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Latest trip in the mobile rig

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Three weeks ago I took the mobile rig minus the ranger up to Albuqurque for a couple of Doctor appointments.  Trip up was ok.  Got there unloaded the smart car from the trailer hit the va. It was so hot and I had to wait over an hour I was getting nauseous.  Not sure if it was from the heat or altitude but the first couple days it felt it in the heat of the afternoon.  

Seven minutes into my first use of the new microwave it dies for good.  The as I was disconnecting from shore power and getting the car loaded on the trailer I got hot went inside tried to start the genset but the voltage was only 10 volts so I had to turn on the ignition to get it started so the AC worked while I’ll cooled down plus power to put the slides in.

It took me four hours to make it home after being stuck up there over the weekend because the wind started blowing Friday night so bad I was unable to sleep plus it tore the bedroom slide topper awning.sunday afternoon the wind started to die down finally.  The wind Saturday morning felt like a jet was parked behind me with the engines blowing right at me, sounded like also.  When I arrived home I started the genset after checking the voltage it was at 11 volts then after several hour of running the genset the voltage was down to 8 volts.  That conformed my thoughts the inverter was bad which suspossobily was repaired prior to my purchasing the Motorhome.  Guess it wasn’t.  Took it to camping world the following Friday.  Checked with them this week and the inverter was indeed bad.  So the inverter took out two microwaves, two Rv house batteries.  So In my opinion cw should cover all the costs of replacing the microwaves, both batteries and the inverter since the problems have been there all along. 

I hope to pick up the rig next week fully repaired.  That should give me time to verify repairs are complete befor I head back up to ABQ next month for a week and then up the pass to Edgewood for SASSs world championship dry campingfor another week then back to ABQ for several days before returning home.  Come back and I’ll post some photos of everything when it returns and at the ranch for the compitition.

More on the fsx simpit

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ok I’m still working on my simpit and fsx.  For AC I’ve invested in the dhc-2 beaver, dhc-6 twin otter, c-130,c-17,c-27 and c5 plus others like the uh1, hh60.  I purchased a used VRInsight ProPit but that might have been a mistake.  I got it used, but the problem seems is there isn’t much support for adding different AC to it.  It come ready to work with three I know of for max the c172,c-182 and the mooney none of witch I plan on flying much except for the time in the book for getting my if r training iirc.  I made an order for another USB I/O card and switches for it.  The PhDs plug and play kit I got off ebay controls 20 switches and if I use the ones it came with will be 5 ea push button, toggle rocker and push button momentarily.  I ordered what seemed like a ton of switches I expected to use toggle on,off,on, and on, off with covers I think I ordered some momentarily on push buttons and one other switch as I recal.  The new ISO card is better from my understanding and will control up to 32 switches

On another note it’s time to get ready for sass world championship End of Trail match coming up next month.  I still need to reload some 38-55 for plainsman, I should have enought 38wcf for a warmup and main match but I’m taking the 45s along in case.  I figure for just the three matches warmup, main and plainsman I’ll nee the 28-55 handi rifle, two 73s one in 38 WCF and the other in 45 colt for backup I’ll need my roa for plainsman and my USFA SAAs for main match and Ruger Bisley Vaquero 45colt for bu.  next is the scatter guns, I’m taking my Remington spr 220 for plainsman and my 87 copy for main and ten for backup.  Then ammo for all.  Leather will be the same as my Kirtpatrick Long Hunter 09 holsters fit any of main match revolvers I have one set in black and another in russet.  The latter are new all are strong side holsters.  I have a couple other thing to work out also.  My boot chap or boats iirc need enlarging or remaking to fit me.  My chinks will be tight but I might need a few extension straps made to get them to work.  If everything goes right I’ll be dressed differently each day.  Plainsman will be pigskin pants and buckskin shirt, for warmup will be a shirt and pants, on main match day one will be one of these chaps, chinks or botas(boot chaps) a vest of one of two right now, one day will be in uniform so I’ll have to work hard to have the required items.  Unfortunately since my diabetes my feet require special boots and I’ll be wearing them other wise I would be bringing my earth walkers and that would give me a choice in footware.  But this year I’ll be wearing the same lace ups everyday.  Since I can’t move well I try to do two things dress differently every day and try to shoot clean.
I’ve got some money coming and plan on getting a SxS utv and enclosed trailer to carry everything in plus for the weekend events I plan on throwing a cot in it and using it for camping.  I’ll need a couple of things to make it homely for the weekend.  But if it gets me out the so much the better.
Till next time.

My Workflow for Post

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Well I’m running way behind in doing my post processing from SASS’s End Of Trail World ( EOT) Championship Match where I attended under a media pass in exchange for donating the images I shot.

One thing that needs bringing up is that I’m still recovering from a motorcycle accident that broke my left leg up. Check back to March for the details. It took a lot out of me and my stamina isn’t where it should be. I started importing and culling right after the event but decided today to start from scratch. Why has it taken so long? Well after seeing everyone having fun at EOT, I felt I was up to shooting a match the following weekend. That was the first of July. I managed to survive 4 out of the 6 stages. Long story short it took a week before I was able to walk and feel like I was human again.

Now some things to do before culling the images. Setup the Wacom Intuos Tablet for each stage of Culling and editing in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5.
Stage (1). Flagging the images. I set up the top four buttons on the tables to do the following:
Top button – it sends the ‘P’ key to select or pick the image which gives it a white flag.
Second button – it sends the ‘X’ key to reject the image and give it a black flag.
Third button – is setup to advance to the next image or you can use the wheel
Forth button – go back to the previous image or you can use the wheel

Now that we have the Wacom’s functions for Lightroom setup we need to save this info by using the Wacom File utility. I name it stage 1 Lightroom settings.

Next we set it up for stage 2, this is where set the color label. I use the four top buttons and set them up to match keys 6-9 the color labels. I use the following labels, people,animals, sports, and landscapes. Now using the Wacom File Utility to save this setup as Stage 2.

Next we set it up for Rating the images. The top button is used to increase the rating of the image and the second button is used to decrease the rating. Save this as Stage 3.

In Lightroom set it up to auto advance to save time.

Next we insert the CF card in the reader for coping the images from the card. I use several of the presets in the import window to rename the images and convert them to Adobe’s universal format, I also add generic keywords that apply to the images like location and subject. I also add my contact and copyright info to the images at this time. I also make a second copy to a separate drive. This drive is either a external hard drive that later copied or dumped to a network folder or if time allow I save it directly to this network folder.

After importing the images to Lightroom, I copy the CF card to a CD or DVD directly. Then I copy these folders to a network folder on a different drive than Lightroom copied to. So now I have my raw images in five locations the two Lightroom used, the network drive I copied to, the CD OR DVD and the CF card. Once I verify the data in Lightroom, the folder Lightroom used and the folder I copied to I store the CD/DVD I can format the CF Card in the camera.

Now we can get to selecting the images we will work with and deliver to our client.

I go select all the folders for the event by holding down the shift key after selecting the first folder then selecting the last folder it highlight all in between. I load up my settings for Stage 1 on the Wacom. I go through flagging the keepers and rejectings those that are not to standard.

Then we switch to stage 2 for the Wacom and assign color labels for the keepers. This gives use a second look at the images to see if we missed something during stage 1.

We select stage 3 for the Wacom and bump up the ratings on the ones that I’m liking and we go thur the images over a couple of times to rate the images. Once we get to our select images I stack similar images together. Once I’m done with stacking the images I compare each stack bumping the rating until I end up with the best starting image of the group or stack.

The final selects will be the ones I’ll take to the develop module. I’ll go ahead a publish this now and send out updates to it if needed. This is the beginning of my post production workflow. Next time we will cover the Develop Module and any correction additions o the library module.

Project 52 Week three

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Well week two went by fast and I shot a waitress from Buffalo Wild Wings for my portrait of a stranger and the only thing Don said was it was a portrait of a stranger as he briefly critiqued each entry.

Backing up to week one my statement was a goal and not a vision statement Don said.

Week three create a still life that represents calm and relaxed.

Well I have plenty of images that portray those qualities but he wants us to use props to create or make this still life instead of finding a subject in nature.

I started off with two ideas and posted those on these forums. The Canon on the Net, Fred Miranda, ans photo Camel. I got two replies to my call for help and both are gonna get shot tomorrow when I shoot everything for this assignment.

My first idea was to shoot my iPad and paste in one of the relaxing sunsets/ sunrises that I have shot. Have the background be blown out white.

My second thought was to take my Bible and put it on a black lap tray on a black background and shoot a page like Plsams 100 .

One idea that was suggested was to take my motorcycle gloves and keys and shoot them as if I’m preparing to go for a ride. I will shoot this but I will also expand it several times to put the glove, helmet and keys on my orange and black Harley Davidson jacket. The expand that to my complete outfit, from head to toes, layer out on the sofa like the rider is relaxing on the sofa but the rider is invisible and it is just the gear.

My last track is centered around my cowboy action shooting where I shoot just the guns on one of my Indian War Era uniform shirts/ Jackets to my full shooting gear layer out as if I was getting outfitted to go shoot or having returned and taken everything off. I will try it with several gun combos and might even shoot my modern three gun guns.

Here is a Sunset I shot while I’ve been in Albuquerque this time.

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I will try to upload some of the final images that I shoot for Week Three’s assignment as well as post week two’s image later this week.

My End Of Year Relavations for 2011

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I received an iPad for Christmas and have really enjoyed th enlarger screen for any tasks that I had become dependent on using my iPhone or even iPod touch before that. I’ve been exploring the many apps out there that interest me from online magazines which are more that a digital copy of their print version these have snippets or mini movies to expand on the printed text. To the remote operation of tasks on my PC. And everything in between.

The first things I got for the iPad was the camera connection kit and the only mil-spec case the – Survivor, made by Griffin. The only draw back to it is that the connector for the USB to iPad from the camera connection kit will not for the area allowed by the case. So I called Griffin and spoke with them as to making that correction in the next version of the case hoping that it already available but the case was not to be.

I then went about adding all the apps from my iPhone to the iPad. Most were real easy to add and sync but one. Two required and upgrade to the iPad version or a off line storage or external sync apps like Pocket Money. And then some there was no way to transfer the data and I will be manually adding the data later..

Now let’s review month by month what 2011 held for me

January.. I went to Joe NcNally’s Kelby training event in Atlanta. It wasn’t my first training session with the great Mr. McNally. I took almost all of his courses at Photoshop World West a couple of years ago and his class online at KelbyTraining.com

February.. I do not recall much happening except watching the Super Bowl and a lot of ice in the mountains of NE Georgia.

March.. Well that was an bad month for me. While visiting my Dad in Athens Georgia my kidneys shut down and I took a ride to the ER in an ambulance. Awaking a couple of days later to find out that I broke two bones in my right foot and came within minutes of having to go on dialysis. Then spending a few days up on the ward not feeling well as well as sleeping and eating very little.

April.. Moved the rig to Albuquerque for the first of three SASS matches at the Founders Ranch outside of Edgewood NM. Since there was little of no practice prior to shooting and very little prep I had a good time and shot as expected.

May.. Very little happened in May that I recall.

June.. This month held the second annual match for Fiunders Ranch the grand daddy SASS match the world championship of SASS. Known to its followers as End of Trail or EOT. I shot the Wild Bunch match to be DQed on the 2nd stage. Then I went on to the SASS Match will some prep but not enough to make the top ten in my category. I felt that the first day of stages we too slow to be competitive. The second day was better but still I was lacking and had several ammo problems that I had to correct my hand loading enough ammo for the last day that evening. The third day was my best day by far of both matches.

Also in June was when my bloke went down. The timing chain tensioners went, allowing the timing chain to take out the oil pump and so on. And it continues to sit until I either give the $2700 to remove the motor and send it back to the factory to be rebuilt, and returned where they want the remaining balance to finish everything.

July…a few tips to the VA.

August…

September..

October.. I had surgery on my foot.m I wasn’t prepared for the toll it took on me.

November…still recovering..

December…I finally start to gather my energy and start to be able to function.

And the good new keeps coming

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Where to start?  I got my laptop today and the replace all the boards so I have 2 more USB  ports that were broken on the old ones.  I am busy backing up, adding software, backing up add… you get the picture.  I hope I can get everythign ready by noon tomorrow.  We will see.

 

I got a call from my Dad and the park association that I own a lot in back in Georgia has put out a memo stating all the trailers have to have underpinning in contradiction to the charter.  and this has to be done by the end of the month.  I told him to not do anything until they say something.  Then tell them that I was advised on the memo and said not to do it.  They have been wanting to do it anyway but they don’t have much money so they are buying the materials as they can and when they get everything then my Step brother is supposed to do the job since he is the one with experience.  Last time they confronted me is still being talked about and they didn’t like the results.

Next, received a call from Thunderbird Harley Davidson.  the Lead tech examined my bike and the verdict wasn’t good.  There is a knocking in the lower end so the motor needs rebuilding and the best practice is to remove the engine from the frame.  Crate it up.  Ship it back to Harley Davidson and have Harley rebuild it, crate it back up ship it back to NM and then have the local techs install it. The cost of this service is around $3k, yikes.  The only good news is I will have a new engine basically that has a one year warranty.  I will check in with them tomorrow if things go right and see if I can make payments.

Still need to make a few items for the match or at least to make thing nicer for me.  Need to load up some 38 Black powder rounds to shoot during the main match.  I am heading out tomorrow to pick up my packet and see if several items I am expecting are ready for pickup.  I will try to post some iPhone photos and let you know how things go starting tomorrow.

 

The Chapter 1 review of the “Speedliters Handbook” is postponed until the 29th of June in the mean time you will be getting updates on the Grand Daddy of the Cowboy Action Shoots, End Of Trail, SASS’ World Championship Match and World Championship Wild Bunch Match.

This post will cover several days info

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Well I been busy the last few days and wasn’t able to post anything.  But, I have several things to post so If I can remember correctly I will do it in a day by day format.  sop here it goes..

Wednesday I got paid and placed an order for some Tripp Magazine springs and followers in a rebuild kit.  These are top shelf parts that make my Chip McCormick mags bulletproof for the Wild Bunch match in a couple of weeks.  Then ran out to have lunch with Kurt and pay him for some stuff he had ordered for me.  We went to tan ATM and my card wouldn’t work so I went on to Subway and had lunch with him.  Went to the nearest Wells Fargo, in a corner of a Smiths.  The checked it and sure enough it was bad so they ordered me a new Visa Check card and an ATM card also.  Then over to Kirtland to get Diesel and there price was 11 cents higher than the Loves store down town, so much for saving 20% over the prices in the local community.  By then it was too late to head to Alamogordo.  So I did some shopping that needed to get done and headed back to the RV.

Thursday morning I got up and Shyanne(my dog) headed to Alamogordo I burned some podcasts and some of the KelbyTraining DVDs to my iPhone for the stretch from San Antonio to Alamogordo where the radio sucks.   We Load up and I stop at Loves put $150 in the tank.  We stop by Sonic and grap a bite to eat and ht the road.  I reset the trucks info center so I would be able to check miles and the computers average miles per gallon data.  We drive down and I am doing the speed limit on I 25 south which is 75.  When I turn off on to 380 I drop it a mph to 74.  then when I get on 54 I drop it to 64.  The drive is quiet and uneventful.

I go the BX at Holloman AFB to pickup 6 of the above mags that I had ordered through them last month. then head over to the house to pickup several items that were there and picked up two cases of Amsoil MP that I plan to sell at matches since I was down to my last couple of cans. then I grabbed a Tiger Buger from Hi-D-Ho and was on the way home.

While driving back I came to a conclusion to start reviewing the photobooks  that I have as I read them.  Most I have used as a reference material and never read them cover to cover before some I have and I will scan them for the main points and post them here.  I will be doing a chapter by chapter book report so to speak.  I will be posing those on Wednesdays starting next week with Chapter one From Syl Arena’s “Speedliters Handbook”.  This will help those that are not able to read them themselves and be in a concise format almost a bullet  point setup but in paragraph format.  So stay tuned and come back especially on Wednesdays.

Today I am catching up on my posting and about to start cutting out the parts of my new gun belt after I eat.