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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
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.
Back 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.
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 241st birthday America!
I sincerely hope that you are around to see number 242…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.