143/365: $25 Million!!
Someone in our little town won $25 million last night! CONGRATULATIONS!! Good on ya! Really, really happy for you and the fam.
I heard a rumor about someone who had won, and I did this big ol’ blog post thinking that the rumored person would never read this. Then I heard another name, and I know the person, and they have probably read this blog before (definitely the SEDNA Photography blog) so then I had to change it. It wasn’t bad or anything. I wasn’t going on a rant about not winning or anything like that. It did contain wish lists and I’d sell my soul for this, lists, haha. Anyway, not appropriate…. but funny. And I’m much, much happier about the actual winner than the rumored one.
Moving on, the following photos are of the grid spots I made the last couple nights. Cost me about $6 to make them compared to the $30 for one if I had to buy them. That’s serious savings right there, I tell ya!
To demonstrate how much the grid spots narrow the light coming from the flash, I chose a small section of wall in our kitchen. It’s a little smaller than the width of a door. The first photo is from the first grid spot I made (probably equivalent to a 20 degree grid spot). The second is from… well,… the second. The second one is a little longer and yet narrows the flash that much more (probably equivalent to a 10 degree grid spot). Use your imagination and you’ll start seeing the applications for these. The third photo: there is no way to take a photo of a flash like this without a grid spot or a snoot (a snoot is just a tunnel shaped thing coming off your flash, but without the straws or whatever you use inside of it, and is generally a little longer), other wise the flash will fire into your lens and either totally blow out the photo, or cause some very serious flaring. I’m practically in front of the flash. So that’s another use for it and it’s just cool.
Anyway, I’ll wrap a layer of maybe gaffer’s tape or hockey tape around it to clean it up a little and to make it not so shiny and I’m good to go. I really wouldn’t feel self conscious using these on a shoot.
I didn’t use straws to make the grid spots this time. For one, I couldn’t find any black straws in town, and two, once you glue the straws and the glue gets brittle, you throw that thing in your camera bag and before you know it, it’s crushed and no good anymore. This time, I found some black papermate pens at the bargain store at $1.77 for ten, chopped them into pieces and duck taped them together into rows. I glued the rows together, then ducks taped them all again. I have so much duck tape on the card board (from a granola bar box) that it feels like rubber, and I’m pretty sure water proof – therefore, “weather resistant” and therefore, PRO. 😀