before. But I am – temporarily – subscribing for the duration of Season 7. In the past, I have worked hard to avoid spoilers until the Blu-ray release is available. That would not be too bad if the wait were just a few months like it is for most films. Game Of Thrones is over by the end of summer and the Blu-ray release isn’t until mid-winter. Agony!

Here are some of my favourite GOT resources online:

Both YouTube channels explore histories of the Ice & Fire world as well as fan theories and trailer analysis. Each has a unique style and approach that is compelling and interesting.

Now for George R. R. Martin to finish The Winds Of Winter!

Happy Birthday America!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Happy 241st birthday America!

I sincerely hope that you are around to see number 242…

Dundas Street West Photowalk

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Last week I managed to spend a few hours in the neighbourhood with my new 50mm f/1.8 prime lens attached to the camera. But I screwed up!

Sadly, my brain became locked on the idea that the lens would always be at f/1.8. I have no idea how that notion formed in my brain. So all the photos that I took were at about f/22 and had the deep field depth it produces.

I put the worthy photos into my Toronto, Ontario Flickr album. Here are some of the better shots.

2017-06-25 Photowalk

This footbridge crosses Mimico Creek. I had my first photowalk with the 80D here after some excessive rain. So this time the water levels were much closer to their normal levels.

Timer Priority Test

I have long wanted to try some longer exposure photos with running water. This one came out alright considering that it was darn close to being hand-held. In the large version you can see that the rocks are not tack-sharp. Next time I will use the tripod and the cable-release.

Dundas Street West

I walked down Dundas Street West almost all the way to Royal York before turning around. This shot was a fast, hand-held shot while the street was uncharacteristically void of cars. I did edit out one car and a couple of compost bags by the nearby trees. This probably would look better with the shallower depth of field that the lens can produce.

Random Garden Along Dundas Street 02

This one was an off-the-hip shot of a small garden in front of a house that I was walking past. It was while looking at this photo afterward that I realized the f-stop had been set incorrectly.

As always, this is a learning experience.

Happy Sesquicentennial Canada!

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

The Constitution Act (aka. the British North America Act) was signed 150 years ago today. It essentially formed Canada.

I am very proud to be Canadian. We are not a perfect country by any means; however we get the gist of it correct and we are always trying to move in the right direction.

There is an odd sense to it this year. I can hear the fireworks outside and the country has made a big deal of this anniversary. But the world seems to be spiraling downward. I’ve mostly kept politics from this blog and most generations feel that theirs is the worst.

But I look forward to Canada continuing to set an example for the world.

Thank-you.

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