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110 Film!
Camera Repair &

Camera Reviews
Miscellaneous How-To
Medium and Large Format
Versus Digital!

Food & Nutrition

Pasta & Macaroni
Reviews - Cookware, etc.
Various & Vitamins
Vegetables & Such




Lens Miscellany
Lens Reviews

Metal & Shop

Shop Tips (Metal)


Techniques & Art Theory


Metal & Shop
Shop Tips


Reviews & Buying Guides
Tool Handles


Various DIY Projects
Shop Tips (Wood)
Workbenches & Tables

Weather, Sky, & Outdoor

Photography etc.
Survival How-To

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Audio:   How-To

Amplifier "Pops" When Powered On... How To Fix It?
Compact Disc In a Hot Car
Compact Disc Repair
Connecting a Different Power Supply To Your Phono Pre-Amp
Power Supplies for your Phono Pre-Amp / Headphone Amp  (an overview)
Recording Vinyl LP's (How-To)
Speaker Hum - How To Fix It
Speaker Polarity - Important?
Turntables - How to Hook One Up
Vinyl LP's (How To Clean Them)
Vinyl LP's (How to Clean Them, Part II)
Vinyl LP's (How to Record Them To MP3 / CD / etc.)

Audio:  Reviews, Teardowns, & Guides

Bellari VP130 Phono Stage / Headphone Amp
Guide to Audio Gear
Low-Priced Turntables
MP3 Players, Linux Compatible
Onkyo C7030 CD Player
Sangean WR-11 Table Radio
Speakers:  Genius / GX Gaming SW-G2.1 1250 Powered Speaker System
Speakers:  Sansui SP-30
Speakers:  Zenith Allegro 2000
Turntables for Scratchy Thrift-Store Vinyl
Turntables:  Wow and Flutter

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Digital cameras & photography

Digital Camera Reviews & Guides

Bridge Camera Buyer's Guide
Bridge Camera Comparison & Buyer's Guide 2014
Bridge Camera Wide-Angle Comparison
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 70D vs. 7D Mark II
Canon EOS Rebel T3 (1100D)
Canon EOS Rebel T6S (750D)
Canon Powershot SX50 HS
Canon SX50 vs. SX510 vs. SX530
Canon Powershot SX120 IS  (more of a gallery than a full review)
Fuji Finepix S7000
Nikon One V1
Panasonic DMC-FZ70
Panasonic DMC-FZ200
Panasonic DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic DMC-ZS50

Digital Photography Articles

(For more, see also "Digital Camera Reviews & Guides")

Bridge Cameras in 2015-2016?  A bit of conjecture.
Choosing a Vacation Camera!
How To Make Pictures Look Good

Landscape Cameras, Part 1:  Sensor Size & Resolution
Landscape Cameras, Part 2:  Camera Choices

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Walk into your local superstore and start talking about capacitors, resistors, and diodes, and they'll look at you like you have six heads.  So read my website instead, and we'll talk about tearing apart electronic stuff, and (hopefully) fixing it too. 

Also in this section, some electrical-power stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else.

Electronics:  How-To

Amplifier "Pops" When Powered On... How To Fix It?
Connecting a Different Power Supply To Your Phono Pre-Amp
Diodes - How To Test With a Multimeter
How (and Why) To Choose An Isolation Transformer
How To Power a Phono Pre-Amp with the PS-1501s (etc.)
LED Clock Runs Too Fast?  - a likely cause, and the fix
LED Monitor - Corner Shadow / Backlight Repair
Open Neutral on the Utility Side:  How To Detect It
Solar Power For Almost Any Radio
Soldering Heavy Wires & Cables
Soldering Heavy Wires & Cables II (Short Version with more pictures!)
Transistors - How To Test With a Multimeter

Electronics:  Product Reviews, Teardowns, & Guides

Battery Charger:  Solar #1002
Multimeter:  Micronta 22-203
Power Supply:  PS-1501s
Surge Protectors... and the 25-Cent Part That's Killing Your Electronics
Vintage Electronics - Buyer's Guide, Part 1

See also:  Audio.

Electronics:   Radio

7 Radio Listening Tips
Cheap AM Radio Antenna!   Maybe this should be in the "Tech" section, but it's radio, so it's "electronics" too. 
Grundig G5 World Band Radio (Review)
Hot Chassis!    Into vintage radios?  This article could save your life.
Hot Chassis Part 2:  The mystery of the BC-342 Receiver
Midland WR-120EZ Weather Radio (Review)
Sangean WR-11 Table Radio (Review)
Tecsun PL-880 World Band Radio (Review)
Vondior AM/FM Shirt-Pocket Radio (Review)

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Glorious film.  Accept no imitations. 

Be sure to read this intro to the subject, and learn why many of us are so into film.

Film:  110

A Look At 110 Film and 110 Film Cameras
Sub-Mini Film vs. Full-Frame Digital!

Film:  Camera Repair & Troubleshooting

Battery Drain Troubleshooting:  Bronica SQ-A - also works with other film cameras
Blurry TLR, Part 1:  Film Blurred Near The Center?
Blurry TLR, Part 2:  Diagnosing and Fixing Focus Problems on a Yashica MAT
Camera Maintenance, General Tips & Tools
Olympus Trip35:  Overexposed Pictures?
Olympus Trip35:  Re-Focusing The Lens Element

Film:  Camera Reviews 

BelOMO Vilia
Canon Sureshot 90u
Canon T70
Chinon CS
Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S
Holga 120GN
Konica C35
Lomography Diana Mini
Lomography Fisheye 2
Lomography La Sardina
Mamiya RB67
Minolta Hi-Matic AF2
Olympus OM-2 / OM-2n
Olympus Trip 35
Smena 8M - Soviet camera in the Guinness Book of World Records
Superheadz Usagi Camel - Ultra Wide Slim
Vivitar V3800N
Yashica Electro 35
Zenza Bronica SQ-A

Film:  Developing

Developing Black & White Film
Developing Color Negative Film
Diluted Fixer and Shelf Life
Flicker:  Night Photography Metering And Developing Errors
Ilfotec DD-X 1+9:  Developer Notes
Kodak HC-110:  Mixing, Temperature & Dev Times, etc.
Kodak HC-110:  Re-Using Diluted Developer
Pushing Ilford HP5+ to 6400 and Beyond
Pushing Kodak Tri-X to 6400 and Beyond
Unicolor C-41 Kit:  Roll Capacity and Extended Dev Times
Unicolor C-41 Kit:  Storage Life After Mixing?

Film:  Miscellaneous How-To & Reference

Blurry Pictures on 120 Film?  Read This
Camera Maintenance  
Diana Mini Camera Repair
Fireworks on Film
Getting Started In Film Photography
Getting Started In Large Format
Landscapes On Film
Orange Filters for Black & White Photography
Orange Filters II:  Metering With Your Camera (quick how-to)
Slide Film - Old / Discontinued Types (reference)
Storing Negatives and Slides

Film:  Medium & Large Format

4x5 Film Story
Getting Started In Large Format
Graflex How-To, Part 1
Mamiya RB67
Medium vs. Large Format

Film:  Scanning

Albinar Copy Stand - A Review
Anti-Newton-Ring Glass for Scanning
Canon 6D for Film Scanning
How to "Scan" Negatives With a DSLR
How to "Scan" Slides With a DSLR
Scanning Miscellany:  Extender Rings, Bridge Cameras, Autofocus

Film:  Versus Digital!

Camera vs. Log, Part I
Camera vs. Log, Part II
Film vs. Digital 2012 (and onward)
Film vs. the D800 - Some Thoughts.
Sayin' Goodbye To Digital
Slide Film
The Lost Frame
Who Still Shoots Slide Film?

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Food & Nutrition

... because you probably like food.  So let's talk about some good stuff to eat.  

This section has food recipes, nutrition-related articles, and kitchen gadget reviews. 

Food:  Desserts

Applesauce Bread

Banana Bread

Food:  Gear Reviews & Guides

Blender Review:  Oster Beehive
Blenders - How to Choose

Food:  Meats and Main Dishes

Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken, Roast

Food:  Pasta & Rice

Macaroni & Cheese

Food:  Pizza

Pizza Gear Review - Emile Henry Baking Stone
Pizza Oven Temperatures

Food:  Soups

Beef Bone Broth
Lentil Soup
Potato Soup

Food:  Various & Vitamins

Apple Cider Vinegar
Chocolate, Fried Foods, and Acid Reflux
Vitamin D

Food:  Vegetables

Lettuce - this one is more about why you should wash lettuce.  Definitely give it a read.
Sweet Potatoes

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Most artists display their stuff in real art galleries, as well they should.  Visit art galleries whenever you can do that.  There is much to be said for viewing real prints on a gallery wall, instead of a computer screen.

Right now I'm so busy working on this site that I don't have time to cart my stuff to a gallery, or even mail it there.  (That, and most of my work is not even in picture frames right now.)

So, for the time being, I'll display some of it here for your enjoyment.   That, and also because it helps to illustrate various points about cameras and photography.

Some of these galleries will appear in different categories with different titles. For example, the Canon EF 24-105 image gallery is also Page 1 of the Velvia 50 gallery. I've been shooting Velvia 50 for years, but it took me this long to get a page together for it. To busy out shootin' pictures!

Galleries - Autumn

Autumn 2015 - Digital - Page 01

Autumn 2014 - Digital - Page 01
Autumn 2014 - Digital - Page 02
Autumn 2014 - Film - Page 01
Autumn 2014 - Film - Page 02

Galleries - Camera-Specific

Canon EOS 6D gallery   /   Page 2   /   Page 3
Canon EOS Rebel T3 gallery
Canon EOS Rebel T6s gallery 
Canon SX50 HS gallery 1   /   Page 2   /    Page 3
Konica C35 gallery (Film)
Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 gallery (Film)
Panasonic DMC-FZ70 gallery

Galleries - Miscellaneous

Nature Walks and Scenic Drives - Page 01

Galleries - Film

C-41 Developing at Home - Page 01
C-41 Developing at Home - Page 02
Flicker:  Night Photography Metering And Developing Errors
Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Page 1
Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Page 2   (a.k.a. Rust, Page 2)
Fujifilm Superia 400 - Four Views of a Tree and the Moon  
Ilford HP5+ 400 (4x5)
Instant Film - Page 01
Instant Film - Page 02
Kodak Ektachrome and Elite Chrome
Kodak Tri-X at 6400 - Page 01
Kodak Tri-X at 6400 - Page 02
Kodak Tri-X at 12800
Konica C35 gallery
Large Format - Color - Page 01

Galleries - Lens-Specific

Canon EF 24-105mm IS STM  

Galleries - Rust

Rust, Page 1
Rust, Page 2

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Camera lenses are made in varying degrees of quality, different focal lengths, etc.  Here are a few articles & reviews. 

Lenses:  Miscellany

Fun With Cheap Lenses

Lenses:  Reviews

Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS vs. EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Nikon AF-S 55-300mm VR
Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 17mm f/3.5

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Metal & Shop


Anvil Stand, Part I - a look at different types & build methods
Blacksmith Forge 1.0:  Side-Blast Forge from a 55-Gallon Drum
Blacksmith Forge 1.1:  First Attempt With Anthracite
Blacksmith Forge 2.0:  Upgraded 55-Gallon Drum Forge with Wood and Charcoal
Blacksmith Forge 2.1:  Upgraded 55-Gallon Drum Forge with Anthracite
Blacksmith Tool:  Improvised Swage from a Lawnmower Blade
Blacksmithing, Small-Scale
Blacksmithing Project:  Borax Spoon
Blacksmithing Project:  Hand-Forged Drawer Pulls for a Toolbox
Blacksmithing Project:  Hand-Forged Drawer Pulls, Part II
Blacksmithing Project:  Lamp Bracket From Mild Steel - plain but functional (hopefully.)
Blacksmithing Project:  Lamp Bracket, Part II - see what I made this into.  Includes an improbable forge weld!
Blacksmithing Project:  Round Punch from Mild Steel
Gedore Blacksmith Tongs  (Review)

Brazing & Soldering

Silver Brazing the Fuel Pickup for a Lawn Tractor (Without Killing Yourself)
Soldering Heavy Wires & Cables

Shop Tips & Various Skills

Basic Shop Project:  Copper Rivets and a Galvanized Funnel
Shop Tips #1:  Organizing Small Parts
Shop Tips #2:  Clamping & Gluing (This one is mostly woodworking.)
Shop Tips #3:  Bench Vises
Shop Tips #4:  Efficiency


1/16" Electrode Comparison: 6011 vs. 7014 
1/16" Electrode Welding Tips 
1979 Taiwan Vise Upgrade  - a little "hack welding" fun
7018 Electrodes For 120-Volt Welders
AC Stick Welding  - using a Lincoln AC225 for thick steel
Amperages for Stick Welding
Anvil Stand, Part II - welding up a steel tripod
Extension Cords For 120-Volt Welders  Why that generic cord is not enough.
Galvanized Pipe Welding  Can you weld galvanized without getting seriously messed up?  Read this.
Forney #298 Easy Weld 100 ST  (Review)
Milwaukee Hand Truck Upgrade  - making a good hand truck even better
Muffler Repair With a Stick Welder at 90 Amps!
Sheet Metal Welding, Sort Of.  Cheapest-junk lawn cart known to man;  stick welder;  what could go wrong? 
Vise Repair with Brazing and Welding
Vise Repair with Nomacast

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General photography, artistic techniques, and that sort of thing. 

Art Theory

What Is Art:  Pictorialism vs. Realism

Photography Techniques:  Light Metering & EV

External Light Meters:  Do You Need One?
Grit, Grain, & Contrast:  Night Photography on Film
Heavy Overcast Without a Light Meter

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This is sort of a catch-all.  Everything from camera tripods to computers, and whatever doesn't seem to fit anywhere else.

There was getting to be a lot of metal & woodshop content.  So I gave Metal and Wood their own sections. 

Tech:  Camera

Camera Maintenance
Camera Maintenance, Part 2:  Light Seals
Orange Filters for Black & White Photography
SD Cards - a short guide
Tripods - how to pick a decent one

Tech:  Computer

Building a System for Image Editing - Part 1 (Cases, Power Supplies)
Building a System for Image Editing - Part 2 (CPU's, Motherboards, and RAM)
Building a System for Image Editing - Part 3 (Hard Drives, Video Cards, & Operating Systems)
Linux Commands:  How To Replace Text Across Multiple Files with "sed"
Netbook "Jumping Cursor" Fix
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 review

Tech:  Metal & Shop

7018 Electrodes For 120-Volt Welders
Blacksmithing, Small-Scale
Blacksmithing Project:  Hand-Forged Drawer Pulls for a Toolbox
Blacksmithing Project:  Hand-Forged Drawer Pulls, Part II
Forney #298 Easy Weld 100 ST  (Review)
Gedore Blacksmith Tongs  (Review)
Lawnmower Repair:  Bent Crankshaft
Lawnmower Repair:  Flywheel Removal on a Briggs & Stratton
Muffler Repair With a Stick Welder at 90 Amps!
Nicholson Files Made In Mexico  (Review)
Rust And How To Stop It
Shop Presses  - A Guide & How-To
Tekton Bench Vise  (Review)
Vise Repair With Brazing and Welding

Further Metal & Shop articles will be here from now on.

Tech:  Shop Tips

Shop Tips #01:  Organizing & Storage
Shop Tips #02:  Clamping & Gluing (Wood)

Tech: Various

A Super-Cheap AM Antenna!
Buyers Guide to Vintage Electronics, Part 1
Headlamps: Princeton Tec "Byte" and "Sync" Review HEPA Filters
Solar Power For Almost Any Radio (a how-to guide)
Surge Protectors and the 25-cent part that's killing your electronics

Tech:   Workspaces & Tables

Backyard Metal-Shop Work Table On Sawhorses
Finishing a Laminated Workbench Top
Making a Worktable
Wood Finishes For Particle Board & MDF Workbenches

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Reviews & Guides

Blacksmith Tongs:  Gedore Wolf-Jaw  (Review)
Block Planes and why they're better than I ever thought.
Files:  Corona 4-in-1  (Review)
Files:  Nicholson 4-in-Hand  (Review)
Files:  Tekton 8" Shoe Rasp  (Review)
Five Great Tools & Workshop Items, Each $25 Or Less
Flashlight:  Craftsman 700-lumen  (Review)
Flashlight:  Makita DML-802  (Review)
Headlamp:  Princeton Tec Byte  (Review)
Headlamp:  Princeton Tec Sync  (Review)
Leather Stitching:  A Beginner Attempt
Sander:  Makita BO5041K Random Orbit  (Review)
Vise Buyer's Guide:  "A Useful Ratio"  (Guide)
Vise:  Tekton 54004  (Review)
Vise:  The Rotating Lump of Rust  (Unknown Chinese Rotating Vise)
Vise:  Yost 104 (Made In USA)  (Review)
Vise:  Yost 480  (Review)
Vise:  Yost 865-DI (Made In USA)  (Review)

For blacksmithing tools, see Blacksmithing.

Tool Handles

Tool Handles, Part 1:  Sledge Handle Without a Wedge (Don't Try This At Home)
Tool Handles, Part 2:  Handle From a Tree Branch

Weather, Sky, & Outdoor

Weather:  Photography etc.

Chasing Thunderheads!
Forecasting Autumn Color
Freezing Fog
How to Photograph Fireworks
How to Photograph Lightning
How to Photograph the Moon

Weather & Outdoor Gear:  Reviews

AcuRite Digital Weather Forecaster
Princeton Tec LED Headlamps: "Byte" and "Sync"

Weather:  Survival How-To

Photowalker's Survival Guide
Photowalker's Survival Guide, Part II


Shop Tips (Wood)

Clamping & Gluing

Various DIY Projects

Pallets, How To Dismantle
Rustic Toolbox From Salvaged Wood  Old-school carpenter's tote that stands on its own feet.
Sawhorses, I-Beam Type 
Tool Crate  from plywood.  Bolt it to a hand truck, or use it stand-alone.
Tool Rack from a Two-By-Four.  One of the easiest and most useful DIY projects you can do!

Wood Finishes

Polyurethane, Particle Board, and Bubbles
Tried & True Danish Oil (under construction)
Tried & True Original on a Plank Top
Wood Finishes for Particle Board & MDF

Workbenches & Tables

Making a Worktable
Of Rabbets and 4x4's  (Or: How To Build STRONG Work Table Legs)
Sawhorse Worktable:  Easy, Cheap, and Good
Wood Finishes for Laminated Plank Tops
Wood Finishes for Particle Board & MDF

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