elhoff: (guitar)
Wow, it got warm fast. Now I begin fighting a conflicting battle in my garage. I need to maintain the humidity between 45% and 55% when working with yet to be assembled guitar bits. On Monday the humidity in the garage dropped to 28%. I put a humidifier out there, but it has so far only reached 38%. Anytime I open the garage door, I'm sure that I loose a lot of moisture. Now comes the real challenge. Tonight when I went out there to work it was 91 degrees and 36% humidity. Not exactly comfortable. 45-55% would have been unbearable. So I see AC in the near future for my garage. But that will lower the humidity. This could get interesting. I'm sure that a reasonable equilibrium could be achieved if I could maintain a steady temperature. Unfortunately, there is no way I can afford to run AC all day out there. This is going to get interesting.

- First step is insulation in the ceiling. No sense trying to control environment in an uninsulated garage.

- Then I need power for an AC unit and for tools, including 220V for a table saw and dust collector.

- Then blow in insulation for the walls that are not all door.

Just what I needed, more projects!

After all this will come winter so I can fight the opposite battle. I will then need to heat and dehumidify.

I'm really starting to wish I had enough land to build a dedicated shop!
elhoff: (photography)
As it always does a few weeks after a workshop, my post-workshop inspiration is starting to fade.  I really need to get out and take some pictures to prop it up.  Saw some interesting stuff in old Sac a couple nights ago, need to remember that.

In other photography news:

:-)  I should be receiving a 450mm lens in the mail today.  I expect that this is the last focal length that I need for any kind of normal work.  But...I think I need to get another rail extension before I can use it.

:-(  It's looking like my 90mm lens has significant light drop off in the corners.  Need to do some testing and either: get a center filter, or buy a better 90mm lens.  Fortunately, 90mm lenses are pretty cheap if it comes to that.

:-)  My order of mounting and matting supplies arrived from Light Impressions.  Now I can start practicing with cold dry mounting, and matting.

:-)  Had a good session with a friend reviewing my shots from the workshop.  Always good to get someone else's perspective on my work.

:-(  Upon further examination I have determined that several of my shots from the workshop are in quite in focus.  Time to get my eyes checked!  Thanks to 
[profile] aleeceh
I have an appointment in Jan.

:-(  Still no luck getting my printer calibrated.  May try one of the services I have found online.

:-)  Planning to take a couple negatives to the lab this week to get them professionally scanned.  This will be interesting!  Not sure how big of a file I can open on my machine, so need to do some testing before I go to the lab.  I did not build this computer with photo editing in mind, may have some upgrades in my future.

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