Journal Entries

I try to do or make interesting things on a regular basis. Here are some words and photos about my exploits.

Medio Fire Documentary – Drone Videography

The project In August, 2020, a fire started in the mountains northeast of Santa Fe. The Medio Fire, as it was called, provides a good case study for how proactive forest, fuels, and fire management ...

Troubadours – Tintype for Album Art

Early this year I was contacted by a member of Troubadours, a Phoenix-based band that plays music “at the crossroads of Rock, Folk, and Free Jazz”. They found my tintypes on my website and contacted ...

Catalytic Converter Theft

I have yet again become another statistic, this time as a victim of catalytic converter theft. Fortunately (?) for me, it was only attempted theft, and the short-term fix “only” cost me about $55. The ...

Drone pilot for hire!

Since earning my FAA Part 107 sUAS Commercial Drone Pilot license I’ve registered on a couple of websites that connect drone pilots with various people who need aerial photography or videography. There is a wide ...

I’m officially a pilot!

…but don’t let me actually fly a plane… I’d been thinking I should really look into getting my commercial drone license for several years, but never got around to it. The information about it is ...

Tundra Storage Version 2.0

One of the first changes I made to my 2003 Toyota Tundra when I got it was to remove one of the rear seat pieces to give me more room. I only removed the bottom ...

19th Century Photography with a 21st Century Nerd

What could be more 21st century than the selfie? How about “a selfie made using state-of-the-art 3D printing, some electronics hacking, and a touch of retro-cool 19th century photography”? As should be obvious from the ...

Physical Computing Fun

Several years ago I found out about Arduinos and all of the amazing things you can do, relatively easily, with them and other microcontrollers, and the whole ecosystem built up around them. It is all ...

I Finally Got a 3D Printer!

I recently used the pandemic quarantine as an excuse to get on the 3D printer bandwagon. I frequently need to make something, often something specific, but sometimes just anything at all. Being on the computer ...

My most expensive piece of photo gear

That rumbling sound you hear is probably my dad rolling in his grave. Once I got addicted to traveling in the desert – and hauling all the gear necessary to make tintypes in the field – I ...

Utah with Kari, Finally

Sothe trip started off great. Planned to leave at 7:00am, actually left about 7:15, so about 45 minutes early.  :-) Stopped at Horseshoe Bend. Because of the ‘rona, they weren’t collecting the entrance fees, and ...
Jonathan hops across the "brain rock" at White Pocket, Arizona.

Jonathan’s 50th Birthday Expedition

For his recent 50th birthday my grad school friend Jonathan wanted to meet up with some friends and explore the southwest a little bit. The idea was to gather in Las Vegas, have some fun ...