Friday, September 24, 2010

End of red wine pulp fermentation and bottling of rhubarb wine

Two days ago, the red wine had been pulp fermenting for a full week. It became time to strain off the liquid from the pulp. At the same time we bottled the rhubarb wine that had been clearing for a few months, now.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Don't throw away that old flash yet!

To continue with the DIY-photography-on-a-budget theme from last post, I present you a way to use that old 2.5mm jack triggered flash you might have laying around!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Remote shutter trigger for the round price of $0*

*if you have stuff laying around

Whilst searching for remote camera triggers, I came across this link. Of course, I had to try this out myself. I salvaged some old parts from junk I had laying around and made my own version. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing, but it does the job and it does it well. It features a (DIY) two-modes focus/shutter button and a shutter toggle button for long bulb exposures.
The remote trigger

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Started first red wine

Ok, so I'm into amateur winemaking. So far I've made two rhubarb wines (the first of which was aweful, the second one turned out much better and is about ready to be bottled).

Once I started those rhubarb wines, I also planted a couple of vines to do the real stuff. This year came the first (small) harvest of those plants.

The grapes about a month ago, not fully ripe yet
Last Wednesday I harvested the grapes and prepared to crush them. Luckily (or sadly?) enough I didn't need stomp them with my feet, for someone at the local wine making (and tasting) club came to the rescue with this gem:

First harvest, ready to be crushed
Note the many small green grapes. Those are grapes that weren't fertilized (common among local winemakers this year, it started raining at the wrong time). Hopefully they won't affect the end-product too much.

Whizzing the grapes through the machine
The juice had a nice acidity but only slightly more than half of the required sugar. Corrections will be made after the pulp fermentation. That fermentation has been going on for a few days now (started with a Port yeast).

Pulp fermentation
I'm exited to see (taste) how my first red wine turns out!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Size matters

My adapter to mount my old Helios 44-2 (M42 mount) in reverse in front of my Canon 55-250mm came in the mail today. Perfect opportunity to fill the current voidness of this blog.

Shipment took 12 days, but heh, the ring was only $4.79 with free worldwide shipping, so I'm not complaining! (got it from dinodirect).

the old Helios, the adapter ring and the 55-250mm
the entire thing mounted

Fully extended, it's about 10 inches -- now if that won't impress the ladies, I don't know what will.

I do worry a bit about the weight of the (all-metal) Helios in front of the (pretty much all-plastic) Canon 55-250mm. It's a relatively cheap telelens, but -- being on a student's budget -- I still don't feel like ruining it.

As far as pictures go: I haven't had the opportunity to try the setup out 'in the field'. The damn wind won't go down.

Maiden Post

So yeah, I started a blag...

It's still pretty empty in here at the moment. Let's make this post to give the google spiders something to parse. Just to give this first post at least some content, I present you:

The roadmap:
I'm planning to blog about some of my interests and hobbies that are hopefully interesting enough for other people to read, or even to motivate them to do something similar. Also I'm just showing off the incredibly awesome and interesting person I truly am *cough*.

So, let's see how this goes along in the future.