The Poor Man’s Photographic Still Life Table

We’ve been trying for quite some time to take decent photos of Tranquil Body Treats products we manufacture and sell.  Taking 100+ products to a professional product photographer is above our budget for a startup business, so we’ve had to make a plan.

We’ve tried a variety of backgrounds, but so far all of them had some issues.  Shadows were a problem, and reproducing the lighting conditions with the plants as a backdrop was near impossible, the photos did not come out that nice, but were a start.

Next we tried to use large white sheets of polystyrene behind and under the products, but you could clearly see the corners, and taking that all out in post, although possible, is still a lot of work. Continue reading “The Poor Man’s Photographic Still Life Table”

Crime and cronyism, why the apathy?

Our country has degenerated from “IF I ever get affected by crime” to “When I get affected by crime, the question is how violent will it be”

A while ago I stared into the barrel of a gun for the second time in my life, and could see the intent of the guy holding it….”fight me and I pull the trigger”

So I decided that he can take what he wants, and whatever is not insured I will have to replace out of my own pocket.  I originally insured my bicycle in case I crash in a race, my thoughts never covered the possibility that someone would want it enough to take it from me at the business end of a gun.  But luckily it was insured, and I was able to replace at least some of what was taken from me. Continue reading “Crime and cronyism, why the apathy?”

Guess what I’m collecting tomorrow

I first saw the Cervelo S5 last year November.  WHAT A BIKE!

I’ve been ogling it whenever I get a chance since.  2 weeks ago I got bikejacked (wrote a whole post about that, but never clicked publish, way too morbid).  Luckily I was insured, and luckily I found some sympathetic people in the industry willing to give me some discount and advice on how to get this bike within my current budget.

Cervelo S5

I picked up the SRAM Red groupset today, with an ITM handlebar and stem (in white).  Tomorrow I pick up the frame and can then start building, hopefully having everything ready for the Saturday morning ride.  For now I’ll have to use my race wheels, but will get a new set of training wheels soon.